counsel to defend the lawsuit on behalf of the sponsoring organization and to have any damagesawarded against it paid by the indemnifying party.InsuranceAs with any type of meeting-related activity, it is important to ensure that the sponsoringorganization has appropriate insurance coverage in place to protect itself from any possible risk.Typically, the sponsoring organization’s comprehensive general liability insurance should coverclaims such as those for copyright infringement and defamation but it is important to check thepolicy. In other instances the sponsoring organization will need to secure publisher’s liabilityinsurance to protect itself from claims involving virtual events. And it is also important thatwhen working with any vendor, the sponsoring organization verifies that such vendors have theirown insurance coverage in place o protect them against the vendor’s wrongful actions.SummaryIn summary, while the legal issues involved many differ, virtual events can be as risky asface to face meetings. But with proper planning, sponsoring organizations can ensure they haveaddressed these legal issues in a proper manner so as to prevent liability to the organization.***Barbara Dunn is an attorney and partner with the law firm of Howe & Hutton, Ltd. She can bereached at email@example.com or (636) 256-3351.