Insurance

  • January 4, 2018

    Judge Seeks Simplified Claims Process In Health Net Deal

    A California judge on Thursday held off on approving a class settlement between Health Net of California Inc. and around 15,000 customers who say they were misled into visiting more expensive out-of-network providers, urging the parties to simplify the process whereby class members submit claims for reimbursement.

  • January 4, 2018

    Insurer Says No Duty To Defend In Utility Damage Suit

    Atain Specialty Insurance Co. shouldn’t have to defend a construction company that’s being sued by a telephone company for digging up its underground phone lines, the insurer told a Texas federal court Thursday, since Atain only insured the “tractor services” arm of the company — not its excavation unit.

  • January 4, 2018

    WMC Adds Ex-Reed Smith Partner To Insurance Practice

    Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC announced Tuesday it has added a former Reed Smith LLP managing partner to its insurance practice.

  • January 4, 2018

    Court Won't Rethink Axing Defense In Condo Defect Battle

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday refused to reconsider his decision to shoot down one of National Surety Co.’s defenses in a coverage dispute with a condominium association, saying NSC cannot rely on evidence produced by a different insurer.

  • January 4, 2018

    Pa. Gov. Announces Coverage Deal Between Highmark, UPMC

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday he had brokered a deal between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc. that would give Highmark members continued access to UPMC facilities after the 2019 expiration of consent decrees signed by the health care rivals in 2014.

  • January 4, 2018

    Paralyzed Girl's Family Tells 5th Circ. Damages Cap Wrong

    The parents of a teenage girl who was paralyzed after allegedly waiting seven hours for an MRI asked the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a lower court order limiting damages to the suit, arguing that since the scan was allegedly delayed for administrative reasons, the state’s limit on medical malpractice damages doesn’t apply.

  • January 3, 2018

    Live Nation Concert Injury Insurance Battle Split In Two

    A Kentucky federal court Wednesday opted to first decide whether Secura Insurance must defend and indemnify Live Nation in litigation over alleged injuries at a Kentucky concert before addressing the venue operator's bad faith claim against the insurer, saying a ruling in Secura's favor on coverage would likely defeat the bad faith count.

  • January 3, 2018

    Retirees Settle Benefits Suit Against Babcock & Wilcox

    A group of retired Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. workers on Tuesday said they have reached a deal to settle their suit alleging that their former employer broke a collective bargaining agreement by replacing their retiree benefits plan.

  • January 3, 2018

    Armour Nabs $500M PE Investment For Reinsurance Group

    Property and casualty runoff insurance company Armour Group Holdings Ltd. said Wednesday it will launch a new reinsurance group on the heels of $500 million in equity commitments from an investor group led by Aquiline Capital Partners.

  • January 3, 2018

    Ambac Can't Move Mortgage Fee Suit To NY, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by Ambac Assurance Corp. to transfer to New York a suit brought by a group of military housing developers accusing it and another mortgage corporation of bilking them for hundreds of millions of dollars in excessive fees.

  • January 3, 2018

    Kia Didn't Infringe Allstate Trademark, Judge Says

    A California federal judge recently ruled that Kia Motor Corp.’s “Drive Wise” brand didn’t infringe Allstate Insurance Co. “Drivewise” trademark, rejecting a jury’s earlier advisory verdict against the carmaker.

  • January 3, 2018

    Alissa Starzak Talks Net Neutrality, US Army, Leap To Startup

    Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2018

    No Attys' Fees For CareFirst After Beating $39M ERISA Suit

    A Blue Cross affiliate in Maryland can’t collect attorneys’ fees from a Houston-area medical center, the Fifth Circuit said Tuesday, finding that although the insurer successfully defended against a $39 million Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit, a fee award wasn’t warranted.

  • January 3, 2018

    Shop Can't Get Coverage In Native Art Criminal Case

    A federal judge on Tuesday said an insurance company doesn't have to cover an Alaska business for attorneys' costs incurred in successfully defending federal charges of falsely touting merchandise as Native American-produced.

  • January 2, 2018

    Cleaning Biz's Trademark Suit Coverage Bid Scrubbed Out

    Former franchisees of The Maids International Inc. can't force Ohio Security Insurance Co. to foot the bill for their costs to defend a lawsuit accusing them of using TMI's trademarks to steer customers to their competing cleaning business, a Nebraska federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying the underlying action didn't assert any potentially covered defamation claims.

  • January 2, 2018

    Duane Morris Adds Prominent Insurance Atty From Vocke Law

    Duane Morris LLP has hired a complex commercial litigation pro and two of his former attorneys at the now-defunct Vocke Law Group to bolster its insurance practice, the firm announced on Tuesday.

  • January 2, 2018

    Insurer Asks Texas Justices To Nix Thompson Coe Suit

    Houston Specialty Insurance Co. has asked the Texas Supreme Court to intervene in a dispute with Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP, arguing the law firm has wrongly asked a Texas district court to declare the firm is not liable for legal malpractice claims the insurer is bringing against it in Oklahoma court.

  • January 2, 2018

    Travelers On Hook In $9M Enviro Deal, Ill. Appeals Court Says

    Although there are no existing copies of the policies in question, Travelers Indemnity Co. can’t dodge liability in a pair of environmental lawsuits against a trucking company that settled for $9 million, an Illinois state appellate court said Friday.

  • January 2, 2018

    Aetna Says Inquiry Shows ACA Withdrawal Suit Is Meritless

    Aetna Inc. has asked a Pennsylvania court to toss a shareholder suit claiming the company misled investors about its reasons for leaving Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges last year, arguing an independent special committee found Aetna’s executives used proper business judgment in exiting the exchanges.

  • January 2, 2018

    Travelers Must Cover $23M Junk Fax Deal, 11th Circ. Told

    Commercial sign manufacturer GM Sign Inc. has urged the Eleventh Circuit to overturn a Georgia federal court's decision that a Travelers unit needn't cover a policyholder's $23 million settlement of GM Sign's junk fax class action, arguing the underlying action alleges potentially covered claims of accidental property damage.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • What To Make Of CVS-Aetna And Other Megadeals

    Randy Gordon

    Under one view, large-scale mergers like the one proposed between CVS and Aetna are fine so long as they don’t restrict consumer choices and stifle innovation. But from another view, “bigness” can be an evil in its own right, says Randy Gordon of Crowe & Dunlevy PC.

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    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Liability Insurance May Cover Intentional Acts In Penn.

    Timothy Law

    Under Pennsylvania law, liability policies can cover both deliberate conduct and intentional acts if the damage itself is unintended and not substantially certain to result from the deliberate and intentional conduct, as reaffirmed in the Pennsylvania Superior Court's recent ruling in Erie v. Moore, say Timothy Law and Brian Himmel of Reed Smith LLP.

  • D&O Insurance Coverage Tips For Financial Institutions

    Robert Long

    Directors and officers insurance coverage terms can be particularly important for executives in the heavily regulated financial services industry. Fortunately, in the midst of a very competitive insurance market, new and broader coverage features have appeared, say Robert Long and Nanci Weissgold of Alston & Bird LLP.