The directors and officers (D&O) insurance policy covers third-party liability claims against the directors and officers of an organization. The officers may face liability claims due to mistakes committed while performing duties. The D&O insurance policy provides a wide scope of coverage against third-party claims, including coverage for lawsuits. The policy is designed to cover directors and other key personnel of the company who make important executive decisions. Importantly, the insurance covers claims on all executives and not just the official directors of the company.
When buying a D&O insurance policy, you must understand the scope of coverage of the policy. This would allow you to understand which claims would be settled by the directors and officers insurance policy.
Claims settled by D&O policy
The various claims settled by the Directors and Officers policy include:
Claims due to misrepresentation
The directors or officers of the company may show incorrect information in the financial statements of the company. Or they may hide important information about the company when entering into a contract with other parties. Moreover, they might lie about important facts of the company to third parties. As a result, third parties may suffer a financial loss. Such cases are examples of misrepresentation for which the organization might face a lawsuit. Such misrepresentation-related claims are covered by the D&O insurance policy.
Claims due to violation of laws or statutes
The directors are expected to conduct their duties within regulatory frameworks established by the Government and regulatory bodies. However, if they violate any law or rule, it might give rise to directors and officers claims. And, a regulatory body may file lawsuits against the organization. The D&O insurance policy covers such claims. In fact, some insurances will also pay the penalty levied.
Claims due to misleading promotions
The company might suffer a lawsuit if it engages in misleading promotions of its goods or services. If the directors are involved in such promotions, they would be held liable and there might be a claim.
Claims due to breach of duty
Third parties might file a liability claim against directors for not conducting duties as required. In such cases, there would be a breach of duty claim. So, one example of breach of duty is if statutory payments like provident fund or gratuity are not timely.
Claims from stakeholders
Stakeholders of the company might file a lawsuit against directors for bad performance of the organization, which may have led to devaluation of the company’s stock.
Claims from employees
Employees may also file lawsuit against directors and officers for misconduct, sexual harassment, bias and discrimination. The D&O policy will cover such claims.
In conclusion, a directors and officers insurance policy covers the financial liability suffered by directors and officers. The policy covers the settlements paid by the organization on behalf of its directors or by the directors themselves. It also covers the litigation costs associated with such claims.
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