After the filing of two California lawsuits by crew members who witnessed the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchings on the “Rust” film set, Law360 reached out to Goldberg Segalla’s Albert K. Alikin regarding the companies named as defendants and their insurance coverage.
In the article, Al, a partner in the firm’s Global Insurance Services group in Los Angeles, told Law360 that insurers for movie sets need to be careful about who is covered under the policies and policy terms.
“The contracts between all these various entities will be very important because it will help determine who has to defend and indemnify who, who has to additionally insure who, and how much available insurance there is,” Al said. “It’s all about finding the priority of coverage, sequence, and allocation of coverage.”
Two crew members on “Rust” are seeking emotional damages caused by the October 2021 incident in which actor and producer Alec Baldwin accidentally fatally shot the film’s cinematographer and wounded the film’s director. California’s “zone of danger” law gives the plaintiffs standing to bring actions for emotional distress.
“Coverage in Baldwin Shooting May Be Wanting, Experts Say,” Law360, November 22, 2021
Albert K. Alikin focuses his practice on counseling clients in complex insurance coverage and bad faith disputes involving E&O, D&O, fidelity, EPLI, automobile/UIM, property, cyber, and CGL policies. Al has prevailed in trial and appellate courts throughout California and across the nation. He has also represented a wide variety of insurance industry clients such as insurance brokers, agents, and third-party administrators in professional liability actions. His extensive coverage experience spans many industries including banking and financial services, commercial and residential real estate, construction, home and auto, education, energy, entertainment and film, government, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, and special events. Additionally, he has substantial experience litigating toxic tort, general liability, and breach of contract actions, including high-exposure bodily injury, wrongful death, and abuse cases.