When I was a relatively new associate, I was called “a little girl” by opposing counsel. I responded that I would show him what this “little girl" could do. Although it infuriated me, that experience taught me that portraying myself as confident would help me be successful, says Tiffany Downs, head of FordHarrison LLP's employee benefits practice group.
The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday held that lawsuits severed from a class action against American National Property and Casualty Co. as part of Louisiana’s program to help homeowner victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita do not belong in state court, saying the federal court has jurisdiction.
Aetna Inc. and Rawlings Co. LLC asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday for access to information about asbestos injury claimants in Specialty Products Holdings Corp.'s Chapter 11 case, saying they want to know their rights related to the claims.
The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class of KeyCorp 401(k) participants' claims that they paid inflated prices for company stock, saying the plaintiffs had failed to plead that KeyCorp's alleged misrepresentations caused a sharp drop in its stock value.
The Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that aims to encourage the growth of a private flood insurance market in the face of concerns that policy changes in Washington could have damaging effects on the state's real estate market.
A New York federal court on Tuesday enforced a policy exclusion and handed Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, a quick win in its lawsuit challenging coverage for Convergys Corp.'s settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday told a New York judge that an American International Group Inc. unit must pay all of its attorneys’ fees stemming from a judgment that the insurer must defend it against asbestos-related injury claims from the original World Trade Center's construction workers.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday kept intact a class action accusing SunTrust Mortgage Inc. of reaping kickbacks in exchange for force-placing overpriced QBE Specialty Insurance Co. hazard policies, ruling that mortgagors are not precluded from suing by their own breaches of contract.
North River Insurance Co. on Monday urged a Pennsylvania state judge to reverse a recent ruling in which he found that, for the purposes of insurance coverage, asbestos-related injuries occur on the date of first exposure, emphasizing that science no longer supports that conclusion.
A host of insurance company general counsel have named the firms they have the best relationships with and that provide the best client service, a reflection of the value top firms place on building and maintaining working partnerships, according to a new report.
The Obama administration on Wednesday outlined new policies that will allow millions of Americans extra time to shop on Affordable Care Act marketplaces, a welcome development for hospitals, drugmakers and insurers counting on extra customers.
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday set aside Kubicki Draper LLP's victory in a legal malpractice suit brought by Arch Specialty Insurance Co., finding the trial court improperly denied Arch the opportunity to fix a critical error in its complaint.
An Illinois appeals court on Tuesday flipped a ruling that stuck two Zurich American Insurance Co. units with the $8 million tab from a fax-spamming class action settlement, applying Pennsylvania precedent that unsolicited communications are not accidental rather than policyholder-friendly Illinois law.
Investment house Standard Life plc's management arm on Wednesday agreed to acquire U.K.-based Ignis Asset Management from insurance services provider Phoenix Group Holdings for £390 million ($645 million) in cash, according to a statement.
China's Citic Pacific is looking to bulk its holdings in Hong Kong after e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said it will head to the U.S. for its IPO, while Dallas buyout firm Brazos Private Equity Partners is planning to wind down.
The subtle sexism I find is that a client or co-counsel might challenge my advice because they think it (and thus me) not “aggressive enough.” If a woman proposes a strategy that, based on her experience, is more effective than a lawsuit, she may be seen as not being "tough," says Mary McCutcheon, chairwoman of Farella Braun & Martel LLP's construction and insurance coverage department.
I never doubted that I could be successful. I expected my male counterparts to include me, mentor me and respect my thoughts. I just took a seat at the table and was not told to leave, says Jill Bronson, leader of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's corporate finance team and partner-in-charge of the firm's Philadelphia office.
Life Partners Inc. urged the Texas Supreme Court Monday to reverse a lower appeals court’s decision to reinstate a putative class action accusing it of selling unregistered securities, saying life settlements do not qualify as such under state law.
Setting the stage for a fight with health care providers and their insurance companies, Consumer Watchdog on Monday turned in more than 840,000 signatures for a ballot measure that seeks to raise California’s long-held $250,000 cap on pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice suits.
Aviva Life and Annuity Co. hit a former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive with a securities lawsuit in Iowa federal court Tuesday, accusing the defendant of lying about the true state of the now-bankrupt firm’s finances when it issued $35 million in senior secured notes in 2010.