Insurance

  • March 20, 2014

    GOP Questions Authority For ACA Employer Mandate Delay

    House Republicans on Thursday widened their latest line of attack against the Obama administration in general and the Affordable Care Act in particular, arguing that regulators overstepped their bounds by delaying the law’s employer mandate.

  • March 20, 2014

    DQ Drinker Over Conflict In Insurance Row, Deli Meat Co. Says

    A Philadelphia-based deli meat and cheese manufacturer told a state judge on Tuesday that Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP was trampling its attorney-client privilege rights by representing both its former counsel and its insurance company in a bad-faith suit stemming from a workplace injury case against the company.

  • March 20, 2014

    NY Judge Holds Ponzi Schemer Misled Insurer, OKs Discovery

    A New York federal judge on Thursday held that an accounting firm tied to a $2 million Ponzi scheme made serious misrepresentations in its application for insurance from Continental Casualty Co., while allowing discovery into whether Continental promptly tried to rescind the policy.

  • March 20, 2014

    Geico, Others Accused Of Violating NJ Insurer's Trademark

    The owner of a New Jersey insurance business filed a million-dollar lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Geico, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Allstate Insurance Co. and others are allowing a third-party site to send customers their way under his trademarked name.

  • March 20, 2014

    United, HIV/AIDS Patients Settle Mail-Order Drug Dispute

    United Healthcare Insurance Co. has agreed to settle a proposed class action brought by consumers who suffer from HIV/AIDS and say the company’s plan forced them to obtain medications through a mail-order pharmacy in a discriminatory move, according to documents filed in California federal court on Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2014

    Tokio Unit Says Human Remains Cleanup Fraud Not Covered

    A Tokio Marine NA Inc. insurer filed suit in Illinois federal court Wednesday denying that a medical waste management outfit and three officers are covered against allegations they overcharged grieving families for cleaning up the remains of deceased loved ones, saying the alleged misconduct predates its policy.

  • March 20, 2014

    NY's MVP Health Settles Over Mental Health Claim Denials

    Health insurer MVP Health Care has established a $1.5 million fund to pay mental health claims it refused to cover and will review denials that could total an additional $6 million, as well as pay a $300,000 penalty, after a New York investigation uncovered "widespread violations of mental health parity laws," the New York attorney general said Thursday.

  • March 20, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Thompson Hine's Kathie Brandt

    Women lawyers are experiencing sexism in a variety of forms all the time, so it is important to view each circumstance as neutrally as possible and pick your battles — if you get wrapped around the axle each time you experience sexism, you’re going to be outraged a good percentage of the time, says Katherine Brandt, partner-in-charge of Thompson Hine LLP's New York office.

  • March 20, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Day Pitney's Beth Sher

    When I became a partner more than 20 years ago, our firm made national headlines for making four partners that year, all of whom were “homegrown” women. I continue to find that if you assume you deserve to be at the table and perform at or above the level of the others at the table, they will almost always save you a seat, says Elizabeth Sher, head of Day Pitney LLP's complex commercial litigation group.

  • March 19, 2014

    Trump GC Must Give Deposition In D&O Sanctions Fight

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday ordered the deposition of Donald Trump's development corporation's general counsel, in order to determine what sanctions might be appropriate for the developer's failure to disclose a directors and officers insurance policy in a dispute with a putative class of condominium-hotel unit buyers.

  • March 19, 2014

    11th Circ. Denies Coverage For Apt. Complex Stabbing Cases

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday relieved The Burlington Insurance Co. of defending or indemnifying an apartment complex operator facing lawsuits from an altercation in which a security guard it employed stabbed two people, affirming that all the underlying claims emanated from the same excluded tort.

  • March 19, 2014

    NJ Recovered $21M For Consumers, Health Providers In 2013

    New Jersey has recovered nearly $21 million for consumers and health care providers, including $18.3 million from insurance companies and almost $7 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy, in 2013, Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski said Wednesday.

  • March 19, 2014

    Insurer Avoids Coverage For Energizer Battery-Disposal Row

    A Michigan appeals court ruled Tuesday that Auto-Owners Insurance Co. did not have to defend a battery disposal company against a business dispute that arose after Energizer Battery Manufacturing Inc. learned that Chinese websites were selling defective batteries that should have been recycled or disposed of.

  • March 19, 2014

    Lawmakers Press GAO To Weigh In On TRIA Debate

    Two House Republicans have urged the Government Accountability Office to draft a report on the soon-to-expire Terrorism Risk Insurance Act to aid lawmakers as they mull whether to renew the government-backed reinsurance program.

  • March 19, 2014

    Admiral Sued For Coverage In Construction Credit Dispute

    Admiral Insurance Co. has been accused of wrongfully withholding coverage for a New Jersey management consultant and an affiliated bond underwriter that were accused of securing bank financing for a construction outfit by masking its precarious finances.

  • March 19, 2014

    NY Firm Denied Coverage For Some Sandy Business Losses

    A New York federal court on Tuesday nixed insurance coverage for part of the business interruption losses that a boutique firm founded by former Paul Hastings LLP lawyers suffered during a more than two-month shutdown resulting from Superstorm Sandy.

  • March 19, 2014

    Ga. High Court Limits Duty To Indemnify For Lloyd's Insurer

    The Georgia Supreme Court concluded Monday that a Lloyd's insurer did not have to indemnify Agco Corp. for underlying defective product claims until a court held that the agricultural machinery manufacturer was liable for those claims, reversing prior rulings in the case.

  • March 19, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Michael Foods, Carlyle, Blackstone

    Another food manufacturer has emerged to rival industry giant Tyson in its pursuit of Goldman-backed Michael Foods, while Carlyle and TPG are fielding more interest for a multibillion-dollar Australian health care provider they had previously considered taking public.

  • March 19, 2014

    Carroll Burdick Adds Ex-Federal Prosecutor In San Francisco

    Carroll Burdick & McDonough LLP has beefed up its product liability, financial services and insurance practice areas with the addition of a former Maryland assistant U.S. attorney, the firm announced last week.

  • March 19, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Lindquist's Nancy Vollertsen

    It is difficult to resist the temptation to tell younger attorneys about the "old days" — walking 10 miles to school, barefoot in the snow, uphill both ways. But I use my influence as a senior attorney to challenge outdated perceptions and practices in order to create an easier path to success than I experienced, says Nancy Vollertsen, a partner with Lindquist & Vennum LLP.