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  • March 11, 2024

    DOL Sends Fiduciary Rule Rewrite To White House

    The U.S. Department of Labor transmitted its retirement security proposal that would broaden the definition of who qualifies as a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to a White House office for final review over the weekend.

  • March 08, 2024

    Deadline Drama Briefly Threatens Suit Against Insurer VSP

    A California federal judge threatened Thursday to toss Total Vision's antitrust claims accusing eye care insurance giant VSP of hamstringing it, in what appears to be a misreading of the schedule over missed deadlines that were actually pushed back, prompting the threat's retraction the next day.

  • March 08, 2024

    'It Erases Us': Sex Abuse Survivors Troubled By Wash. Bill

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law a bill that eliminates time limits for bringing child sex abuse claims in the future, but survivors say they are disappointed by an amendment stripping the bill's retroactivity, saying the legislation doesn't go far enough to hold abusers accountable.

  • March 08, 2024

    Fla. Lawmakers OK Budget With Insurance, Sales Tax Breaks

    Florida is slated to renew a slew of sales tax holidays, provide a one-year insurance tax cut and extend the time period for taxpayers to seek tax settlements after a death or natural disaster under a $117.5 billion budget the state Legislature approved Friday.

  • March 08, 2024

    Coverage Capped At $300K In Crash Suit, 4th Circ. Told

    An insurer urged the Fourth Circuit to uphold a lower court's ruling restricting a couple's underinsured motorist coverage to $300,000 following a wreck, arguing that the policy's language prevails over a North Carolina statute and, as such, its payout is offset by three primary insurers' contributions.

  • March 07, 2024

    Pa. Justices To Consider Liability Of Parents Hiding Son's Gun

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania agreed to hear an appeal asking whether the parents of a convicted murderer can be held liable for the victim's family's emotional trauma because their alleged concealment of the murder weapon delayed the discovery of their son's body.

  • March 07, 2024

    Anti-Fraud Tool At Risk In 8th Circ. Billing Row, Carriers Say

    Insurers' ability to enter agreements that limit billings with healthcare providers, which they contend help combat insurance fraud, is up in the air in Minnesota as the Eighth Circuit gears up to hear arguments Thursday over whether such agreements violate a state law guaranteeing prompt automobile accident insurance payouts.

  • March 07, 2024

    Women In Insurance Law On Breaking Down Barriers

    Building a better environment for women in the legal industry starts from the top, women in insurance law told Law360. To mark International Women's Day, both junior and senior women attorneys share their experiences in the industry and offer words of advice.

  • 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.  

Expert Analysis

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Why Standing Analysis Is Key In Data Breach Mediation

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    Amid a growing wave of data breach class action litigation, recent legal developments show shifting criteria for Article III standing based on an increased risk of future identity theft, meaning parties must integrate assessments of standing into mediation discussions to substantiate their settlement demands in data breach class actions, says Abe Melamed at Signature Resolution.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Wilderness Therapy Ruling May Deter Broad Policy Exclusions

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    A Utah federal court's recent ruling in M.A. v. United Healthcare that an insurance policy exclusion for the adolescent behavioral health treatment known as wilderness therapy was ambiguous shows that blanket rejections can go too far, and may preclude new rationales for claim denials, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Calif. Climate Disclosure Bills Promise Challenges For Cos.

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    Two novel climate disclosure bills recently passed by the California Legislature will pose challenges for many businesses — especially private companies that are less familiar with climate-related reporting obligations — and will require investments of significant time and effort in processes, procedures and personnel, say John Rousakis and Chris Bowman at O'Melveny.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • 10th Circ. ERISA Ruling Is Promising For Self-Funded Plans

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    Though some recent appellate decisions have seemingly narrowed application of Employee Retirement Income Security Act preemption, which generally helps protect self-funded health plans from state regulation, the Tenth Circuit's decision in PCMA v. Mulready takes a big step toward reaffirming preemption, say attorneys at Bass Berry.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Okla. Workers' Comp Case Could Mean Huge Shift In Claims

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    An Oklahoma appeals court's recent opinion in Prewitt v. Quiktrip Corp. may expand the scope of continuing medical maintenance orders in workers' compensation cases to unprecedented levels — with potentially major consequences for employers and insurers, says Steven Hanna at Gilson Daub.

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