Insurance

  • August 10, 2020

    Developer Sues AXA For Claiming 1MDB Links Void Policies

    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.

  • August 10, 2020

    Philly Restaurant Fights Insurer's Bid To Ax COVID-19 Suit

    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.

  • August 07, 2020

    Aetna, AARP Fight Disability Benefits Suit Revival At DC Circ.

    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.

  • August 07, 2020

    Nationwide Beats Construction Defect Suit At 11th Circ.

    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.

  • August 07, 2020

    Red State AGs Lobby For COVID-19 Business Immunity

    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.

  • August 07, 2020

    Hard-Up Hotel Sues Insurer Over COVID-19 Claim Denials

    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.

  • August 07, 2020

    Philly Atty Sues Insurer Over Malpractice Coverage Failure

    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.

  • August 07, 2020

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

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    7th Circ. Revives Continental Premium-Hike Class Suit

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    AbbVie Inks $24M Deal With Calif. Regulators In Humira Case

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    NJ Layoff Law Changes Tread On ERISA, Biz Group Says

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    Ga. Businesses Now Shielded From COVID-19 Injury Suits

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    Pair Of Health Care Cos. Net Combined $487M In IPOs

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    Hiscox Defeats Health Co.'s Bid For HHS Subpoena Coverage

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    COVID-19 Closure Orders Not 'Physical Loss,' DC Judge Rules

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    Insurer Says It Needn't Defend Strip Club's Defamation Suit

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    Judge Sinks Insurer's Suit Over Ship Abandoned In Brazil

    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.

  • August 06, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    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. 

  • August 06, 2020

    Insurer Sues Elevator Co. Over 84-Story Fall In Ill. Skyscraper

    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.

  • August 05, 2020

    Insurer Faces 3rd Class Suit Over Trips Canceled Due To Virus

    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.

  • August 05, 2020

    Insurance Tycoon's Political Corruption Conviction Upheld

    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.

  • August 05, 2020

    Insurer Needn't Pay Food Co.'s Costs To Stay Open

    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.

  • August 05, 2020

    Hinshaw Adds Ex-Clausen Miller Insurance Atty In NY

    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.

  • August 05, 2020

    EpiPen Buyers Lose Bid For Class Status In ERISA Suit

    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.

  • August 05, 2020

    Pa. Salon Sues Hartford Insurance For Virus Closure Coverage

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    Legal Deserts Threaten Justice In Rural America

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Economics Can Inform Biz Interruption Insurance Suits

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Rebuttal

    Multidistrict Litigation Is Suitable For Virus Insurance Claims

    Author Photo

    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.    

  • Analyzing Upward And Downward Trends In Legal Tech

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    ABA's New Guidance On Litigation Funding Misses The Mark

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Takeaways From NY's First Cybersecurity Enforcement Action

    Author Photo

    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.

  • What Firms Should Ask Before Hiring Attorneys From Gov't

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Fla. Should Revise Its Patient Brokering Act

    Author Photo

    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.

  • The Ethics Of Using Chatbots For Legal Services

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Houston Rockets' Virus Coverage Claims Face Key Hurdles

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    ABA Must Seize Opportunity To Respond To Bar Exam Chaos

    Author Photo

    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.

  • How Pandemic Is Affecting The Pace Of Judicial Opinions

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    JPML Hearing Shows Why Virus Insurance MDL Won't Work

    Author Photo

    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.

  • 6 Steps For Law Firms Looking To Improve Their Culture

    Author Photo

    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.

  • Mich. Ruling Isn't Last Word On COVID-19 Insurance Claims

    Author Photo

    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.

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!