Anderson Kill PC, a national firm specializing in insurance recovery, opened a new office in Dallas that will focus on asset recovery for the health care, hospitality, energy and manufacturing industries, the firm announced Wednesday.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday refused to free Houston Casualty Co. from a suit seeking coverage for a former Elliott Greenleaf client who was sued for allegedly using tax lien trade secrets stolen from the firm, finding that the complaint included sufficient facts.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to delay by a year the penalty for people who don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which the Republican majority argued was needed to address unequal treatment of individuals and businesses under the law.
Specialty chemicals manufacturer Ashland Inc. has settled with insurers and individuals who sued over a 2006 factory explosion that allegedly caused more than $30 million in damage to surrounding residential areas, according to a Wednesday filing in Massachusetts federal court.
When my 7-year-old boys looked through the photos in a book on the 80-year history of my firm, one asked, “Why were all of the founders men?” I love that they noticed the lack of founding mothers, that it seemed weird to them and that I got the chance to tell them how some things have shifted, says Anna Shimko, chairwoman of Sedgwick LLP's real estate and land use practice group and vice chairwoman of the firm's commercial division.
I was very fortunate to join a litigation department chaired by the first female lawyer hired by the firm. She was very protective of the younger women in her department and, from the start, assigned me to high-profile litigation teams that included strong women leaders, says Tara Sutton, chairwoman of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP's mass tort group.
A bill that would force New York employers to buy insurance to pay workers taking medical leave — strengthening federal protections that guarantee unpaid leave only — won backing from the state's top Democratic legislator, who pushed the bill through the New York State Assembly on Wednesday.
New York Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber talks to Law360 about midnight-oil marathon hearings, the future of the Article I specialist, and how lawyers should be more like journalists.
Underwriters at Lloyd's of London have been hit with a putative class action brought by an insured policyholder over the company’s practice of depreciating labor costs when reimbursing homeowners for claims, according to a suit removed to Arkansas federal court Tuesday.
The state of Florida was hit with a lawsuit in Florida federal court Thursday challenging the constitutionality of the state’s laws that void or refuse to recognize same-sex marriages that were officiated in other states or countries.
A medical benefits trust called for sanctions Monday against a doctors’ group for alleging that it, along with at least 100 other defendants, underpaid the group for medical procedures in a $26 million Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit the company told a California federal court “contains no facts."
A New Jersey federal judge on Monday refused to revisit his decision rejecting Exxon Mobil Corp.'s bid to force the government to hand over reports from its $367 million Superfund cleanup suit against Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Inc.
The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed a $77 billion discretionary budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that aims to grow the physician workforce, tie Medicare payments to insurers and providers more closely to quality, boost anti-fraud efforts, and ramp up the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s inspection powers. Here are eight highlights experts shared with Law360.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a suit that Eli Lilly and Co.'s insurer brought against Tyco Integrated Security LLC for failing to prevent a $60M theft in the pharmaceutical giant’s Connecticut warehouse, saying it raises claims concerning Tyco’s failure to protect confidential information.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to curb steep rate hikes required under 2012 reforms to the troubled National Flood Insurance Program, just days after Democratic leaders struck a key compromise with Republicans on the controversial measure.
A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday agreed to partially lift a stay in St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York's bankruptcy to allow American International Group Inc. affiliates to arbitrate four disputes totaling more than $30 million.
A Pennsylvania state judge agreed on Tuesday to reconsider his recent ruling that, for the purposes of insurance coverage, asbestos-related injuries occur on the date of first exposure, which allegedly deviates from the general scientific consensus.
In nixing defense coverage to Sony Corp. units for hackers' theft of confidential data, a New York judge found that there had been a “publication” of private information, but dealt Sony a blow by shunning its interpretation of the “in any manner” policy language, according to a hearing transcript posted Monday.
Sixty percent of Medicare drug plans don't submit data on potential fraud to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General said Monday, amid separate findings that CMS doesn't follow up on Medicare Advantage insurers' data problems.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has hired a former White House deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs, who has experience working on patent reform, data breach legislation and the Affordable Care Act, to join its policy practice in Washington, the firm said Tuesday.
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's departure from Kiev on Feb. 24 is the latest example of the dynamic situation in his country. The challenge for insurers and insureds with policies in countries experiencing similar turmoil is to apply their policy's terms — whether exclusions and/or coverages — to each loss, bearing in mind differing times, places and circumstances, says Andrew Tobin of Cozen O'Connor.
According to a frequently cited 2013 report prepared for Experian, 31 percent of U.S. companies have cyber or data breach insurance policies. But that is grossly overstated. All that can be said about the Experian report is that 31 percent of mostly the largest companies in the country — half of which have already experienced a data breach — have a cyber policy, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
The New Jersey Superior Court recently ruled in DeMarco v. Stoddard that a medical malpractice insurer could not deny coverage for an insured who had made material misrepresentations in obtaining an insurance policy. While the ultimate limits of this decision are yet to be determined, it is certain to spur more litigation to test these limits, say John Jackson and John Kaveney of Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP.
New York insurance law had been roiled by the New York Court of Appeals' decision last June in K2 Investment Group v. American Insurance. But now, after the court reversed its own ruling, it appears clear that this episode was the result of the court being offended by the actions of the insurer, and coming up with a possible response sua sponte at oral argument, say Charles Booth and Michael Anania of Ford Marrin Esposito Witmeyer & Gleser LLP.
Property insurance policies often contain a number of temporal restrictions that may affect the amount of recovery for a covered time element claim. To maximize the likelihood that your business recovers the full amount of its loss, it is important to review your policy and laws in the relevant jurisdiction to assess how these might impact the measurement of your loss, says Erica Dominitz of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
This past year at the Illinois Supreme Court suggests that the court does not grant review predominantly to reverse, like some appellate courts with discretionary dockets, and that counsel should answer every question carefully — there’s a good chance those are the justices you must persuade to prevail, says Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP.
In a recent Law360 guest column, Judge Wayne D. Brazil of JAMS concluded that decision analysis is an inherently flawed tool for calculating settlement values of civil cases. However, the error is not in the tool, but rather in how it is used. Done correctly, decision analysis can and should be used to assist counsel in calculating discounted settlement values, say Richard Lane White and Brian Henthorn of Gnarus Advisors LLC.
While there may be compelling arguments as to why an insured should be excused from satisfying certain first-party property policy deadlines, it is better to stay ahead of them in order to avoid — or to minimize the likelihood of — protracted and costly disputes regarding whether failure to strictly comply with them will serve as a complete or partial bar to coverage, says Erica Dominitz of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
These days, jurors and judges are so accustomed to seeing graphics — on the street, on the Web, on their smartphones — that they expect to see something good in the courtroom. The best graphics are composed of consequential information, clearly displayed, with emphasis on what matters most, paired with artwork that adds meaning. This simultaneously compels people to think, feel and make decisions, says Aaron Stienstra, design director at The Focal Point LLC.
Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its first major proposed revision of Medicare Part D regulations in years, which included a bombshell for the mental health and transplant communities — the proposed elimination of protections for depression and anti-rejection medications. CMS' reasons for reducing protections do not leave much room for optimism that the agency will withdraw the proposal in its final rule, says David Farber of King & Spalding LLP.