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Insurance

  • January 17, 2019

    Insurer Says $1.5M Arbitration Award Over Stolen Info Sound

    American Income Life Insurance Co. asked a Texas federal court on Wednesday to confirm a $1.54 million arbitration award it won against a former agent after he allegedly took confidential information after leaving the company, saying the arguments in his appeal were already dismissed by the arbitrator.

  • January 17, 2019

    'Dark Overlord' Hack Another Cautionary Tale For Law Firms

    A hacking group calling itself "The Dark Overlord" has released a cache of confidential files it says it stole from a law firm involved in litigation stemming from the 9/11 attacks, and is now offering more sensitive documents to the highest bidder in the latest frightening example of how the legal industry is a prime target for cyberattacks.

  • January 17, 2019

    Del. Justices OK Spinoff's Escape Of Enviro Co.'s $1.6M Suit

    The Delaware Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Chancery Court correctly tossed a $1.6 million insurance liability suit brought by environmental cleanup firm US Ecology Inc. against the buyer of its spun-off subsidiary, agreeing the sale contract didn't include repayment obligations for noncovered insurance costs.

  • January 17, 2019

    Liberty's Win In Crash Suit Was Legit, NJ Panel Says

    A New Jersey appeals court ruled Thursday that there is no reason to disturb a jury’s verdict that Liberty Insurance Corp. is not liable to a customer who claimed he had ongoing injuries from a crash with an underinsured motorist.

  • January 17, 2019

    Retirees' Deal With PPG Nets $7.7M, Health Benefits For 7 Yrs.

    PPG Industries Inc. will pay a class of retirees $7.65 million and ensure them health benefits through 2025 to settle allegations that the paint and chemical company wrongly cut off promised lifetime health benefits, the retirees told an Ohio federal court Thursday.

  • January 17, 2019

    Atty Who Quit DOJ Over ACA Surrender Joins King & Spalding

    A veteran litigator who quit the U.S. Department of Justice over its refusal to defend the Affordable Care Act against a grave legal challenge has joined King & Spalding LLP, where he will focus on health care litigation, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2019

    1st Circ. Upholds $3M Award For Plumbers Benefit Fund

    The First Circuit upheld a district court ruling that Scottsdale Insurance Co. must pay $3 million to a Rhode Island plumbers pension fund to satisfy a ruling against a real estate investment fund insured by Scottsdale for allegedly mismanaging the pension fund's investments, saying Wednesday that exclusions in the company's policy do not exempt it from coverage.

  • January 17, 2019

    Insurance Tax Due In Policyholder's Country, EU Court Says

    Insurance to cover risks from a cross-border corporate takeover should be taxed in the country where the policyholder is based, rather than where the target company is, the European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Expect More Suits Over Appraiser Bias, Colo. High Court Told

    During oral arguments before the Colorado Supreme Court in a lawsuit over an allegedly biased insurance appraiser Wednesday, attorneys for both Owners Insurance Company and the condominium association it is fighting said that ruling against their side would spur a wave of litigation over similar bias claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. Faces Suit Over Medicaid-Funded Abortion Ban

    A group of women’s health care providers has argued that a Pennsylvania statute largely banning Medicaid dollars from covering abortions should be struck down as a violation of equal protection rights under the state constitution.

  • January 16, 2019

    Spinoff Liable For $1.6M Tab, Enviro Firm Tells Del. Justices

    Skeptical Delaware Supreme Court justices homed in Wednesday on a lack of written contract terms to back up an environmental cleanup firm’s appeal claim that insurance bills of a sold-off affiliate should have been picked up by the buyer.

  • January 16, 2019

    Hernia Mesh Maker Can't Revive IP Suit Coverage Bid

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed that a Chubb Ltd. insurer doesn’t have to cover Tela Bio Inc.’s costs to defend against a trade secrets and unfair competition lawsuit brought by rival LifeCell Corp. over a hernia treatment product, agreeing with a lower court that the underlying action doesn’t contain any potentially covered defamation claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    $367M Superfund Coverage Row Can't Be Arbitrated, Co. Says

    Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Inc. has urged a New Jersey federal court not to send to arbitration its coverage dispute with a group of insurers over $367 million in liability incurred under a Superfund site cleanup consent decree, arguing that the dispute is outside the underlying arbitration agreement's scope.

  • January 16, 2019

    J&J Renews Bid To End Antitrust Suit From Walgreens, Kroger

    Johnson & Johnson told a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday that Walgreens and Kroger can't bring antitrust claims against it for allegedly inflating prices and suppressing competition for its drug Remicade, reiterating its argument that the retailers didn't directly purchase the drug from J&J.

  • January 16, 2019

    MetLife Beats Suit Over Interest On $500M In Late Benefits

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action accusing MetLife Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. of pocketing the interest on $500 million in overdue retirement benefits, saying the proposed class of retirees improperly repackaged a contract dispute as an unjust enrichment claim.

  • January 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Sends Yahoo TCPA Coverage Row To Calif. Justices

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday asked California’s high court to weigh Yahoo’s bid to force an AIG insurer to fund its defense of several Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits accusing the web services provider of sending unsolicited text messages, saying Golden State law is unsettled on whether liability insurance covers TCPA claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    Opioid User Testimony To Be Key Factor In Mass. Insys Trial

    The day before hundreds of potential jurors descend on a Boston courtroom for a closely watched criminal case accusing former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives of bribing doctors to prescribe opioids, attorneys sparred Wednesday over what patients who took the drug can say during the 14-week trial.

  • January 16, 2019

    Epstein Becker Green Adds Ex-Littler Board Member

    Epstein Becker Green has wooed former Littler Mendelson PC board member Jimmy Oh over to its Chicago office, where he'll work as a member of its employment, labor and workforce management practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ex-NFL Player's Bid For Injury Benefits Denied By Fla. Judge

    Former NFL defensive lineman Darren Mickell’s yearslong suit against the league’s retirement plan hit a brick wall on Tuesday, after a Florida federal court denied his bid to overturn the plan’s decision that he didn’t qualify for certain disability benefits.

  • January 16, 2019

    1st Circ. Says Pharmacy Exec Can Bring FCA Retaliation Suit

    In a split decision that partially vacated a district court ruling, a First Circuit panel has said the former president of pharmacy chain Shields Health Solutions can bring a retaliation claim against the company under the False Claims Act after he was allegedly fired for accusing his employer of paying illegal kickbacks to a consultant.

Expert Analysis

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • Takeaways From NJ Bulletin On Out-Of-Network Health Care

    Cynthia Borrelli

    The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance has released a bulletin clarifying its law designed to protect consumers from "hidden" out-of-network health providers, but many questions still remain, say Cynthia Borrelli and Michael Morris of Bressler Amery & Ross PC.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • What Conn. Opioid Ruling Means For Liability Insurers

    Patrick Bedell

    In New Haven v. Purdue, a Connecticut state judge ruled last week that opioid manufacturers are not liable for cities' emergency and social services costs. This decision protects liability insurance from being transformed into a funding mechanism for social problems that it was not designed to cover, say Patrick Bedell and Kevin Harris of BatesCarey LLP.

  • The Trump Administration's Latest Drug Pricing Initiatives

    Tom Bulleit

    In 2018, the Trump administration took few concrete steps that will significantly impact drug prices in the near future. The most consequential ideas lack political support, while the more feasible ideas are unlikely to change much, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • A Look Inside CMS' New Medicare Shared Savings Program

    Michael Lampert

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued its final rule overhauling the Medicare shared savings program for accountable care organizations. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP review some of the primary changes, including new beneficiary incentives and coverage for telehealth services.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.