A rare lawsuit concerning coverage under a reps & warranties policy presents two issues of interest to M&A lawyers: If the insured under a reps & warranties insurance policy fails to obtain the insurer’s consent to a settlement, coverage for that settlement is forfeited, even if the settlement was “panicked” and on a short timeframe. … Continue Reading
The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently rejected an attempt to apply the “common interest doctrine,” an exception to the general rule that communicating privileged information to a third party waives the attorney-client privilege, to situations where separately represented parties communicate attorney-client privileged information in connection with transactions or other circumstances … Continue Reading
On August 20, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Fluor v. Superior Court, overruling its prior holding in Henkel Corp. v Hartford, which precluded successor entities from tapping into their predecessors’ insurance assets for inherited long-tail liabilities. In Henkel, the Court held that a contractual assignment of insurance assets in a corporate … Continue Reading
1. Representations and Warranties insurance has quickly risen to become a standard topic of discussion in many merger and acquisitions transaction negotiations.
2. Representations and Warranties Insurance is not a new product - but until recently its use has been limited because of prohibitive premium pricing and buyer concerns as to whether insurers would actually pay on claims. The insurance market is working to bring prices down and establish a payment history.… Continue Reading