Insurance

  • June 27, 2016

    The Firms That Won Big At the Supreme Court

    While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Top Supreme Court Dissents Of The Term

    While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    A vacant seat on the court. Controversial decisions on abortion and affirmative action. A judicial deadlock on immigration. For the U.S. Supreme Court, it was both business as usual and a session unlike any other. Here, Law360 takes a deep dive into the numbers behind the high court's latest term, examining the vote counts, overturn rates and dissents from this divided court.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    Late Justice Antonin Scalia joked about taking bribes, Justice Stephen Breyer imagined a hot dog detector and Chief Justice John Roberts needed help deciphering a young lawyer's lingo. Amid the customary seriousness of this term's U.S. Supreme Court arguments, there were some memorable moments of courtroom comedy. Here, Law360 looks back at humorous highlights from the past year.

  • June 27, 2016

    BlueCross Data Breach Suit Dismissal Appealed To 4th Circ.

    Two policyholders accusing CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of potentially compromising their information along with that of a million others after a May 2015 data breach will appeal to the Fourth Circuit a Maryland federal judge’s decision last month to toss their proposed class action, according to a filing Friday.

  • June 27, 2016

    Damage To Builder's Own Work Not Covered, 11th Circ. Told

    Auto-Owners Insurance Co. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to affirm a Florida federal judge's ruling that it doesn't have to defend Elite Homes Inc. in a construction defect suit, saying the underlying action alleges only excluded claims for the costs of fixing Elite's own work despite vague references to damage to "other property."

  • June 27, 2016

    Hueston Hennigan DQ Order Stands In Kickback Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge didn’t budge Friday from an earlier ruling disqualifying Hueston Hennigan LLP from representing the California State Compensation Insurance Fund in a pair of kickback suits against physicians over the firm’s simultaneous representation of an individual charged in a related criminal action, saying signed conflict of interest waivers didn’t reflect “informed written consent.”

  • June 27, 2016

    A Divided Court Finds New Ways To Be Unanimous

    The U.S. Supreme Court's struggle to avoid 4-4 splits this term led to a new kind of unanimity, experts say, with the four justices in the ideological middle forging consensus on narrow points of law.

  • June 27, 2016

    8 Wasn't Enough For Lawyers Seeking High Court Clarity

    The eight-justice U.S. Supreme Court failed to reach majority decisions in some of the most closely watched cases of the term, leaving controversial legal questions unanswered and underscoring the stakes of the political fight over the late Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement.

  • June 27, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: Anbang, Ponte Gadea, Bauer Family

    Anbang Insurance is reportedly planning to convert much of the Waldorf Astoria to condos, Amancio Ortega's Ponte Gadea is said to have dropped $67.6 million on a New York hotel and the Bauer family is reportedly selling a Chicago shopping center property that could fetch $30 million.

  • June 27, 2016

    Insurers Must Cover Faulty Window Settlement, 7th Circ. Told

    A condominium association urged the Seventh Circuit on Monday to find that two insurers must cover a window installer's settlement of claims that its shoddy workmanship caused extensive water damage to several condos, saying that an Illinois federal judge erred in holding that there was no accident triggering coverage.

  • June 27, 2016

    PNC Urges 8th Circ. To Toss $355.5M Funeral Scam Verdict

    PNC Bank on Monday urged the Eighth Circuit once again to reverse a lower court's approval of a $355.5 million jury verdict against it for its role as a trustee to a company that ran a Ponzi-like scheme involving prepaid funeral contracts, arguing the suit should never have gone to trial as a tort case.

  • June 27, 2016

    Kansas Seeks To Toss Planned Parenthood Medicaid Suit

    The state of Kansas told a federal court Friday to throw out a putative class action over the state’s decision to end Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the two Planned Parenthood affiliates that brought the suit don’t have standing to sue under the Medicaid Act.

  • June 27, 2016

    Top DOJ Health Care Fraud Atty Joins Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells snared a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney with broad health care fraud experience for its investigations, white collar and fraud practice, the firm announced today.

  • June 27, 2016

    Berkshire, Other Insurers Seek Toss Of Hacking Suit

    Berkshire Hathaway Homestate and two other insurance companies asked a California federal judge on Friday to toss a putative class action brought by a group of workers who claim the insurers hacked into their lawyers' databases and stole 32,000 workers' compensation case files, saying the suit is identical to another action that missed the certification deadline.

