Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations in the United States, and many towns put on their own professional fireworks displays which are monitored for safety by local fire departments. This year, many of these have been cancelled due to the pandemic, but people still want to celebrate, and many take it upon themselves to set off the fireworks at home.
Recently, I came upon an interesting (albeit disturbing) example of how generic insurance obligation language in a contract left the Landlord without Additional Insured protection from their contractor.
In the case of Seven Up Realty vs AJ Greenwich Contracting, the contract that Seven Up had with Greenwich did not REQUIRE Greenwich to name Seven Up as an Additional Insured on their General Liability or Umbrella. Not only is this a requirement of coverage, but we suggest, that the actual form of Additional Insured endorsement be specified, especially if the Landlord is expecting Additional Insured coverage for ongoing AND completed operations. Nevertheless, whoever drafted and reviewed Seven Up’s contract did not incorporate this language.
This pandemic has impacted all of us. Many companies, including ours, implemented a “work from home” policy to ensure the health and safety of, both, their employees and their business. For us, since we always had an open floor environment and advocate a collegial collaborative work place being able to easily collaborate on projects and ask each other questions directly was particularly important.
Every significant construction project needs a Builders Risk policy.
Sounds simple enough, but the process of procuring the correct Builders Risk policy starts with an understanding of the project costs, construction timeline, and imagining potential claim scenarios. When an insured purchases an insurance policy, there is an expectation if a loss occurs; the insurance company will make the insured whole again. This only happens when a Builders Risk policy is designed correctly. The key to policy design is understanding and identifying the values at risk and how those values align with the actual insurance policy definitions.
Take a casual stroll in Manhattan and you can't help but notice that construction is booming. Cranes, scaffolding, and sidewalk sheds are everywhere. And this isn’t just a New York City phenomenon. Ground-up construction and renovation projects are picking up all across the country. Low interest rates and favorable building conditions are resulting in a surge in real estate & development projects.
Ransomware strikes. Your critical data files have been encrypted and your business grinds to a halt. Do you:
a) spend countless hours rebuilding from backups (if you were diligent enough to ensure they'll work) or
b) pay the perpetrator to unlock your files?
Now that ransomware is spreading like wildfire through malicious emails, "malvertising" campaigns, and exploit kits, many firms and individuals face this exact scenario.
More than 80% of companies don’t manage risk effectively. Is yours one of them?
A 2014 survey by a non-profit business research firm found that fewer than 20 percent of executives say their companies effectively manage risk. Companies will often have a process in place to identify and monitor risks. But they fall short when it comes to actually implementing practices to manage those risks as part of the overall strategic plan.
Liability claims related to improper removal of snow and ice are frequent, and in many cases, severe. Many of the claims originate from elderly people sustaining injuries from slips and falls from which they never fully recover. In other words … BIG CLAIMS!
Most companies today opt to distribute their employees’ W-2 tax forms electronically; either through email or some type of download service. Because these forms contain a good deal of Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”), such as name, address, social security number and salary information – cyber thieves are using several simple, yet, tried-and-true methods to fraudulently obtain them.