Specialty Lines

  • January 31, 2024

    Electric Co. Says Insurer Refuses To Defend BIPA Suit

    An electric company told an Illinois federal court that its insurers wrongfully refused to defend or indemnify it against an underlying proposed class action in state court by an employee who alleged the company violated the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act.

  • January 31, 2024

    College Philanthropy Slams Dismissal Bid In IP Coverage Suit

    A philanthropy associated with Kansas State University urged a Kansas federal court to keep alive its counterclaims in a fight over coverage for a lawsuit accusing it of stealing a man's idea relating to economic development, saying it met the pleading standards for this stage of litigation.

  • January 31, 2024

    Lab Says $7M Stolen Data Is Property And Should Be Covered

    A national medical testing lab told a Pennsylvania federal court that patient treatment records and at least $7 million of billing data allegedly hijacked by its software contractor was property and should therefore be covered by its insurer. 

  • January 30, 2024

    Chubb Unit Seeks To Toss Years-Old Ruling After Settlement

    A Chubb unit asked an Illinois federal court to vacate a September 2021 ruling against it in the insurer's coverage dispute with a holding company over an underlying self-dealing suit, arguing that any precedential value it has is outweighed by the parties' interest in resolving the case.

  • January 30, 2024

    Red Sea Hostilities Ripple Through Maritime Insurance Market

    Attacks against commercial ships passing through the Red Sea and nearby areas are sending ripples through the global trading system and threatening to capsize the maritime insurance industry responsible for underwriting risks to vessels.

  • January 30, 2024

    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

  • January 30, 2024

    Full 4th Circ. Declines Atty's Coverage Case In Fraud Defense

    The full Fourth Circuit won't hear a Maryland attorney's arguments after a panel determined he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer concerning his indictment on charges that he defrauded financial institutions to gain control of $13 million in frozen Somali assets.

  • January 29, 2024

    5 Floridians Sentenced For $67M Medicare Testing Scam

    A man accused of leading a $67 million healthcare fraud conspiracy involving unnecessary genetic testing for Medicare recipients was sentenced to 14 years in prison, along with four co-conspirators who received lesser sentences from a Florida federal judge as recently as Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    NC Court Pares Down Crop Insurance Coverage Row

    A North Carolina federal judge trimmed a crop insurance dispute brought by a farm alleging that its insurance agent didn’t properly submit the coverage application or inform the farm’s owners of coverage, dismissing all claims against the insurer but leaving several against the agent.

  • January 29, 2024

    DOJ Says Wash. Hospital Had Role In Spinal Surgeon Scandal

    A Tacoma, Washington-based hospital operator failed to address red flags that one of its doctors was performing unnecessary surgeries, instead earning millions of dollars from the neurosurgeon's dangerous misconduct by fraudulently billing the government for his work, federal and state prosecutors have alleged. 

  • January 29, 2024

    Increase In Trafficking Reveals Hospitality Coverage Concerns

    As human trafficking continues to increase and travel returns to prepandemic levels, hospitality industry policyholders may see more direct trafficking exclusions and increased education requirements as the insurance industry works to address this growing risk, experts said.

  • January 29, 2024

    Nevada Recycler Denied Redo For SEC Suit Coverage

    A Nevada federal court will not reconsider its ruling that a recycling company does not have coverage for costs stemming from a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud action, saying that the company's arguments didn't fit the criteria for a redo.

  • January 29, 2024

    Protein Bar Co.'s Insurer Says Supplier Ruined $3M In Product

    An insurer for a Pittsburgh-based protein-bar maker said the company lost $3 million due to plastic and paper contaminants found in collagen supplied by a Michigan-based company, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court Friday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Escrow Agent Not Covered For Fraud Suits, Court Told

    An escrow agent no longer has coverage for four underlying suits accusing it of unlawfully withholding funds or distributing them to third parties who had no valid claim to the money, an insurer told a Florida federal court, saying its theft coverage extension endorsement has been exhausted.

  • January 26, 2024

    Auto Biz Says Insurer Can't Escape $500K Damage Claims

    A vehicle lift installer urged a Minnesota federal court to preserve its counterclaims in a coverage dispute over nearly $500,000 in claims stemming from fire damage and a tipped container, arguing that its insurer constructively denied most of the claim by repeating investigations and denying payments for over a year.

  • January 26, 2024

    Missing Comma Can't Impede Chubb Policy, 11th Circ. Told

    A French food wholesaler urged an Eleventh Circuit panel Friday to reverse a lower-court ruling that an insurance company does not have to cover a lawsuit for alleged negligent audits due to a policy clause's missing comma, arguing that the New Jersey law applied in the case favors broad interpretation.

  • January 26, 2024

    Insurer Pushes For Glass Co. To Cover $2.5M Defect Payment

    Crum & Forster is demanding that an Indian glass manufacturer reimburse it more than $2.5 million that the insurer paid a candlemaker for a product recall, telling a Texas federal court that the company sold the candlemaker defective glass containers.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Geico Seeks $3M From Med Cos. In Claimed No-Fault Scheme

    Geico told a New Jersey federal court it is seeking to recover nearly $3 million from a group of New Jersey medical providers and their owners and practitioners who the insurer alleges partook in a no-fault charge scheme that defrauded the insurer's policyholders since 2017.

  • January 25, 2024

    Excess Insurers Win In Construction Defect Coverage Suit

    A residential developer wrongly tapped into certain excess insurance, a California federal judge ruled Thursday, finding that the $3.2 million its primary insurer spent on defense costs in underlying construction defect litigation didn't count toward triggering a $10 million excess policy.

