Insurance

  • July 23, 2020

    Philly Restaurant Sues To Get Virus Closure Coverage

    The latest in a tidal wave of lawsuits over pandemic-related insurance issues, a Philadelphia restaurant accused Seneca Insurance Co. in state court on Tuesday of refusing to provide promised coverage after the eatery was forced to shut down as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • July 23, 2020

    Colombia Auctioning $366M Real Estate Portfolio Via US Co.

    The government of Colombia is auctioning off a $366 million real estate portfolio in what is the country's largest real estate offering in more than a decade, according to an announcement on Thursday from debt marketplace DebtX, which has been hired to sell the assets.

  • July 23, 2020

    Law Firm Can't Trim Claims In Data Breach Suit

    A Missouri federal judge won't let Warden Grier LLP trim down a suit from an insurance company alleging it mishandled a 2016 cyberattack that exposed private information, saying Thursday that suing a law firm does not turn all the insurer's claims into legal malpractice.

  • July 23, 2020

    Insurer Sued Over Hospitality Group's COVID-19 Losses

    A hospitality group has hit Hartford Fire Insurance Co. with a proposed class action in Connecticut federal court, saying the company has failed to issue coverage for catastrophic COVID-19 losses that threaten the survival of the group's dine-in restaurants, wine bars and cafes.

  • July 23, 2020

    Building Debris Is Excluded In Insurance Row, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed that a pollution exclusion in a general contractor's policy with Southern Owners Insurance Co. bars coverage for a suit alleging the builder's negligent work on a domestic violence shelter caused an employee to be injured by construction debris.

  • July 23, 2020

    Insurer Wants To Sink Ice Cream Shop's Virus Coverage Suit

    Merchants Mutual Insurance Co. urged a New Jersey federal judge Thursday to toss a restaurant's suit seeking coverage for COVID-19 business interruption, arguing that other courts have denied claims involving "strikingly similar" policies.

  • July 23, 2020

    Lab Strikes $1.2M Deal To End Fight With UnitedHealthcare

    A toxicology lab, two of its owners and an addiction treatment facility have agreed to pay about $1.2 million to put to rest UnitedHealthcare's claims that they conspired to cheat insurers out of millions of dollars.

  • July 23, 2020

    Insurer Says No Coverage Owed In Food Supplier's BIPA Row

    An Ohio insurer urged an Illinois state court Wednesday to declare it has no duty to defend or indemnify an Illinois-based supplier of dehydrated produce and other foods from claims the company's fingerprint timekeeping system violates the state's landmark biometric privacy law.

  • July 23, 2020

    Suits Over Erie Insurance Virus Denials Grouped In Pittsburgh

    Lawsuits from across Pennsylvania accusing Erie Insurance Exchange of improperly denying businesses coverage for losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be coordinated in Allegheny County, a state court judge ordered Thursday.

  • July 23, 2020

    Texas Hospital Wants Coverage For Employee's $2M Scam

    A Texas hospital is suing its insurance company, saying it was wrongfully denied coverage after an employee allegedly stole nearly $2 million by making fraudulent orders for medical supplies.

  • July 22, 2020

    First American Title Insurance Charged In NY Over Data Leak

    New York's financial services regulator has hit leading title insurer First American Title Insurance Co. with charges stemming from an alleged vulnerability in the company's information systems that led to consumers' sensitive personal information being exposed, according to a notice on Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2020

    Geico Drivers Sue Over 'Excessive' COVID-19 Premiums

    Geico has been unfairly profiting off of the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to charge "unconscionably excessive" premiums at a time when people are driving — and getting into auto accidents — far less, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court Wednesday.

  • July 22, 2020

    Insurer Sues To Avoid Liability In Fracking Cos.' Dispute

    An insurer for a fracking chemical distributor asked a Texas federal court on Wednesday to declare that the distributor and one of its competitors can't drag it into their trade secrets dispute, because the underlying lawsuit falls outside the policies issued. 

