California's highest court has agreed to review Actavis' challenge of a lower court's ruling that it isn't covered under a Travelers policy for lawsuits alleging its misleading marketing of painkillers has fueled the nation's opioid addiction problem and caused a spike in heroin use, according to a Wednesday docket entry.
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Calif. Justices Take Up Actavis' Opioid Suit Coverage Bid

California's highest court has agreed to review Actavis' challenge of a lower court's ruling that it isn't covered under a Travelers policy for lawsuits alleging its misleading marketing of painkillers has fueled the nation's opioid addiction problem and caused a spike in heroin use, according to a Wednesday docket entry. Read more »

Insurer Balks At Covering Warehouse Damaged By Pot Op

Westfield Insurance Co. on Wednesday told the Sixth Circuit it shouldn’t have to pay for warehouses that were damaged when they were surreptitiously converted into marijuana growing operations, calling the property owner’s argument that the damages resulted from “vandalism” and therefore are covered “a legal and factual red herring.” Read more »

Insurers Fire Back At Bank's Bid For 6th Circ. Revival

Eight insurers have told the Sixth Circuit that not only did they rightfully refuse to pay $75 million toward a $212 million settlement First Horizon National Corp. reached with regulators, but that the appeals court should revive their bad faith and breach of settlement claims against the bank. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

Help Insurers Access Cyberattack Data, OECD Urges Gov'ts

Governments must help insurers gain access to information on cyberattacks to help them price risk for customers and determine their own exposure to a potential rush of claims, the deputy secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development indicated on Thursday. Read more »

LITIGATION

Chuck-E-Cheese, Insurer Trade Blows In $5M Coverage Battle

Chuck E. Cheese's owner CEC Entertainment Inc. on Wednesday urged a Texas federal judge to rule that Travelers must shell out more than $4.9 million to cover the pizza chain's costs to defend a shareholder suit stemming from its 2014 merger, while the insurer looked to stop the coverage bid in its tracks. Read more »

DEALS

Deals Rumor Mill: Phoenix, Telecom Italia, United Tech

Phoenix Group is reportedly nearing a deal for Standard Life's insurance unit, F2i and Rai Way increased their bid for Telecom Italia's broadcasting business, and United Technologies' CEO said the company will decide by the end of the year whether to split up. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Insurance Tips For Defendants In Opioid Litigation

Several types of insurance policies can potentially cover costs of defense and ultimate liability for pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesale distributors and retailers defending against opioid-related lawsuits, but policyholders must be wary of the potential issues that may arise, say Anna Engh and Cléa Liquard of Covington & Burling LLP. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

How Mentors For Senior Partners Could Benefit BigLaw

Large law firms have long offered mentorship programs in which senior partners bestow pearls of wisdom upon junior attorneys, but at least one law firm is shaking up that traditional model in what some say could be a game-changer for the legal industry. Read more »

Analysis

Ex-Skadden Atty's Plea Raises Specter Of Foreign Lobbying

The sudden guilty plea of a now-former Skadden lawyer who helped write a legal analysis commissioned by Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian president puts further scrutiny on the firm’s role in the controversial report and whether Skadden crossed into the legally precarious position of unregistered lobbying for a foreign government, experts said. Read more »

LSAT Administrator Likely In Contempt As Feds Sit Idly By

A California federal judge said Friday that the Law School Admission Council Inc. was likely in contempt of a consent decree laying out ways it should accommodate disabled test takers, adding it was “astounding” that the federal government took no position on the alleged violations after it had vigorously pursued the litigation for several years. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A report revealed that National Public Radio management hired and retained news executive Michael Oreskes despite multiple "flags" regarding his inappropriate behavior toward women, Democrats dinged new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission guidance as old advice, and the general counsel of Discover Financial Services spoke with Law360 about how the company prioritizes diversity and inclusion. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Microsoft's Supreme Court Privacy Battle

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we are joined by Microsoft's head of litigation to talk about upcoming U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in a privacy case over data stored on servers overseas. We also chat about a BigLaw attorney swept up in Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, the Supreme Court narrowing legal protections for corporate whistleblowers, and a legal beef over Dunkin' Donuts Angus steak sandwiches. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

Up Next At The High Court: Antitrust Rule, Public Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court is closing out its February oral argument session with a blockbuster docket, taking on a key doctrine of antitrust law in a case involving American Express Co. and pondering the fate of public sector unions. Read more »

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