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Side A Only Coverage

Side A-Only Coverage

Definition

A directors and officers (D&O) liability policy that provides only "direct" coverage of the directors and officers but does not cover the corporation's legal obligation to indemnify the directors and officers (known as Side B or corporate reimbursement coverage). Side A-only forms are written either on an excess or umbrella basis over a primary D&O policy. When written on an excess basis, they provide additional limits if a claim exhausts the coverage available under the primary form. When written on an umbrella basis, Side A-only policies afford broader coverage than the underlying, primary D&O policy, as well as additional limits.

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