Insurance

  • September 11, 2017

    Dairy Co. Loses Bid For Manure Contamination Suit Coverage

    A group of insurance companies don't have to cover a large-scale dairy operation's costs to defend or settle a lawsuit alleging its inadequate manure disposal methods caused groundwater contamination, a Washington federal judge ruled Monday, finding that coverage is barred under a pollution exclusion in the insurers' policies.

  • September 11, 2017

    Insurer Must Cover Water Damage To VA Center: Calif. Court

    A California appellate court on Friday affirmed that a building subcontractor's insurance policy covers general contractor Kadena Pacific Inc.'s damages from water intrusion at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs project and also reinstated a portion of Kadena's jury award that had been nixed by the lower court.

  • September 11, 2017

    Expired Deadline Bars Tax Deficiency Assessment: Court

    The U.S. Tax Court found Monday that a return filed on behalf of Capital Fire Insurance Co. by its successor company was sufficient to toll the statute of limitations on an alleged tax violation by the pre-reorganization business.

  • September 11, 2017

    NJ Appeals Court Revives Home Defects Coverage Suit

    A homebuilding company’s expert was owed more consideration in a dispute with an insurer over payment of a judgment against a subcontractor sued over damage caused by allegedly shoddy construction work, a New Jersey appeals court said in reviving the coverage suit Monday. 

  • September 11, 2017

    5th Circ. Urged To Rethink Asbestos Excess Coverage Ruling

    Trinity Lloyd's Insurance Co. asked the Fifth Circuit on Friday to reconsider an August ruling that asbestos claims fall under the pollution exemption in a U.S. Fire Insurance Co. excess policy.

  • September 11, 2017

    Pa. Justices Won't Put Insurer On Hook For Engineer's Fees

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused Friday to hear the appeal of a decision that found state law doesn’t count engineering services as “labor” for the purpose of collecting on a highway project contractor’s bond.

  • September 11, 2017

    5 Biggest Client Questions After Hurricane Harvey

    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, businesses along the Texas coast have been seeking legal guidance on how best to track and repair property damage, to help employees get back on their feet and back to work, and to restore operations after the storm's widespread flooding. Here, Law360 takes a look at five of the biggest issues Texas law firms are helping clients work through.

  • September 8, 2017

    Why More Global Giants Are Renouncing Their HQs

    As more and more international legal giants opt to renounce their headquarters — a move that can woo clients and merger partners alike — experts say it’s a step that also brings its own set of management challenges.

  • September 8, 2017

    Firms Stay The Course On London Growth Amid Brexit Haze

    A year after the U.K.’s vote to end its membership in the European Union, most firms are either hewing to existing expansion plans or making tweaks around the edges, with even the most avid crystal ball-gazers at a loss for what Brexit will mean in the long term.

  • September 8, 2017

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2017

    When it comes to having the global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones, some firms stand out from the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its seventh annual ranking of the firms with the biggest international presence.

  • September 8, 2017

    Where The Global 20 Are Bolstering Their Ranks

    Australia, Brazil and Germany have emerged as premier hubs for global law firm expansion in 2017, fueled in part by increased anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil, infrastructure investment in Sydney and the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.

  • September 8, 2017

    Global Firms Snap Up India Work With Liberalization In Limbo

    International law firms play a crucial role in India despite being barred from practicing there, and some say opening up the country’s legal industry wouldn’t drastically change how they do business.

  • September 8, 2017

    UPS Can't Duck ERISA Suit Over Benefits Cap, 9th Circ. Says

    The Affordable Care Act doesn’t bar lifetime benefit caps in retiree-only benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday, but it said that UPS and its insurer can’t escape claims they misled a UPS retiree and his wife as to whether their plan had a lifetime limit.

  • September 8, 2017

    Auto Finance Co. Denied $1.68M Ill. Tax Refund

    An Illinois tax tribunal denied a bid by Aon PLC subsidiary Premier Auto Finance Inc. to recoup $1.68 million in state income taxes, finding the sale of insurance financing qualified as sales financing for tax purposes.

  • September 8, 2017

    Zurich Unit Must Face Cleanup Coverage Claim In Mass.

    A Massachusetts state judge on Thursday refused to grant a Zurich North America unit a quick win in its dispute with a landfill operator over coverage for environmental cleanup costs, saying there are still questions as to what caused the claim and whether the company was aware of contamination prior to obtaining its insurance policy.

  • September 8, 2017

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

    The last week has seen the Financial Conduct Authority lodge a claim against an investment introducer firm, a group of Indian banks sues distressed telecommunications company GTL and Microsoft take an insurer to court for disclosure.

  • September 8, 2017

    Ponzi Mastermind Blasts $34M Hunton Settlement Deal

    Robert Allen Stanford, a financier who once appeared on the Forbes 400 list before his massive international Ponzi scheme was exposed, objected Friday to a $34 million settlement deal struck by one of his former law firms, Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • September 8, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Zhong An, Guala Closures, Cemig

    China’s first ever online-only insurance company has received approval for a potential $1.5 billion IPO in Hong Kong, an investment business controlled by Italy’s billionaire Benetton family will offer to buy Italian packaging maker Guala Closures, and AHC Energia may sell its stake in Brazilian utility company Cemig.

  • September 8, 2017

    11th Circ. Revives Auto Body Shops' Antitrust Claims

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Thursday reversed the dismissal of complaints from five auto body shops that claim State Farm, Allstate, Geico and other insurers conspire to manipulate car repair costs and blacklist them if they refused to go along.

  • September 8, 2017

    Hotel IT Firm Says Travelers Must Defend Data Breach Claim

    A hotel chain's information technology subsidiary asked a Florida federal court late Thursday to rule that a Travelers unit must cover its defense of a claim that it was responsible for a data breach targeting the chain's credit card payment system, arguing that coverage is available under multiple provisions in its commercial general liability policies.

Expert Analysis

  • How Insurers Can Respond To Disruptive Technology

    Huhnsik Chung

    In an age where technology is poised to disrupt the existing landscape, insurers who embrace the changes and turn them into opportunities will thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace, say Huhnsik Chung and Christina Cerutti of Baker McKenzie.

  • EEOC Wellness Regs Ironically Join The Walking Dead

    Frank Morris Jr.

    A Washington, D.C., federal court’s recent decision in AARP v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission puts employers in a difficult position. Under the agency's current circumstances, it seems reasonable to expect that it may take some time to even determine how it will proceed, says Frank Morris Jr. of Epstein Becker Green.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 3

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the final installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig concludes his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • NY Regulations Set The Bar High For Cybersecurity Standards

    Daniel Ilan

    New York’s cybersecurity regulations take effect on Aug. 28, marking a significant milestone in what is likely to be a new era in cybersecurity regulation on both a national and international level. The regulations are already playing a role in setting expectations for best practices across the financial services industry, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Can Your Insurance Weather The Coming Storms?

    Sherilyn Pastor

    In a dire warning issued on Aug. 9, the federal government’s lead hurricane forecaster stated that the coming months will be “extremely active.” As storms like Harvey continue to stir, corporate policyholders must focus on their insurance programs, say attorneys with McCarter & English LLP.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Why Private Companies Shouldn’t Overlook D&O Insurance

    Sarah Katz Downey

    Although they may not have the shareholder base that public companies do, private companies have owners, investors and other stakeholders — and their directors and officers could be targeted in a variety of lawsuits based on management actions, say specialists with Marsh LLC and attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.