Omission Axes Doctor's Liability Coverage, 8th Circ. Says

Law360, Los Angeles (July 19, 2016, 10:05 PM EDT) -- MMIC Insurance Co. can rescind an Iowa doctor's retroactive professional-liability policy due to his failure to notify the insurer of a medical negligence lawsuit pending against him before the coverage was put into place, the Eighth Circuit affirmed on Tuesday.

In a published opinion, a three-judge panel of the appellate court upheld an Arkansas federal court's ruling that MMIC can void the coverage it issued to Dr. Karl Hasik in connection with his work at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa.

While the hospital's request for retroactive "prior-acts" coverage for Hasik was pending with MMIC, he was hit with a...

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