A health care consumer advocate on Thursday argued that recent concerns over mass cancellations under the Affordable Care Act overstate the real impact of the law, claiming more than 99 percent of nonelderly consumers who lose private coverage will subsequently receive some form of government aid.
Seven law firms whose stars had dimmed in the eyes of general counsel are once again shining bright, and two up-and-coming legal sparklers are suddenly radiating excellence, according to a new survey of corporations’ favorite firms.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP stands alone among elite law firms in the arena of client service thanks to a concerted long-term effort to respond to client feedback, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
The fickle feelings of corporate counsel are apparent once again in an annual survey gauging which law firms deliver the most sterling client service, as one-third of last year's favorites were cast aside after being outflanked by hungry rivals.
There are more arrogant law firms than in years past, according to a new survey of corporate counsel, but one familiar firm has risen above them all.
The number of law firms that Fortune 1000 clients say offer excellent client service grew by 9.8 percent over the past year, a sign that firms with broader services are separating themselves from the competition, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
Attentive client service, not size, continues to be the critical factor for general counsel at the world's largest corporations, according to a recent survey of corporate counsel, who gave top marks to a mix of large and midsize law firms.
Litigation matters are expected to spike in the coming year, but budget-conscious general counsel expect firms to do whatever it takes to make sure they stick to the bottom line — and that includes settling and settling early, a new survey of in-house counsel said.
With litigation on the rise, law firms are looking for a bigger piece of the pie these days, but they won't get it unless they start to think more creatively about how to attract and retain clients, a new survey of in-house counsel said.
Four firms strike fear in the hearts of corporate counsel more than any others thanks to their relentless approach to high-stakes litigation and a knack for building legal teams that go for the jugular, according to a new survey.
Chinese insurance funds are poised to make major inroads in the U.S. real estate market with more than $14 billion available for investment, according to research from global property adviser CBRE Group Inc. released Tuesday.
Insurance companies are considering rolling back their exposure in New York and other areas seen as vulnerable to terrorist attacks as Congress weighs the fate of a federal terrorism reinsurance program set to expire at the end of 2014, a risk management trade group said in a report released Tuesday.
Medicare will trim payments to 2,225 hospitals where patients have been readmitted too quickly and frequently, virtually the same number as last year, but overall penalties will fall to $227 million from $280 million, the government said Friday, suggesting modest progress in an Affordable Care Act goal of curbing return visits.
In-house counsel and executives expect health care reform will be their most pressing regulatory issue over the next year, according to a survey released Tuesday by employment powerhouse Littler Mendelson PC, even despite the delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate until 2015, its attorneys said.
Both the frequency and severity of professional liability claims against law firms was up last year, according to survey results released Tuesday by an insurance advisory firm.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has rejected a higher percentage of centralization requests in recent years, a trend the head of the panel told Law360 was due in part to a rise in patent cases and other types of litigation he said were more likely to center on individual issues.
A massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed up to 15 and wreaked extensive property damage last week is expected to cause $100 million in insured losses, an insurance industry group said Wednesday.
Medicare has recovered just a sliver of as much as $70 million in overpayments to suppliers of durable medical equipment despite a mandate that such companies obtain bonds to guarantee taxpayers can recoup excessive reimbursement, according to a report issued Wednesday.
A significantly smaller percentage of in-house counsel used some form of alternative legal fee structures last year, according to a new legal survey from Fulbright & Jaworski LLP that defied previous years' upward trends and more vocal criticism in recent years of the billable hour.
Corporations beefed up their legal departments in 2012 and expect to do the same this year, according to a new report, with mounting regulatory challenges and abundant litigation combining to boost the need for in-house expertise.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
If, as a recent Florida district court decision makes clear, other policyholders’ claim files are discoverable because they are relevant to the question whether an insurance carrier engaged in a pattern of bad-faith claim denial, why wouldn’t claim files be discoverable when they are relevant to other questions in coverage cases? The honest answer is — they should be, says Carl Salisbury of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Two line items — overhead and profit — in roof replacement insurance claims are causing considerable debate in Texas, as neither Texas law nor the Texas Department of Insurance has provided determinative guidance. Use competitive roof replacement bids submitted by reputable roofing contractors, rather than estimates generated by computer software, to determine the appropriate claim measure, says Todd Tippett of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.
The flagship federal website HealthCare.gov has reportedly been subject to 16 potential website breaches. However, HealthCare.gov is only one piece of the website and data network designed to facilitate health plan enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. And, as it turns out, the state-level exchanges may be of greater concern, say David Tolley and Timothy McCrystal of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Even if the European economic recovery remains constrained, the global real asset rotation and navigation of the commercial real estate debt gap should continue to propel real estate investment up the risk curve in 2014. The growing participation of larger institutional players also signals larger deals in core markets, says Eric Rosedale, co-chairman of Dentons real estate group in Europe.
In the last few months, California courts have issued several decisions concerning the scope of an insurer’s duty to defend its insured. These decisions address the circumstances under which a duty to defend exists, the commencement of the duty, the obligation to provide independent Cumis counsel and the insurer’s right to reimbursement of amounts paid, says Jose Umbert at Zelle Hoffmann Voelbel& Mason LLP.
Recently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation advised regulated financial institutions to be wary of “an increase in exclusionary terms or provisions” in insurance policies covering directors and officers liability. While this advice was directed to financial institutions regulated by the FDIC, much of it is good advice to follow for all corporations and their boards of directors, say Brian Scarbrough and Daniel Johnson of Jenner & Block.
At the St. Petersburg summit in September, the G20 leaders drove forward the initiative for a global model of automatic exchange of tax information. While this could be an efficient tool to fight tax evasion, the proposed reporting obligations could impose significant costs on multinational enterprises, in particular financial institutions, says Johannes Frey of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Cleaver Brooks v. AIU Insurance Co., reinforces the notion that plastics engineering is not simply a case that makes insurers liable for more than their pro rata share. It also allows policyholders the right to access policies in a manner that maximizes their overall coverage, say Jeffrey Davis and Keith Bruett of Quarles & Brady LLP.
Mandated law student pro bono programs have not worked in championing the causes of social justice for those unable to afford counsel. States would be far better off using their resources to insist on a legislative solution to a very troubling and persistent deficiency in the allocation of legal resources, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.