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Insurance

  • May 3, 2018

    No Defense Owed To Lawyer In Malpractice Row, Insurer Says

    Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Co. on Thursday asked an Illinois federal judge to declare it has no duty to defend a lawyer and his firm in an underlying state court suit accusing the lawyer of malpractice over arbitration work he performed for a restaurateur client.

  • May 3, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: BP, Vodafone, SoftBank

    BP is mulling a deal to buy some energy assets from BHP Billiton, Vodafone is close to inking a deal to acquire continental European assets from Liberty Global, and SoftBank's talks to buy a stake in reinsurer Swiss Re have reached an impasse.

  • May 3, 2018

    Allstate Adjusters' $5.5M Deal To End 10-Year Wage Row OK'd

    A California judge on Thursday granted preliminary approval to Allstate's agreement to pay $5.5 million to end a decadelong class action alleging the company made insurance adjusters do off-the-clock work and gave them inaccurate pay stubs, telling attorneys for the two sides they did a "fabulous job" to reach the settlement.

  • May 3, 2018

    Gordon & Rees Adds 11-Atty Medicare Compliance Team

    Gordon & Rees LLP has added an 11-attorney Medicare compliance practice group to its Pittsburgh offices, with all the members hailing from Burns White, the firm announced this week.

  • May 3, 2018

    ACA Pay Rule Concerns Unfounded, Physicians Group Told

    The U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury told a group of emergency physicians on Thursday that they would not modify a 2015 rule in response to the group's concerns that it gave insurers wiggle room to underpay out-of-network hospitals for emergency services.

  • May 3, 2018

    6th Circ. Says Biker Owed Benefits For Span Of Disability

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday reversed a lower court’s finding that a man who injured his leg in a motorcycle accident wasn’t entitled to disability benefits after a 34-month period following the accident, saying American United Life Insurance Co. must pay out as long as he can prove he's still disabled.

  • May 3, 2018

    Contractor Dodges $17M Verdict Over Worker's Death

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday struck down a $17 million award in favor of the family of a steel worker who drowned while working on a bridge project associated with Baylor University’s football stadium, saying the project’s contractor is protected from the lawsuit by an insurance program established by the school.

  • May 3, 2018

    Construction Co., Architect Not Covered In Injury Suit: Court

    The lack of a direct contract means a pair of insurers do not owe a construction manager and an architecture firm coverage for a 2010 construction accident, a New York state appeals court found Thursday, citing a recent ruling from the state's high court and affirming a lower court's ruling.

  • May 3, 2018

    FDA Chief Targets Kickback Safe Harbor To Trim Drug Prices

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s leader on Thursday signaled that the Trump administration’s campaign to reduce drug prices will target an Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbor for controversial rebates that drugmakers give to pharmacy benefit managers.

  • May 3, 2018

    A Primer On Insurance For The Legal Cannabis Biz

    While the ongoing federal prohibition of marijuana still poses obstacles for insurers looking to sell coverage to cannabis businesses operating in states that have legalized the drug, more policies are becoming available as state insurance regulators catch up. Here, Law360 breaks down five types of policies legal cannabis companies should consider purchasing.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ex-NFL Player Must Face Insurance Fraud Suit, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has revived an insurance company’s suit that claims a former Chicago Bears football player and “Survivor” contestant fraudulently made a workers’ compensation claim, reversing a lower court’s decision that the dispute belonged before a California administrative board.

  • May 2, 2018

    Hotel Chain Owed Defense In Trade Secrets Row, Court Says

    An American International Group unit must cover WoodSpring Hotels LLC's costs to defend a lawsuit alleging its former employee stole trade secrets from rival Extended Stay America Inc., a Delaware state judge ruled on Wednesday, finding that the insurer's defense obligation was triggered because the underlying action included a potentially covered claim.

  • May 2, 2018

    NY Regulator Fines Broker $7M Over NRA-Branded Insurance

    New York’s top financial regulator said Wednesday that insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC and affiliate Lockton Affinity LLC have agreed to a $7 million fine for serving as an administrator of a National Rifle Association-branded insurance program called “Carry Guard” in violation of state law.

