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Posts from April 2020.

On April 9, 2020, the Second Circuit issued a decision in Brooklyn Center of Psychotherapy, Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., Docket No. 19-2266-cv, certifying the following question to the New York Court of Appeals:  Can a discrimination claim based on a “failure to accommodate” theory trigger coverage under a general commercial liability policy?

The coverage dispute in this case arose from a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a deaf woman, who alleged that the Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy discriminated against her, in violation of state and federal ...

On March 26, 2020, the New York Court of Appeals granted leave to appeal from the First Department's decision in J.P. Morgan Sec., Inc v. Vigilant Ins. Co.,126 A.D.3d 76 (1st Dep't 2018), which held that that a disgorgement payment made as part of the settlement of an SEC enforcement action was a “penalty” and therefore did not qualify as a covered “loss” under a CGL policy. This case has a long history. See our post about the First Department's decision here.

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