SXSW v. Federal Insurance

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Appellate - 5th Circuit

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4110 Insurance

  1. May 17, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Rethink SXSW Ticket Coverage Ruling

    The Fifth Circuit will not reconsider ordering a Chubb unit to cover defense costs incurred by Texas music festival South by Southwest from a class action by ticket holders seeking refunds after Austin officials canceled the festival in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. April 05, 2024

    SXSW Insurer Asks 5th Circ. To Rethink Coverage Ruling

    The insurer of Texas music festival South by Southwest has asked a Fifth Circuit panel to rehear its case seeking to avoid covering a class action by ticket holders who didn't get refunds when the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

  3. March 28, 2024

    5th Circ. Limits Broad Contract Liability Exclusions In SXSW

    The Fifth Circuit awarded policyholders a major victory over a thorny issue when it ruled that Texas music festival South by Southwest's insurer owed defense coverage for a ticket holder class action over unpaid refunds from the canceled 2020 festival.

  4. March 22, 2024

    5th Circ. Revives Coverage Row Over SXSW Ticket Refunds

    Texas music festival South by Southwest's insurer must cover its defense in a class action by ticket holders who didn't receive refunds after the city of Austin canceled the March 2020 event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fifth Circuit said, reviving the dispute.

  5. January 01, 2024

    Top Specialty Lines Insurance Cases To Watch In 2024

    The new year promises to bring major decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court down to the district court level on issues affecting key questions in specialty lines of insurance coverage. Here, Law360 looks at specialty lines cases to watch in the first half of 2024.

  6. October 06, 2023

    SXSW Coverage Appeal Hits Jurisdiction Snag At 5th Circ.

    A Fifth Circuit panel partially remanded SXSW's fight for coverage of a now-settled suit over the festival operator's refusal to provide ticket refunds, saying that there isn't enough evidence of subject matter jurisdiction and that the district court should determine if jurisdiction exists.

  7. September 07, 2023

    5th Circ. Focuses On Contract Links In SXSW Refund Case

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday looked to clarify the connection between unjust enrichment and conversion claims against festival operator SXSW and its ticketing contracts to determine if a contract exclusion bars coverage of a now-settled lawsuit over its refusal to provide ticket refunds.

  8. September 06, 2023

    A Primer On SXSW's COVID Refund Coverage Appeal

    SXSW's bid to have the Fifth Circuit overturn a no-coverage finding for its COVID-related festival cancellation costs presents an opportunity for the panel to consider how broadly contract exclusions should be read in directors and officers policies.

  9. July 03, 2023

    Specialty Lines Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2023

    The first half of 2023 brought myriad hard-hitting specialty lines decisions, but the second half could potentially be even more exciting as federal appellate courts gear up to consider Harvard's bid to reverse its affirmative action coverage loss and other disputes. Here, Law360 Insurance Authority breaks down the most important specialty lines cases to watch in the next half of the year.

  10. March 27, 2023

    Chubb Unit Says It Owes No Coverage In SXSW Refund Row

    A Chubb unit told the Fifth Circuit that a lower court properly applied a contractual liability exclusion to relieve it of any duty to defend music festival operator SXSW in a putative class action over refused refunds for the 2020 event canceled because of COIVD-19.