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  • August 16, 2018

    Geico Seeks To Pause $430M Auto Parts Price-Fixing Deal

    Geico asked a Michigan federal court Tuesday to hold off on granting final approval to $430 million in settlements in a price-fixing case against auto parts makers while the court mulls whether the insurer can opt out of the deal before it’s finalized.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Judge's Suit Over Disbarment

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision to toss a former Florida state judge's lawsuit over the state's Judicial Qualification Commission’s recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court that she be removed from the bench, as well as affirming her subsequent disbarment by the state bar.

  • August 15, 2018

    Insurers Sue RV Maker After 'Spontaneous Fire' In Vehicle

    Recreational vehicle manufacturer Newmar Corp. removed to federal court Wednesday claims brought by four insurance companies seeking reimbursement for coverage of payments they made to vehicle owners after an RV made by Newmar spontaneously burst into flames and damaged other vehicles at a Florida storage facility.

  • August 15, 2018

    NRA Atty Faces Scrutiny After Not Disclosing Sanction

    National Rifle Association lawyers will have to answer for the accuracy of a well-known Texas litigator's application to represent it in a dispute with an insurance broker in Virginia federal court, where a judge ordered a hearing on the submission after learning that it didn't mention a past sanction for allegedly trying to influence potential jurors. 

  • August 15, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs Jury Instructions In Hurricane Repair Row

    A Florida appellate court on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s jury instructions and evidentiary rulings in a trial between two condo associations and an insurance agent over a construction bond needed to repair hurricane damage, rebuffing the associations’ argument that the trial court cost them a larger verdict.

  • August 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Suit Over Hartford Management Fees

    The Third Circuit refused Wednesday to disturb a victory for investment advisers in beating a proposed class action over mutual fund management fees, saying a district court properly found that the shareholders behind the suit failed to show the fees were excessive for the services provided.

  • August 15, 2018

    Insurer Off Hook In Texas Employment Appeal

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday blessed the win of insurer Texas Mutual in an underlying dispute over coverage for a policyholder whose employee sued after being injured in the course of railroad work.

  • August 15, 2018

    Penn National Must Cover Defense In Construction Death Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday granted Liberty Mutual’s bid to force another insurer, Penn National, to defend a Pittsburgh masonry company in a suit over a construction worker’s death, citing Penn National’s coverage of a construction subcontractor hired by the masonry company.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    Travelers Owes $5.3M To Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

    A Missouri state judge ruled Monday that Travelers Indemnity Co. must pay $5.3 million to a man who won a wrongful conviction case against the city of Columbia, Missouri, because the city's Travelers policies were in effect while the man was wrongfully imprisoned.

  • August 14, 2018

    Workers Can Fight Claim Denials Sans Medical Bill: 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit decided Tuesday that a worker can sue their employee health care plan over its refusal to pay a medical bill even if the worker doesn’t have to pay the bill himself, because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act allows workers to sue over claim denials.

  • August 14, 2018

    Insurers Needn't Cover Nutiva's False Ad Suit Defense

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a trio of insurers have no duty to defend or indemnify Nutiva Inc. in a putative class action claiming the company misbrands its coconut oil as healthy, finding that the terms of Nutiva’s insurance policies are not met because the underlying suit does not allege the company engaged in accidental conduct.

  • August 14, 2018

    AIG Unit Clips Wig Co.'s Appeal Of Theft Coverage Loss

    A wholesale distributor of wigs and other beauty products cannot force an AIG insurer to cover its losses from the theft of a shipment of human hair weaves in 2014, a New Jersey appellate court affirmed on Tuesday, finding that the plain terms of the company’s policy preclude coverage.

  • August 14, 2018

    W.R. Grace Insurers May Be Directly Liable For Asbestos

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday partially revived the claims of victims of asbestos-related ailments against the insurers of bankrupt mining company W.R. Grace & Co., saying the insurers may bear direct liability for the asbestos exposure.

  • August 14, 2018

    Insurer Seeks Win In Dispute Over Dish TCPA Judgment

    Insurer National Union wants a Denver federal court to order that it need not cover policyholder Dish Network LLC after Dish was hit with a $280 million verdict for placing millions of robocalls, saying Monday its situation echoes that of a primary insurer recently let off the hook.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    Energy Cos. Win Nix Of Suit On Okla. Quake Insurance Costs

    A federal judge on Monday threw out a proposed class action asserting that a slew of oil and gas companies should be forced to pay for Oklahomans’ earthquake insurance premiums given that their use of hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal wells has allegedly caused a rise in man-made earthquakes in the state.

  • August 13, 2018

    Insurers Won't Cover Verizon's $95M FairPoint Settlement

    Verizon Communications Inc. can’t use its insurance policies to cover the $95 million it paid out to settle claims that it lied to competitor FairPoint Communications Inc. when it sold off some of its landline infrastructure for $2.3 billion, insurers said in a suit filed in New York state court.

Expert Analysis

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How 2 Cases Have Settled NY Insurance Allocation Law

    Cort Malone

    The past two years have seen insurance coverage lawyers coming to terms with the impact of two landscape-changing decisions from New York's highest court, Viking Pump and Keyspan. Together, these cases make clear that under New York law, the allocation approach that will apply to long tail claims is governed by the presence of certain policy language, say Cort Malone and Vivian Michael of Anderson Kill PC.

  • 6 Tips For Drafting Autonomous Vehicle Contracts

    Jim Jordan

    During the past year, I have been tossed headfirst into the murky water of autonomous vehicle contract drafting, where no well-tested forms exist and negotiating parties often do not know what terms to request. But what is required more than anything is just old-fashioned, common-sense business lawyering, says Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • What If The Auto Loan Securitization Market Crashes?

    Albert Fowerbaugh

    With memories of the Great Recession still fresh, fears that the auto loan securitization market is headed for a crash similar to the ill-fated residential mortgage backed securities market are on the rise. Albert Fowerbaugh and Julie Rodriguez Aldort of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP consider the types of claims that various participants might assert if the market veers off course.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Opinion

    A Right To Carry Everywhere, On A Road To Nowhere

    Robert W. Ludwig

    On July 24, a Ninth Circuit panel applied textualist reasoning in Young v. Hawaii to secure a right for individuals to carry firearms in public. To end the gun epidemic — demonstrated in Chicago recently with 74 people shot in one weekend — it’s past time to turn a spotlight on the root cause: legal carelessness and oversights of text, says Robert W. Ludwig of the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • NY Cyber Rules: Preparing For The September Deadline

    Richard Naylor

    If you began complying with the New York Department of Financial Services requirements last year, your cybersecurity program is already in place, which should streamline compliance for the next deadline. The controls required to be in place by Sept. 1, 2018, cover five areas, says Richard Naylor of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.