Insurance

  • December 05, 2023

    Trump's Broker & Club Member Touts Mar-A-Lago's $1B Value

    A Florida real estate broker and member of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club took the stand Tuesday in New York state court to defend the former president's valuation of the property, saying it was worth more than $1 billion based on his billions in sales experience and "gut" feelings.

  • December 05, 2023

    Geico Gets Preliminary Approval For $5.1M Ga. Settlement

    A Georgia federal judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a $5.1 million class action settlement between Geico and its policyholders over allegations the insurer undercompensated owners of totaled vehicles by miscalculating applicable tax under Georgia law.

  • December 05, 2023

    8th Circ. Reverses Bridge Collapse Coverage Ruling

    The Eighth Circuit reversed a decision Tuesday that a Liberty Mutual unit owed coverage as a matter of law to an engineering firm for an underlying action over a bridge collapse that injured several construction workers and resulted in a $2.5 million settlement.

  • December 05, 2023

    Travelers Says No Coverage In Ericsson Terrorist Bribery Suit

    Travelers told a Texas federal court Tuesday it should have no duty to defend or indemnify Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson Inc. over claims that it engaged in a "global bribery scheme" with foreign terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and ISIS to protect its business interests in the Middle East.

  • December 05, 2023

    Texas Landlord, AIG Unit Settle Hail Damage Coverage Row

    An AIG unit reached a settlement resolving a Texas landlord's claims it wrongfully denied coverage for property damage from a June 2020 hailstorm, ending the plaintiff's bid to recover nearly $318,000 from the insurer.

  • December 05, 2023

    Ex-Hospital CFO, 3 Doctors Settle Kickback Case For $880K

    A former hospital finance chief and three doctors in Texas will pay a total of more than $880,000 to the government to settle its allegations that they were involved in a kickback scheme to steer patients to specific laboratories for testing, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed this week.

  • December 05, 2023

    Insurer Urges 2nd Circ. To Uphold No Defense Ruling

    An insurer urged the Second Circuit to affirm a ruling which found that it has no duty to defend Paraco Gas Corp. and its executives in a family shareholder dispute, saying a New York federal judge correctly found that a contract exclusion provision in the policy bars coverage.

  • December 05, 2023

    NC Court Thaws Spending Freeze For Beset Insurance Mogul

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals shredded orders Tuesday that kept an embattled insurance mogul from receiving and spending companies' money, reasoning an insurer didn't take the required step to collect on a more than $524 million judgment before asking a court to stop his cash flow.

  • December 05, 2023

    Car Service Co. Accused Of Selling Noncompliant Contracts

    A Spokane, Washington, woman has lodged a putative class action accusing a vehicle service contract provider and its insurer of violating state law by illegally selling and issuing noncompliant service contracts and protection product guarantees to Washington state customers.

  • December 05, 2023

    Private Equity Firm Can't Opt Out Of $110M Settlement Late

    A Pennsylvania federal judge denied a private equity firm’s late bid to opt out of a nearly $110 million class action settlement over a life insurance company’s rate hikes, finding that accepting the firm’s bid, submitted six weeks after the opt-out deadline, would “render class action settlement opt-out deadlines meaningless.”

  • December 05, 2023

    COVERAGE RECAP: Day 40 Of Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live coverage from the courthouse as former President Donald Trump goes on trial in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case. Here's a recap from day 40.

  • December 04, 2023

    Insurer, Staffing Co. Drop $10M Overbilling Coverage Row

    A dispute between a healthcare staffing company and a Liberty Mutual unit over $10 million in excess liability coverage for an underlying emergency room overbilling settlement was dropped by both parties Monday in Texas federal court.

  • December 04, 2023

    Trump Seeks NY High Court Review Of Fraud Trial Gag Orders

    Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to have New York's highest court review his appeal of the reinstatement of gag orders in the civil fraud trial over the state's claims that he defrauded banks and insurers by falsely inflating his net worth.

  • December 04, 2023

    Wine Co. Sues Chubb Unit For Coverage Of $1.5M Hack

    A wine merchant said a Chubb unit owes it coverage for the near $1.5 million that it lost at the hands of a hacker, telling a New York federal court that the insurer improperly applied the "smallest limit of coverage possible."

  • December 04, 2023

    Title Insurer Settles Coverage Dispute Over Lost Land Value

    A real estate company and a title insurer notified a Texas federal court that the parties finalized a settlement, ending a coverage row alleging that the company's land diminished in value and was subject to unforeseen development restrictions.

