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  • February 12, 2024

    Insurer Says No Coverage For Idaho Murderer And Family

    A mentally ill suspected cannibal and his wealthy mining family do not have insurance coverage for a wrongful death suit brought on behalf of a murdered, mutilated groundskeeper and his family, the insurer told an Idaho federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Consulting Firm Says Ex-Partner Stole Captive Insurance Biz

    A consulting firm that assists in establishing captive insurance companies told a Colorado federal court that its former business partner breached its contract by working behind the firm's back to snag its clients and sabotage its business relationships, depriving the firm of both business opportunities and potential commission.

  • February 12, 2024

    Panel Slams Life Insurer's 'Extreme' View Of Child Benefits

    A California appeals court panel challenged a life insurer's "extreme" view that its policy was limited to biological children and excluded coverage for the murdered child of the policyholder's fiancée, reinstating several of the parent's claims that were dismissed by a lower court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Three-State Test Critical To Evaluating Carrier Climate Risk

    An analysis finding that insurers' investment portfolios are at risk of losing billions of dollars under delayed climate-transition plans is an important step to fully understanding how well carriers' business activities are aligned with climate goals, experts say.

  • February 12, 2024

    Geico Says Medical Fraudsters Nabbed $1.1M In Auto Benefits

    Several unlicensed individuals submitted hundreds of fraudulent charges for services provided to Geico-insured car accident victims, the insurer has alleged in New York federal court, claiming it lost more than $1.1 million in the no-fault insurance fraud scheme.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Affirms Starr Can't Sue To Defend Coverage Denial

    The Second Circuit on Friday refused to revive Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.'s suit, which a district court had concluded the insurer used to defend its decision to deny a clothing company coverage for stolen and water-damaged goods.

  • February 09, 2024

    4th Circ. Atty Fraud Ruling Limits Criminal Defense Coverage

    The Fourth Circuit pushed criminal matters to the outer margins of professional liability insurance as it finalized its decision affirming a Maryland attorney is not entitled to coverage of defense costs from charges that he defrauded financial institutions.

  • February 09, 2024

    New York Teacher Pays $75K For Mock Slave Auction Harm

    A northern New York teacher will pay $75,000 for holding a mock slave auction of Black students in her classroom, settling a federal suit over a lesson a 10-year-old student's mother said emotionally damaged her son.

  • February 09, 2024

    Adviser Asks 4th Circ. To Rethink Defamation Coverage Denial

    An investment adviser asked the Fourth Circuit to rethink its decision affirming a lower court’s ruling that she was not entitled to coverage under her firm's professional liability insurance policy, saying that the opinion "defies any logic" and contradicts settled South Carolina law.

  • February 09, 2024

    Liberty Mutual Bailed On Wire Fraud Coverage, Agency Says

    Liberty Mutual wrongly denied crime coverage to an insurance agency after it lost more than $228,000 because of wire fraud, the agency alleged in a suit filed in Virgin Islands federal court.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Adjuster No Longer To Pretend To Be Lloyd's Of London

    An insurance adjuster who hijacked the good name of British underwriting giant Lloyd's of London after blaming it for lost compensation agreed in Texas federal court to shut down businesses he opened in its name.

  • February 08, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Hiscox's Win In Design Co. CEO Fraud Row

    Hiscox Insurance Co. does not have to cover a design and marketing company's $850,000 arbitration award to a former CEO over alleged fraud, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday, finding that the arbitrator's decision qualified as a final adjudication that triggered a fraud exclusion in its policy.

  • February 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Rejects $60M Liposuction Death Coverage Plea

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed on Thursday a district court's decision rejecting a man's request to recover a $60 million judgment from a medical practice's insurer for a liposuction-related death, finding that the practice's coverage was already diminished to the point of exhaustion.

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurance Orgs. Say Bill Would Prevent CFPB Overreach

    Bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has drawn support from insurance regulators and industry trade groups who say the bureau has encroached upon state-based insurance regulation despite clear statutory limitations.

  • February 08, 2024

    Broker Hit With Suit Over Data Breach Affecting 1.5 Million

    A California insurance broker is facing a proposed class action filed Thursday in federal court accusing the company of failing to keep the health and personal information of more than 1.5 million customers safe from exposure in an August cyberattack.

  • February 08, 2024

    NYC Jet Skier's Death Suit Not Covered, Insurer Says

    A jet ski tour company's row with the estate of a customer who died while on a tour does not qualify for defense or indemnity coverage, the company's insurer argued to a New York federal court, asserting that the company's alleged errors and omissions preclude coverage under its policy.

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurer Improperly Settled Shooting Claims, Court Told

    A Seattle-based housing provider said its primary insurer improperly tendered policy limits to settle two underlying claims alleging the provider was liable for deadly shootings near its apartment buildings in Georgia, telling a Washington state court that its insurer's actions have diluted its coverage for other claims.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer Ducks Some Coverage Of Dredge Tank Defect Suit

    A Wisconsin federal judge Wednesday ruled partially in favor of an insurer seeking a declaration that it needn't cover a metal fabricator's defense in an underlying arbitration over allegedly defective dredge tanks.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer's Suit Over Class Action Coverage Early, Covisint Says

    An insurer's lawsuit seeking to dodge coverage for an underlying shareholder class action alleging an unfair merger should be dismissed, former Covisint executives told a Michigan federal court, saying the issue of coverage is not ripe for dispute.

  • February 07, 2024

    NC Panel Reverses Doctor's Malpractice Coverage Win

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s decision that found a doctor was entitled to defense coverage under his medical malpractice policy for a state medical board investigation, ruling that the doctor failed to timely notify the insurer of the investigation and therefore did not deserve coverage.

