A former Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP partner who has negotiated settlements for clients including AB Electrolux and International Paper Co. signed on to Reed Smith LLP’s insurance recovery practice on Tuesday.
National Feeds Inc. and its insurer The Midwestern Indemnity Co. have resolved their claims against United Pet Foods Inc. accusing the company of breaching its contract with the animal feed supplier by providing rancid dog and mink feed, according to a Tuesday text order in Ohio federal court.
A physician group accusing board-certified allergist organizations of limiting insurance coverage for primary care physicians in violation of antitrust laws told a Texas federal court Tuesday that the allergists’ requests for document production and sanctions are meritless and that it’s the allergists who haven’t been fair during discovery.
Four Allstate equity traders fired over their desk’s alleged trade-timing moved Tuesday to extract punitive damages from the insurance giant after winning a $27 million defamation verdict in Illinois federal court that the company is fighting to reverse.
Taos Ski Valley Inc. asked the Tenth Circuit Tuesday to send a question of insurance law to the New Mexico Supreme Court in its appeal of a lower court's ruling that the ski resort isn’t entitled to coverage from Nova Casualty Co. for the more than $1 million it spent to clean up environmental contamination on its property.
Anthem Inc. on Tuesday escaped the remainder of claims it faced in multidistrict litigation over the insurer’s use of allegedly distorted reimbursement rates for out-of-network services, after a California federal judge decided the remaining policyholders hadn’t proven injuries and filed untimely suits.
Insurance broker EFinancial was hit with a federal class action on Tuesday over claims it recorded conversations without permission while selling insurance.
Allstate Indemnity Co. on Tuesday escaped owing a defense to an Alabama landowner accused of negligence in an underlying wrongful death suit that related to his property, after an Alabama judge decided that coverage was excluded because the land constituted a part of his real estate business.
A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s determination that Honeywell International cannot have defense costs incurred in thousands of asbestos liability suits over the years covered by its insurers’ excess policies, finding the coverage clearly excludes legal expenses.
A project consultant that was denied coverage of a negligence suit related to a burst sewage pipe at John F. Kennedy International Airport told a New York federal judge Tuesday that the reasoning behind the insurer’s quick judgment bid stinks, while the insurer contended that coverage is without a doubt excluded.
Former Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura sued underwriters at Lloyd's of London in North Carolina state court Monday for $3 million, saying the insurer wrongly rejected a claim for coverage on a policy designed to cover career-ending injuries after he suffered a concussion.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday granted a sanctions request by Geico against an auto repair shop and its law firm, holding that they filed claims in an antitrust case that had already been resolved in a related suit against the insurance company.
Law professor and constitutional law expert Erwin Chemerinsky filed an amicus brief Tuesday in a Ninth Circuit appeal involving Oracle’s copyright infringement suit against Oregon over the state’s heath insurance exchange, urging the court to recognize federal authority over copyright law.
MMIC Insurance Co. can rescind an Iowa doctor's retroactive professional-liability policy due to his failure to notify the insurer of a medical negligence lawsuit pending against him before the coverage was put into place, the Eighth Circuit affirmed on Tuesday.
Florida-based insurer Sawgrass Mutual is accusing a competitor of trying to steal its trade secrets by compelling arbitration related to two contracts Sawgrass held with a reinsurer, which was then bought out by the competitor, according to a complaint removed to Florida federal court Tuesday.
Some law firms fail to promote collegiality through their policies and management, instead infusing venom into the relationships between their attorneys and dealing a fatal blow to firmwide harmony and productivity. Here, experts reveal the three biggest ways law firms unintentionally cultivate discord.
The state treasurer of Illinois said on Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner should not hesitate any longer to sign a bill requiring life insurance companies to make a good faith effort to locate deceased policyholders so that beneficiaries receive the money they're due.
An insurer sued Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom LLP for more than $10 million in Houston state court Monday, claiming the firm waited too long to file a maritime law claim that could have limited a contractor’s liability in a wrongful death case.
The order that Great Divide's and Lexington's competing policies apply to an underlying lawsuit over a garbage truck accident that killed a biker is a question best left to Massachusetts’ highest court, a federal judge concluded Tuesday.
The firm representing Groom Construction in a lawsuit over a fitting room door that allegedly injured a shopper at Target can remain as counsel, a New York magistrate judge concluded Monday, denying Target’s bid to disqualify the attorneys because of an alleged conflict of interest with Groom’s insurer.
Health Republic Insurance of New York, New York’s only Affordable Care Act nonprofit health insurer, has finally been placed in liquidation — but the liquidation process has been particularly unusual, says James Veach at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.
Long before the disclosure of billionaire Peter Thiel’s funding of litigation against Gawker Media, the international arbitration community had begun to acknowledge some serious concerns with third-party funding in an arbitration context, says Donald Hayden of Berger Singerman LLP.
The requirements of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' proposed data security model law would impose a set of data breach reporting requirements on insurers that is significantly more demanding than existing state and federal laws, say Jim Harvey and Bruce Sarkisian at Alston & Bird LLP.
What a policyholder should do in response to an outright denial of insurance coverage may be unclear or the subject of debate, depending on the jurisdiction, but cooperating with your insurer initially and throughout the claim, even if not required, could go a long way toward maintaining coverage and avoiding litigation, say Jacob Esparza and Susan Swanson at Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown LLP.
Policyholder lawyers have begun to assail attorney-client privilege in the context of insurance coverage disputes. Unfortunately for them, the fact remains that insurers retain counsel to provide legal advice, which is privileged and should remain so, says Thomas Cook at Zelle LLP.
At first glance, the California Supreme Court's decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance may seem beneficial to insurers. However, the inclusion of Brandt fees as compensatory damages may result in more punitive damages awards being deemed reasonable, say Tad Devlin and Aaron Cargain at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.
The New York high court's recent decision in Ambac Assurance v. Countrywide Home Loans not to expand the attorney-client privilege to communications between M&A parties is a useful reminder that the mad dash to closing should be managed in such a way as to avoid the inadvertent waiver of the privilege, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
It's no secret that law firms are generally thought of as having one of the lowest commitments to diversity among industry groups. But that perception is juxtaposed against the fact that many have gender diversity initiatives. So why is there so little progress? The answer is complex, but bridging the disconnect lies in ensuring that certain elements of a gender diversity and inclusion initiative are firmly in place, says Robyn Pol... (continued)
New York courts and the Legislature have recently taken up the issue of whether policyholders should be able to seek extracontractual damages when denied full and prompt payment of their claims — which is a crucial means of leveling the playing field between policyholders and the insurance industry, say Peter Halprin and Bruce Strong at Anderson Kill PC.
A new rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prohibits federally funded health programs from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To ensure compliance, covered entities need to take several specific steps such as implementing more flexibility for certain types of care, like gender transitioning services, and providing meaningful access to individuals with lim... (continued)