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  • March 07, 2024

    Bradley Arant Adds Insurance Atty From Barnes & Thornburg

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has strengthened its policyholder insurance coverage team by adding a former Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner based in Atlanta and Tampa, Florida, who has recovered more than $500 million for clients over the past three years, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Idaho Cuts Biz Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates

    Idaho businesses will see lower unemployment insurance tax rates than previously forecast under legislation signed into law by the governor.

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Look To Bar Advice-Of-Counsel Defense From Tax Trial

    Federal prosecutors have sought to prevent two attorneys and an insurance agent from relying on advice-of-counsel defenses in their upcoming tax fraud trial, telling a North Carolina federal judge the trio failed to give the court an adequate heads-up about their intended defense.

  • March 06, 2024

    6th Circ. Orders Do-Over For Insurer's $3.3M Recoupment Row

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Tuesday revived a Chubb unit's bid to recoup costs from two other insurers after it helped windshield repair company Safelite pay for its defense against a competitor's suit, saying the lower court must conduct an analysis to determine whether the other carriers were prejudiced by late notice.

  • March 06, 2024

    Co. Says Chubb Unit Must Cover $5M Merger Dispute Defense

    A holding company subsidiary of Banco Santander told a Delaware federal court that a Chubb unit must contribute to $5 million in legal expenses the company has incurred in defending itself in an underlying class action brought by minority shareholders who objected to a merger with another subsidiary.

  • March 06, 2024

    Insurer Says Mountaineer's Death Not 'Accidental'

    Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a decision saying it has to pay out an accidental death benefit to the family of a Harvard medical professor who died trying to summit a mountain in Pakistan, arguing that there isn't enough evidence to show that his death was an accident.

  • March 06, 2024

    Connecticut Marshals Union Pushes For Lower Job Cap

    Connecticut law authorizes the appointment of far more state marshals than necessary, the workers' union told state lawmakers Wednesday, in support of a new bill that would lower the cap and give job candidates incentive to choose the marshals service as a career.

  • March 06, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel's 2nd $185M Fee Bid Blasted As 'Indefensible'

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's second attempt to win $185 million in attorney fees in $3.7 billion litigation over the Affordable Care Act still fails to justify the "indefensible" amount and barely pays "lip service" to a reevaluation ordered by the Federal Circuit, health insurers told the federal claims court.

  • March 06, 2024

    Geico Brings On Ex-Wells Fargo Atty As New Legal Chief

    Insurance company Geico announced Wednesday that its new chief legal officer is a former Wells Fargo attorney with a regulatory background and more than a decade of experience as in-house counsel.

  • March 06, 2024

    AI-Focused Co. Roadzen Recruits General Counsel

    Artificial intelligence-powered automotive insurance company Roadzen Inc. has named a new general counsel who brings more than 30 years of in-house experience to the role.

  • March 05, 2024

    Allstate Must Face Former In-House Atty's Disability Bias Suit

    A New York federal judge rejected Allstate's bid for a pretrial win in a disability discrimination case brought by a former in-house lawyer who claims he was wrongfully fired after his doctor said he couldn't handle the stress of trials, including standing for long periods of time.

  • March 05, 2024

    Express Scripts Gets Pharmacy's Contract Breach Suit Cut

    A Missouri federal judge tossed out two claims in a five-count suit accusing Express Scripts of conducting a faulty audit on a New York pharmacy and then wrongfully terminating their contract, saying the pharmacy can't sue under two laws it cited.

  • March 05, 2024

    NC Panel Says Co. Can't Intervene In Insurer Liquidation

    A holding company owned by insurance mogul Greg Lindberg shouldn't have been allowed to intervene in the North Carolina insurance commissioner's liquidation of two insolvent insurers, a state appeals court held Tuesday, saying only a company's directors are permitted to do so under state law.

  • March 05, 2024

    Aetna Accused Of 'Reprehensible' ER Services Underpayment

    Multiple Aetna health insurance entities were hit with a lawsuit in Ohio accusing them of "reprehensible systemic underpayments" to healthcare workers who provide emergency services, underpayments that the complaint said were damaging to the medical system.

  • March 04, 2024

    5th Circ. May Uphold National Block On ACA Preventive Care

    The Fifth Circuit appeared open Monday to striking down Affordable Care Act requirements forcing insurers to cover a range of preventive treatments such as mammograms and HIV prevention medication, homing in on constitutional problems with how members of a task force setting coverage mandates were appointed.

  • March 04, 2024

    Judge Releases Entity From Ohio Hotel Sex Trafficking Suit

    A federal judge released a holding company from a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who accuses Choice Hotels International Inc., Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. and other hotel companies of failing to prevent her from being trafficked at four Ohio hotels.

  • March 04, 2024

    Conn. Trial Attys Slam Proposed Offsets For Jury Awards

    Connecticut lawmakers on Monday considered a bill that could reduce economic damages awarded to personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs when a collateral payment source, such as an insurer, has a right of subrogation, a measure that trial lawyers panned as an insurance industry perk that would undo precedent.  

  • March 04, 2024

    LifeWallet Settles With Insurers, Enhancing Claims Process

    Healthcare reimbursement venture MSP Recovery, which does business as LifeWallet, has announced a deal with 28 affiliated property and casualty insurers that would settle unreimbursed Medicare claims and provide historical data to streamline the process of resolving such claims in the future.

  • March 04, 2024

    FTI Consulting Acquires Actuarial Firm Madison Consulting

    Washington, D.C.-based international business advisory firm FTI Consulting Inc. announced on Monday its acquisition of Madison Consulting Group, an actuarial firm based in Madison, Georgia, and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

  • March 04, 2024

    Trump's Former Finance Chief Pleads Guilty To Perjury

    Allen Weisselberg, the longtime former financial chief of Donald Trump's real estate business empire, admitted Monday to lying under oath in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as part of a plea deal to serve five months in jail.

