A London property developer has accused AXA of shirking a £3 million ($3.9 million) payout after the insurer claimed that Berkshire Assets' ties to a former Goldman Sachs banker caught up in the 1MDB scandal voided two of their policies.
A Philadelphia bar and music venue is firing back against its insurer's bid to throw out a suit seeking coverage for losses resulting from government orders to shut down business over COVID-19, saying findings in the Pennsylvania courts and the Third Circuit support a finding that a virus can cause a "physical loss" to property.
Aetna Life Insurance Co. and the AARP Benefits Committee urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday not to revive an ex-AARP worker's ERISA suit attempting to recover long-term disability benefits, arguing his separation agreement clearly barred the claims.
The Eleventh Circuit held that an Alabama district court wrongly applied federal rather than Alabama state laws when determining privity in a suit between a homeowner and contractor, freeing Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. from defending the contractor's allegedly botched work.
Nearly two dozen Republican attorneys general have banded together to urge federal lawmakers to pass a liability shield for businesses in connection with worker and consumer COVID-19 injury suits.
An Illinois hotel told a federal court Thursday that its insurer unreasonably denied coverage for its business losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rebutting the company's assertion that a virus can't cause "physical loss" to a property.
A Pennsylvania law firm has filed suit against Admiral Insurance Co. and Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP in state court alleging they failed to defend it in a legal malpractice suit, while accusing Sherman Wells of negligence and malpractice for "abandoning" it as a client.
The past week in London has seen a U.K. insurance technology company take aim at PwC after an acquisition went south, a major cruise line sue to curb travelers' insurance claims, and the U.K.'s criminal investigator file for civil recovery from a real estate company. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
The Seventh Circuit has remanded a lawyer's insurance premium contract suit against Continental Casualty Co., saying it had "many more questions than we can answer" about which law allowed the insurance company to escape the lawsuit.
AbbVie Inc. has agreed to shell out $24 million and reform the marketing of its arthritis drug Humira in California to resolve a state Department of Insurance suit accusing the company of offering kickbacks to physicians and running a misleading "nurse ambassador" program, according to a settlement unveiled Thursday.
An Employee Retirement Income Security Act industry group hit the state of New Jersey with a complaint Thursday seeking to invalidate new employee protections in the state's mass layoff law, calling the amendments burdensome changes that are preempted by the federal law.
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has enacted a law that shields businesses and health care providers from civil liability for coronavirus-related injury and wrongful death suits.
Health care chain Oak Street and medical device company Acutus started trading Thursday after raising a combined $486.8 million in initial public offerings steered by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
A Kentucky federal judge has ruled Hiscox is not obligated to cover a behavioral health company's costs to respond to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services subpoena probing false billing accusations, finding the subpoena did not constitute a covered claim under the company's directors and officers policy.
A District of Columbia judge on Thursday shot down a bid by a group of restaurants in the area to get coverage for business interruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, ruling that government shutdown orders don't constitute a "direct physical loss" that triggers the policy.
United Specialty Insurance Co. told an Illinois state court that it has no duty to defend a Chicago strip club, Atlantis Gentlemen's Club, in an underlying suit accusing it of defamation by posting 30 models' pictures on its social media without their consent.
A New York federal judge on Thursday threw out claims by German insurer Great Lakes Insurance SE that the owners of a ship carrying cargo for one of its insured companies conspired to abandon it in Brazil, saying the court doesn't have maritime jurisdiction because the alleged conspiracy did not happen at sea.
Universities are pushing back on students' claims that they are entitled to refunds due to the inadequacy of remote learning, a New York federal judge struck down some federal limits to paid coronavirus leave, and Microsoft has been accused of breaching a lease when it opted not to reopen a store closed down due to the pandemic.
Admiral Indemnity Co. has sued an elevator company seeking reimbursement after an elevator in Chicago's formerly named John Hancock Center fell 84 floors and was shut down by the city, inhibiting customers from accessing its policyholder, the operator of a 95th-floor restaurant.
Travel insurer Assicurazioni Generali Group was hit with another proposed class action Wednesday, accusing it of wrongfully denying a trip cancellation claim after the insured was exposed to COVID-19 and went through quarantine.
A North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday upheld the convictions of an insurance company executive and his consultant found guilty of trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with millions of dollars in political contributions in exchange for reduced scrutiny of the insurance magnate's businesses.
A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday that Steadfast Insurance Co. does not need to reimburse policyholder Ken's Foods for costs the salad dressing maker incurred to stay in operation while cleaning up a wastewater spill.
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has hired away a shareholder from Clausen Miller PC for its New York office to expand the firm's global insurance services practice group.
A Minnesota federal judge denied class certification to EpiPen buyers Wednesday in a suit accusing Express Scripts, CVS Health and other pharmacy benefit managers of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by causing plan participants to overpay for the device.
A hair salon outside of Philadelphia has filed suit in Pennsylvania state court against The Hartford Insurance Group, saying the insurer wrongfully denied coverage for business lost during state-mandated closures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many small towns and rural counties have few lawyers or none at all, which threatens the notion of justice for all Americans and demands creative solutions from legislators, bar associations and law schools, says Patricia Refo, president of the American Bar Association.
Economic analysis can help courts estimate the relevant damages at issue in pandemic-related business interruption insurance litigation, as well as evaluate the appropriateness of policyholders' claims for collective action, says David Colino at Edgeworth Economics.
Although a recent Law360 guest article claims that a Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation hearing shows why an MDL won’t work for insurance cases concerning COVID-19 business interruption, the article illustrates precisely why consolidation is appropriate and essential, say attorneys at Berger Montague.
Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.
The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.
The recent action against First American Title Insurance Co. represents the New York State Department of Financial Services' first cybersecurity charges against a financial institution, and provides insights into the regulator's priorities and important compliance steps that organizations should consider, say William Ridgway and Peter Cheun at Skadden.
In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.
Recent alterations to the Florida Patient Brokering Act — a law prohibiting induced patient referrals — are a step in the right direction, but further revisions should clarify Anti-Kickback Statute exceptions, allow the advice of counsel defense and incorporate the federal advisory opinion process, says Michael Manthei at Holland & Knight.
Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.
The NBA's Houston Rockets' recent insurance coverage claims for interruption losses due to COVID-19 may not survive summary judgment or trial because of clearly worded policy requirements and the absence of direct physical damage, say Glenn Jacobson and Mark Binsky at Abrams Gorelick.
The challenges of administering bar exams this year have put the future of the profession in jeopardy, but the American Bar Association at its ongoing annual meeting can adopt a resolution that would urge jurisdictions to take emergency actions with respect to licensure of new attorneys, says Nicholas Allard, former president of Brooklyn Law School.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.
On Thursday, some policyholders asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for a single judge to oversee hundreds of federally filed COVID-19 business interruption claims, but their arguments for consolidation actually demonstrated that the differences between the cases far outweigh their similarities, says Adam Fleischer at BatesCarey.
The COVID-19 crisis represents an inflection point for law firm culture, and smart firm leaders will take advantage of this moment to build innovation-welcoming environments that support partners, associates, business services teams and clients alike, say Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal and Kathleen Pearson at Pillsbury.
Although a Michigan state court dismissed the plaintiff's business interruption claim in Gavrilides Management v. Michigan Insurance, distinguishing features of the first dispositive decision in a COVID-19 coverage dispute will limit its impact on similar insurance litigation, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.