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  • May 25, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the latest Glass Ceiling Report again shows only incremental growth for female lawyers in private practice, some firms are proving that building a more equitable profession is possible. Here are the law firms leading the way.

  • May 25, 2018

    Calif. AG's High Court Commercial Broke The Law, Suit Says

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra illegally filmed a campaign commercial in the Stanley Mosk State Library and Courts Building, according to a suit Thursday by fellow Golden State politician and Democrat Dave Jones, the insurance commissioner who’s challenging Becerra for the job as the state’s top cop.

  • May 25, 2018

    MetLife Fights 'Aggressive' ERISA Ruling At 8th Circ.

    A Nebraska federal judge misapplied the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in finding that Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. abused its discretion when it denied a widow an optional life insurance benefit under her late husband’s Ford Motor Co. plan, the insurer told the Eighth Circuit on Thursday.

  • May 25, 2018

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

    The last week has seen an Irish real estate developer sue Ireland's "bad bank," a contract dispute between two African banks and a French fishing operator, and several major insurers take Danish shipping giant Maersk to court. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 25, 2018

    BCBS Wants Instant Appeal Of Per Se Ruling In Antitrust MDL

    Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers urged an Alabama federal judge on Thursday to allow for an immediate appeal of a ruling that found they have to face the strict per se standard, which presumes that an alleged plot to divvy up geographic markets by the insurance plans was unlawful.

  • May 25, 2018

    Architect's Testimony OK'd In Liberty Mutual Coverage Row

    A New Jersey appeals court on Friday lifted limits on an expert's testimony in a general contractor's suit seeking coverage for settlements over home construction defects from a pair of Liberty Mutual insurance subsidiaries, saying there is no evidence the architect's claims regarding water damage were baseless.

  • May 25, 2018

    Avis Says Car Renter In Insurance Row Has No Standing

    Avis Budget Car Rental LLC asked a Florida federal judge to toss the remaining claims in a long-running class action over an alleged insurance coverage fraud, saying the court record proves the renter was provided with contractual liability coverage and thus does not have standing.

  • May 25, 2018

    Liberty Beats Pipe Co.'s Appeal Over $13.5M Coverage Loss

    The Eighth Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling that Liberty Mutual doesn't have to cover $13.5 million in expenses that a pipe maker says it incurred shifting production overseas after a 2012 fire at its plant in Little Rock, Arkansas, rejecting the manufacturer's contention that the costs were necessary to avert covered business income losses.

  • May 24, 2018

    No Bonus For Consultancy That Kept Detroit's Art Out Of Ch. 9

    The Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. doesn’t need to pay an art consultancy a bonus tied to the so-called “Grand Bargain” that kept Detroit’s art collection off the table in its landmark municipal bankruptcy proceedings, a New York state appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • May 24, 2018

    Maritime Co. Tries To Revive $2.5M Antitrust Defense Fight

    Crowley Maritime Corp. urged the Eleventh Circuit to revive the shipping company's lawsuit to force an AIG unit to cover the $2.5 million that Crowley shelled out to defend a subsidiary's former executive against antitrust allegations, asserting Thursday that it provided timely notice of the claim to the insurer.

  • May 24, 2018

    Excess Insurer Says It Shouldn't Defend Hurt Worker's Suit

    Scottsdale Insurance Co. hit Columbia Insurance Group Inc. with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Thursday over claims Scottsdale has been defending two property companies that should have been covered under Columbia’s policy in an underlying case over a man’s work injuries.

  • May 24, 2018

    Aetna Says Law Firm Responsible For Health Info Breach

    Aetna Inc. has filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court accusing the class counsel in two underlying privacy suits against the insurer of being responsible for a settlement mailing that allegedly violated members’ privacy anew by potentially revealing their HIV status and launched a new round of litigation.

  • May 24, 2018

    'Intentional Conduct' Negates Firm's Coverage, Ill. Court Says

    An Illinois appellate panel has reversed a lower court and ruled that the Illinois State Bar Association Mutual Insurance Co. does not have to cover the Leighton Legal Group LLC in an underlying suit over the alleged mismanagement of a trust because the conduct was characterized as intentional and therefore excluded from the policy.

