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Insurance

  • June 3, 2019

    Insurers Say $2.3M Superfund Claim Not Covered In Policy

    General and excess insurers asked an Illinois federal court Friday to judge that they don't have to cover a scrap metal dealer's share of $2.3 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund cleanup costs because the claim isn't covered in their policy.

  • May 31, 2019

    Ex-Apollo Exec Targets 'Fake' Competing Bid In $1.5B Suit

    A former executive for Apollo Global Management denounced the investment giant in a New York state court hearing Friday, telling the trial court judge that Apollo and Athene Holding Ltd. lied and cheated to kill his company's $1.5 billion deal.

  • May 31, 2019

    $200M Settlement Reached In Tribune Media Clawback Suit

    A litigation trustee urged a Delaware federal court on Friday to approve a $200 million settlement aimed at resolving part of a long-running fight over alleged fraudulent conveyance in the 2008 leveraged buyout of Tribune Media Co.

  • May 31, 2019

    UPMC Wants To Bar Highmark From Hearing To Extend Deal

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told the Commonwealth Court Friday that its rival Highmark Health can’t join in UPMC’s debate with the Pennsylvania Attorney General over the agreement keeping them together, since the two health care giants had separately negotiated their sides of the deal with the state. 

  • May 31, 2019

    Premera Blue Cross Floats $32M Deal In Data Breach Row

    Premera Blue Cross customers and employees have asked an Oregon federal court for preliminary approval of a $32 million settlement that would resolve consolidated litigation stemming from a 2015 data breach that affected roughly 10.6 million people.

  • May 31, 2019

    Claims Rep For J&J Talc Supplier Survives Removal Bids

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday knocked down a flurry of bids to unseat the future claims representative from Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP nominated by Johnson & Johnson talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc., rejecting accusations there were conflicts of interest disqualifying him from the role.

  • May 31, 2019

    IDT Energy's TCPA, False-Ad Suits Not Covered, Insurer Says

    Twin City Fire Insurance Co. asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday to rule it doesn't have to defend two lawsuits accusing a New Jersey-based energy supplier of improperly soliciting potential customers.

  • May 31, 2019

    Texas Justices Won't Revisit Lloyd's $100M Deepwater Battle

    The Texas Supreme Court refused Friday to revisit its January ruling reviving Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s bid to force Lloyd's of London underwriters to cover more than $100 million it has spent defending against claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

  • May 31, 2019

    NJ Bill Leaves Attys In Dark On Scope Of PIP Payment Rule

    Proposed legislation in New Jersey makes it clear that injured motorists may pursue litigation over car accident-related medical expenses exceeding their personal injury protection benefit limits, but the measure is unlikely to thwart already inconsistent rulings across the state as attorneys scratch their heads about how trial courts will decide the scope of such payments, experts said.

  • May 31, 2019

    Geico Says Chiropractic Centers Bilked It Out Of $20M

    Geico hit a Sunshine State chiropractor and his network of clinics with a racketeering suit in Florida federal court Thursday that seeks to recover $20 million the insurer paid out under personal injury protection coverage for what it says are fraudulently billed medical charges.

  • May 31, 2019

    In CVS-Aetna, A Novel Review For A Major Industry Shakeup

    When CVS and Aetna go to court Tuesday to defend their $69 billion tie-up, they’ll face a confrontational judge presiding over an unprecedented trial-like review of the merger settlement the companies brokered with the U.S. Department of Justice. Here, Law360 looks at how the judge is breaking the mold for merger reviews and what the outcome could mean.

  • May 31, 2019

    Fla. Court Revives Rent Claims For Citizens Insurance Delays

    A Florida appeals court said Friday that a Merritt Island, Florida, apartment complex may pursue lost rent against Citizens Property Insurance Corp. in a coverage dispute over damage from Hurricane Frances in 2004, but affirmed judgments for the insurer on claims of fraud and recovery of appraiser's fees.

  • May 31, 2019

    JetBlue Fliers Seek Class Certification In Travel Insurance Suit

    A proposed class of air travelers urged a Florida federal judge to grant them certification Thursday in their suit accusing JetBlue Airways Corp. of taking kickbacks in exchange for selling trip insurance to consumers, and asked the court to name two firms co-class counsel.

  • May 31, 2019

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

    The past week has seen two fraud victims sue Lloyds Bank over a banking scheme at HBOS, trustees of BT's pensions scheme sue Nationwide, and the Financial Conduct Authority face a lawsuit in connection with a convicted money lender. 

  • May 30, 2019

    IRS Aiming For Final BEAT Rules This Summer, Officials Say

    The Internal Revenue Service aims to issue final regulations on the base erosion and anti-abuse tax sometime this summer, according to government officials who addressed questions Thursday about how the BEAT applies to insurance transactions.

  • May 30, 2019

    Liberty Needn't Cover Broker's $60M TCPA Deal, Court Says

    A Liberty Mutual unit doesn’t have to cover an insurance broker's $60.4 million settlement of a suit claiming it sent consumers unsolicited text advertisements, a Florida federal judge ruled Thursday, finding that a policy exclusion for invasion of privacy claims bars coverage.

