Insurance

  • July 13, 2017

    Pa. Judge OKs Allstate Appeal In Medical Exam Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed Wednesday to allow Allstate Insurance Co. to immediately appeal a decision greenlighting claims in a putative class action challenging a policy provision that allegedly requires auto policyholders to undergo physical examination by insurer-chosen doctors to get medical benefits.

  • July 13, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rehear Hospital's $300M Antitrust Suit

    A panel of Seventh Circuit judges has refused to rethink its June ruling not to revive an Illinois-based hospital's $300 million antitrust suit against competitor Saint Francis Medical Center.

  • July 13, 2017

    Yanlord JV Drops Up To $1.33B On Singapore Property Firms

    A venture led by Yanlord Land Group Ltd. and Perennial Real Estate Holdings Ltd. is buying United Engineers Ltd. and a stake in its holding company in a deal the parties pegged at SG$1.83 billion ($1.33 billion).

  • July 12, 2017

    9th Circ. Asked To Uphold Pigeon Poop Deal Coverage Ruling

    The owners of a California apartment complex and the property manager's insurer on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to affirm a lower court's decision that they don't have to reimburse California Capital Insurance Co. for the settlement of a $1.9 million lawsuit filed by a tenant who developed a disease from pigeon-dropping dust.

  • July 12, 2017

    Ace Doesn't Owe For Pipeline Explosion, Calif. Court Says

    A California appeals court handed a win to Ace American Insurance Co. on Tuesday over another insurance provider, ruling that an exclusion in its coverage for "professional services" meant it did not owe millions to reimburse payouts for lawsuits stemming from a deadly Kinder Morgan pipeline explosion.

  • July 12, 2017

    Insurer Ordered To Defend Firefighter Hearing Loss Suits

    A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that policies issued by Admiral Insurance Co. obligated it to defend a Wisconsin-based fire engine manufacturer as it faces a string of nearly 500 lawsuits from fire department personnel alleging hearing loss from exposure to sirens.

  • July 12, 2017

    Calif. Medi-Cal Offers Discriminatory Access, Suit Says

    Health care and civil rights advocacy groups filed a putative class action Wednesday claiming California’s Medi-Cal system discriminates against millions of low-income residents, the majority of whom are Latinos, by using a low reimbursement rate that creates unequal access to medical care.

  • July 12, 2017

    MF Global Says Insurer's $15M Bond Post Remains Defective

    Defunct brokerage MF Global on Tuesday doubled down on its bid for a New York bankruptcy judge to strike a $15 million bond posted by its excess insurer Allied World as part of its attempt to arbitrate a coverage dispute between them in Bermuda, arguing the bond is defective and the case should stay put.

  • July 12, 2017

    Justice Breyer On Changing His Mind And Sparring With Scalia

    Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the extent to which oral arguments can influence his thinking and recalls his many debates with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview.

  • July 12, 2017

    Jury Finds Cos. Don't Owe Boy In $23M Farm Pesticide Suit

    A California jury on Wednesday sided with three companies in a toxic tort trial, rejecting a mother’s claims for $23 million in damages due to her son’s alleged in utero exposure to chemicals when she worked on a berry farm, a defendant’s law firm said.

  • July 12, 2017

    Kasowitz's Securities Work Not Presidential Caliber, Suit Says

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP has received recent notoriety since being tapped to represent President Donald Trump, but its attempt to collect almost $1.1 million from a former client has triggered a dueling suit accusing the firm of engaging in “egregious misconduct” rather than providing the level of legal services expected from counsel to the president.

  • July 12, 2017

    Sun Life Doesn't Have To Pay On 'Void' Policy, Judge Says

    A Tennessee federal judge held Wednesday that a trust cannot collect on the proceeds of a $2 million life insurance policy issued by Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, agreeing with the insurance company that the policy was originally procured through an illegal scheme engineered by individuals lacking an interest in the insured's life.

  • July 12, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Generali, Votorantim, Guitar Center

    Generali is looking to sell its €44 billion German life insurance portfolio, São Paulo-based metals producer Votorantim Metais hopes to raise $750 million in an IPO, and the private equity owner of Guitar Center is seeking to restructure $1.3 billion worth of the company's debt.

  • July 12, 2017

    Insurer Says Doc's Policy Application Minimized Pending Suits

    An insurer is seeking to avoid covering a doctor’s malpractice claims, alleging in West Virginia federal court that the physician had misrepresented four would-be class actions as individual claims in his application for the policy.

  • July 12, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Sanford Heisler’s Andrew Melzer

    Carefully crafted class theories still succeed. Even if the assault on class actions intensifies, we expect the trend of successful class actions to continue, says Andrew Melzer of Sanford Heisler LLP.

  • July 11, 2017

    Ex-Insys Sales Reps Plead Guilty In Opioid Kickback Scheme

    Two former sales representatives for Insys Therapeutics Inc., one of whom is the wife of the company's CEO, on Tuesday pled guilty in federal court to engaging in a kickback scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe fentanyl-based Subsys.

  • July 11, 2017

    Court Cuts Liberty's Liability For $39M Garage Death Award

    A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $39 million jury verdict against a company found largely responsible for the death of a teen from the collapse of a concrete slab at a Milwaukee parking garage, but it reversed a lower court's ruling that a pair of Liberty Mutual units must pick up the tab for the entire award.

  • July 11, 2017

    Justice Breyer On The Limits Of Presidential Power

    Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the Supreme Court’s role as a check on executive authority and the global influence on U.S. courts, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the justice. This is part of a series of exclusive Law360 interviews with current and former Supreme Court justices.

  • July 11, 2017

    Ex-Continental Atty Accuses Insurer Of Age Discrimination

    A former in-house trial lawyer sued Continental Casualty Co. in New York state court on Monday, alleging he was pushed out of the company at 60 years old in favor of younger attorneys.

  • July 11, 2017

    Unions, Workers Fight Boeing's Bid To Split ERISA Action

    A group of labor unions and former Boeing Co. workers on Monday hit back at the company’s attempt to split a trial of their Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims over the denial of retirement benefits after Boeing sold the facility where they worked, saying the company’s request is a solution in search of a problem. 

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Should Florida Hospitals Halt Peer Review?

    Dominic MacKenzie

    Despite the seemingly endless controversy surrounding discovery of certain records associated with peer review activities, health care providers in Florida must remain mindful that their obligation to perform good-faith peer review remains staunchly in place, says Dominic MacKenzie of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • Health Care Winners And Losers From The Better Care Act

    Kevin Rinker

    It's difficult to predict the potential impact of the Better Care Act, but health insurers, medical device manufacturers, hospitals, physician groups and the pharmaceutical industry are all likely to be impacted, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Potential Impact Of Senate Health Care Bill: A Closer Look

    Eric Schillinger

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act introduced by Senate Republicans last week would significantly reduce the tax, administrative and legal-compliance costs borne by group health plan sponsors, but several challenges have raised the specter of uncertainty for interested stakeholders, says Eric Schillinger of Trucker Huss APC.

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.