Directors & Officers liability insurance pricing, terms, and availability are headaches for risk managers. Fortune 500 companies have seen premiums jump 200 to 400 percent. A recent poll conducted by revealed that 27 percent of respondents said their D&O coverage costs have doubled or tripled. You need not be a Fortune 500 company, though, to face daunting D&O challenges.

Even before the Enron and WorldCom scandals, the D&O arena exhibited increasing litigation. Not only is coverage getting pricier, but policies also cover less. Exclusions create new financial vulnerabilities. Some call current D&O policies “baskets with leaky holes.”

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