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Recurring Issues and Questions In CGL Coverage


Gain an understanding of the frequent concerns and inquiries regarding CGL coverage.

In an era of increased risk where natural and man-made disasters and accidents are commonplace and frequently involve liability associated with environmental loss, injury involving the use of social media and big data, and the growing costs associated with defending and resolving lawsuits, it is imperative for risk managers, attorneys, and business leaders to be acutely aware of scope of and common issues arising under commercial general liability (CGL) policies. CGL insurance commonly provides a defense from a lawsuit where there is potential coverage and provides indemnity for any covered claim, settlement, or judgment. This topic will provide you with insight into the key coverages available and concerns that arise in the CGL insurance arena and provide guidance regarding common issues and questions under a CGL policy. This topic will open with a discussion of how CGL insurance operates, including a review of the major types of liability covered under a CGL policy, access to CGL coverage as an additional insured, and understanding a basic CGL coverage tower. We will then discuss the most significant recurring issues and questions related to CGL coverage, focusing on the duty to defend, common policy exclusions, concerns when pursuing coverage for long-tail asbestos and environmental claims, and allocation and exhaustion issues. We will conclude with a discussion of the recurring issues and questions to consider in connection with how insurers handle CGL claims.

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Kevin B. Dreher

Kevin B. Dreher

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

  • Partner in the Insurance Recovery Group in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago and Michigan offices
  • Practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on representing policyholders in complex litigation and insurance disputes
  • Insurance coverage practice is nationwide and has involved litigation in jurisdictions throughout the United States
  • Significant experience representing and counseling Fortune 500 companies in a variety of complex commercial litigation and insurance matters
  • Handled disputes in negotiation and litigation with all major U.S. insurers, and London and Bermuda market insurers
  • Can be contacted at 312-214-8308 or [email protected]
Bradley H. Dlatt

Bradley H. Dlatt

Perkins Coie LLP

  • Associate in the insurance recovery practice in Perkins Coie LLP’s Chicago office
  • Practice focuses on providing insurance counseling to businesses and resolving insurance coverage disputes, including assisting corporate policyholders with mediation, arbitration, and litigation against their liability insurers
  • Presents regularly on insurance coverage issues which have included discussing the insurance implications of the California Consumer Privacy Act and the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act
  • Can be contacted at 312-324-8499 or [email protected]
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