Insurance

  • June 12, 2014

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Class Action Over Insurance Regs

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday tossed a putative class action brought by nursing agency ReadyLink Healthcare Inc. against the California State Compensation Insurance Fund, saying California state courts already ruled on the company’s Revenue Code preemption arguments, effectively killing the case.

  • June 12, 2014

    AIG's Sinkhole Coverage Suit Belongs In La., Judge Rules

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday tossed a suit brought by two American International Group Inc. units claiming they have no duty to cover salt producer Texas Brine Co. in litigation over the company’s alleged responsibility for a 2012 Louisiana sinkhole, finding the case would be better heard by Louisiana courts.

  • June 12, 2014

    Treasury Urged To Shine Light On Terrorism Insurance Market

    With Congress mulling the government's soon-to-expire terrorism reinsurance program, the Government Accountability Office released a report Wednesday suggesting that the U.S. Department of the Treasury collect more data surrounding the private terrorism coverage market and clarify when cyberattacks trigger the federal backstop.

  • June 12, 2014

    Travelers Off Hook In $4M Alagasco Cleanup Row: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive Alabama Gas Corp.'s suit seeking indemnification from Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. for $4 million it spent remediating a polluted site, affirming a lower court ruling that the company didn't face any liability during the policy period.

  • June 12, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Bryan Cave's Chris Cesare

    Senior management typically has a solid understanding of flextime — it’s the lawyers who are working side-by-side with women who seem to either be reluctant to make the arrangement work or have misconceptions about flextime and the level of commitment it entails, says Christine Cesare, leader of Bryan Cave LLP's litigation section and a member of the firm's management committee.

  • June 12, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Gordon & Rees' Leslie Benitez

    A witness I was cross-examining came down off the witness stand swinging a knife. The federal marshal shot him. Medical personnel carried the bleeding man out of the federal courtroom, and we resumed the hearing. I got some “street cred” for that one, says Leslie Benitez, co-managing partner of Gordon & Rees LLP's Austin, Texas, office.

  • June 11, 2014

    Farmers Beats Class Cert. In Insurance Underfunding Row

    A California judge on Wednesday denied class certification to Farmers New World Life Insurance Co. customers who allege in a decade-old case that they were cheated out of life insurance benefits that they paid for, saying the plaintiffs failed to show classwide injury.

  • June 11, 2014

    LA Hospitals Sue State Over Medi-Cal Payment Denials

    A group of Los Angeles-area hospitals on Tuesday sued the California Department of Health Care Services alleging the state failed to reimburse them for medical care rendered to patients covered by Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

  • June 11, 2014

    AHIP Urges Subsidies For Bare-Bones ACA Plans

    Trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans on Wednesday urged Congress to make bare-bones insurance policies eligible for Affordable Care Act subsidies, a proposal that could make coverage cheaper for some consumers but also leave them liable for hefty deductibles.

  • June 11, 2014

    Greenberg Says $2.7M Malpractice Suit Should Be Arbitrated

    Greenberg Traurig LLP urged a Texas appeals court Wednesday to enforce a provision in its attorney-client contract with National American Insurance Co. requiring arbitration of a $2.7 million malpractice suit the insurer filed against the firm for allegedly missing appellate deadlines in a wrongful death case.

  • June 11, 2014

    Blue Cross Sues Takeda, Eli Lilly Over Actos Cancer Costs

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Inc. launched a flurry of subrogation actions Wednesday in the Louisiana multidistrict litigation over the bladder cancer risks carried by Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly & Co.’s diabetes drug Actos, seeking to recoup the cost of medical bills for hundreds of alleged victims.

  • June 11, 2014

    EEOC Sues Co. For Making Workers Say 'I Love You'

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a New York-based health network on Wednesday for religious bias, claiming the company foisted a belief system called “Onionhead” on its workers that required them to pray, burn candles and tell colleagues “I love you,” and fired employees who objected.  

  • June 11, 2014

    6th Circ. Won't Stay ACA Mandate For Catholic Groups

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction sought by a variety of Catholic schools, charities and dioceses over the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, ruling that paperwork needed to qualify for accommodations are not a substantial burden on their beliefs. 

  • June 11, 2014

    Blue Cross Of Calif. Wins Redo On Damages In Billing Row

    A California appeals court on Tuesday called for a new trial on damages in a $10.8 million payment dispute between Children's Hospital Central California and Blue Cross of California, saying that the lower court made erroneous rulings regarding evidence and the valuation of medical services.

  • June 11, 2014

    Pa. Republicans Back Clerk In Fighting Gay Marriage Ruling

    A group of Pennsylvania state legislators on Tuesday lined up behind a county clerk's bid to intervene and seek an appeal of a federal judge's recent decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

  • June 11, 2014

    Insurer Sues Others To Share $30M Cost Of Beirut Project

    Columbia Casualty Co. said Friday that other insurers must shoulder the burden of costs sought by engineering and construction contractor URS Corp. related to a $34.6 million settlement over the remediation and development of a Lebanese landfill.

  • June 11, 2014

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive $16M Contractor Suit Against Travelers

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive Reginella Construction Co.'s $16 million lawsuit against Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. of America alleging it jeopardized construction projects with the Ohio Turnpike Commission and a school district, finding there is no fiduciary relationship between the two parties.

  • June 11, 2014

    Latham & Watkins Adds Quinn Emanuel Trial Atty To LA Office

    Latham & Watkins LLP added to its Los Angeles trial team a Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner who has experience working on multimillion- and billion-dollar litigation with clients including banks, private equity investors, hedge funds and technology and insurance companies, the firm said Monday.

  • June 11, 2014

    Insurer Can't Deny Eating Disorder Treatment: Calif. Court

    A California appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision denying insurance coverage to two women with eating disorders who filed a proposed class action against Blue Shield of California, finding the insurer had to pay for medically necessary treatment even though their plans specifically excluded it.

  • June 11, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Gardere's Kim Yelkin

    The best way to react to sexism is to be smarter, work harder and reflect professionalism. You cannot change things until you become part of the inner circle and change things from within the system, says Kimberly Yelkin, executive partner of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP's Austin, Texas, office and chairwoman of the firm's government affairs and insurance regulatory practice groups.