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Fidelity Bonds and Employee Fraud

It’s amazing to me that Nigerian banker scams continue to appear in my inbox every now and then.  After all these years, businesspeople apparently continue to fall for them.  Click here for a pretty good fact sheet from the Australian government on how these scams work, and how to avoid them. Recently, a Minnesota bank … Continue Reading

Notice Requirements and Claims-Made Coverage

“For want of a shoe, the horse was lost,” goes the old saying.  If you handle claims from the policyholder side, nothing will aggravate you more than seeing a perfectly good claim go awry because of poor risk management controls in an organization, especially the failure to give notice under potentially applicable insurance policies. The … Continue Reading

When is a “reservation of rights” letter enforceable?

Lawyers and insurance companies are forever reserving their rights.  Sometimes I think it’s a reflex action against ever being forced to take an actual position.  But in the world of insurance coverage, “reservation of rights” letters do serve a function. Insurance companies fear that if they undertake the investigation or defense of a claim, for example, … Continue Reading

Late Notice of Claim

In my experience, there are three main reasons why companies delay in giving notice to their carriers of potentially covered claims.  First, the underlying suit is an “oddball,” such as an intellectual property claim, that the risk manager thinks isn’t covered.  Second, the company is worried that its premiums will rise.  Third, the person responsible … Continue Reading