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Insurance

  • December 14, 2018

    Lincoln Financial Hires GC Away From Genworth

    Lincoln Financial Group has hired Genworth Financial veteran Leon Roday to serve as its general counsel, the financial advisory firm announced Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Aetna Beats Suit Seeking Coverage For 'Wilderness Therapy'

    A Florida federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against Aetna Life Insurance Co. seeking to recover thousands of dollars that the families of troubled teenagers paid for wilderness therapy programs in Colorado and Utah, finding that the programs aren't "residential treatment facilities" covered by the policies.

  • December 14, 2018

    Texas Judge Strikes Down Entire ACA

    In a shocking decision, a Texas federal judge ruled late Friday that the entire Affordable Care Act must be invalidated because its individual mandate, a cornerstone of the landmark law, will soon become unconstitutional.

  • December 14, 2018

    Molina Escapes Investor's Suit Over Growth Misstatements

    A California federal court on Thursday dismissed an investor's proposed class action alleging shares of Molina Healthcare Inc. declined when it became apparent the health insurer wouldn’t achieve the growth executives had touted, saying the executives’ statements were forward-looking and inactionable.

  • December 14, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen an Italian investment boutique sue a film production company, MMA and Axa sue shipper MSC and a wealth management firm lodge a part 8 action against major banks like Barclays and HSBC.

  • December 14, 2018

    ‘No Need’ To Delay CVS-Aetna Merger, DOJ Says After Rebuke

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge Friday not to keep CVS and Aetna apart while reviewing a proposed merger settlement the judge had blasted as having been pushed through without adequate judicial scrutiny, arguing that a delay is unnecessary and beyond the court’s authority.

  • December 14, 2018

    4 Biggest Illinois Decisions Of 2018

    The Illinois Supreme Court made it easier to pursue judgments against distributors in product liability suits, State Farm agreed to pay $250 million to end accusations it bought an Illinois Supreme Court judge, and the Seventh Circuit upheld Chicago's win of a nationwide injunction blocking an anti-sanctuary cities policy. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest Illinois decisions in 2018.

  • December 14, 2018

    Pa.'s Challenge To Birth Control Rules Cleared To Proceed

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has given the state the go-ahead to seek a second injunction against Trump administration rules that weaken the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, lifting a stay in the case Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Pares Nationwide Block Of ACA Birth Control Rules

    A split Ninth Circuit panel has narrowed a lower court’s nationwide ban on Trump administration rules exempting employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage otherwise required by the Affordable Care Act, but agreed that the states’ Administrative Procedure Act claims were likely to succeed.

  • December 14, 2018

    Breaching Insurer's Liability Not Capped, Nev. Justices Say

    The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an insurance company that breaches its duty to defend its policyholder can be held liable for “consequential damages” beyond the policy limits even if it didn’t act in bad faith, allowing a traffic accident victim to proceed with his claim that Century Surety Co. must cover an $18 million judgment he obtained against Century’s insured.

  • December 14, 2018

    Contractor Hit With $7.3M Suit Over Unfinished Katrina Work

    Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. of America has filed a complaint in Mississippi federal court alleging a contractor owes $7.3 million after the surety company took over a $47.3 million restoration project of a pier damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

  • December 14, 2018

    The Biggest Property & Casualty Insurance Decisions Of 2018

    Insurance attorneys received guidance from courts on a host of critical coverage issues in 2018, including two appeals courts' rulings that insurers must cover losses from email-based scams. Here, Law360 reviews the biggest insurance decisions of the year.

  • December 14, 2018

    Iranian Insurer Denied Compensation Over EU Nuke Sanctions

    The European Union’s General Court has refused to grant millions of euros in damages to a state-owned Iranian insurer after its assets were frozen under nuclear sanctions against Tehran, handing victory to the European Council.

  • December 13, 2018

    State Farm Needn't Cover Trade Secrets Suit, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit on Thursday affirmed that State Farm doesn’t have to cover a businessman in a lawsuit alleging he misappropriated a former partner’s idea for a gas detection system to form a competing company, agreeing with a lower court that coverage is unavailable because the businessman wasn’t sued over his actions as an officer of the new company.

  • December 13, 2018

    Vereit Insurers Must Cover SEC Probe, Class Action Costs

    A Delaware state court judge has ruled real estate trust Vereit Inc.'s insurers must cover the costs the company's investment manager incurred defending against an investor class action and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe aimed at both companies.

  • December 13, 2018

    $250M State Farm Deal OK'd Amid Objector's Threat To Appeal

    An Illinois federal judge gave the final go-ahead Thursday to a $250 million settlement in a class action accusing State Farm of using campaign donations to buy an Illinois Supreme Court justice’s vote, but an objector to the deal has said she will likely appeal.

  • December 13, 2018

    Allstate Underpaid Auto Crash Injury Benefits, Suit Says

    A putative class of auto insurance customers and a putative class of health care providers are jointly suing Allstate over allegedly failing to properly reimburse health costs over car accidents that happened in Pennsylvania but occasioned treatment outside Pennsylvania, according to a suit removed to New Jersey federal court Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2018

    'Contradictory' Collection Letter Class Certified In NJ

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday certified a proposed class action alleging a letter sent by a debt collector contained contradictory health insurance instructions, ruling among other things that the common claims in the suit would predominate over individual issues.

  • December 13, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Premier Oil, Japan Post, Oak Hill

    Premier Oil PLC is mulling making an offer for North Sea oil and gas assets being sold by Chevron Corp., Japan Post Holdings plans to invest in U.S. insurer Aflac Inc., and an Oak Hill Capital Partners buyout fund is getting ready to hit its first close.

  • December 13, 2018

    Top Insurance Legislation & Regulation Stories Of 2018

    This year brought many major policy developments that affected insurers, with the European Union's stringent data security rules spurring demand for cyber insurance and U.S. regulators ending an era by rescinding Prudential's designation as a systemically important financial institution, leaving no nonbank firms with the controversial tag. Here, Law360 looks back at the biggest regulatory and legislative developments that impacted insurers in 2018.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • A Look At New IRS Guidance For Discounting Unpaid Losses

    Kristan Rizzolo

    The IRS recently proposed regulations for discounting unpaid losses under Internal Revenue Code Section 846. This necessary guidance, affecting both long- and short-tail insurers, removes obsolete regulations following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, say Kristan Rizzolo and Graham Greene of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Modernizing The Variable Contract Disclosure Regime

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    A new proposal by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission represents a major step forward in updating the disclosure and delivery requirements imposed on the variable insurance products industry. Embracing the new regime, however, will take some work and is not without certain challenges, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Property Damage Is Not Necessarily Physical In Calif.

    Catherine Doyle

    In Thee Sombrero v. Scottsdale, a California appellate court recently articulated that for insurance purposes, economic losses can constitute property damage even without physical damage if an insured loses the use of tangible property, say Catherine Doyle and Jan Larson of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Property And Casualty Insurers Face A Genomics Revolution

    David Schwartz

    Plaintiffs attorneys are winning big in civil litigation by invoking genomic susceptibility arguments, and trends suggest that property and casualty insurers will face more and larger claims as a result. But genomic data can assist both plaintiffs and defendants, say David Schwartz of Innovative Science Solutions and William Wilt of Assured Research.

  • Ohio High Court Enters Debate On Faulty-Work Insurance

    Jonathan MacBride

    In Ohio Northern v. Charles Construction, Ohio's Supreme Court recently went against the prevailing trend of courts being more inclined to find that a subcontractor's faulty workmanship can be an occurrence under a commercial general liability policy, says Jonathan MacBride of Zelle LLP.