Insurance

  • January 23, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Goldberg Segalla's Berdzik

    I never would have considered myself a risk taker, but, in hindsight, that is what I have done throughout my career. Complacency can be very detrimental to a woman's legal career, says Caroline Berdzik, co-chairwoman of Goldberg Segalla LLP's employment practice group and chairwoman of the firm's health care practice group.

  • January 22, 2014

    Witherspoon Can't Nix Insurer Suit Over Likeness Litigation

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against actress Reese Witherspoon by Maryland Casualty Co., which claims it has no duty to defend or indemnify a marketing company Witherspoon has sued for unlawful use of her name and likeness, but put the suit on hold for now.

  • January 22, 2014

    Evidence Battle Emerges In Miss. Flood Insurance Suit

    The U.S. government told a Mississippi federal court Tuesday that homeowners and a Hancock Bank employee have no business testifying at a hearing next week, where the state insurance commissioner will argue for a preliminary injunction on rate increases for government-backed flood insurance policies.

  • January 22, 2014

    Suit Over Delay Of ACA Employer Mandate Heads To 11th Circ.

    A Florida dental office on Wednesday took its lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service challenging the delay of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate to the Eleventh Circuit, aiming to invalidate the postponement as an abuse of executive power.

  • January 22, 2014

    Nev. Gov. Blasts Appeal Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Nevada  Gov. Brian Sandoval stood by the state’s same-sex marriage ban in a brief the state attorney general filed Tuesday in the Ninth Circuit, contending that the law serves a practical purpose to preserve traditional marriage and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

  • January 22, 2014

    Ex-Policyholders Sue Humana Over Ignored Cancellations

    Humana Inc. was hit with a putative class action by ex-policyholders in Missouri federal court on Tuesday, alleging the company took advantage of Affordable Care Act implementation by hiking up its health insurance premiums and ignoring customers' policy cancellation requests.

  • January 22, 2014

    AIG To Pay $6M To Settle CDC Suit Over D&O Coverage

    AIG Europe Ltd. on Wednesday agreed to pay $6 million to settle allegations that it refused to honor an insurance policy held by CDC Corp. covering nearly $9 million in settlement and defense costs CDC incurred in a lawsuit against its top executives.

  • January 22, 2014

    Homeowners Fight $300M JPMorgan Forced-Place Deal

    Several members of a class of homeowners suing JPMorgan Chase NA and Assurant Inc. over their forced-place insurance business, which was allegedly overpriced due to kickbacks between insurers and lenders, on Tuesday objected to a $300 million settlement they say unfairly requires class members to submit claims forms.

  • January 22, 2014

    Liability Policy Covers Defamation Claims, 10th Circ. Finds

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday forced American National Property & Casualty Co. to cover half of the defense costs in a defamation lawsuit against a surgeon, concluding that a commercial general liability policy covered some intentional torts, while also overruling its prior holding on when prejudgment interest is allowed.

  • January 22, 2014

    Cigna Coverage Row Shouldn't Be Arbitrated, 3rd Circ. Told

    A Pennsylvania federal judge wrongly forced two cardiac telemetry manufacturers to arbitrate their claims that Cigna Health Corp. violated federal pension laws and unfair competition laws when it decided to stop covering the devices, an attorney for the companies told the Third Circuit during oral arguments on Wednesday.

  • January 22, 2014

    $1M Diamond Fraud Defense Not Covered, 6th Circ. Rules

    The Sixth Circuit spared Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. on Tuesday from paying for an Ohio jeweler's defense against fraud counterclaims in litigation over a missing diamond, ruling that the diamantaire accused of losing the stone had alleged no coverage-triggering personal injury.

  • January 22, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Anderson Kill's Pamela Hans

    A vice president of a Fortune 50 corporation once told me that her solution to the perpetual balancing act was to be 100 percent focused on whatever she was doing at the time. I follow that advice, whether I'm writing a brief, enjoying an evening out with my husband, arguing a case in court, or building a Lego fortress with my toddler, says Pamela Hans, managing shareholder of Anderson Kill PC's Philadelphia office.

  • January 22, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Cozen O'Connor's Mayes

    I was running a deal for a senior partner and had a male junior associate working for me. The client on the deal had an annual golf outing coming up and the senior partner, incorrectly assuming I didn't golf, bypassed me and asked the male associate to attend, says Suzanne Mayes, chairwoman of Cozen O'Connor's public and project finance group.

  • January 21, 2014

    Fla. Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Suit Says

    A highly anticipated legal challenge to Florida's ban on same-sex marriage was launched on Tuesday as six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in state court in Miami claiming the state's laws violate the U.S. Constitution.

  • January 21, 2014

    NY Life Urges Supreme Court To Review 'All-Events' Tax Test

    The Second Circuit made a mistake when it ruled that New York Life Insurance Co. had no standing to challenge a $100 million tax assessment for unpaid income tax deductions, the insurer said in a recent appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that could impact the future of accrual-basis taxpaying.

  • January 21, 2014

    Tax Court Ruling Gives Boost To Captive Insurers

    The U.S. Tax Court last week expanded its view on captive insurers by allowing Rent-A-Center Inc. to deduct payments made to its Bermuda-based insurance subsidiary, but experts say a problem with the deal's structure could be the Internal Revenue Service's ticket to a viable appeal.

  • January 21, 2014

    Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein Becker Green's Health Group

    Edward “Ted” Kennedy Jr., the son of the late Massachusetts senator of the same name, has joined the Stamford, Conn., office of Epstein Becker Green as a member of the firm's health care and life sciences practice group, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 21, 2014

    Genworth Pays $1.9M To Resolve Death Database Probe

    Genworth Life Insurance Co. and two affiliates will dole out $1.9 million and regularly search the U.S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File for deceased policyholders under a Tuesday settlement with California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and other states.

  • January 21, 2014

    Edwards Wildman Adds Taylor Wessing Insurance Pro

    Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP said Monday it is strengthening its London insurance practice group with the addition of the former head of Taylor Wessing LLP’s international insurance group.

  • January 21, 2014

    Building Owner Says Firm Must Pay If AIG Exits Injury Case

    The owner of an office building in New York City’s Garment District launched a two-pronged lawsuit on Friday against its former lawyers at Smith Mazure Director Wilkins Young & Yagerman PC and an American International Group Inc. unit over coverage of a demolition worker’s $6 million personal injury suit.