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Insurance

  • July 12, 2018

    Willis Towers Watson Ducks Investors' $18B Merger Suit

    A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday booted a putative investor class action that sought to pin Towers Watson & Co. and Willis Group over their $18 billion merger that formed Willis Towers Watson PLC, which investors said undervalued Towers Watson and overcompensated the new CEO, finding the claims were too late.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kavanaugh Splurged On Baseball Tix, Reports Say

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh racked up steep credit card debt in 2016 to pay for Washington Nationals tickets, according to Wednesday news reports and disclosures by the U.S. Supreme Court nominee that also show he coaches kids’ basketball and contributed to a law book without pay.

  • July 11, 2018

    Dialysis Co. To Pay UnitedHealth $32M To End Fraud Suit

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. has agreed to drop fraud accusations against Massachusetts-based American Renal Associates LLC in exchange for $32 million and discounted dialysis services for its customers, bringing ARA’s tab to at least $36 million to end lawsuits surrounding an alleged overbilling scheme.

  • July 11, 2018

    FisherBroyles Adds Litigators in Florida, Philadelphia

    FisherBroyles LLP on Wednesday announced the addition of a pair of litigators in its offices in Naples, Florida, and Philadelphia who bring experience in a variety of areas.

  • July 11, 2018

    4 Kavanaugh Arguments You Gotta Hear

    President Donald Trump's nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has sent everyone scrambling to read what the jurist has written, but how about what he's said? Here, Law360 presents an interactive audio tour of four key Judge Kavanaugh arguments.

  • July 11, 2018

    3rd Circ. Backs Atty’s Conviction Over Fake Insurance Sales

    A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday upheld a former Pennsylvania attorney’s conviction for misrepresenting herself as an authorized agent of a Texas-based title insurance company and selling clients invalid policies.

  • July 11, 2018

    Ex-NY Senate Head Denies Extortion In Final Plea To Jury

    An attorney for former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Wednesday made his final pitch to jurors in the corruption retrial accusing the Long Island Republican and his son of leveraging political power to extort companies, saying there’s no crime in the senator asking for assistance for his son.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kennedy's Legacy Remains Alive In Kavanaugh’s Nomination

    Over his four decades on the federal bench, there was one clerk U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy always praised effusively. Now, that clerk could be replacing the retiring justice on the high court.

  • July 11, 2018

    Troutman Sanders Nabs 5 Partners From Crowell & Moring

    Troutman Sanders LLP has announced the hiring of five former Crowell & Moring LLP partners whose focus on litigation, insurance and reinsurance has seen them involved in sports concussion disputes, international arbitration and asbestos-related suits, among others.

  • July 11, 2018

    Senate Panel Gearing Up For Kavanaugh Vetting Fight

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has already begun what will be a lot of heavy lifting to get ready for a confirmation hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which could come before September, by staffing up and preparing to review hundreds of thousands of documents.

  • July 11, 2018

    What Civil Rights Rulings Could Look Like Under Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record on immigration, employee rights and health care suggests he could side more closely with high court conservatives than civil rights advocates would like, paving the way for closely watched rulings on some of the nation's most controversial issues.

  • July 11, 2018

    Insurer Needn't Cover Crushed Rock Cleanup, Court Says

    A Texas federal judge Tuesday found Great American Insurance Co. does not have to pay to remove crushed rock accidentally dumped in a stream from a New Jersey quarry, saying the rock does not escape the policy's pollution exclusion by being useful and nontoxic.

  • July 11, 2018

    GAO Greenlights DOL's 'Employer' Expansion In ERISA

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the U.S. Department of Labor complied with the necessary procedures when it issued a rule that essentially expanded the interpretation of the word "employer" in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, loosening the requirements for small businesses to join together to create health care plans exempt from certain Affordable Care Act mandates.

  • July 11, 2018

    Chiropractors Drop Underpayment Suit Against Progressive

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed two proposed class actions alleging Progressive Insurance systematically underpaid chiropractors for years after the plaintiff practices gave notice they were dropping their federal claims in the face of pending motions challenging the district court's ability to hear the cases.