  • July 22, 2020

    Texas Woman Sues Insurer After COVID-19 Canceled Fla. Trip.

    Travel insurer Assicurazioni Generali Group was hit with another proposed class action accusing it of wrongfully denying coverage for a trip that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a suit filed in Texas federal court.

  • July 22, 2020

    Cato, Groups Tell Justices Insurer Not Barred In IRS Rule Bout

    Several groups including the Cato Institute and U.S. Chamber of Commerce asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to allow an insurance company's challenge to an IRS notice on microcaptive insurance arrangements, saying it shouldn't be barred by the Anti-Injunction Act.

  • July 22, 2020

    Hagens Berman To Lead Investor Suit Against Texas Insurer

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday tapped Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP to lead investors in a proposed class action against insurer Hallmark Financial Services, accusing it of misleading investors about its finances and causing its stock prices to drop.

  • July 22, 2020

    Goulston Seals Tricky Loan For $700M Mass. Turnpike Project

    The first air rights project to cross the Massachusetts Turnpike in nearly 40 years is moving ahead, but the complex financing deal for the $700 million project could have been derailed by just one coronavirus case, lawyers at Goulson & Storrs recently told Law360.

  • July 22, 2020

    Insurer Says It Needn't Cover Suits Over Illegal Landfill

    Hiscox Insurance Co. has told a Texas federal judge it should not be on the hook for two suits accusing its policyholder Blue Star Recycling LLC of illegally dumping hazardous waste into a local creek, saying the policy does not cover the damages sought and also bars pollution coverage.

  • July 22, 2020

    Competition Watchdog Probes Ardonagh Bike Broker Deal

    The U.K.'s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into the £26 million ($33 million) purchase of specialist broker Bennetts Motorcycling Services by insurance acquisition vehicle Ardonagh Group.

  • July 21, 2020

    Other Policies Apply First For $5.7M Turbine Bill, Insurers Say

    Two other insurers' policies should apply first in covering $5.7 million in repair costs for energy turbines, Hartford Fire Insurance Co. and Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America told a Kentucky federal court.

  • July 21, 2020

    Insurer Cannot Dodge Energy Biz's Suit, Judge Says

    A California federal judge refused Scottsdale Insurance Co.'s bid to toss a suit brought by policyholder Stem Inc. seeking defense in a suit accusing it of breaching fiduciary duty, holding that Scottsdale failed to demonstrate "the absence of any potential for coverage."

  • July 21, 2020

    Latham-Led Insurer Hippo Scores $1.5B Valuation

    Latham & Watkins-advised Hippo said Tuesday that it raised $150 million in its latest funding round, landing the insurance technology company a $1.5 billion valuation.

  • July 21, 2020

    AIG Unit Nabs $212K In Atty Fees After Coverage Row

    AIG unit National Union can collect nearly $212,000 in attorney fees after fending off a medical services company's coverage claims stemming from a pair of employee harassment complaints, with a Florida federal judge on Tuesday shooting down several objections to the final fee figure.

  • July 21, 2020

    11th Circ. Lifts Block On Firms' Fee Claim In Fraud Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has found that a settlement provision blocking third parties from suing a settling party is valid only if the settlement hinges on the inclusion of the provision, ruling that law firms Leon Cosgrove and Mitchell Silberberg can pursue payment from an insurer that settled a coverage dispute with their former client embroiled in a fraud suit.

  • July 21, 2020

    State Farm Must Defend Fatal ATV Suit, 5th Circ. Says

    A Texas federal judge wrongly relied on extrinsic documents to relieve State Farm Lloyds of its duty to defend a couple facing a suit over an ATV accident that killed their grandson, the Fifth Circuit has ruled. 

Expert Analysis

  • Reinsurance Implications Of COVID-19 Biz Interruption Laws

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    In light of legislative and public pressure in the U.S. and U.K. on insurers to cover business interruption losses related to COVID-19, reinsurers will face new questions regarding their obligation to cover claim payments, say Robin Dusek at Saul Ewing and Susie Wakefield at Shoosmiths.

