DaVita Inc. shareholders asked a Delaware federal judge Friday to approve a $50 million deal with the kidney dialysis company's executives that would end a derivative action accusing DaVita of facilitating an illicit scheme to push dialysis patients out of government-backed health insurance.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that a federal grand jury in North Carolina indicted Contech Engineered Solutions LLC and a former executive on charges related to bid-rigging.
A California federal judge has refused to give an insurance company a quick win over an attorney who sought coverage of an underlying legal malpractice suit filed by a displeased former client.
The Delaware Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Solera Holdings Inc. cannot pursue coverage from several excess insurers for tens of millions in costs it incurred in a stockholder appraisal action challenging its buyout by Vista Equity Partners, reversing a lower court and finding that the action does not qualify as a covered "securities claim."
Insurance giant American International Group has agreed to settle a long-running tax shelter dispute with the IRS by dropping its claim to over $400 million in tax refunds from 1997 and paying a 10% penalty, the U.S. announced Friday.
The Nebraska Supreme Court Friday freed Allstate Indemnity Co. from having to pay cleanup costs for a property after tenants used it for methamphetamine production, finding that the policy bars coverage for toxic chemicals or contaminants.
A New York federal judge allowed Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP to stay on as counsel in an insurance coverage dispute, saying the firm did its job of putting up a firewall around a new hire who formerly provided legal counsel to the opposing party.
A New Jersey-based insurer has sued a policyholder in Colorado federal court seeking a judgment that it is not liable for a $2.6 million arbitration award for a participant's injuries in a "mud run" event, saying an exclusion precludes coverage.
The past week in London has seen electronics giant Philips take on another Chinese rival over patents, automaker Daimler AG face another group action, and a Canadian pension fund and dozens of others sue troubled security firm G4S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
A California federal judge threw out a bid from a Palo Alto "startup incubator" to secure business loss coverage stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, criticizing the company's attempt to "wriggle out" of a virus exclusion that bars coverage.
A Missouri federal judge tossed a florist's suit alleging State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. failed to cut its insurance premiums after it suspended business during COVID-19, finding the store is challenging the carrier's insurance rates and should bring its complaint to the state's insurance regulator first.
A New Mexico federal judge freed Travelers Insurance Co. from having to cover a policyholder's building damage from a broken water pipe, ruling Thursday that an ambiguous policy exclusion applied because the policyholder never questioned it.
A California appeals court has upheld Blue Shield of California's loss in its suit accusing a managed care organization of avoiding to pay for its most expensive patients by shifting them over to Blue Shield's private coverage, costing the private insurer nearly $12 million.
A California federal judge has ruled that a CNA Financial Corp. unit must cover FedEx's costs to defend against a trio of proposed class actions alleging the company's self-service kiosks printed too many digits from customers' credit cards on sales receipts, saying the claims fall within the scope of FedEx's professional services coverage.
The nation's top court has upheld Pennsylvania's three-day mail-in ballot extension, a group of North Carolina restaurants are the first to win "physical loss" insurance coverage in court in light of state-mandated COVID-19 shutdowns, and CVS wants out of a suit challenging its claims to the effectiveness of its hand sanitizer.
Allstate Insurance Co. fired back at a Texas federal judge's order to send a dentist's COVID-19 coverage suit back to state court, saying it was wrong for the policyholder to add the claim adjuster to the suit to defeat federal jurisdiction.
The lawyers for an Alaska legislative librarian who sued over the state's refusal to cover her gender transition-related surgery are walking away with an attorney fees award of more than double the total settlement, according to paperwork filed in Alaska federal court.
Continental Casualty Co. does not have to pay an optometrist office's losses due to the COVID-19 shutdown, an Alabama federal judge has ruled, finding that the policyholder did not allege any covered tangible alteration to its property.
The Ninth Circuit has found that a doctor cannot get coverage for a wrongful death suit after admitting to a willful violation of the law, saying his guilty plea in a related criminal case triggers an exclusion in his policy.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate floor despite a Democratic boycott, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote as soon as Monday.
Applied Underwriters Inc. and its affiliate have sued California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, alleging that the commissioner and his colleagues abused their authority and engaged in a "years-long scheme" to put its business partner California Insurance Co. into conservatorship and out of business.
A Sinclair Oil Corp. unit on Wednesday urged the Wyoming Supreme Court to hold that the state's law applies to its property policy with Infrassure Ltd. and other insurers, which would permit the company to pursue attorney fees from Infrassure in a dispute over coverage for a 2014 petroleum refinery fire.
Staffers in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's office became the latest high-profile government workers to test positive for COVID-19 over the past week, just as the Garden State, New York and Connecticut added states to their joint pandemic travel advisory list.
A North Carolina judge has ruled that The Cincinnati Insurance Co. owes a group of restaurants coverage for their losses stemming from state-mandated COVID-19 shutdowns, a move that the group's attorneys say is the first decision to hold that shutdown orders to contain the virus caused a "physical loss."
A Texas state judge has freed Greer Herz & Adams LLP from a $100 million lawsuit claiming the firm tricked an ailing Texas business mogul into giving up power over his empire.
Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.
Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Texas v. U.S. could render the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in whole or in part, which, combined with the upcoming election, could drive a wide range of impacts on health care policy, businesses and patients, say Michael King and Emily Felder at Brownstein Hyatt.
Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.
Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.
The residential construction surge resulting from the pandemic may lead to an increase in construction defect claims, but developers can make use of certain contract clauses, risk-transfer mechanisms and state statutes of limitations to minimize liability, say James Prichard and Megan Picataggio at Ball Janik.
A California federal court’s recent decision awarding the plaintiff’s disability claim in Tam v. Unum highlights why the extrastatutory and likely unconstitutional practice of remanding Employee Retirement Income Security Act benefit cases to insurance companies must end, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Sherman.
To achieve long-term reduction in their legal expenses, companies must look beyond law firm hourly rates and better distribute their legal work among high-cost premier firms, low-cost practitioners and alternative legal service providers, and their own in-house teams, says Nathan Wenzel at SimpleLegal.
To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.
It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.
The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.
Two recently announced Internal Revenue Service audit campaigns targeting nonresident alien investment in U.S. real estate should prompt foreign investors to prepare for greater scrutiny as the agency works to improve tax compliance around such transactions, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association highlighted important questions raised by the case concerning federal preemption of state laws on health plans and pharmaceutial benefits — but the court's past application of such preemption has been hard to reconcile, says Andrew Struve at Hooper Lundy.
A recently signed law fundamentally alters California's regulation of mental health and substance use disorder treatment and will likely lead to increased litigation and regulatory action based on new insurance coverage requirements, say attorneys at Manatt.
Three recent decisions confirm that individual or consolidated lawsuits regarding insurance coverage for business interruption caused by the pandemic will turn on their own unique circumstances, meaning that insurer-friendly decisions will not preclude coverage broadly, say Jason Rubinstein and Mark Packman at Gilbert.