  • July 11, 2018

    Attys Beat Malpractice Action Over Prudential Litigation

    A New Jersey state appeals court refused Wednesday to revive a proposed class action accusing two lawyers and their respective firms of deducting improper costs from settlement proceeds in litigation against Prudential Financial Inc., saying a trial court properly tossed the case because their former clients did not produce discovery.

  • July 11, 2018

    LA Hospital Sues Insurer To Cover $42M Whistleblower Deal

    A Los Angeles hospital that paid $42 million to settle whistleblower claims sued its insurer, National Union, Tuesday after NU denied the hospital coverage for staying mum while a Department of Justice investigation was active, making the notification late in the insurer's eyes.

  • July 11, 2018

    Pa. Justices To Hear Coverage Dispute Over Shooting

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will wrestle with differentiating accidental from intentional occurrences and deciding which an insurer is responsible for in an appeal of a ruling that Erie Insurance Exchange must defend a gunman's estate amid claims made by a man who was shot in a scuffle upon walking in on a homicide-suicide.

  • July 10, 2018

    'Not A Complicated Case': Kavanaugh's Straightforward Style

    There's no argle-bargle in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's opinions. Instead, he's made a name for himself on the D.C. Circuit with clear, concise writing.

  • July 10, 2018

    6th Circ. Won't Revive $75M FCA Deal Coverage Battle

    The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed that a group of insurance companies don't have to pay $75 million to cover part of a First Horizon National Corp. unit’s $212.5 million False Claims Act settlement with the federal government, agreeing with a lower court that the bank provided insufficient notice to the insurers of the circumstances that led to the deal.

  • July 10, 2018

    Jury Hears Of 'Skelos Family Shakedown' As Trial Nears End

    The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office made the case to jurors Tuesday that former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam used the Long Island Republican’s powerful office to extort real estate, environmental and insurance companies, calling it “the Skelos family shakedown.”

Expert Analysis

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Life Insurance Contestability Period Remains Steadfast In NY

    John Vales

    Last month, the Second Circuit ruled in AEI Life v. Lincoln that insurers cannot challenge the validity of a stranger-originated life insurance policy after its contestability period expires. This opinion reaffirms the two-year contestability period's continuing vitality in New York but leaves some important questions, say John Vales and Stephen Fera of Dentons.

  • A Torrid Pace Of Securities Suit Filings In Year’s 1st Half

    Kevin LaCroix

    A significant number of the securities class actions filed in the first half of 2018 were merger objection lawsuits, but the number of traditional filings alone was well above historical levels. If this pace continues, 2018 filings would approach last year’s elevated total, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • Texas Case Shows Clarity Is Key In The Appraisal Process

    Jennifer Gibbs

    The 14th Court of Appeals in Houston recently ruled in TWIA v. Dickinson that an appraisal award alone does not provide sufficient evidence to conclusively show that damage was caused by a covered peril. Parties to the appraisal process should cooperate in educating the appraisal panel as to the issues being addressed, say Jennifer Gibbs and Michael Upshaw of Zelle LLP.

  • Lax Regulations Make Scooters A Perfect Liability Storm

    Neama Rahmani

    Scooters and mopeds are all the rage across the country, but these cheap rides can be costly in terms of public safety. It’s a perfect storm from a safety and liability standpoint. States and cities must enact laws that protect drivers and pedestrians, including licensing and insurance requirements, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Opinion

    Washington State Should Amend Its Anti-Rebate Laws

    Nicholas Gregory

    Due to Washington state's anti-rebate laws, Zenefits customers in Washington now pay over $1,000 per year for a service that should be free. If a law advances no legitimate policy objective, and its net effect is to harm consumers, then the legislature should change the law, say Nicholas Gregory and Shawn Hanson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • New Support For Insureds Facing Government Subpoenas

    Caroline Meneau

    A recent decision from the Northern District of Illinois highlights the continued litigation around the scope of directors and officers liability insurance coverage for government investigations. Astellas v. Starr is a win for policyholders, reasoning that compliance with a government subpoena is essentially mandatory, say Caroline Meneau and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.