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  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    Dykema To Combine With DC Commercial Insurance Boutique

    Dykema announced Monday that the firm will be combining with D.C.-based litigation boutique Loss Judge & Ward LLP in January as part of a strategy of industry area-focused growth.

  • December 3, 2018

    Travelers Can't Take Suspended Corp.'s Place In Defect Suit

    Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America can't sue an insulation company on behalf of developers covered by the insurer because the development companies had their corporate rights revoked after missing tax payments, a California state appeals court ruled Friday.

  • December 3, 2018

    Gov’t Told To Say Why CVS-Aetna Deal Needs Quick Wrap-Up

    A D.C. federal judge rebuked the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for trying to speed through the CVS-Aetna merger before he carried out his role in clearing the deal.

  • December 3, 2018

    Insurer Beats Appeal In Restaurant Sewage Flood Case

    A New Jersey appeals court affirmed a win for Ohio Security Insurance Co. on Monday in a landlord's suit seeking more coverage for damage to a restaurant caused by a sewage backup, ruling that the policy language setting a $25,000 limit for that type of damage was unambiguous.

  • December 3, 2018

    Texas Court Says Insurer Waited Too Long To Collect $6M

    A Texas appellate court has ruled that United Healthcare is time-barred from pursuing more than $6 million worth of emergency room facility fees it paid to a hospital and two affiliated urgent care centers that the insurer claimed weren’t entitled to collect the fees.

  • December 3, 2018

    UK Supreme Court To Hear Deepwater Horizon Arbitrator Appeal

    The U.K. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal challenging a determination that insurer Chubb can retain its arbitrator pick in a multimillion dollar dispute with U.S. oil services company Halliburton relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a court spokesperson confirmed Monday.

  • December 3, 2018

    Insurer Wants Out Of Coverage For Hertz's Toll-Pass Partner

    Navigators Insurance Co. sued American Traffic Solutions Inc. and The Hertz Corp. on Friday in California federal court, asking for an order that there is no coverage regarding underlying claims that they surprised rental customers with toll-pass fees, and saying it wants back $200,000 in defense costs.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • What Montrose Means For Multilayered Insurance In Calif.

    Robert Anderson

    The California Court of Appeal's recent decision in Montrose v. Superior Court, which held that trial courts deciding coverage cases that involve multiple layers of insurance must analyze each policy, is unsurprising given the California Supreme Court's analysis in similar cases, though some inconsistencies may need to be addressed, say Robert Anderson and Gary Spencer of The Anderson Edge.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Opinion

    Texas Hail Bill Leads To Policyholder Attorney Hail Marys

    Brian Odom

    With the anticipated wave of insurance litigation involving Hurricane Harvey disputes, it's likely that Texas lawyers will look to circumvent the so-called Hail Bill. Courts should continue to enforce the bill's clear intention — promoting early resolution of disputed weather-related insurance claims, say Brian Odom and Raven Atchison of Zelle LLP.

  • 2 Recent Decisions May Affect Your Cyber Policy

    Erin Illman

    Social engineering claims have often faced coverage denials under cyber or computer fraud insurance policies, but two circuit courts have reversed the trend in recent months. Combined with the legislative focus on cybersecurity and privacy at the federal level, these cases could mean big changes for cyber insurance, say Erin Illman and Alex Purvis of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • New BSA Order Brings Welcome Flexibility For Banks

    Carlton Greene

    A recent interagency order exempting premium finance accounts from the Bank Secrecy Act's customer identification program rules will allow financial institutions to concentrate more anti-money-laundering resources on products and services that pose a greater risk, say Carlton Greene and Danielle Giffuni of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Diligence Remains Key For Medicare Advantage Plans

    Michael Kolber

    In UnitedHealthcare v. Azar, a D.C. federal court recently determined that it was too easy for Medicare Advantage health plans to be accused of fraud based on erroneous data. Though the court struck down a regulation instructing plans to use "reasonable diligence," plans should not scale back compliance programs, says Michael Kolber of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Opinion

    Ill. Courts Should Not Conflate Insurers And Defense Counsel

    Brian Bassett

    In two recent cases, Illinois courts have begun to chip away at the separation between an insurer and defense counsel when that counsel is chosen by the insurer. These incorrect rulings create confusion about whose interests counsel is representing, say Brian Bassett and Kyle Dickinson of Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP.