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  • December 3, 2018

    Gov’t Told To Say Why CVS-Aetna Deal Needs Quick Wrap-Up

    A D.C. federal judge rebuked the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for trying to speed through the CVS-Aetna merger before he carried out his role in clearing the deal.

  • December 3, 2018

    Insurer Beats Appeal In Restaurant Sewage Flood Case

    A New Jersey appeals court affirmed a win for Ohio Security Insurance Co. on Monday in a landlord's suit seeking more coverage for damage to a restaurant caused by a sewage backup, ruling that the policy language setting a $25,000 limit for that type of damage was unambiguous.

  • December 3, 2018

    Texas Court Says Insurer Waited Too Long To Collect $6M

    A Texas appellate court has ruled that United Healthcare is time-barred from pursuing more than $6 million worth of emergency room facility fees it paid to a hospital and two affiliated urgent care centers that the insurer claimed weren’t entitled to collect the fees.

  • December 3, 2018

    UK Supreme Court To Hear Deepwater Horizon Arbitrator Appeal

    The U.K. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal challenging a determination that insurer Chubb can retain its arbitrator pick in a multimillion dollar dispute with U.S. oil services company Halliburton relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a court spokesperson confirmed Monday.

  • December 3, 2018

    Insurer Wants Out Of Coverage For Hertz's Toll-Pass Partner

    Navigators Insurance Co. sued American Traffic Solutions Inc. and The Hertz Corp. on Friday in California federal court, asking for an order that there is no coverage regarding underlying claims that they surprised rental customers with toll-pass fees, and saying it wants back $200,000 in defense costs.

  • December 3, 2018

    MVP: Pasich LLP's Kirk Pasich

    Although Kirk Pasich departed Liner LLP to launch his own firm, Pasich LLP, only last summer, he has not lost a step landing major wins for clients, from the First Circuit's holding that AIG must pay for Bill Cosby's defense in a defamation suit, to helping Dole Food Co. recoup millions from insurers after a groundbreaking shareholders' suit in Delaware, earning him a spot among Law360's 2018 Insurance MVPs.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bid To Rehear Facebook Recusal Case Lacks New Args: USAA

    A Miami law firm that tried and failed to get a Florida judge disqualified over a Facebook connection with an opposing counsel simply wants to "recycle" settled arguments, financial services company United Services Automobile Association told the state high court Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

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

    The last week has seen HSBC's private bank unit hit with an action from nearly 250 claimants, Dutch bank ABN Amro sue more than a dozen insurers and Aviva's health unit take on the Saudi Arabian embassy and government. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 30, 2018

    No Coverage Owed For Coal Execs Accused Of Conflicts

    A coal company insurer was cleared by a Delaware Superior Court judge Friday to refuse litigation fee and indemnity coverage for two former directors of a bankrupt Kentucky coal mine who were sued by a case trustee over alleged fraudulent transfers and conflicted actions.

  • November 30, 2018

    Pa. Atty Sanctioned For Role In 'Frivolous' Insurance Appeal

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday took it upon itself to impose unilateral sanctions on an attorney it said had pursued a knowingly frivolous appeal on behalf of a woman challenging the appointment of an arbitrator in a coverage dispute with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

  • November 30, 2018

    $1.4M Church Damage Claim Must Be Arbitrated, Insurer Says

    A New Orleans church that sustained $1.4 million in damage during a devastating 2017 tornado must arbitrate claims that a German insurer and a group of Lloyd's of London underwriters wrongly denied the church's insurance claim, the insurer and underwriters told a Louisiana federal court Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Insurer Tells 6th Circ. $40M Tunnel Borer Delay Not Covered

    Maxum Indemnity Co. has urged the Sixth Circuit to affirm that it has no duty to defend or indemnify a tunnel-boring machine maker in a $40 million arbitration action over delays caused by an equipment breakdown, saying the action consists solely of breach-of-contract claims that are excluded from Maxum’s policies.

  • November 30, 2018

    Landlord Loses 5th Circ. Rehearing Bid In Lease Case

    The Fifth Circuit has refused a Texas shopping center landlord’s bid for a rehearing in a liability insurance case, finding that the insurer does not have to provide coverage for the landlord’s failure to complete commercial lease negotiations with a new restaurant on time.

  • November 30, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Nixon, Kirkland, Skadden

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Nixon Peabody bought Oasis Outsourcing Acquisition Corp. for $1.2 billion, an ArcLight Energy subsidiary bought TransMontaigne Partners LP for $536 million, and Forrester bought SiriusDecisions for $245 million.

  • November 29, 2018

    There's A Storm Brewing For Some Texas Contractors

    A class action born in the aftermath of a May 2011 hail storm could have far-reaching effects on the Texas roofing industry as a state court considers claims that a contractor illegally acted as an insurance adjuster.

  • November 29, 2018

    Dominican Bank Owner Gets 3 Years For $1B Bribery Scheme

    The former owner of a Dominican Republic bank was sentenced Thursday in Florida federal court to three years in prison for his role in a $1 billion bribery and money laundering scheme he carried out with a billionaire Venezuelan television mogul and others.

  • November 29, 2018

    Carchex LLC Must Face Overtime Suit, Maryland Judge Says

    Auto warranty provider Carchex LLC can’t sidestep a class action by former call center employees who claim they weren’t compensated for working overtime, a Maryland federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the company’s motion to dismiss was "without merit."

  • November 29, 2018

    Fla. Pharmacist Gets 6½ Years For Bogus Claims For Creams

    A Florida licensed pharmacist was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison for participating in a $3.4 million scheme to submit fraudulent claims to Tricare, Medicare and private insurance programs for compounded creams that were not necessary.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • New Construction Trends And Their Impact On Contracts

    Joanna Horsnail

    Trends and technologies such as performance-based and resilience-oriented design, modular construction, and the use of drones are changing complex construction and engineering projects — and will require careful consideration and analysis during project negotiation and contracting, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP and engineers with Exponent Inc.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Clear, Concise Disclosures For Variable Contracts In Sight

    Ronald Holinsky

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent proposals to improve disclosures about variable annuities and variable life insurance contracts should go a long way in enhancing the investment experience for retail investors, say Ronald Holinsky of Lincoln Financial Group and Robert Robertson of Dechert LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • A Post-Election Survey Of The Health Care Ecosystem

    Andrew Bab

    Health care featured prominently in the 2018 midterm election campaign. Here, attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offer thoughts on what the election results and a divided Congress mean for different sectors of the health care industry.

  • Mass. Court Ruling Reinforces 2 Keys To Pollution Coverage

    Alexander Bandza

    The Massachusetts federal district court's decision in Plainstow Project v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance illustrates a recent pro-policyholder outcome as to the interplay of a policy's pollution exclusion and the viability of its “sudden and accidental” exception, say Alexander Bandza and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.