  • May 30, 2019

    Pet Insurer Fetch Says Deal Reversal Would Be 'Catastrophic'

    Pet insurer Fetch Inc. told a Delaware vice chancellor on Thursday that rescinding an underwriter deal that was amended last year would be "catastrophic," even if it is deemed the deal was consummated without obtaining required consent from the company's former co-CEOs.

  • May 30, 2019

    7th Circ. Questions If AIG Can Ditch Covering Emmis Defense

    An AIG unit might have relied on too broad a reading of a "specific event" exclusion when it denied coverage to Emmis Communications Corp. after shareholders sued the radio broadcasting company following a failed go-private attempt, a Seventh Circuit judge said during oral arguments on Thursday.

  • May 30, 2019

    Extra Arbitrator Coming To Break Irma Coverage Logjam

    A federal judge agreed Thursday there is an impasse in a dispute over a Florida-based real estate investment trust's claim for $20.6 million in insurance coverage for property damage from Hurricane Irma, and said he will decide who should be the third member of an existing arbitration panel handling the matter.

  • May 30, 2019

    Hurricane Insurance Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    Lloyd's of London underwriters have asked a Florida federal court to send a nearly half-million-dollar dispute over property damage caused by Hurricane Michael to arbitration, saying the insurance policy has a mandatory arbitration provision.

  • May 30, 2019

    Pa. Justices Take Up Contractor Fee Coverage Disputes

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to wade into two proposed class action disputes involving a Farmers Insurance division to determine whether state law required general contractor overhead costs and profits to be included in settlements paid to resolve property damage claims from homeowners.

  • May 30, 2019

    Miss. County Owed Defense Of Wrongful Conviction Suit

    Travelers Indemnity Co. and Scottsdale Insurance Co. must cover a Mississippi county’s costs to defend a civil rights suit filed by the families of three men who were imprisoned for decades for a murder they didn’t commit, the Fifth Circuit affirmed Wednesday, saying the men suffered potentially covered injuries while the insurers’ policies were in effect.

  • May 29, 2019

    Motherhood & Making Partner: The View From 2 BigLaw Moms

    In a Law360 original video, two BigLaw attorneys reflect on being mothers while trying to make partner in a culture that has made slow progress towards increasing female representation in the highest ranks.

  • May 29, 2019

    Insurer Owes Car Dealership $4.3M Over Ex-Employee's Suit

    A Maryland federal jury has awarded an East Coast car dealership chain $4.3 million in its dispute with insurer Universal Underwriters Insurance Co. over the latter's failure to defend the dealership from a lawsuit brought by the daughter of one of the owners who alleged she was denied a promised share in the company.

  • May 29, 2019

    Starr Can't Pass Buck On $2.8M Barge Salvage: 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed that Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. cannot put a pollution liability insurer on the hook for the $2.8 million it paid toward a shipper’s costs to salvage two oil barges that ran aground, agreeing with a lower court that pollution coverage doesn't apply because there was no "substantial threat" of an oil spill.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    After Air Crashes, Prompt Compensation Is The Best Option

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    With Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft grounded worldwide, and investigations underway into two recent crashes, Boeing, the airlines involved and their insurers can choose either to engage in years of unnecessary and costly lawsuits or move quickly to compensate the families of the passengers, says Robert Alpert of the ICALM Group.

  • Climate Change And Insurance: Lliuya V. RWE Makes History

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    Though Lliuya v. RWE — the first European lawsuit in which a person affected by climate change has sued a private company — is currently pending in a German appeals court, the fact that it has been allowed to proceed presents a very real risk to businesses and their insurers, say attorneys at Zelle LLP.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • How 9th Circ. Approaches 'Related Claims' Insurance Disputes

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    Two recent Ninth Circuit decisions concerning errors and omissions professional liability insurance demonstrate that when construing "related claims" provisions, the court tends to favor close analysis of facts and policy language over broad standards or tests, say Nicholas Maxwell and Diana Gliedman of Anderson Kill PC.

  • Rebuttal

    9th Circ. Gets It Right On Molestation Insurance Coverage

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    A recent Law360 guest article claimed the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Westport v. California Casualty is "regretful," but when the case's proper context and history are taken into account, the decision provides sound guidance to both insurers and policyholders, says Adam Fleischer of BatesCarey LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Opinion

    A Regrettable Insurance Decision From The 9th Circ.

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Westport v. California Casualty creates considerable uncertainty in the evaluation of the rights and obligations of excess casualty insurers in the context of sexual abuse claims, say William Corbett Jr. and Michael Aiello of Coughlin Duffy LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

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    Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.

  • 4 Critical Factors In NY Fire Insurance Appraisal Provisions

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    While New York standard form fire policy appraisal provisions can vary greatly depending on jurisdiction, a few common factors should always be considered when assessing a demand for appraisal, says Edward Murphy of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

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