When I was in-house, I always wanted “one throat to choke” at my go-to law firms, and that was the partner I could rely on to get me the right players in the right case — and to yell at if I had a problem. That is now a key part of my role as outside counsel, says Anastasia Kelly, co-managing partner of DLA Piper in the U.S. and former executive vice president and general counsel at American International Group Inc.
For-profit corporations are not protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Sixth Circuit ruled on Tuesday as it tossed out an appeal by a Michigan auto parts manufacturer that claimed the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate violated the business owners' religious beliefs.
New Jersey's Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for insurers to sue fellow insurers to recoup defense costs in gradual property damage cases — even when other insurers have already settled with the policyholder — creating heavy pressure for all sides to strike global settlements.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday asked the the Second Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a suit challenging its handling of the more than $100 billion 2008 American International Group Inc. bailout, arguing it has broad discretion to protect the economy.
Farmers Insurance Exchange and State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. sued the U.S. Army in Utah federal court Tuesday to recoup $1.4 million they coughed up to cover property damage from a 2010 wildfire sparked outside Salt Lake City during a military training exercise.
The Travelers Indemnity Co. responded Tuesday to Cephalon Inc.'s efforts to dismiss a suit seeking to recover $22 million in workers’ compensation claims over the off-label use of two cancer painkillers, claiming that Cephalon is attempting to diminish the significance of its fraud accusations.
The highest court in New York agreed on Tuesday to consider if state insurance law permits certain clauses in fire loss policies lowering coverage ceilings in exchange for premium reductions.
A group of business and health care leaders in Florida on Tuesday called on the state legislature to take the $51 billion being offered by the federal government for Medicaid expansion, saying the move would help create jobs and help the state remain competitive.
A Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. auto policyholder filed a putative consumer protection class action in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday alleging the insurer refuses to provide a state-mandated 10 percent discount for passive anti-theft systems even though they come standard in most modern cars.
Ashland Hospital Corp. on Monday sued insurer RLI Insurance Co. in Kentucky federal court for its refusal to honor $10 million in liability coverage for Ashland's response to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation regarding its alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations.
A Philadelphia-based hospital alleged Monday that it had been forced to contribute $2.5 million toward a $6 million settlement with a patient in a malpractice suit after an attorney with Post & Post LLC failed to accurately determine the limits of the hospital’s insurance coverage.
A Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney who represents bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc. in Detroit’s historic bankruptcy proceedings should not be allowed to testify because she would abuse the attorney-client privilege, the city told a Michigan bankruptcy judge on Monday.
The Third Circuit on Monday affirmed a district court’s ruling that Amalgamated Life Insurance Co. hadn't violated the law by denying pensions to 12 former employees, saying employees were sufficiently notified that pension benefits would not be offered.
Allen Engineering Contractor Inc. says the U.S. Navy reneged on a $2.9 million construction contract for a California Marine Corps base even though it negligently investigated performance bonds securing the contract, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
A California appellate court on Monday freed Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. from covering a $10 million settlement won by a nightclub dancer set on fire by a patron, saying the incident constituted battery and fell under an exclusion even though the victim and assailant never touched.
Cigna Corp. asked the Second Circuit on Monday to reverse a district court’s order that it had violated ERISA by not adequately announcing changes to its benefits plan, saying the federal judge hadn’t properly considered how the class members would fare under the plan.
A California federal judge on Monday preliminarily approved a settlement of two consumer protection class actions against American Equity Investment Life Insurance Co. that will provide annuitization bonuses and other benefits to about 140,000 seniors who were allegedly duped into buying deferred annuities.
A New York state judge Friday tossed a developer’s bid to replace its insurer’s choice of counsel, O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, in one lawsuit arising over a fatal 2008 crane collapse but allowed a similar claim concerning a related suit to stand.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that an insurer bound to indemnify and defend an insured over continuous property damage litigation can bring a direct claim for defense costs against a co-insurer, which can't dodge such demands through a settlement between itself and the insured.
A Georgia federal court recently applied the insured-vs.-insured exclusion to block coverage for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s lawsuit blaming executives for a bank's failure, a rare victory for insurers that is expected to be cited heavily in future cases.