Insurance

  • January 8, 2018

    Insurer Says Primary Provider Must Cover Negligence Suit

    Excess insurer Sussex Insurance Co. has hit primary insurer National Trust Insurance Co. with a suit in Texas federal court to force the latter to cover the defense of a metal panel contractor facing negligence claims over its work on a construction project.

  • January 8, 2018

    Health Care Co.'s Insurer Hit With $13.5M Bad Faith Award

    Homeland Insurance Co. of New York acted in bad faith by disputing coverage of litigation accusing policyholder CorVel Corp. of improperly discounting medical services payments without providing adequate notice to providers, a Delaware judge ruled Friday, ordering the insurer to pay CorVel $13.5 million in damages and penalties.

  • January 8, 2018

    Faulty Work Award Not Covered, Excess Insurer Tells 5th Circ.

    Excess insurer U.S. Fire Insurance Co. on Friday urged the Fifth Circuit to affirm that it doesn't have to cover any part of an $8 million award against Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Co. over faulty work at a courthouse, saying subcontractors have already paid S&P for the portions of the award that are covered by insurance.

  • January 8, 2018

    Houston Firm Wright & Close Adds New Name Partner

    Houston-based appellate and civil litigation law firm Wright & Close LLP announced Monday that it has changed its name and will now be known as Wright Close & Barger LLP with the promotion of Jessica Zavadil Barger to name partner.

  • January 8, 2018

    DC Circ. Judge Questions If Black Lung Case Ready For Court

    At least one D.C. Circuit judge on Monday seemed unlikely to allow Arch Coal Inc. to challenge a U.S. Department of Labor bulletin on black lung claim liability, rebuking the company's assertions that the bulletin counts as a final rule over which federal courts have jurisdiction.

  • January 8, 2018

    Calif. Court Tosses Suit Over Untouchable Settlement Annuity

    A California appellate court declined Friday to revive claims by a deceased patient's father that a settlement agreement after her death should not have allocated funds to purchase an annuity that would never be paid out.

  • January 8, 2018

    Clyde & Co Expands Insurance Practice With Hinshaw Team

    London-based Clyde & Co LLP continued to expand its U.S. insurance practice with the announcement last week that it has added a pair of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP partners and their team to its Miami office.

  • January 5, 2018

    PPG Retirees Get Cert., Prodding From Judge In 12-Year Suit

    An Ohio federal judge on Friday certified a class of PPG Industries Inc. retirees who accuse the company of rolling back lifetime health benefits that had been promised in a series of union contracts, but also advised the parties to the 12-year-old suit to get things moving.

  • January 5, 2018

    Lydecker Diaz, Ex-Client Spar Over Failed $12M Loan

    Miami-based Lydecker Diaz LLC traded lawsuits with an insurance company that claims the law firm steered it toward a $12 million loan offered by a fraudulent lender, while the firm says it wasn't responsible for due diligence on the transaction.

  • January 5, 2018

    Thermo Fisher, Phadia To Exit Allergy Test Antitrust Suit

    A remote allergy service provider has agreed to drop antitrust claims against Phadia US Inc. and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in a suit alleging Phadia partook in a conspiracy to restrict allergy testing, about two months before a scheduled trial, according to dismissal papers filed in Texas federal court on Friday.

  • January 5, 2018

    Brand Battles: BuzzFeed's 'Wordy Wine' Hits Trademark Snag

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, BuzzFeed faces a "worthy" opponent over its new "Wordy Wine" brand, two Major League Baseball clubs team up over the letter "W," and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security claims a private insurer is mimicking the logo for a federal flood insurance program.

  • January 5, 2018

    Insurer Says It Had No Duty To Defend Yahoo In Email Suits

    An American International Group Inc. subsidiary told a California federal court on Thursday that it had no duty to defend or indemnify Yahoo Inc. in class actions accusing it of scanning certain emails, arguing the internet giant's policies don't cover such broad claims.

  • January 5, 2018

    Split 4th Circ. Revives Equal Pay Suit Against Md. Agency

    A split Fourth Circuit panel on Friday tossed a quick win given to a state agency that regulates Maryland's insurance industry in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming it paid female fraud investigators less than men.

  • January 5, 2018

    Well Owner Must Cover Hercules In Drilling Blowout Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday ruled that the owner of an offshore gas drilling platform is required to indemnify drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc. for claims brought by two other contractors alleging it was responsible for a fire on the platform.

  • January 5, 2018

    Time-Share Owners Say Fla. County Can't Escape Marriott Suit

    Time-share purchasers alleging Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc. and its insurer duped them into invalid real estate deals urged a Florida federal judge on Thursday not to dismiss Orange County, Florida, from their suit, arguing it breached its official duties by improperly recording trust instruments and collecting taxes.

  • January 5, 2018

    Statoil Drops Out Of Suit Against Oil Rig Engineering Cos.

    A Statoil unit on Thursday dropped out of a Texas federal lawsuit over a failed Chevron oil rig after several of the companies that designed it were able to shrug off some claims last summer, a move that comes as the insurance companies that underwrote the project took a first step toward appealing that decision.

  • January 5, 2018

    GEICO Customers Seek Class Cert. In Car Tax Payment Suit

    Litigation against the GEICO insurance company for failing to pay for sales tax and transfer fees when vehicles are totaled should proceed as a class action, attorneys for a car accident victim argued in a motion filed in a Florida federal court Thursday.

  • January 5, 2018

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

    The last weeks have seen Citibank file a Financial List case against a pair of hedge funds, Axa sue Genworth Financial, and a local government in Kent take Santander to court over its financial backing. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 5, 2018

    Life Settlements Pursues Bankruptcy Financing Package

    Bankrupt life insurance policy buyer Life Settlements Absolute Return I LLC told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday that it was seeking post-petition financing to help fund a reorganization of its business.

  • January 5, 2018

    Broker Seeks £2M From AIG, Others In Indemnity Dispute

    An insurance broker is suing a group of insurers, including AIG, for payments it says it is owed under a professional indemnity policy that allegedly protected it against claims arising from a bitter legal dispute with its co-founder, a major financial backer of the U.K.'s Brexit campaign.

Expert Analysis

  • Looking At Property Insurance From A Lender’s Perspective

    Melissa Martorella

    Most borrowers understand the importance of getting insurance against property loss, but some lenders ignore the vital role property insurance plays in protecting the lender's interest in the event of a loss. They must take steps to ensure that both the borrower and the lender will be made whole in the event of a catastrophic loss, says Melissa Martorella of Geraci Law Firm.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • What To Make Of CVS-Aetna And Other Megadeals

    Randy Gordon

    Under one view, large-scale mergers like the one proposed between CVS and Aetna are fine so long as they don’t restrict consumer choices and stifle innovation. But from another view, “bigness” can be an evil in its own right, says Randy Gordon of Crowe & Dunlevy PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.