  • December 04, 2023

    Special Master Orders Travelers Atty To Sit For PFAS Depo

    A Travelers Indemnity Co. attorney must be compelled to sit for a deposition in a PFAS coverage suit launched against the insurer by footwear company Wolverine World Wide Inc., a special master in the lawsuit in Michigan federal court has ordered, despite Travelers' argument that, as in-house counsel, the attorney should be shielded.

  • December 04, 2023

    Insurers Say RICO Suit Against Mogul Gives 'Great Detail'

    A group of insurers urged a North Carolina federal court not to toss its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against insurance mogul Greg Lindberg, saying the suit provides "great detail" to support its allegations that Lindberg and his co-conspirators engaged in a fraudulent scheme to enrich themselves.

  • December 04, 2023

    Frost Brown Adds Sheehy Ware Insurance Pro In Houston

    Frost Brown Todd LLP has strengthened its product, tort and insurance practice group with a partner in Houston who came aboard from Texas regional firm Sheehy Ware Pappas & Grubbs PC.

  • December 04, 2023

    Liberty Mutual Trots Away From Horse Stampede Suit

    A Washington federal judge tossed a couple's property damage coverage suit against Liberty Mutual Group Inc. and one of its units, finding that losses caused by their neighbors' stampeding horses were plainly excluded under the couple's policy.

  • December 04, 2023

    COVERAGE RECAP: Day 39 Of Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live coverage from the courthouse as former President Donald Trump goes on trial in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case. Here's a recap from day 39.

  • December 01, 2023

    La. Judge Won't Nix Arbitration Order In $11M Hurricane Row

    A Louisiana federal judge has denied a bid by attorneys who missed a deadline to rescind his order tossing two defendants and forcing arbitration in a case over more than $11 million in hurricane damage to an apartment complex, ruling that their arguments lack merit anyway.

  • December 01, 2023

    Property Owner Sees Bid To Appeal Bad Faith Finding Nixed

    A Louisiana federal judge denied a property owner's bid to immediately appeal her ruling compelling arbitration of its bad faith claims against its insurers, in a case centering on millions of dollars' worth of property damage caused by Hurricane Ida.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Judge OKs $13.5M Settlement In Fla. Health Care Plan Suit

    A Florida federal judge gave preliminary approval for a $13.5 million settlement agreement and class certification Friday in a lawsuit brought by consumers accusing two companies of selling health insurance plans that were deceptively marketed as complying with the Affordable Care Act.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Superfund Site Reopenings Carry Insured Risk, Opportunity

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's reported plans to reopen certain Superfund sites citing the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances raise notable liability concerns, but may also present unique opportunities for policyholders under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • 3 AI Regulation Developments Insurers Must Follow

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    Insurance regulators continue to actively develop regulations and guidance on the use of artificial intelligence, so insurers should be aware of recent developments from the Colorado Division of Insurance, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the New York Department of Financial Services, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Mexico

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    ESG has yet to become part of the DNA of the Mexican business model, but huge strides are being made in that direction, as more stakeholders demand that companies adopt, at the least, a modicum of sustainability commitments and demonstrate how they will meet them, says Carlos Escoto at Galicia Abogados.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • DC Ruling Provides Support For Builders Risk Claim Recovery

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    To deny coverage for builders risk claims, insurers have been increasingly relying on two arguments, both of which have been invalidated in the recent U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision, South Capitol Bridgebuilders v. Lexington, say Greg Podolak and Cheryl Kozdrey at Saxe Doernberger.

  • A Deep Dive Into FSOC's Expansion Of Nonbank Oversight

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    The Financial Stability Oversight Council's new nonbank guidance, designed to provide the council with added flexibility in risk response, not only modifies the process for designating nonbanks as systemically important institutions, but also sends a clear signal that the FSOC may assume a more active role in addressing financial stability risks across the economy, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • 9th Circ. ERISA Ruling Informs DOL's New Fiduciary Proposal

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    The Ninth Circuit's reasoning in its recent Bugielski v. AT&T decision illustrates the importance of the U.S. Department of Labor's proposals to expand the reach of Employee Retirement Income Security Act third-party compensation disclosure rules and their effect on investment adviser fiduciaries, says Jeff Mamorsky at Cohen & Buckmann.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Harvard's Broker Fight Shows Active Risk Management Is Key

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    Harvard University’s recently filed suit against its insurance broker for alleged malpractice in handling the Students for Fair Admissions claim illustrates that risk management requires the concerted effort of policyholders, brokers and insurers to protect against disastrous losses, say William McMichael and David Klein at Pillsbury.

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