Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Countering Crime Insurers’ “Direct Loss” Defenses against Coverage for Cyber Scams

Program Number: 3111

Program Date: 01/06/2021

Description

Among the various arguments insurance companies have deployed to attempt to deny “Computer Fraud” coverage under crime policies, three have been focal points in multiple court contests. All three are variants on the theme that the crime in question was not “brute force” hacking per se – direct invasion of a computer – but scams that in one way or another induced action from individuals acting on behalf of the targeted organization. Participants in this session will learn the nuances of these defenses against coverage, the grounds on which state and federal courts have rejected them, and the terms in which to credibly resist coverage denials under crime policies when their organizations are the victims of cyber scams.

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California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

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Presenters


Joshua Gold, Esq.

Anderson Kill

Joshua Gold is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office. He has represented numerous corporate and non-profit policyholders in various industries, with recoveries for his clients well in excess of $1.5 billion. Josh is chair of the Cyber Insurance Recovery Practice Group and co-chair of the Marine Cargo Insurance Group.

Josh's practice involves matters ranging from international arbitration, data security, directors and officers insurance, business income/property insurance, commercial crime insurance, admiralty, cargo, and marine insurance disputes. He has been lead trial counsel in multi-party bench and jury trials, and has negotiated and crafted scores of settlement agreements including coverage-in-place agreements.

Josh won a multi-million dollar recovery in a landmark U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit decision, on behalf of a retailer that suffered a data breach as a result of a computer hacking scheme. In finding coverage for the retailer's losses stemming from the breach, the Sixth Circuit rejected the insurance company's "direct loss" defense, instead applying a proximate cause standard. Because the "direct loss" defense is commonly cited in such cases, the decision is of particular importance to businesses purchasing fidelity, crime and financial institution bond coverage.

The Legal 500 United States recommends Josh for Insurance - advice to policyholders.

Josh has a regular column in Risk Management Magazine and has been published in numerous business and legal periodicals, covering a variety of insurance, commercial and consumer issues. He has been quoted on insurance coverage issues in Forbes magazine, CFO magazine, Business Insurance, National Underwriter, Computerworld, Best’s Insurance News and various other trade and business periodicals catering to the risk management, computer, medical and technology professions. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at Brooklyn Law School.

Additionally, Josh is a frequent lecturer on insurance coverage issues, speaking at conferences nationwide and internationally, including conferences convened by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society (CPCU) and the College of Insurance, New York City.

 

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