Paulette Sarp and Christopher Dougherty Mentioned in Law360 Article on Eighth Circuit Ruling in Favor of MMIC Insurance Co.

July 19, 2016

Paulette S. Sarp and Christopher M. Dougherty, Minneapolis-based attorneys in the Insurance & Reinsurance practice at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, were mentioned in the article, "Omission Axes Doctor's Liability Coverage, 8th Circ. Says," published by Law360 on July 19, 2016.

The article discusses how a three-judge panel of the appellate court upheld an Arkansas federal court's ruling that MMIC can void the coverage it issued to Dr. Karl Hasik in connection with his work at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa.  The article mentions that Ms. Sarp and Mr. Dougherty represented MMIC Insurance Group in which MMIC sought to rescind a professional liability policy issued to a physician who failed to disclose two potential malpractice claims on his application and then, after his application was submitted but before "prior acts" coverage was issued, was served with a lawsuit arising out of his prior practice and failed to report that to MMIC.  The Eighth Circuit agreed with MMIC that this statute did not apply in a situation in which a material change in circumstances arises after the application is submitted but before coverage is issued.

Read the full article "Omission Axes Doctor's Liability Coverage, 8th Circ. Says" on the Law360 website. Please note a subscription is required.

Paulette Sarp is a litigator with a broad range of experience in state and federal courts in jurisdictions across the nation. She devotes the majority of her practice to representing insurance companies in complex coverage litigation involving the insurer's duties and obligations under all types of policies, including commercial general liability, professional liability, homeowners, and automobile policies.

Christopher Dougherty advises and represents insurance companies facing complex first party and third party coverage disputes in state and federal courts across the country. He has experience representing insurers' interests in declaratory judgment actions and breach of contract actions.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.

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