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LPGM Partner, Andrew Premisler, Wins Unanimous Reversal in First Department

The coverage lawsuit at issue followed an underlying negligence action brought against a general contractor, a subcontractor and others.  The general contractor sought additional insured coverage under the subcontractor’s policy.  That policy included an additional insured endorsement which stated that i) “[t]he person or organization [required to be included as an additional insured, [i.e., the general contractor] does not qualify as an additional insured with respect to the independent acts or omissions of such person or organization”; and ii) “[t]he person or organization is only an additional insured with respect to liability caused by ‘your work’ [i.e., the subcontractor’s work] for that additional insured.”  The trial court held that the insurer had a duty to defend because the underlying action alleged that the subcontractor – its named insured — caused the accident.

The First Department unanimously reversed, finding that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the general contractor.  The Court specifically found that a duty to defend was not triggered by the underlying negligence claims asserted against the named insured.  As the Court concluded, the endorsement only covers an additional insured’s vicarious liability and, since no such claim was alleged against the general contractor, there is no coverage.

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Jaipat Jain Chairs New York City Bar CLE on Blockchain for Lawyers

Jaipat Jain on May 10 chaired and served as faculty for a 3-hour continuing legal education program on Blockchain for Lawyers.  The CLE was heavily subscribed and covered not only the regulation of cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings and class action lawsuits, but also the building blocks of the technology behind bitcoin and smart contracts.

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CLIENT ALERT: Review of 2017 Jahresrückblick Crossborder M&A

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LPGM Partners Featured in 2017 New York (Metro) Super Lawyers Magazine

LPGM is pleased to announce that four of its Partners are included in the 2017 edition of the New York (Metro) Super Lawyers Magazine: Robert Giacovas (SuperLawyer 2013-2017), Yale Glazer (SuperLawyer 2013-2017), Stephen M. Lazare (Super Lawyer 2016-2017) and James F. Moyle (SuperLawyer 2013-2017).

The methodology for selection includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. No more than five percent of the attorneys in a jurisdiction are chosen as Super Lawyers each year.

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CLIENT ALERT: U.S. broker/dealers given grace period on enforcement of MiFID II requirements

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