• March 2, 2018

    Insurer Must Defend Defunct Grocery Over Gang Shooting

    An Illinois appellate panel Thursday found that Boston-based Netherlands Insurance Co. owed a duty to defend now-defunct Chicago-area grocery chain Dominick's in a lawsuit over a fatal gang shooting in the parking lot of one of its stores in 2004, reversing a lower court's ruling but rejecting the grocer's argument that the insurer acted in bad faith.

  • March 2, 2018

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

    The last week has seen bankrupt insurer Allanfield sue its former auditors, another insolvent insurer in runoff lodge professional negligence claims against Mazars LLP and a new suit from the remains of Iceland's collapsed Landsbanki.

  • March 2, 2018

    Judge Rejects 'Imprecise' Dismissal Bids In $15M Geico Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday ordered Florida-based chiropractic network Path Medical LLC, a pair of law firms and other defendants to redraft their motions to dismiss Geico’s $15 million suit over allegedly fraudulent claims, saying the six motions by 18 defendants referenced each other too heavily and led to "imprecise and inartful briefing."

  • March 2, 2018

    Insurers Defend $67M Antitrust Win Amid Mylan Appeal

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and three other insurers are fighting to keep a combined $67 million award in their long-running price-fixing suit against Mylan Pharmaceuticals and chemical companies Cambrex and Gyma Laboratories, asking the D.C. Circuit to reject the companies’ latest appeal.

  • March 2, 2018

    Skelos, Son Seek To Dismiss Case Citing McDonnell

    Former New York State Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, who last year convinced an appeals court to overturn their corruption convictions, urged a Manhattan federal judge Thursday to dismiss the case, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McDonnell v. U.S. requires it.

  • March 2, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Jones Day, Kirkland

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, AmTrust teamed up with Stone Point to go private in a deal valuing the insurer at $2.7 billion, Ocwen bought rival PHH for $360 million, and Spectrum Brands merged with HRG in a $10 billion deal.

  • March 2, 2018

    Tucker Law Faces Pa. Malpractice Suit Over Car Crash Case

    Tucker Law Group LLC was hit with a malpractice suit in Pennsylvania state court on Thursday by a former client alleging that the firm settled an underinsured motorist claim on her behalf without her consent.

  • March 2, 2018

    UK Judge Backs Lloyds’ $51M Win In US Case Against Syria

    A U.S. court decision that awarded damages to a group of underwriters at Lloyd’s of London after an airliner was destroyed in a terrorist hijacking allegedly sponsored by Syria can be recognized and enforced in the U.K., a British judge has ruled.

  • March 1, 2018

    Carfax Can't Revive Bid For $50M Antitrust Suit Coverage

    An American International Group Inc. unit doesn't have to defend Carfax Inc. against a $50 million suit alleging the company monopolized the vehicle history report market, a New York appeals court affirmed Thursday, agreeing with a lower court that references to defamation in the suit cannot get Carfax out from under an antitrust exclusion.

  • March 1, 2018

    PIP Insurance Repeal Rejected By Fla. Senate Subcommittee

    Efforts in the Florida Legislature to repeal the state's no-fault motor vehicle insurance law, which requires motorists to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage, appear set to fail in the current session following a Senate subcommittee's rejection Wednesday, although a procedural step left open a narrow lifeline.

  • March 1, 2018

    Insurer Has Duty To Defend Duracell Battery Row, Suit Says

    Online retailer Chicago Import Inc. hit its insurance company and Duracell with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Thursday asking a judge to declare that the insurer must defend Chicago Import in a trademark infringement row the nation's largest battery brand has launched over its product's packaging.

  • March 1, 2018

    Insurer Escapes Coverage Over Fall At Dunkin' Donuts

    A New Jersey appellate court on Thursday found that Travelers Insurance Co. does not owe coverage to a strip mall owner and its Dunkin' Donuts tenant in a man’s injury suit, as the owner was found to be grossly negligent and the policy excluded coverage for such negligence.

  • March 1, 2018

    HHS Must Reconsider Formula For ACA Payments

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must reconsider a formula that affects billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act payments to insurers, a New Mexico federal judge said Wednesday.

