Insurance

  • May 3, 2018

    Allstate Adjusters' $5.5M Deal To End 10-Year Wage Row OK'd

    A California judge on Thursday granted preliminary approval to Allstate's agreement to pay $5.5 million to end a decadelong class action alleging the company made insurance adjusters do off-the-clock work and gave them inaccurate pay stubs, telling attorneys for the two sides they did a "fabulous job" to reach the settlement.

  • May 3, 2018

    Gordon & Rees Adds 11-Atty Medicare Compliance Team

    Gordon & Rees LLP has added an 11-attorney Medicare compliance practice group to its Pittsburgh offices, with all the members hailing from Burns White, the firm announced this week.

  • May 3, 2018

    ACA Pay Rule Concerns Unfounded, Physicians Group Told

    The U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury told a group of emergency physicians on Thursday that they would not modify a 2015 rule in response to the group's concerns that it gave insurers wiggle room to underpay out-of-network hospitals for emergency services.

  • May 3, 2018

    6th Circ. Says Biker Owed Benefits For Span Of Disability

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday reversed a lower court’s finding that a man who injured his leg in a motorcycle accident wasn’t entitled to disability benefits after a 34-month period following the accident, saying American United Life Insurance Co. must pay out as long as he can prove he's still disabled.

  • May 3, 2018

    Contractor Dodges $17M Verdict Over Worker's Death

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday struck down a $17 million award in favor of the family of a steel worker who drowned while working on a bridge project associated with Baylor University’s football stadium, saying the project’s contractor is protected from the lawsuit by an insurance program established by the school.

  • May 3, 2018

    Construction Co., Architect Not Covered In Injury Suit: Court

    The lack of a direct contract means a pair of insurers do not owe a construction manager and an architecture firm coverage for a 2010 construction accident, a New York state appeals court found Thursday, citing a recent ruling from the state's high court and affirming a lower court's ruling.

  • May 3, 2018

    FDA Chief Targets Kickback Safe Harbor To Trim Drug Prices

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s leader on Thursday signaled that the Trump administration’s campaign to reduce drug prices will target an Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbor for controversial rebates that drugmakers give to pharmacy benefit managers.

  • May 3, 2018

    A Primer On Insurance For The Legal Cannabis Biz

    While the ongoing federal prohibition of marijuana still poses obstacles for insurers looking to sell coverage to cannabis businesses operating in states that have legalized the drug, more policies are becoming available as state insurance regulators catch up. Here, Law360 breaks down five types of policies legal cannabis companies should consider purchasing.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ex-NFL Player Must Face Insurance Fraud Suit, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has revived an insurance company’s suit that claims a former Chicago Bears football player and “Survivor” contestant fraudulently made a workers’ compensation claim, reversing a lower court’s decision that the dispute belonged before a California administrative board.

  • May 2, 2018

    Hotel Chain Owed Defense In Trade Secrets Row, Court Says

    An American International Group unit must cover WoodSpring Hotels LLC's costs to defend a lawsuit alleging its former employee stole trade secrets from rival Extended Stay America Inc., a Delaware state judge ruled on Wednesday, finding that the insurer's defense obligation was triggered because the underlying action included a potentially covered claim.

  • May 2, 2018

    NY Regulator Fines Broker $7M Over NRA-Branded Insurance

    New York’s top financial regulator said Wednesday that insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC and affiliate Lockton Affinity LLC have agreed to a $7 million fine for serving as an administrator of a National Rifle Association-branded insurance program called “Carry Guard” in violation of state law.

  • May 2, 2018

    Teen Fights Bid To Nix Microsoft 'Wilderness Program' Suit

    A 16-year-old asked a Washington federal court not to throw out his proposed class action that alleges Microsoft Corp's health plan improperly denied coverage for mental health and addiction therapy called “wilderness programs,” saying the plan's language forced it to cover medically necessary treatment from licensed providers.

  • May 2, 2018

    Karolyi Ranch Wants Coverage Of Nassar Defense Costs

    The Karolyi Ranch, which served as an official Olympic training center, has sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics Inc. in Texas state court for coverage of legal costs stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

  • May 2, 2018

    BCBS Antitrust Judge Out Of Patience, But Not GIFs

    An exasperated Alabama federal judge chastised the Blue Cross Blue Shield network and insurance providers over their discovery spats in antitrust litigation concerning BCBS' alleged exclusivity agreements, taking the unusual step Tuesday of voicing his frustration through an animated GIF of Tom Hanks mouthing “Really?”

  • May 2, 2018

    Mylan Settles With Most Insurers In $67M Antitrust Appeal

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a pair of chemical companies accused of a price-fixing scheme with the generic-drug maker have come to an undisclosed settlement with most of the insurers fighting to hold on to a combined $67 million award contested at the D.C. Circuit.  

  • May 2, 2018

    BCBS Tells 6th Circ. To Keep Tribe's Reduced Attys' Fees Win

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan told the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday that there isn't any reason to disturb a Michigan tribe's reduced attorneys' fees award in a case where a lower court found that the insurer owed the tribe millions for charging hidden fees while managing its employee benefit plan.

  • May 2, 2018

    Insurers Off The Hook For Sapa Faulty Windows Settlement

    Nine insurers heaved a sigh of relief Tuesday after a Pennsylvania federal court found they’re not obligated to cover the costs incurred by aluminum products manufacturer Sapa Extrusions Inc. in an underlying lawsuit and subsequent settlement over its sale of tens of millions of faulty windows.

  • May 2, 2018

    Beazley, Lloyd's Coverholder To Launch Blockchain Register

    Global insurer Beazley PLC has teamed up with a Lloyd’s of London coverholder to create the first blockchain-based register to help pay claims following crisis situations and political violence, the firms have said.

  • May 2, 2018

    Opioid Cos. Sued Over Ballooning Health Insurance Costs

    Opioid makers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma and McKesson Corp., were slapped with first-of-their-kind proposed class actions in five federal courts Wednesday alleging that by fueling the nation’s opioid crisis, they have made health care costs go up and health insurance premiums skyrocket.

  • May 1, 2018

    Calif. Regulator OKs First Policy For Pot Biz Landlords

    California's insurance regulator said Tuesday he has approved a first-of-its-kind insurance policy tailored to the risks faced by landlords who rent properties to legal marijuana businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Who's Liable For A Crash When It's The Car Driving?

    Jim Jordan

    In a fully autonomous vehicle, a passenger's reaction to a traffic emergency is as irrelevant as her ethical calculations about potential injuries to herself and others. But if she agreed in advance to the safety protocols in the vehicle's programming, could she share liability in an accident? No one knows the answer yet, says Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Insurers Cannot Rely On 'Absurd' Exclusion Applications

    Karthik Reddy

    An Indiana district court's recent decision in Emmis v. Illinois National illustrates the absurdity of broadly construing interrelated wrongful acts exclusions and reminds policyholders that they need not accept an insurer's broad application of policy exclusions that would result in nonsensical coverage determinations, say Karthik Reddy and Matthew Jacobs of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • What To Do After A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    If a company facing a product recall has managed it effectively, the hardest part is probably over. But there are four key strategies companies should keep in mind to restore order and maintain brand loyalty following a recall, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.