  • March 01, 2024

    Jury Awards Midwest Energy $57M On Refined Coal Patents

    A Delaware federal jury on Friday awarded Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. more than $57 million after finding that numerous affiliated companies willfully infringed its patents on technology for refining coal to reduce mercury in emissions from power plants.

  • March 01, 2024

    Fintech Co. Vesttoo's Ch. 11 Plan OK'd After Dissent Defused

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved the Chapter 11 liquidation plan proposed by the official committee of unsecured creditors to bankrupt Israeli fintech firm Vesttoo Ltd., after the committee sorted out a final objection to the plan.

  • March 01, 2024

    Auto Coverage Hinges On Victim's Domicile, Mich. Panel Says

    A dispute over personal protection insurance will return to a trial court to determine whether a crash victim was residing in Michigan or Kentucky at the time of the incident, after a Michigan state appeals court granted neither the victim's guardian nor Progressive an early win.

  • March 01, 2024

    Exec's Captive Insurance Case Headed To Trial

    Whether an insurance executive knowingly lied to clients by telling them they could take illegal tax deductions in connection with captive insurance arrangements should be decided by a jury, a Florida federal judge ruled, saying material facts in the case are disputed.

  • March 01, 2024

    Day Care Says Policy Covers $21.6M Infant Death Judgment

    A day care is urging a Florida federal court to reject its insurer's bid for an early win in a coverage dispute concerning a $21.6 million judgment over an infant's death, saying there are disputed issues of fact about whether the policy was canceled by the insured before the incident.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Should Rethink Inadequate UBH Ruling

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    The Ninth Circuit should seriously consider rehearing Wit v. United Behavioral Health en banc because its recent claims reprocessing decision in the case raises troubling questions about the future of Employee Retirement Income Security Act's class actions, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Hertz Ruling Could Help Debtors Avoid Make-Whole Premiums

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    A Delaware bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in Hertz, disallowing claims for make-whole premiums and post-petition interest at the contract rate, could be relied upon by debtors to sidestep those provisions, and potentially provide higher recoveries for equity holders, say Theresa Foudy and Alexander Severance at MoFo.

  • Atty-Client Privilege Arguments Give Justices A Moving Target

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    Recent oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case regarding the scope of the attorney-client privilege appeared to raise more questions about multipurpose counsel communications than they answered, as the parties presented shifting iterations of a predictable, easily applied test for evaluating the communications' purpose, say Trey Bourn and Thomas DiStanislao at Butler Snow.

  • Predictions For The 2023 Drug Pricing Landscape

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    2022 was the year of legislative action around drug pricing, while 2023 is likely to serve up precedential judicial action — including active legal challenges with respect to the government's programs covering outpatient prescription drugs, accumulators and third-party funders, says Margaux Hall at Ropes & Gray.

  • NY Adult Survivors Act Look-Back: What Orgs Must Know

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    With the look-back window for New York's Adult Survivors Act now open, survivors of past sexual abuse have a new opportunity to file civil claims — so organizations that could face litigation should take specific steps to ensure best practices both before and after lawsuits arise, say Michael Appelbaum and Christina Holdsworth at Goldberg Segalla.

  • Legal Standing For Nature: The Road Not Taken

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    Fifty years have passed since former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas asked whether natural objects like trees and rivers should have standing — and while the high court has since narrowed access to the courtroom for potential environmental plaintiffs, Douglas' vision is worth revisiting, says Ninth Circuit Judge Margaret McKeown.

  • 4th Circ. Disability Ruling Shows ERISA Procedure Flaw

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    The Fourth Circuit's recent decision in Tekmen v. Reliance Standard that summary judgment was inapt highlights how summary judgment has been misused in Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation — and may help restore civil procedure norms in such lawsuits, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Medical Malpractice Settlements Shouldn't Require NDAs

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    Hospitals and insurance companies can go to great lengths to avoid accountability — as depicted in the recent Netflix film "The Good Nurse" — and nondisclosure agreements used to settle medical malpractice cases out of court leave patients without crucial information when seeking treatment, says Andrew Barovick at Sandra Radna.

  • Benefits Ruling Shows Need For Revised ERISA Procedure

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Collier v. Lincoln Life Assurance demonstrates that not only are there no uniform court procedures for Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are not always followed, demanding a reappraisal of ERISA civil procedure, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Privacy Ruling Highlights Risks Of Third-Party Web Tracking

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Javier v. Assurance — that third-party session replay software usage without user consent may violate a California privacy law — highlights why companies should remain proactive and review all technologies that collect information from their websites, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Why Warranty Providers May Explore CCPA Exemption

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    In order to prepare for the coming wave of state consumer privacy laws across the country, organizations in the extended warranty industry should assess their exposure to the California Consumer Privacy Act and the applicability of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s exemption, say attorneys at Locke Lord.

  • ERISA Ruling Reinforces Claimant Right To Know Denial Basis

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    A Louisiana federal court’s recent ruling in Rushing v. Sun Life Assurance, finding that an insurer could not remand a case to raise a new basis for a benefit denial, reinforces claimants' rights and illustrates how limited court review in Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation can prevent insurers from raising new rationales for denial post-filing, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • What To Expect From The Post-Midterms Lame-Duck Session

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    Depending on the results of the midterm elections, the upcoming lame-duck session may be the last chance for Congress to enact meaningful legislation for the next several years, so organizations must push through legislative priorities now, lest they are forced to restart their efforts in a much different environment next year, says James Brandell at Dykema.

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