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What does Rescission mean? Read on to discover the definition & meaning of the term Rescission - to help you better understand the language used in insurance policies.



With respect to a directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance policy, a declaration by an insurer that the policy was never in effect, the result being that coverage for a claim, when tendered by a corporate organization to an insurer, is not covered. Rescission most often occurs under two circumstances: (1) when the signer of an application for D&O liability coverage had knowledge of a potential claim and intentionally concealed such knowledge, and (2) when the application for coverage or an important attachment to it (e.g., a financial statement) contains information that is materially false, such that if correct information were provided to the insurer, it would not have entered into the contract of insurance. In recent years, D&O insurers have increasingly rescinded coverage on these two bases.

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines insurance as:

a: The business of insuring persons or property.

b: Coverage by contract whereby one party undertakes to indemnify or guarantee another against loss by a specified contingency or peril.

c: The sum for which something is insured.

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