  • What You Say In Online Mediation May Be Discoverable

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    Mediation conducted online with participants in different states makes it harder to determine where communications were made, increasing the risk that courts will apply laws of a state that does not protect mediation confidentiality, say mediators Jeff Kichaven and Teresa Frisbie and law student Tyler Codina.

  • Contract, IP And Employment Claims Increase In A Downturn

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    As a result of current market trends, companies should be prepared for more commercial, intellectual property and employment claims, which can make a downturn even more challenging, says Charlene Morrow at Fenwick.

  • 2 Takeaways From Ill. Biometric Class Action Insurance Ruling

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    An Illinois appellate court's recent decision in West Bend v. Krishna provides clarity into the legal definition of publication in insurance contexts and highlights the importance of policy language in Biometric Information Privacy Act lawsuits, say Deepthika Appuhamy and Brian Scarbrough at Jenner & Block.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Must Clarify Independent Counsel Rates For Insurers

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    California law provides little predictability on the hourly rates that insurers are required to pay independent counsel selected by the insured in disputes, but a few amendments to Section 2860 can help, say attorneys at Covington.

  • 10 Tips For A Successful Remote Arbitration Hearing

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    As I learned after completing a recent international arbitration remotely, with advance planning a video hearing can replicate the in-person experience surprisingly well, and may actually be superior in certain respects, says Kate Shih at Quinn Emanuel.

  • UK Appellate Rulings Clarify Arbitral Choice Of Law

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    Two recent U.K. Court of Appeal decisions have changed the operation of the choice-of-law test for arbitration — a resolution as significant as changing the test itself because it affects the implied choices of the contracting parties, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    To Achieve Diversity, Law Firms Must Reinvent Hiring Process

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    If law firms are truly serious about making meaningful change in terms of diversity, they must adopt a demographically neutral, unbiased hiring equation that looks at personality traits with greater import than grades and class rank, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University College of Law.

  • Cybersecurity Steps For Law Firms Amid Heightened Risks

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    With large swaths of the population indoors and primarily online, cybercriminals will be able to exploit law firms more easily now than ever before, but some basic precautions can help, says Joel Wallenstrom at Wickr.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For Law Firms To Support Work-From-Home Culture

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    Now that law firms are on board with fully remote work environments, they must develop policies that match in-office culture and align partner and associate expectations, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Opinion

    Republicans Keep Confirming Unqualified Judicial Nominees

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    What emerges from the group of 200 federal judges confirmed by the Senate under President Donald Trump is a judiciary stacked with young conservative ideologues, many of whom lack basic judicial qualifications, says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Opinion

    COVID-19 Insurance Disputes Need Creative Solutions

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    For businesses that need funds now to survive COVID-19's impact on the economy, litigation over insurance coverage is too slow and inconsistent, but shared responsibility for losses among policyholders, insurers and the federal government could provide alternate solutions, says John Bickerman at Bickerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Tips For Crafting The Perfect Law Firm Alert

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    As lawyers have had more time to write in recent weeks, the number of law firm alerts has increased massively, but a lot of them fail to capture readers and deliver new business, says Richard Torrenzano at The Torrenzano Group.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Elrod Reviews 'Shortlisted'

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    Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson's new book, "Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court," is a service to an overlooked group of nine women who were considered for the U.S. Supreme Court before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed, and offers constructive tips for women looking to break through the glass ceiling, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Mandatory State Bars Likely To Remain Intact, For Now

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    A Texas federal judge’s recent holding in McDonald v. Sorrels that mandatory bar memberships do not violate members' constitutional rights indicates that such requirements survive the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Janus, but it may mean that the Supreme Court will address the issue in the not-too-distant future, say Majed Nachawati and Misty Farris at Fears Nachawati.

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