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Insurance

  • January 15, 2019

    Ameriprise Rips 'Quadruple Damages' In Life Insurance Fight

    A state judge in Pittsburgh awarded “quadruple damages” against Ameriprise Financial Inc. based on an erroneous reading of Pennsylvania law and wrongly handed out attorneys’ fees that had ballooned during appeal, the company told a state Superior Court panel Tuesday in a life insurance overpayment dispute.

  • January 15, 2019

    Brazil Says Aviation Insurers Have Been Swapping Info

    Brazil’s antitrust authority has launched an investigation into whether American International Group Inc. and 10 other companies in the aviation and aerospace insurance industry affected competition in the country by sharing sensitive pricing information.

  • January 14, 2019

    1st Circ. Denies NFL Benefits To Late Patriots Pro's Ex-Wife

    The ex-wife of late New England Patriots Pro Bowler Mosi Tatupu cannot claim survivor benefits from the NFL after the First Circuit ruled that a posthumous domestic relations order does not overrule the couple's marital separation agreement that only entitled her to receive one-third of his benefits.

  • January 14, 2019

    Travelers Settles $1M Row Over Army Drone Facility In Israel

    A Travelers unit and an Israeli construction company have settled a dispute over $1 million worth of work the builder said it wasn’t paid during U.S. government work on a drone facility in Israel, a Connecticut federal judge said Monday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Jones Walker Snags Fowler Rodriguez Team In Merger

    Jones Walker LLP has absorbed the founding partner of fellow New Orleans-anchored international dispute firm Fowler Rodriguez, along with a group of attorneys versed in working with domestic and international maritime, energy and insurance clients on issues including infrastructure deals, immigration, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, and international arbitration.

  • January 14, 2019

    Lender Says Life Settlement Co. Is Using Ch. 11 To Pay Parent

    The top secured lender to bankrupt life settlements venture White Eagle Asset Portfolio LP accused it of seeking to improperly pay the expenses of a non-debtor parent and urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject a proposed cash management order for the case.

  • January 14, 2019

    10th Circ. Affirms Liberty's Win In Black Lung Coverage Row

    Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. didn't breach any obligations to the ex-president of bankrupt Clemens Coal Co. when it failed to provide the company a policy with coverage for black lung disease claims, the Tenth Circuit affirmed on Monday, agreeing with a lower court that the former executive's case fails because the insurer owed no duty to him personally.

  • January 14, 2019

    CVS CEO Unveils $100M Initiative For 1-Stop Health Care Shop

    CVS Health Corp. CEO Larry Merlo on Monday announced a five-year, $100 million commitment to the creation of a health care model that he said would give consumers a more localized, one-stop shop for care and simplify treatment options.

  • January 14, 2019

    Mueller Probe To Dominate Barr Confirmation Hearing

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to start grilling President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr Tuesday, and the biggest item on the menu is undoubtedly his supervision of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • January 14, 2019

    Trump's ACA Birth Control Rules Blocked Nationwide

    A Pennsylvania federal judge issued a nationwide injunction Monday blocking Trump administration carveouts to the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate from taking effect, one day after a court in California blocked the same ACA exemptions in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

  • January 14, 2019

    Lloyd's Underwriters Say Reinsurance Pact Null In $3.7M Row

    Underwriters at Lloyd's of London have urged a Maryland federal court not to send to arbitration a $3.7 million coverage dispute with two insurers over a Baltimore warehouse that was destroyed in a fire, arguing the parties' agreement is void because the insurers misrepresented certain material facts.

  • January 14, 2019

    Ex-GC Returns To Lead Haynes And Boone Group In Dallas

    A former partner in Haynes and Boone LLP's white collar practice group has returned to the law firm's Dallas office — after a stint as assistant general counsel for a public health care company — where he will co-lead its health care and life sciences group, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Exhibit List Ordered Trimmed After Insys Execs Blast Gov’t

    A group of former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives charged with bribing doctors to prescribe the company’s opioid spray lit into government lawyers Monday after prosecutors allegedly missed multiple disclosure deadlines, and a Massachusetts federal judge gave the government until midnight to trim its witness and exhibit list.

  • January 14, 2019

    Amy's Kitchen Tries To Nix DaVita Dialysis Coverage Suit

    Amy’s Kitchen Inc. has urged a California federal court to toss a suit from health care giant DaVita Inc. accusing the natural foods company’s employee benefit health plan of effectively removing in-network coverage for dialysis, arguing DaVita had been charging unreasonable prices and its claims lacked any legal basis.

  • January 14, 2019

    Hunton Faces DQ Bid In Fatal Crash Coverage Suit

    Allied World National Assurance Co. asked a Florida federal judge Friday to disqualify Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP as counsel to Ranger Construction Industries Inc. for allegedly reviewing and using inadvertently disclosed materials the insurer asserts are protected by attorney-client privilege in litigation over a fatal truck accident.

  • January 13, 2019

    13 States, DC Win Freeze Of ACA Birth Control Exemptions

    A California federal judge late Sunday barred the Trump administration from letting more employers in 13 states and Washington, D.C., invoke religious or moral objections to avoid an Affordable Care Act requirement to provide no-cost birth control to workers.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    CVS-Aetna Judge To DOJ Attys: 'Roll Up Your Sleeves'

    A D.C. federal judge Friday ripped into the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust attorneys who have been pushing him to approve CVS Health Corp.’s purchase of Aetna Inc. assets after they filed a status report claiming they cannot work on the case until the government shutdown ends.

  • January 11, 2019

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

    The last week has seen Axa sue a private health-care provider, AIG take on shipper MSC and an appeal by a printer cartridge maker that has been fighting a multimillion-pound award to its pension trustees.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2019

    Allegra Lawrence-Hardy

    As 2019 begins, many companies await answers to several pending employment law questions. Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC review the most pertinent issues employers should watch this year.

  • NY’s High Court Further Clarifies RMBS Legal Landscape

    Christopher Malloy

    In the past year, the New York Court of Appeals heard four significant cases addressing contractual remedies and timeliness of lawsuits concerning residential mortgage-backed securities — and has agreed to hear at least two more. The court's decisions in these cases will serve as useful guideposts, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • A Small Step Toward 'Employee' Clarity For FCRA

    Cindy Hanson

    An Iowa federal court's recent decision in Smith v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company limits the Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements associated with a consumer report obtained for employment purposes to its logical statutory definition. Yet, companies hiring independent contractors are not entirely out of the woods, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • Will New Congress Pass A National Data Protection Law?

    Joseph Facciponti

    The 116th Congress has an ideal opportunity to pass bipartisan privacy legislation that could safeguard consumer data, provide clear and uniform rules for businesses, and preserve innovation. Yet any new legislation faces significant hurdles, say Joseph Facciponti and Maxwell Thompson of Murphy & McGonigle PC.