  • January 25, 2024

    Mining Co. Not Covered For Wrongful Death Suit

    A mining company does not have coverage from its general liability or workers' compensation insurers for an underlying wrongful death suit, a Pennsylvania court ruled, finding that an exclusion applied for one policy and the underlying claims weren't within the scope of the other.

  • January 25, 2024

    Software Co. Settles Coverage Spat Over Wiretapping Suits

    A software company and its insurers reached an agreement in principle through mediation to resolve a coverage dispute over several wiretapping class actions, roughly three months after a California federal judge determined the insurers must defend it in four of the eight underlying suits.

  • January 25, 2024

    Class Seeks OK Of $24M Hidden Fee Deal With AIG Units

    A class of travel insurance buyers has asked a California federal judge to greenlight their nearly $24 million settlement resolving claims accusing three AIG units of stacking hidden fees on top of travel insurance premiums.

  • January 25, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Reverse 'Willy-Nilly' For Investment Firm

    A Sixth Circuit panel told investment firm Stout Risius Ross Inc. it wouldn't reverse a Michigan federal court's decision "willy-nilly" at oral arguments Thursday, when the firm sought to prevent partial reimbursement for underlying stock valuation litigation while its insurer continued to fight for total payback.

  • January 25, 2024

    Insurer Must Defend Managing Agent In Arbitration, Court Told

    Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Co. urged a Texas federal court to ensure that a Berkley unit provides coverage to a managing general agent in arbitration who is accused of causing Redpoint more than $2 million in damages.

Expert Analysis

  • Cyber Rulings Aren't Helping COVID Biz Interruption Cases

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    Where policyholders have recently tried to draw comparison between the loss of property use from a COVID-19 shutdown order and the loss of data use from a ransomware attack, they have found courts unsympathetic to these arguments for business interruption insurance coverage, say Jane Warring and Kristian Smith at Zelle.

  • Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: NY On Industry Diversity

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    My Chi To, executive deputy superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services Insurance Division, discusses steps her agency is taking to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the insurance industry and suggests practices for companies to consider adopting.

  • FCA Ruling Guides Insureds On Classifying Restitution Costs

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    In Astellas v. Starr Indemnity, an Illinois federal court recently held that a False Claims Act settlement qualified as insurable compensatory damages, not uninsurable disgorgement, providing an important guide to policyholders navigating the tax code's deductibility requirements and insurance policy exclusions, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • Subpoena Defense Cost Ruling Gets Insurance Law Wrong

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    A Connecticut federal court's recent decision that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh didn't need to cover defense costs for a power utility's response to a grand jury subpoena included two crucial mistakes that contravene long-standing insurance law principles, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: DC On Long-Term Care

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    Washington, D.C., Insurance Commissioner Karima Woods outlines the development of insurance coverage for older adults' long-term care benefits and how regulators and the industry are attempting to resolve issues with the popular product.

  • 5 Buyers' Counsel Tips For R&W Insurance Underwriting Calls

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    With representations and warranties insurance becoming more popular than ever, buyers' counsel participating in underwriting calls for such insurance should follow certain best practices to secure contracts with minimal exclusions, say Bryan O'Keefe and Gena Usenheimer at Seyfarth.

  • When A Denial Of Recovery-Based Insurance Claim Is Invalid

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    Two recent court decisions show that policyholders should not accept denials of coverage based on the uninsurability of restitution or disgorgement-based losses without a detailed, two-part analysis of the specific state's law and the particular facts of the loss, say Stephen Raptis and Emily Buchanan at Haynes and Boone.

  • Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: Del. Tackles Mental Health

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    Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro highlights the state's efforts to achieve insurance coverage parity for mental health care by confronting systemic stigma and penalizing disparate and restrictive insurance determinations.

  • Key Takeaways From The NAIC Summer National Meeting

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    Stephanie Duchene and Kara Baysinger at Willkie highlight what insurance practitioners should know about top industry priorities from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ recent national meeting, including climate-related risk, diversity and inclusion, and technological innovation.

  • Considerations In Structuring Private Equity D&O Coverage

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    With the surge in investment activity driven by the ongoing pandemic recovery, private equity firms should carefully consider the scope of protection afforded by their directors and officers and general partnership liability programs, and how that coverage fits into their overall risk mitigation strategy, say Geoffrey Fehling and Syed Ahmad at Hunton and Rachel Beck at CAC Specialty.

  • The Complex State Of Insurance In The Cannabis Business

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    Jan Larson and Philip Sailer at Jenner & Block outline the complex cannabis regulatory schemes perplexing courts faced with insurance coverage cases and discuss legislative solutions that could at least begin to reduce the challenges for both policyholders and insurers.

  • D&O Coverage Considerations Amid Increasing SEC Scrutiny

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    With all signs pointing to heightened U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission oversight and enforcement, policyholders should be asking four questions to ensure their directors and officers insurance provides the protection they expect and to avoid coverage disputes, say Robin Cohen and Orrie Levy at Cohen Ziffer.

  • Policyholder Best Practices As Cyberattacks Escalate

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    As ransomware attacks increasingly target corporate victims, policyholders should enhance cybersecurity and privacy efforts to avoid regulatory hot water and mitigate the effects of rising insurance premiums and coverage restrictions, say Lee Epstein and Krishna Jani at Flaster Greenberg.