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  • December 21, 2018

    Feds Blast Ex-Platinum Execs' Misconduct Claims

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors urged a judge to reject “inflammatory” misconduct claims by former Platinum Partners executives facing fraud charges, saying cooperators were kept secret not to give prosecutors an edge but because of “legitimate fear” of backlash from their cooperation.

  • December 21, 2018

    Kaiser Settles Calif. Suit Over Alleged 'Patient Dumping'

    Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. has agreed to settle a putative class action alleging the insurer forces disabled psychiatric patients to cancel their insurance plans so they can be transferred and admitted to public facilities, according to court documents.

  • December 20, 2018

    Condé Nast Wants Insurer To Cover $13.8M Settlement Costs

    Condé Nast accused Mutual Insurance Co. of reneging on its policy coverage obligations over the media company's $13.75 million settlement with a class of magazine subscribers who said their customer data was sold without their consent, according to a lawsuit filed in New York state court Thursday.

  • December 20, 2018

    Penn Millers Atty Dodges DQ In Storm Damage Claim Row

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday ruled that an attorney at a Lubbock law firm can serve as Penn Millers Insurance Co.’s local counsel in a dispute over a storm damage claim despite employing the opposing party’s former legal assistant.

  • December 20, 2018

    DOL, Groups Fight To Tank Association Health Plan Suit

    The U.S. Department of Labor has doubled down on defending its association health plan rule in Washington, D.C., federal court with a little help from the National Restaurant Association’s legal affiliate and a coalition of employer associations.

  • December 20, 2018

    Ex-Doc Not Owed Defense In Sex Abuse Suits, 4th Circ. Says

    State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. doesn't have to defend a former doctor against five lawsuits filed by female patients claiming he groped and made lewd remarks toward them, the Fourth Circuit held Thursday, agreeing with a lower court that the allegations do not include any potentially covered bodily injuries.

  • December 20, 2018

    Fla. High Court Strikes Down Public Hospital's Lien Powers

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld two lower courts' rulings striking down a law authorizing one of Florida’s largest public health systems to establish liens to recover medical services costs, finding the measure violates a prohibition in the state constitution against liens on private contracts.

  • December 20, 2018

    The Biggest Privacy & Cybersecurity Stories Of 2018

    With Facebook's series of data leaks spurring calls for a national privacy law, Europe's new data protection rules coming on the books and Marriott suffering one of the largest data breaches the world has ever seen, 2018 was a massive year for privacy and cybersecurity. Here's a closer look at some of the year's biggest stories.

  • December 19, 2018

    Insurer Wants To Wash Hands Of $47M Avis Verdict

    Auto-Owners Insurance Co. sued Avis Budget Group Inc. in Georgia federal court on Tuesday, saying it owes no coverage in connection with a $47 million verdict handed down after an employee of an Atlanta-area store reportedly stole a car and hit two pedestrians.

  • December 19, 2018

    Vullo To Depart As NY's Top Banking Regulator

    New York’s top banking and insurance regulator, Maria T. Vullo, announced Wednesday that she has decided to leave the New York Department of Financial Services on Feb. 1, ending a nearly three-year tenure that was marked by various consumer protection efforts.

  • December 19, 2018

    Ill. Atty Stole Clients, Lawyers Before Changing Firms: Suit

    A Chicago suburban insurance defense firm's former name partner who was in line to become its next leader took about $2.7 million in business with him when he left to work for another firm, according to an Illinois state court suit filed Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Generic-Drug Cos. Want AGs To Shut Up About Price-Fixing

    Generic-drug companies facing multidistrict litigation and ongoing probes into alleged price-fixing are tired of hearing about them in the news, according to a brief filed in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday that argues state attorneys general offices have violated legal and ethical requirements to keep mum.

  • December 19, 2018

    Judge Finds NY's $600M Opioid Surcharge Unconstitutional

    New York's $600 million fee on the sale of opioids into the state unconstitutionally prohibits pharmaceutical companies from passing the cost onto consumers, a federal judge said Wednesday in halting payments to the state ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline.

  • December 19, 2018

    Liberty Owes Defense In Fuzzy Slipper IP Fight, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed that Liberty Mutual units must fund footwear company High Point Design LLC’s defense of claims that it infringed another company’s patented design for fuzzy slippers, while also directing a lower court to reevaluate how much the insurer is obligated to pay.

  • December 19, 2018

    DOJ Objects To Asbestos Trust Rep In Fairbanks Ch. 11

    The U.S. Department of Justice's bankruptcy monitoring program objected to The Fairbanks Co.'s pick to represent future claimants in its related Chapter 11 proceedings, the second time in recent months the department moved to block the selection of a trustee in an asbestos bankruptcy case.

  • December 19, 2018

    Skadden Reps Aflac In Japan Post Investment Deal

    Japan Post is preparing to pick up a 7 percent stake in Aflac, advised by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, as it looks to deepen its relationship with its fellow insurer after the pair teamed up 10 years ago on cancer insurance policies in Japan.

  • December 19, 2018

    Weil Guides SoftBank In $500M Driving Safety Biz Investment

    The SoftBank Vision Fund, working with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, announced on Wednesday an agreement to inject $500 million into Cambridge Mobile Telematics, which developed the DriveWell platform that tracks and improves driver safety and is used by insurers, fleets and wireless carriers, among other entities.

  • December 19, 2018

    Fla. Panel Revives Health Center's Fight Over Attys' Fees

    A Florida state appeals court on Wednesday revived an appeal of a case that granted attorneys' fees to Mark J. Feldman for his short-lived representation of Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Center Inc. in a dispute over the recovery of personal insurance protection benefits, finding that the suit was not lawfully dismissed.

  • December 19, 2018

    United Airlines Tries To Cancel Travel Insurance Kickback Suit

    A woman accusing United Airlines of illegally collecting kickbacks on sales of travel insurance policies through its website has not alleged a deceptive act that could advance her consumer fraud claims, the company told an Illinois federal court Tuesday.

  • December 18, 2018

    Insurer Must Defend Builder In Defective Fla. Condo Suit

    A Florida federal judge granted homebuilder KB Home an initial win Tuesday in a dispute with Southern Insurance over coverage for underlying claims relating to alleged construction defects in a 270-unit condo project.

Expert Analysis

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Maximizing Insurance Payouts After The California Fires

    Richard Giller

    California residents impacted by the ongoing 2018 fires can benefit from recently enacted legislation as well as several important insurance lessons learned from the claims submitted in connection with the 2017 wildfires, say Richard Giller and Katherine Ellena of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Don't Panic: Harvey Doesn't Alter Florida's Bad Faith Standard

    Stephen Marino

    Despite the Florida Supreme Court’s consistency with 80 years of precedent in its latest bad faith ruling, Harvey v. Geico, the dissenting opinions — and recent commentary — predict that “mere negligence has now become bad faith” and warn of fabricated claims and market chaos. Stephen Marino and Benjamin Hassebrock of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin PA disagree.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • New Construction Trends And Their Impact On Contracts

    Joanna Horsnail

    Trends and technologies such as performance-based and resilience-oriented design, modular construction, and the use of drones are changing complex construction and engineering projects — and will require careful consideration and analysis during project negotiation and contracting, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP and engineers with Exponent Inc.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Clear, Concise Disclosures For Variable Contracts In Sight

    Ronald Holinsky

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent proposals to improve disclosures about variable annuities and variable life insurance contracts should go a long way in enhancing the investment experience for retail investors, say Ronald Holinsky of Lincoln Financial Group and Robert Robertson of Dechert LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.