  • May 24, 2018

    Cigna, American Specialty Colluded To Charge Plans: Suit

    Cigna and American Specialty Health were hit with a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action in California federal court on Wednesday, accusing them of colluding to saddle members and plans with the charges American Specialty incurs for processing claims and administering a network on Cigna's behalf.

  • May 24, 2018

    Senate Sends $55B VA Reform Bill To Trump

    The Senate has overwhelmingly passed a $55 billion bill that would overhaul how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for private care and would also expand the agency's popular caregiver program. 

  • May 24, 2018

    Contractors May Be Missing Cyberrisks With Insurance Plans

    The construction industry has long had to worry about insuring the physical and natural disasters that can derail multimillion-dollar projects, but this coverage likely won't be broad enough to reach cyberthreats that could be just as damaging to the ebb and flow of their work, attorneys say.

  • May 23, 2018

    Clothing Supplier Seeks Coverage For Walmart's $5M IP Feud

    A Walmart clothing supplier on Tuesday urged a California federal court to force its insurer to pony up more than $5.2 million in costs stemming from a trademark dispute in which Walmart was involved, saying the "advertising injury" portion of its policy extends to Walmart's advertising of merchandise it supplied.

  • May 23, 2018

    Allstate Inks $6.5M Deal To End Calif. Junk Fax Class Action

    A California federal judge said Wednesday he'll grant preliminary approval to a $6.5 million class action settlement ending claims alleging Allstate Insurance Co. unlawfully sent junk faxes to thousands of Golden State residents soliciting customers for car insurance.

  • May 23, 2018

    House Panel Weighs Self-Driving Cars' Effect On Insurance

    A U.S. House panel discussed Wednesday the ways the insurance industry will adapt to widespread acceptance of autonomous vehicles, considering questions about data access, liability and cybersecurity.

  • May 23, 2018

    5 Key Rules In The ALI's Liability Insurance Guidelines

    The American Law Institute's vote Tuesday approving the final draft of its liability insurance rules gives courts a raft of guidance on how to decide a host of critical issues, including when policies are triggered and how coverage should be divvied up for claims spanning multiple years and policies. Here, Law360 looks at the Restatement's guidelines on five commonly litigated insurance issues. 

Expert Analysis

  • Refuting Insurer Denials Linked To Employee Misconduct

    Greg Van Houten

    When faced with a denial for coverage of legal costs associated with employee misconduct, policyholders should never assume that their insurer’s interpretation is correct. In fact, some policyholders are well-positioned to refute such denials, especially when the cited exclusion fails to define “abuse” or is otherwise vague, says Greg Van Houten of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • The Risks Of Attorney Communication With Appraisers

    Brian Devilling

    Attorneys should not attempt to influence a property insurance appraiser's estimate of damages, selection of an umpire or any other substantive issue. While this may run contrary to an attorney's duty of zealous advocacy, it is necessary to avoid subsequent litigation and a potential order vacating an award, says Brian Devilling of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • How Insurers Try To Limit Coverage For Punitive Damages

    Kelby Van Patten

    Insurers treat it as a given that their policies do not cover punitive damages, and insureds often mistakenly accept that premise, but there are circumstances in which punitive damages may be covered, says Kelby Van Patten of Payne & Fears LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Why Texas Contractors Should Watch Lon Smith V. Key

    Brett Wallingford

    Many Texas contractors offer to handle insurance claims for their homeowner customers, but the Texas Supreme Court is currently considering whether to hear an appeal of a case that could deem such actions illegal, rendering their contracts void and unenforceable, says Brett Wallingford of Zelle LLP.

  • Anatomy Of An FLSA Collective Action Conditional Cert.

    Frederick Warren

    A New York federal court recently granted a conditional certification of the Fair Labor Standards Act collective action claims in Julian v. Metropolitan Life Insurance. The case is being litigated hard and well by experienced FLSA counsel on both sides. As such, it is a useful vehicle to analyze cases of this nature and some of the issues that arise, says Frederick Warren of FordHarrison LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Assessing Business Auto Coverage For Autonomous Vehicles

    Katherine Henry

    Courts have not yet determined whether business auto coverage extends to accidents involving autonomous vehicles. Much depends on whether or not an autonomous vehicle can qualify as an "auto," despite potentially lacking key components like steering wheels and turn signals, say Katherine Henry and Brendan Hogan of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.