  • March 1, 2018

    Insurer Slams Patriot National Ch. 11 Disclosure Omission

    A New York-based specialty insurer objected Thursday to the bankruptcy disclosure filed by insurance service provider Patriot National Inc., saying the document ignores its potential claims in a 2-year-old, wide-ranging fraud and damages suit.

  • March 1, 2018

    Insurers Say They Won't Defend Weinstein From Assault Suits

    The Chubb Group Wednesday asked a New York state court to find its companies do not have to defend or indemnify movie producer Harvey Weinstein for nearly a dozen sexual assault and harassment suits in the U.S. and abroad.

  • March 1, 2018

    Beneficiaries Slam Prudential Bid To Stay ERISA Suit

    The Prudential Insurance Company of America on Wednesday received pushback from a group of beneficiaries on its bid challenging a Pennsylvania federal judge’s order certifying a subclass in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit over life insurance payouts.

  • March 1, 2018

    AmTrust Valued At $2.7B In PE-Backed Go-Private Deal

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. on Thursday said company CEO Barry D. Zyskind and directors George Karfunkel and Leah Karfunkel will team up with private equity funds managed by Stone Point Capital LLC to take the insurer private in a deal that values the company at around $2.7 billion.

  • March 1, 2018

    Insurers Push UK Regulator For Cyberattack Data Release

    The Information Commissioner's Office is in talks with U.K. insurers over their demands for the national data regulator to release information on cyberattacks that private companies must report under Europe’s impending data regime, the watchdog told Law360 on Thursday.

  • February 28, 2018

    Weight-Loss Surgery Docs Hit With Fraud Charges

    Two doctors and their weight-loss surgery businesses were hit with fraud, money laundering and identity theft charges related to an alleged scheme to get insurance companies to pay for elective surgeries, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • February 28, 2018

    MassMutual Didn’t Stiff Policyholder Class, Jury Finds

    MassMutual did not improperly withhold dividends from a class of hundreds of term life insurance policyholders, a California jury found Tuesday, siding with the insurer and finding the policies in question never generated enough profit to warrant dividends under the policy agreements.

Expert Analysis

  • Settlement Aspirations Enter The Opioid MDL

    Adam Fleischer

    Two freight trains driving the opioid multidistrict litigation appear to be on a collision course. Journalistic investigations have revealed much about what the pharmaceutical industry knew about the opioid crisis, but just this week, Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio made clear his plans to push the matter toward a global resolution in 2018, say Adam Fleischer and Kevin Harris of BatesCarey LLP.

  • Will Ratepayers Or Shareholders Pay For California Fires?

    Mike Danko

    Northern California homeowners recently filed suit against PG&E Corporation, blaming its power lines for sparking wildfires that have destroyed more than 5,000 homes. If plaintiffs prove that the utility took shortcuts that placed profits over safety, victims’ compensation should come from the company's profits, not from ratepayers, say Mike Danko of Danko Meredith and Caroline Corbitt of Gibbs Law Group.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Insurers Beware: Exposure Under 'Canceled' Policies

    Thomas Gozdziak

    Recent court decisions should serve as an important reminder to insurers to strictly comply with all policy cancellation requirements to avoid risk liability exposure not only for the failure to pay claims but also for bad faith, says Tom Gozdziak of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2018

    Allegra Lawrence-Hardy

    Last year employers watched as a variety of regulations were rolled back to pre-Obama administration status. Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC discuss what happened in 2017, the developments employers should be alert to this year, and the resolutions they should make to protect their company and employees.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Health Republic’s Curious Liquidation: Part 13

    James Veach

    A year and a half into Health Republic's liquidation, policyholders have yet to receive any money from approved claims. We will see what the Feb. 14 status conference reveals, and hopefully some of Health Republic's former policyholders will appear and participate, says James Veach of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.

  • Taking And Defending Depositions You Can Actually Use

    Bethany Kristovich

    All too often, lawyers just think about “getting through” the deposition phase without fully taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their story. But following a few basic rules on the front end can help maximize the impact of a deposition at trial, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key District Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    Over the last year, there were some interesting cases in the indirect purchaser class action arena, with district courts addressing pleading motions, class certification in “pay-for-delay” drug cases, and class certification of nationwide and multistate class claims based on California’s state antitrust law, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.