Representative Cases and Matters for Mary McCutcheon

Directors and Officers and Management Liability

  • Represents a number of public companies and their directors/officers in obtaining coverage for defense and indemnity costs in securities, derivative and merger and acquisition actions, including Chesapeake Energy, Intuitive Surgical, Zynga, Finisar Corporation, Cadence Design, J.C. Penney, Herbalife and Starz.  These matters have included “Side A” claims where the company recovered losses through coverage available to its directors and officers.
  • Advises international shipping companies on coverage issues arising out of securities and preference claims asserted in multiple jurisdictions and involving foreign policy forms.
  • Obtained coverage for the defense of a private medical testing device company facing investor fraud and product failure claims.

Venture Capital and Private Equity

  • Represents venture capital and private equity firms in disputes with liability insurers over coverage for securities fraud, shareholder representative liability, commercial disputes, and employment claims.
  • Advises firms regarding coverage wording and placement.

Architects and Engineers Professional Liability

  • Represents international architect/engineering firms in coverage disputes over  damages and delay claims involving complex issues of multi-party insurance and indemnity.

Technology Claims

  • Represents an artificial intelligence company in insurance claims arising out of a data breach affecting customers and their consumers; involves coverage issues relating to company’s direct losses as well as liability claims.
  • Represents a cloud communications platform company in negotiations for coverage for a class action settlement of invasion of privacy claims in connection with the recording of text messages.
  • Provides strategic coverage advice to a ride-sharing company in connection with significant automobile accident claims involving its drivers.
  • Assists technology companies in obtaining coverage for intellectual property, product failure, wrongful termination and invasion of privacy claims.
  • Advise technology, media, hospitality and other companies on obtaining coverage for defense and settlement of sensitive wrongful termination claims.

Non-Profit/Private Clients

  • Provides coverage advice to foundations and other non-profit organizations regarding the placement of insurance and protection of high-net worth individuals involved in the organizations.

Public Entities

  • Represents public and semi-public entities in obtaining coverage under traditional and captive programs for claims including antitrust, police brutality, landslide property damage and personal injury claims.

Mass Casualty Claims

  • Represented Connex Railroad (now Veolia Transportation) in the settlement of personal injury claims arising out of the 2008 Chatsworth commuter rail accident.

Firm Highlights

Publication

How Grape Growers Can Protect Their Interests When a Winery Approaches Insolvency

A lot goes into the making of great wine, and when a winery becomes financially unstable, there are multiple competing interests that need to be satisfied, including the banks that provide the winery with...

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LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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News

Farella Defeats Builder's Risk Insurer's Defense in Lawsuit Brought on Behalf of Webcor-Obayashi Joint Venture

SAN FRANCISCO, August 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel has obtained a favorable ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granting partial summary motion and clarifying a legal doctrine...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Don Sobelman will be speaking at LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages live webinar, "Common Law Claims for Natural Resource Damages." Details: Marching into the void resulting from lack...

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Breaking up the Patent Monopoly for the Benefit of Batteries

The patent monopoly is at odds with the global need for battery storage technology. As the world mobilizes towards climate change solutions, companies with battery patents will face increasing pressure to share this critical...

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Farella’s Raymond Sheen Elected Fellow of American College of Coverage Counsel

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Treasury Grants Relief to Opportunity Zone Investors in Light of Coronavirus Pandemic

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created opportunity zones as an economic development tool to stimulate investments in distressed communities. This tool extends tax advantages to investors in qualified opportunity funds, provided compliance with...

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City of Morgan Hill Defeats NRA Challenge, Secures Victory for Local Gun Safety Law

SAN FRANCISCO, August 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel, as co-counsel with Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, successfully defended the City of Morgan Hill in a lawsuit challenging its local ordinance requiring...

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