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Technology

Atmel Corp. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co.

We sued to recover defense and settlement costs that Atmel Corporation incurred in underlying claims alleging defects in memory chips, as well as damages for insurance bad faith.  We successfully defended an effort by the insurer to rescind Atmel’s general liability and technology errors and omissions policies and, on the eve of a federal jury trial, obtained a substantial recovery in settlement.  An early ruling in the case established that the attorney-client privilege may extend to communications between a policyholder’s attorney and its insurance broker. Atmel Corp. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 409 F. Supp. 2d 1180 (N.D. Cal. 2005). Read More

Computer Hard Drive Manufacturer
We represented a major computer hard drive manufacturer in connection with a $14 million dollar business interruption claim, and obtained a substantial recovery on behalf of our client.  We worked with the company’s forensic accountants to quantify the loss and negotiated with the insurers to resolve complex disputes regarding loss valuation and calculation of the policy’s deductible. Read More
Cyber Liability / Data Breach
After our client suffered a major data breach, implicating a large database of personally identifiable information, we worked with the company to recover the necessary response costs under its cyber liability policy. Read More
Cyber Liability Policy
We recently assisted an internet media company with the purchase of a cyber liability policy. Read More
Data Security Breach
We advised a technology company regarding insurance coverage for data security breach claims. Read More
Errors & Omissions / Security Technology Company
On behalf of a security technology company, we recovered over $4.8 million from its errors & omissions insurer to cover the cost of settling claims arising out of errors in software distributed to customers over the Internet.  Read More
National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, et al. v. Electronic Arts, et al
We represent Electronic Arts Inc. in coverage disputes arising out of class action lawsuits alleging misappropriation of likeness and antitrust violations brought by college and NFL athletes whose likenesses were allegedly used without their permission. When EA’s insurers filed a declaratory relief action to establish that they did not owe a duty to defend the underlying actions, we successfully obtained a stay of the coverage litigation pending further progress of the underlying actions. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, et al. v. Electronic Arts, et al., Case No. C11-04897-SI (N.D. Cal.).Read More
NVIDIA Corporation

We represented NVIDIA Corporation in pursuing insurance coverage under both its technology errors & omissions and commercial general liability policies for claims arising out of chip failures and related customer losses.   We ultimately achieved a negotiated resolution of all insurance coverage disputes and obtained insurance funding for the settlements reached in the underlying litigation. Read More

Patent Infringement Defense Costs / Technology Companies
We have represented several technology companies in obtaining coverage under traditional Commercial General Liability policies for defense costs incurred in complex patent infringement litigation, because the claims included allegations of disparagement and bad faith litigation. Read More
Patent Infringement Liability Policy Coverage
We arbitrated coverage under a patent infringement liability policy issued by Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation, one of the only providers of patent infringement insurance.  We challenged invocation of the policy’s unusual notice provision and opposed a rescission defense.  Shortly before the hearing, and after amending to assert a fraud claim, we obtained a substantial settlement for our client, a leading provider of technology for distributing retail promotions over the Internet.  Read More
Seagate Technology LLC v. National Union Fire Ins. Co.
In litigation representing Seagate Technology LLC, we recovered virtually all defense costs incurred in underlying litigation, in a settlement reached on the eve of a jury trial on Seagate’s bad faith claims.  Earlier in the case, we won a summary judgment ruling that the insurer had breached its duty to defend by inordinately delaying payment of defense costs.  The court also ruled that, as a result of the insurer’s breach, the insurer lost its rights under California Civil Code § 2860 to compel arbitration and to limit the hourly rates at which it reimbursed defense costs.  Seagate Technology LLC v. National Union Fire Ins. Co., 737 F.Supp.2d 1013 (N.D. Cal. 2010). Read More
Thailand Flooding
We negotiated a settlement of over $45 million in property and business income losses for an optical communication device manufacturer arising out of a flood at its manufacturing facilities in Thailand.  We negotiated with the company’s multiple insurance carriers (including several foreign insurers) to resolve complex disputes involving loss valuation, subrogation claims, business interruption losses resulting from lost research and development, salvage values, and the availability of other insurance provided by the client’s contract manufacturer. Read More
VeriSign, Inc.
When VeriSign, Inc. (now VeriSign-Symantec) faced various consumer class actions regarding allegedly fraudulent cell phone charges, we represented the company in a dispute with its errors & omissions insurer regarding coverage for liabilities arising out of the claims. We obtained coverage for the vast majority of VeriSign’s defense and settlement costs. Read More