Directors and Officers Liability: Avoid Catastrophe - Think Insurance Coverage

Executive Insurance Advisor

PUBLISHED ON: December 31, 2000

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When catastrophe strikes—a lawsuit is brought against you or other directors and officers of your organization—consider the potential insurance coverage available under a directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance policy.

When the lawsuit is filed, D&O claim handlers know that they probably can count on leading policyholder lambs to the slaughter. A D&O insurance company executive has written that policyholders’ general counsel are “usually not trained to understand insurance, especially not D&O insurance.” The same inexperience may characterize the outside counsel defending the lawsuit. Insurance companies know exactly what they are doing.