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  • June 4, 2018

    Olin Blasts Bid For Win By Lamorak After $55M Order

    Chemical maker Olin Corp. has asked a New York federal court to shut down Lamorak Insurance Co.'s request to go after fellow insurers to pay off a $130 million judgment, saying it would reward Lamorak for bad behavior and punish the other insurers for settling early on.

  • June 4, 2018

    Negligent Hiring Claims Covered By Policy: Calif. Justices

    California’s high court ruled Monday that a Liberty Mutual unit must cover the costs of a construction company to defend against claims it negligently hired and failed to supervise a former employee who sexually assaulted a middle school student, finding that the builder’s conduct fits the definition of an accident in L&M's policy.

  • June 4, 2018

    Reinsurance Co. Nets Higher Plan Funding Offer At Auction

    Bankrupt reinsurance firm Scottish Holdings Inc. received court approval Monday in Delaware for a plan sponsorship offer worth nearly $10 million more than an initial stalking horse bid previously approved by the court.

  • June 4, 2018

    End-Payor Attys Want $16M From $43M Medicis, Impax Deals

    Motley Rice LLC and Hilliard & Shadowen LLP asked a Massachusetts federal judge Friday for a one-third cut plus $1.6 million in litigation expenses from $43 million in settlements they secured from Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. and Impax Laboratories Inc. over the allegedly delayed launch of a generic acne medicine.

  • June 4, 2018

    Insurer To Pay $64.5M To End SEC Life Insurance Fraud Row

    Pacific West Capital Group Inc. agreed Monday to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disgorgement of $57.4 million and $6.3 million in prejudgment interest to end claims in California federal court that it defrauded investors in the sale of fractionalized interests in universal life insurance policies.

  • June 4, 2018

    Lathrop Gage Hires 4 Insurance Pros For Los Angeles Office

    Lathrop Gage LLP expanded its Los Angeles office with the addition of Scheidemantle Law Group PC's team of four attorneys, who bring with them expertise in insurance recovery and product liability litigation, the firm said on Monday.

  • June 4, 2018

    Pa. Court To Rethink Axing $21M Insurance Bad Faith Award

    A Pennsylvania appellate court said Friday it will take a second look at the arguments for and against its decision to overturn a $21 million punitive damages award against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. in a 20-year dispute over an auto insurance claim.

  • June 4, 2018

    College Aims To Move Wrongful Death Suit By Athlete's Family

    A Massachusetts college that is a defendant in a New Jersey state court case in which the family of a football player who died of cardiac arrest after practice is claiming wrongful death has filed for removal of the case to federal court.

  • June 4, 2018

    High Court Won't Review NY Workers' Comp Amendment

    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t take up a case challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 amendment to the state of New York’s Workers’ Compensation Law that shifted the liability for certain reopened cases from a statewide fund to insurance carriers, according to the order list distributed Monday.

  • June 4, 2018

    Allergy Tester Wants Baker Donelson DQ'd From Antitrust Suit

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC shouldn’t be allowed to represent a Blue Cross Blue Shield unit in an antitrust suit brought by United Allergy Services, as the firm also represented UAS in related proceedings and still has access to its confidential information, the allergy testing company told a Louisiana federal court Friday.

  • June 4, 2018

    Bridge Collapses Unrelated In Insurance Row, 4th Circ. Told

    A North Carolina engineering firm has told the Fourth Circuit that its insurance coverage shouldn't have stopped at $3 million for two pedestrian bridge collapses at a college in 2014, arguing they were unrelated claims subject to the policy’s $5 million aggregate limit.

  • June 4, 2018

    Onex Corp. Invests $175M In Specialty Insurance Co.

    Toronto-based private equity firm Onex Corp. on Monday said it has made a $175 million equity investment in Chicago-based specialty insurance organization Ryan Specialty Group.

  • June 1, 2018

    Tech 'Unicorn' Domo Among 6 Cos. Filing IPO Plans

    Venture-backed data analytics startup Domo Inc., a so-called technology unicorn, was among six companies that filed initial public offerings on Friday, bolstering a growing lineup of deals that could price before July 4.

