Insurer’s General Reservation of Rights Does Not Entitle Insured to Cumis Counsel

In a recent ruling, the California Court of Appeal held that an insurer’s general reservation of rights to deny coverage of damages outside its policy does not create a conflict of interest with the insured, such that the insured in entitled to Cumis counsel.  The decision in Federal Insurance Co. v. MBL, Inc. __ Cal. …

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Ninth Circuit Affirms Use of Genuine Dispute Doctrine in D&O Coverage Cases

The genuine dispute doctrine has received much attention recently by the California courts.  Although the doctrine first arose in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, there has not been much recent activity by the Ninth Circuit or the federal district courts located in California relative to this doctrine.  The Ninth Circuit jumped backed in the frey with its decision in  …

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