A Florida federal jury has ruled against a hotel investment firm in an $8 million insurance fraud suit claiming that the hotelier intentionally misrepresented damage its property sustained after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Orlando in September 2017.
Zurich American Insurance Co. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject a national brunch restaurant chain's argument for pandemic-related coverage as making "a mockery" of the plain language in its policy.
Democratic lawmakers have marked the official start of efforts to design would-be legislation that would facilitate the creation of a "public option" for health insurance to compete with private policies.
A Minnesota federal judge has thrown out a health system's $5 million bid for pandemic loss coverage, saying the coronavirus wasn't a covered pollutant under its policy with Chubb unit ACE American Insurance Co.
An Oklahoma federal judge has freed a Chubb insurance unit from having to cover pipeline company T.D. Williamson Inc.'s over $5 million legal bill for a former director's suit, holding that the policy's "insured versus insured" exclusion bars coverage.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday refused to pare down a lawsuit by a subsidiary of steel company Gerdau against Zurich American Insurance Co. over its failure to pay for litigation costs related to the March 2018 collapse of a Miami pedestrian bridge, finding that its request for clarification of the policy is not duplicative.
Messner Reeves LLP has snagged a pair of litigation partners from Ropers Majeski PC in a boost to the firm's presence in Southern California, bringing with them dozens of attorneys and personnel.
A Maryland college's claims against Continental Casualty Co. and an insurance broker are better suited for state court, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, sending back the case over the college's losses tied to government shutdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic.
The captain of an oilfield trawling boat in the Gulf of Mexico can't recover any damages for a spinal injury he suffered after slipping on board because he violated safety policies by wearing Crocs on deck, a Louisiana federal judge held Tuesday.
A Pennsylvania state court judge went against the majority of COVID-19 insurance rulings when she ruled Tuesday that an insurer must cover the pandemic-related losses suffered by a downtown Pittsburgh tavern.
A group of insurers must pay for a Florida casino's pandemic-related business losses because they failed to include virus exemptions in their policies, the casino has claimed in a suit filed in New York state court.
Old Republic Union Insurance Co. has told an Illinois state court it has no duty to cover McDonald's Corp. in two underlying biometric information violation class actions, saying the policy's employment and privacy-rights exclusions bar coverage.
Markel Insurance Co. asked a Virginia federal court to throw out a suit from a group of Anytime Fitness gym owners seeking coverage for pandemic losses, saying a virus exclusion in their policies precludes any coverage.
A Puerto Rico food importer and distributor can't look to coverage for over $550,000 in losses from expired seafood product during the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying a government lockdown order wasn't directed at the goods themselves or their sale.
A Pennsylvania federal judge said Tuesday his refusal to consider a part of Giant Eagle's primary insurance policy caused "a clear error of law," tossing his November ruling that the grocery chain's excess insurers must defend it in opioid injury suits.
Real estate software company RealPage asked the Fifth Circuit to revive its bid for coverage of a $6 million loss in a 2018 phishing scam, saying its use of a third-party digital payment service should not preclude it from coverage.
A Philadelphia sneaker store has claimed that its insurer refused to cover damage caused by looters in the wake of last year's protests of the murder of George Floyd, and filed a lawsuit demanding coverage in Pennsylvania state court.
A Massachusetts insurer does not have to reimburse an Arizona crystal and rock shop for costs associated with closing under state orders tied to the COVID-19 pandemic because the policy didn't cover losses from a virus, a federal judge said Tuesday.
Citizens Insurance Company of America on Tuesday asked an Illinois federal court to determine it has no obligation to cover a pallet company's fight with employees alleging data privacy violations, saying several exclusions in the company's policy apply.
Towers Watson & Co. shareholders secured the final, $15 million portion Tuesday of a combined $90 million state and federal settlement of challenges to an $18 billion merger, with a Delaware Chancery Court ruling that included a $3.75 million fee for Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP and Grant & Eisenhofer PA.
State Farm argued Monday that its contracted sales representatives are excluded from most of the benefit plans they claim they were blocked from participating in and asked an Illinois federal judge to end the claims.
A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday questioned how an attorney can make representations to the court and answer interrogatories on behalf of clients in a personal injury suit if he's never met the people he's representing.
A split Colorado Supreme Court decided Monday not to disturb a lower court's ruling that Auto-Owners Insurance Co. can't intervene in a construction defect case to challenge a homeowners association's uncontested $2.5 million judgment against a glass company.
The continuing decline in COVID-19 cases and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday spurred more reopening activity this past week in places like New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy announced the major move of lifting the indoor mask mandate and indoor and outdoor social distancing requirements ahead of the holiday weekend.
The immediate past president of the State Bar of Texas and his wife, a Texas Bar Foundation trustee, announced Monday that a team of five attorneys would be joining them in their newly formed personal injury law firm.
The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.
A series of recent court decisions illustrate the challenges of litigating against insurers in a state where neither party resides, and demonstrate alternate means of securing jurisdiction, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.
Attorneys at Nossaman look at how President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge goes beyond those of his predecessors by imposing post-employment shadow lobbying and golden parachute restrictions on his administration’s appointees — and how a House bill proposing expansion of federal ethics law could affect enforcement.
Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.
The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.
In light of the pandemic and resulting advancements in teleconferencing practices, the Eleventh Circuit should consider revisiting its 2019 ruling in Managed Care Advisory Group v. Cigna Healthcare, which mandated in-person hearings for third parties' subpoena compliance, says Suzanne Wynn Ockleberry at Wynn Arbitration.
Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.
Businesses that have suffered losses from the snow and utility interruptions in Texas should consider the broad range of commercial property insurance policy triggers that may apply, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes and Boone.
The Second Circuit’s recent opinion in Cavello Bay Reinsurance v. Stein, which held a private securities sale was extraterritorial despite several ties to New York, underscores that how transaction agreements are structured could affect whether a deal may be subject to federal securities laws — especially in an increasingly remote world, say attorneys at Cleary.
Courts are leading the way in ensuring oral argument opportunities for newer attorneys by incorporating innovative language in a variety of orders, and private parties can and should follow suit by incorporating similar language into case management orders, say Megan Jones and Halli Spraggins at Hausfeld.
Amid economic uncertainty and increasing pressure on corporate legal departments to do more with less, work management processes should be aimed at tracking legal teams' every contribution, including routine matters that can be reallocated to nonlegal staff, says Aaron Pierce at LexisNexis CounselLink.
A Delaware state court's recent decision in Northrop Grumman v. Zurich illustrates some of the pitfalls and disputes that commonly arise when companies with competing directors and officers insurance policies merge, says Sam Ballingrud at Sherman & Howard.
The newly passed Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act only removes some limited antitrust immunities for health insurers, but could foreshadow new aggressiveness from government enforcers and private litigants to challenge insurance industry practices, say Adam Biegel and Matthew Dowell at Alston & Bird.
The American Bar Association's recent guidance on what constitutes materially adverse interests between clients makes clear that lawyers should not take comfort in a current representation just because a former client is not on the opposite side of the v., and those hoping to avoid disqualification should consider five steps, says Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.
An Illinois federal court's recent ruling in Hewitt v. Lincoln Financial offers new clarity on the statute of limitations for filing a benefit claim lawsuit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — a welcome development given uncertainty following the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 ruling in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Sherman.