  • June 1, 2018

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

    The last week has seen CIS Insurance lodge another claim against IBM, a dispute emerge between a bankrupt mini-bond scheme and its security trustee, and Chubb sue Harvey Weinstein amid a fight over who should pay the cost of defending the movie producer against sexual harassment claims. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 1, 2018

    Charity Sues Insurer To Cover Calif. DOJ's False Ad Suit

    A Christian charity is suing its insurer in Georgia federal court for refusing to defend it from a suit filed by the California Department of Justice, which claims the charity misled donors about how efficiently it uses their dollars to provide aid by inflating the price of donated pharmaceuticals. 

  • June 1, 2018

    Texas Justices Take Up Anadarko's $100M Coverage Battle

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a lower court’s holding that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is not entitled to coverage by Lloyd’s of London underwriters for any of the over $100 million it has spent defending against claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

  • June 1, 2018

    Iowa Justices Grant Retrial In Townhomes' Hail Coverage Row

    The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday sent the question of how much Depositors Insurance Co. owes on a $1.5 million hail damage claim back for retrial, finding that while an appraisal panel can rule on both causation and damages, the case also involves policy interpretation.

  • June 1, 2018

    Cooley Nabs Katten Litigator For Securities Practice

    The co-chair of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s national securities litigation and enforcement practice, who has previously freed Costco from an $18 million wrongful death suit and nabbed a $238 million verdict against Lennar Corp. in a real estate dispute, has left for Cooley LLP, Cooley announced this week.

  • June 1, 2018

    Stroock Picks Up Baker McKenzie Insurance Practice Head

    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP has picked up Baker McKenzie's North American insurance practice head for its New York office, Stroock announced Friday.

  • June 1, 2018

    Ex-Reporter Prevails In ERISA Suit Against Prudential

    A New Jersey federal judge sided with a former Washington Post science reporter with chronic fatigue syndrome Thursday in his Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit against Prudential Insurance Company of America, which had dropped his short-term disability benefits and denied his bid for long-term ones.

Expert Analysis

  • Foiling The Expert Battle In First-Party Property Cases

    Eric Bowers

    Expert witnesses are often crucial to coverage and damages issues in first-party property insurance cases. By using evidentiary rules and case law to challenge the other side's expert opinions, you might just win the war without ever having to engage in a battle of the experts, say Eric Bowers and Victoria Vish of Zelle LLP.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Lessons From 4 Recent Athlete Insurance Lawsuits

    Richard Giller

    This month, former University of Arkansas star running back Rawleigh Williams III sued Lloyd's of London, seeking to recover $1 million under a permanent total disability insurance policy. This is one of several recent cases shining a spotlight on the murky world of specialized athlete policies and the brokers who procure such policies, says Richard Giller of Reed Smith LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Food Contamination: When Responsible Parties Are Identified

    Eldon Edson

    Following outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, such as the recent E. coli case attributed to romaine lettuce, public agencies investigate to control further exposure and prevent similar incidents in the future. However, once identified, members of the overall chain of supply are all potential defendants in lawsuits likely to be brought by those affected by the outbreak, says Eldon Edson of Selman Breitman LLP.

  • Self-Insured Retentions: Whose Money Really Counts?

    Blake Dillion

    Insurers often claim that only the named insured can satisfy a policy's self-insured retention, but insurers do not always get their way. Courts are reluctant to relieve insurers of their obligations due to a named insured's insolvency and often look for reasons to allow other parties to satisfy the self-insured retention, says Blake Dillion of Payne & Fears LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Why NJ Supreme Court OK'd Allotting Fault To Phantom Foes

    Patrick Perrone

    In its April ruling in Krzykalski v. Tindall, the New Jersey Supreme Court acknowledged that apportionment of fault is based on principles of fairness, rather than being dependent on the plaintiff’s ability to recover. Plaintiffs and defendants alike must assess whether fault may be attributable to known but unidentified entities and plan accordingly, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Calif. Landslides Prompt 'Efficient Proximate Cause' Rehash

    Jennifer Hoffman

    Last month, the California Senate passed SB 917, amending the California Insurance Code to reiterate efficient proximate cause and specifically address landslides. Though the amendment purports to merely restate existing law, insurers should be prepared for inconsistent verdicts rendered by courts and juries in the near future, says Jennifer Hoffman of Zelle LLP.