California Supreme Court Review of Insurance Case on Implied Disparagement Presents Opportunities for Coverage in Intellectual Property Litigation

In 2012 two published decisions from the California Court of Appeals and one unpublished decision from the Ninth Circuit shed new light on the contours of implicit disparagement coverage under California law. The first such Court of Appeals decision, Charlotte Russe, clarified and reasserted the broad scope of implied disparagement coverage, a position the second…

Implicit Disparagement Claim Ruling In Trade Dress Infringement Lawsuit Clarifies That Purported Conflict In California Law May Be Less Than Meets The Eye

In Michael Taylor Designs, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 761 F. Supp. 2d 904 (N.D. Cal. 2011), the district court determined that potential coverage arose in a trade dress infringement lawsuit where customers were steered to allegedly inferior, synthetic furniture products in a purported “bait and switch” scheme evidencing implicit disparagement.  In…

Coverage for Claims Asserted in a Wage & Hour Proceeding Under an Employment Practices Liability Insurance: The Beat Goes On

In a brief note posted to Agents of America (www.AgentsofAmerica.org), Joseph P. Monteleone, of Tressler, LLP commented on Gauntlett v. Illinois Union Ins. Co., No. 5:11-CV-00455 EJD, 2012 WL 4051218 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 13, 2012) (“Gauntlett II”) noting that Judge Davila refrained from an expansive interpretation of Illinois Union’s duty to defend. Review of that…

A Trifecta of Insurance Coverage Cases Addressing Implicit Disparagement Reveal Coverage Opportunities In Intellectual Property Litigation

  Three recent decisions, two published from the California Court of Appeals, and one unpublished from the Ninth Circuit, address the boundaries of coverage for implicit disparagement claims under California law emphasizing both the limitations and opportunities for such claims.   For intellectual property practitioners, these cases highlight why a number of typically asserted IP…

Buried Treasure – Part Three

DO “BURIED TREASURES” EXIST?  Part Three of a Three Part Series Ascertaining Whether Buried Treasure Exists Requires a Five-Part Analysis These issues include: 1.       Did the company give notice to the insurers on risk as of the date of the first alleged “wrongful act” as well as all subsequent carriers and those at higher levels…

Buried Treasure – Part Two

WHY LOOK FOR “BURIED TREASURE”? Part Two of a Three Part Series Intellectual Property Lawsuits Are Expensive It is not uncommon, pursuant to AIPLA surveys for companies to expend $500,000 to $1,000,000 for defense of trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits.  More than five times that sum may be expended for patent infringement lawsuits.  Where insurer…

“Buried Treasure” – Part One

“BURIED TREASURE” – SECURING REIMBURSEMENT FOR MONIES EXPENDED IN PAST INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWSUITS  Part One of a Three-Part Series Introduction Companies looking for extra money in these tough economic times may have an answer from the past.  The vast majority of insurer denial letters for intellectual property lawsuits lack merit.  Therefore, companies who have litigated…

Media Liability Did Not Cover Claims For Infringement of Title or Slogan in Unfair Competition Lawsuit Under Media Liability Policy

Interstate Bakeries Corp. v. OneBeacon Ins. Co., ___ F. Supp. 2d ___, 2011 WL 767055 (W.D. Mo. Feb. 25, 2011) The OneBeacon policy provides “advertising and personal injury liability” coverage for “claims arising from an occurrence committed by the insured during the policy term in or for scheduled advertising and arising from: . . .…