  • June 27, 2016

    Ex-Hockey Players Say Chubb Should Pay Records Cost

    Former National Hockey League players struck back Monday at a workers' compensation insurer request that they pay for the cost of producing medical records in their multidistrict litigation against the NHL, telling a Minnesota federal court that the insurer is perfectly capable of turning over those records itself.

  • June 27, 2016

    PF Chang's Appeals Data Breach Coverage Loss To 9th Circ.

    P.F. Chang's has indicated it will appeal to the Ninth Circuit an Arizona federal court's decision that it isn't covered under a cyberinsurance policy for assessments MasterCard charged its card processing agent following a large-scale data breach, according to court documents filed Monday.

  • June 27, 2016

    American Financial Boosts National Interstate Takeover Bid

    American Financial Group Inc. revealed Monday it is willing to pay more to take over National Interstate Corp., while pushing forward with a recently revived bid more than two years after an earlier buyout attempt fell apart.

  • June 27, 2016

    AIG Policy Covers Unfair Competition Suit, Farm Co. Says

    Stoller Enterprises on Sunday asked a Texas federal judge to declare AIG Specialty Insurance Co. breached an umbrella policy when it refused to provide coverage related to an unfair competition lawsuit that left the agricultural product seller facing a $44.5 million judgment, saying the policy's two-tiered plan doesn't bar coverage.

  • June 27, 2016

    Tips For Executives To Maximize D&O Coverage

    With federal and state regulators ramping up enforcement efforts, corporate executives and boards of directors are facing more potential sources of liability than ever before, such as claims that they misled investors about securities offerings or misstated a company's financial condition. Here, Law360 offers tips to get the most out of directors and officers coverage.

Expert Analysis

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • A Few Important Decisions From The 'Inferior' Courts

    Fred Taylor Isquith

    With all eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court, litigation lawyers may have glanced quickly at important cases coming from the lower courts and providing guidelines on confidentiality orders, picking off plaintiffs, the treatment of buried disclosure in securities litigation, and antitrust pleadings, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • 5th Circ. Brings Consistency To Improper-Joinder Analysis

    Tyler J. McGuire

    In International Energy Ventures Management v. United Energy, the Fifth Circuit recently cleared up the confusion over improper-joinder analysis in Texas by unequivocally holding that the federal pleading standard applies, says Tyler McGuire at Zelle LLP.

  • Damage Analysis Is Key To Settling Complex Cases

    Karen Willcuts

    An understanding of the damage model and the facts and figures to back it up is crucial to a successful mediation in commercial cases. This is true for both plaintiffs counsel and defense counsel, says Karen Willcutts, former associate judge for Dallas County and an arbitrator at JAMS ADR.

  • Calif. Court Protects Against Post-Litigation Discovery

    Jennifer A. Williams

    While California courts have entertained the notion that an insurer’s conduct during coverage litigation may be considered evidence of bad faith under extremely limited circumstances, they more consistently recognize that an insurer — like any litigant — is entitled to a fair day in court, as illustrated by a California federal court's recent decision in Genesis Insurance v. Magma Design, says Jennifer Williams at Wiley Rein LLP.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • Law Firms Must Advise Clients About Available Insurance

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    As illustrated by a recent New York appeals court decision, law firms all-too-frequently fail to help their clients determine at the outset of a claim whether or not there is insurance available to protect them, says Kevin LaCroix at RT ProExec.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • Panama Canal Expansion Could Increase Freight Claims

    Ronald Leibman

    The expected increase in shipments to East Coast ports as a result of the Panama Canal Expansion Project may lead to an increase in loss and damage claims, and with ocean carriers becoming more reluctant to settle cargo claims, shippers would be well served by reviewing their insurance policies to ensure that they're protected, say Ronald Leibman and Andrew Warner at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.

  • Health Republic’s Curious Liquidation: Part 2

    James Veach

    Committees of policyholders and medical providers would bring light and energy into the Health Republic bankruptcy and help New Yorkers avoid having to suffer a second Health Republic debacle, this one during its liquidation, says James Veach at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.