  • May 2, 2018

    Teen Fights Bid To Nix Microsoft 'Wilderness Program' Suit

    A 16-year-old asked a Washington federal court not to throw out his proposed class action that alleges Microsoft Corp's health plan improperly denied coverage for mental health and addiction therapy called “wilderness programs,” saying the plan's language forced it to cover medically necessary treatment from licensed providers.

  • May 2, 2018

    Karolyi Ranch Wants Coverage Of Nassar Defense Costs

    The Karolyi Ranch, which served as an official Olympic training center, has sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics Inc. in Texas state court for coverage of legal costs stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

  • May 2, 2018

    BCBS Antitrust Judge Out Of Patience, But Not GIFs

    An exasperated Alabama federal judge chastised the Blue Cross Blue Shield network and insurance providers over their discovery spats in antitrust litigation concerning BCBS' alleged exclusivity agreements, taking the unusual step Tuesday of voicing his frustration through an animated GIF of Tom Hanks mouthing “Really?”

  • May 2, 2018

    Mylan Settles With Most Insurers In $67M Antitrust Appeal

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a pair of chemical companies accused of a price-fixing scheme with the generic-drug maker have come to an undisclosed settlement with most of the insurers fighting to hold on to a combined $67 million award contested at the D.C. Circuit.  

  • May 2, 2018

    BCBS Tells 6th Circ. To Keep Tribe's Reduced Attys' Fees Win

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan told the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday that there isn't any reason to disturb a Michigan tribe's reduced attorneys' fees award in a case where a lower court found that the insurer owed the tribe millions for charging hidden fees while managing its employee benefit plan.

  • May 2, 2018

    Insurers Off The Hook For Sapa Faulty Windows Settlement

    Nine insurers heaved a sigh of relief Tuesday after a Pennsylvania federal court found they’re not obligated to cover the costs incurred by aluminum products manufacturer Sapa Extrusions Inc. in an underlying lawsuit and subsequent settlement over its sale of tens of millions of faulty windows.

  • May 2, 2018

    Beazley, Lloyd's Coverholder To Launch Blockchain Register

    Global insurer Beazley PLC has teamed up with a Lloyd’s of London coverholder to create the first blockchain-based register to help pay claims following crisis situations and political violence, the firms have said.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Key Questions For Insurers Evaluating ERISA Revisions

    Caitlin Strauss

    The U.S. Department of Labor's revisions to its Employee Retirement Income Security Act raise questions about how courts will interpret them. Insurers looking for clues as to how the plaintiffs' bar will used the regulations moving forward should look to the comments submitted by the bar, say Caitlin Strauss and Albert Moran of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Credit Unions Face Website Accessibility Claims Under ADA

    Nancy Rigby

    Credit unions have seen a wave of litigation claiming their websites are inaccessible to blind or low-vision plaintiffs, allegedly in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. While two credit unions recently succeeded in defending against such claims, it does not appear they are going away anytime soon, says Nancy Rigby of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC.

  • ALI Restatement Misstates Law On Long-Tail Harm Claims

    David Cox

    The current draft of the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law on Liability Insurance contains a proposed rule on allocation that neither reflects the law as it presently stands nor reflects the flexibility and capacity for development and growth of the common law, say David Cox and Gerald Konkel of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Courts Continue To Clarify ERISA Pleading Standards

    Larisa Vaysman

    As recently demonstrated by a Georgia federal court's decision in Polk Medical Center v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia, identifying Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims up front not only avoids unnecessary motions practice, but provides all involved parties a solid starting point for settlement discussions, says Larisa Vaysman of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • NY Slams Door On 'Unavailability Of Insurance' Exception

     Scott Seaman

    On March 27, the New York Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision in KeySpan v. Munich, rejecting the so-called "unavailability of insurance" exception. This ruling sends a strong message that policyholders cannot hoist upon insurers responsibility for damage taking place outside policy periods, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.