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Insurance

  • December 3, 2018

    MVP: Pasich LLP's Kirk Pasich

    Although Kirk Pasich departed Liner LLP to launch his own firm, Pasich LLP, only last summer, he has not lost a step landing major wins for clients, from the First Circuit's holding that AIG must pay for Bill Cosby's defense in a defamation suit, to helping Dole Food Co. recoup millions from insurers after a groundbreaking shareholders' suit in Delaware, earning him a spot among Law360's 2018 Insurance MVPs.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bid To Rehear Facebook Recusal Case Lacks New Args: USAA

    A Miami law firm that tried and failed to get a Florida judge disqualified over a Facebook connection with an opposing counsel simply wants to "recycle" settled arguments, financial services company United Services Automobile Association told the state high court Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

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

    The last week has seen HSBC's private bank unit hit with an action from nearly 250 claimants, Dutch bank ABN Amro sue more than a dozen insurers and Aviva's health unit take on the Saudi Arabian embassy and government. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 30, 2018

    No Coverage Owed For Coal Execs Accused Of Conflicts

    A coal company insurer was cleared by a Delaware Superior Court judge Friday to refuse litigation fee and indemnity coverage for two former directors of a bankrupt Kentucky coal mine who were sued by a case trustee over alleged fraudulent transfers and conflicted actions.

  • November 30, 2018

    Pa. Atty Sanctioned For Role In 'Frivolous' Insurance Appeal

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday took it upon itself to impose unilateral sanctions on an attorney it said had pursued a knowingly frivolous appeal on behalf of a woman challenging the appointment of an arbitrator in a coverage dispute with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

  • November 30, 2018

    $1.4M Church Damage Claim Must Be Arbitrated, Insurer Says

    A New Orleans church that sustained $1.4 million in damage during a devastating 2017 tornado must arbitrate claims that a German insurer and a group of Lloyd's of London underwriters wrongly denied the church's insurance claim, the insurer and underwriters told a Louisiana federal court Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Insurer Tells 6th Circ. $40M Tunnel Borer Delay Not Covered

    Maxum Indemnity Co. has urged the Sixth Circuit to affirm that it has no duty to defend or indemnify a tunnel-boring machine maker in a $40 million arbitration action over delays caused by an equipment breakdown, saying the action consists solely of breach-of-contract claims that are excluded from Maxum’s policies.

  • November 30, 2018

    Landlord Loses 5th Circ. Rehearing Bid In Lease Case

    The Fifth Circuit has refused a Texas shopping center landlord’s bid for a rehearing in a liability insurance case, finding that the insurer does not have to provide coverage for the landlord’s failure to complete commercial lease negotiations with a new restaurant on time.

  • November 30, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Nixon, Kirkland, Skadden

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Nixon Peabody bought Oasis Outsourcing Acquisition Corp. for $1.2 billion, an ArcLight Energy subsidiary bought TransMontaigne Partners LP for $536 million, and Forrester bought SiriusDecisions for $245 million.

  • November 29, 2018

    There's A Storm Brewing For Some Texas Contractors

    A class action born in the aftermath of a May 2011 hail storm could have far-reaching effects on the Texas roofing industry as a state court considers claims that a contractor illegally acted as an insurance adjuster.

  • November 29, 2018

    Dominican Bank Owner Gets 3 Years For $1B Bribery Scheme

    The former owner of a Dominican Republic bank was sentenced Thursday in Florida federal court to three years in prison for his role in a $1 billion bribery and money laundering scheme he carried out with a billionaire Venezuelan television mogul and others.

  • November 29, 2018

    Carchex LLC Must Face Overtime Suit, Maryland Judge Says

    Auto warranty provider Carchex LLC can’t sidestep a class action by former call center employees who claim they weren’t compensated for working overtime, a Maryland federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the company’s motion to dismiss was "without merit."

  • November 29, 2018

    Fla. Pharmacist Gets 6½ Years For Bogus Claims For Creams

    A Florida licensed pharmacist was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison for participating in a $3.4 million scheme to submit fraudulent claims to Tricare, Medicare and private insurance programs for compounded creams that were not necessary.

  • November 29, 2018

    States Fire Back At Gov't In Association Health Plan Row

    A coalition of states has shot back at the U.S. Department of Labor's attempt to end a lawsuit challenging the agency's association health plan rule, urging the court to reject the federal government's argument that the states don't have standing to sue.

  • November 29, 2018

    Walmart Clothing Supplier Denied Coverage For TM Feud

    A California federal judge on Wednesday held that a Walmart clothing supplier isn’t entitled to coverage from a Chubb Ltd. insurer for the sums it spent defending and settling a lawsuit accusing the retail giant of infringing a mixed martial arts apparel company’s trademarks, on the grounds that the underlying action didn’t allege a covered advertising injury.

  • November 28, 2018

    Former NJ Estate Atty Cops To Money Laundering Scheme

    A former New Jersey attorney with a history of criminal and civil offenses copped to his role Wednesday in a money laundering scheme that also netted criminal charges against his father, federal prosecutors announced.

  • November 28, 2018

    Insurer Needn’t Defend Man Sued Over Fatal Shooting By Son

    An Indiana appeals court held Wednesday that an insurance company need not defend a policyholder in a wrongful death suit over a shooting committed by his adult son, after determining the son can be considered a household resident excluded under the policy.

  • November 28, 2018

    $38M Win For 'Madoff' Defamation Isn't Covered, 9th Circ. Told

    Berkley National Insurance Co. urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to affirm a lower court’s holding that it is not obligated to cover a $38 million defamation award that a Los Angeles real estate investor won against Berkley’s policyholder, who created websites comparing the investor to jailed Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • A Post-Election Survey Of The Health Care Ecosystem

    Andrew Bab

    Health care featured prominently in the 2018 midterm election campaign. Here, attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offer thoughts on what the election results and a divided Congress mean for different sectors of the health care industry.