  • February 07, 2024

    Travelers Must Cover $2M Tainted Benzene Load, Co. Says

    A multinational chemical company accused Travelers in New York federal court of unreasonably denying coverage for over $2.1 million it lost from a contaminated benzene shipment, saying the insurer must also cover costs incurred from suing at-fault parties since it further evaded its subrogation obligations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Life Insurance Managers Botched Policy Surrender, Suit Says

    A group of financial insurance advisory companies mishandled the surrender of a life insurance policy and caused the beneficiary to lose more than $300,000 in benefits, the beneficiary told a New Jersey federal court.

  • February 06, 2024

    Investment Report Shows Cost Of Delaying Climate Action

    Insurers could face billions of dollars in losses if they continue with their current courses of investments that contribute to climate change, according to a new analysis by insurance regulators from California, Oregon and Washington.

  • February 06, 2024

    AIG Owes Coverage In $5.4M Contamination Suit, Co. Says

    A Houston-based plastics manufacturer told a Texas federal court that an AIG unit must defend and indemnify it in a $5.4 million lawsuit over contaminated plastic containers, saying the insurer has failed to tender defense costs despite agreeing to defend the company almost a year ago.

  • February 06, 2024

    Insurer Says Claims NJ Diocese Knew Of Abuse Bar Coverage

    An insurer doesn't have to indemnify the Diocese of Trenton in over 200 lawsuits alleging sexual molestation by diocese clergy, it told a New Jersey federal court, maintaining that the underlying suits asserted that the diocese had knowledge of the incidents.

Expert Analysis

  • M&A Rulings Provide Guidance On 'Bump-Up' Claim Coverage

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    As M&A activity continues to surge, several recent federal court decisions can guide companies in structuring their insurance programs and assessing whether so-called bump-up claims arising from particular M&A transactions may be covered, say Robin Cohen and Orrie Levy at Cohen Ziffer.

  • BIPA Ruling Should Aid Insurers In Privacy Claims

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    Massachusetts Bay Insurance v. Impact Fulfillment Services, a recent decision by a North Carolina federal court finding that a Biometric Information Privacy Act claim was precluded under an insurance exclusion, represents a potentially significant win for insurers due to its broadly applicable contract interpretation, say Joshua Polster and Conor Mercadante at Simpson Thacher.

  • Insurers Should Honor Astroworld Coverage Obligations

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    While insurers may be eager to shift blame on Astroworld showrunner Travis Scott for conditions that resulted in 10 deaths and dozens of injuries, arguments suggesting the tragedy shouldn't be covered appear baseless in light of the facts and the law, says Benjamin Massarsky at Miller Friel.

  • Ransomware Case Signifies Shift In Cyber Insurers' Stance

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    The pleadings in a recently settled California federal court case, Boardriders v. Great American Insurance, show that cyber insurers are taking an adversarial approach to ransomware-related claims in the wake of increasing attacks, so policyholders should anticipate new policy language, claim-payment avoidance and more, say Lynda Bennett and Michael Scales at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Cyber Rulings Aren't Helping COVID Biz Interruption Cases

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    Where policyholders have recently tried to draw comparison between the loss of property use from a COVID-19 shutdown order and the loss of data use from a ransomware attack, they have found courts unsympathetic to these arguments for business interruption insurance coverage, say Jane Warring and Kristian Smith at Zelle.

  • Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: NY On Industry Diversity

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    My Chi To, executive deputy superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services Insurance Division, discusses steps her agency is taking to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the insurance industry and suggests practices for companies to consider adopting.

  • FCA Ruling Guides Insureds On Classifying Restitution Costs

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    In Astellas v. Starr Indemnity, an Illinois federal court recently held that a False Claims Act settlement qualified as insurable compensatory damages, not uninsurable disgorgement, providing an important guide to policyholders navigating the tax code's deductibility requirements and insurance policy exclusions, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • Subpoena Defense Cost Ruling Gets Insurance Law Wrong

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    A Connecticut federal court's recent decision that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh didn't need to cover defense costs for a power utility's response to a grand jury subpoena included two crucial mistakes that contravene long-standing insurance law principles, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: DC On Long-Term Care

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    Washington, D.C., Insurance Commissioner Karima Woods outlines the development of insurance coverage for older adults' long-term care benefits and how regulators and the industry are attempting to resolve issues with the popular product.

  • 5 Buyers' Counsel Tips For R&W Insurance Underwriting Calls

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    With representations and warranties insurance becoming more popular than ever, buyers' counsel participating in underwriting calls for such insurance should follow certain best practices to secure contracts with minimal exclusions, say Bryan O'Keefe and Gena Usenheimer at Seyfarth.

  • When A Denial Of Recovery-Based Insurance Claim Is Invalid

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    Two recent court decisions show that policyholders should not accept denials of coverage based on the uninsurability of restitution or disgorgement-based losses without a detailed, two-part analysis of the specific state's law and the particular facts of the loss, say Stephen Raptis and Emily Buchanan at Haynes and Boone.

  • Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: Del. Tackles Mental Health

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    Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro highlights the state's efforts to achieve insurance coverage parity for mental health care by confronting systemic stigma and penalizing disparate and restrictive insurance determinations.

  • Key Takeaways From The NAIC Summer National Meeting

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    Stephanie Duchene and Kara Baysinger at Willkie highlight what insurance practitioners should know about top industry priorities from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ recent national meeting, including climate-related risk, diversity and inclusion, and technological innovation.