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  • February 05, 2024

    JCPenney Cardholder's Proposed $5M Insurance Suit Fails

    A JCPenney credit card holder who bought health insurance through a promotion tied to the card lost her bid in Mississippi federal court Monday to continue her $5 million proposed class action over what she believed were intentional delays in paying for her hospital stay.

  • February 05, 2024

    No CGL Coverage For Home Depot Data Breach, 6th Circ. Told

    Two insurers have told the Sixth Circuit they owe no commercial general liability coverage to Home Depot for its $172 million settlement with financial institutions over a 2014 breach of customer payment information, arguing an electronic data exclusion wholly barred coverage for the institutions' claimed losses.

  • February 05, 2024

    Berkley Wants Out Of Defending Atty In $750K Trust Dispute

    An insurer told an Illinois federal court it doesn't owe defense or indemnification to an insured attorney in an underlying action from a trust alleging it's owed more than $750,000 in overdue payments, arguing there is no coverage for the trust's suit in the attorney's firm's policy.

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurance Coverage Excluded In Condo Sale, 11th Circ. Told

    An insurance company urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to reverse a lower-court decision forcing it to provide coverage in a Florida condominium sale gone wrong, saying it was excluded from defending a claim against a real estate agent accused of converting the transaction's proceeds.

  • February 02, 2024

    Calif. Rate Approvals Centered In Coverage Crisis Debate

    A California law permitting public challenges to proposed premium increases is saving policyholders billions of dollars, a consumer advocacy group recently reported, a claim that has drawn scorn from industry professionals amid efforts to change the law to better favor carriers. 

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurer Can't Forum Shop For Living Facility Row, Co. Says

    A successor in interest to a $1 million judgment against an assisted living facility accused the facility's insurer of forum shopping to free itself from paying out the judgment, telling an Oklahoma federal court that the insurer's federal suit is duplicative of an existing state court garnishment action.

  • February 02, 2024

    Owner Says Insurer Can't Dodge Tenn. Hooters Bombing Row

    The insurer of a Hooters restaurant that was decimated in a 2020 Christmas Day bombing appointed a crooked appraiser who tainted a damage award, the historic property's owner told a Tennessee Federal Court, adding that the biased determination was invalid under state law.

  • February 02, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Hires Ex-Lewis Brisbois Team In Chicago

    Law firm Clyde & Co. LLP announced Thursday that it had hired nine Chicago-based insurance law and general liability attorneys from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, including that firm's former managing partner in the city.

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurer Resists Covering Law Firm In Bankruptcy Fraud Suit

    A law firm is not entitled to coverage for a suit alleging it intentionally filed for bankruptcy on behalf of a client in violation of an arbitrator's order, its professional liability insurer told an Illinois federal court, saying intentional wrongful acts are not covered under the policy.

  • February 01, 2024

    Liberty Owes $600K In Lost Shoe Coverage, Co. Tells Court

    Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. owes $600,000 to Indiana-based store chain Shoe Sensation for three lost semitruck shipments that the insurer improperly treated as one loss, the chain told a federal court Thursday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Life Insurance Co., Named Beneficiary Settle Void Policy Suit

    A South Carolina woman who said she was the beneficiary of $300,000 in her brother-in-law's life insurance policy settled the insurer's case against her claiming the policy was wrongly issued, a South Carolina federal court said Thursday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Policy Language Copyright Suit Must Continue, Court Told

    An insurance policy licensing group and an underwriting company told a Connecticut federal judge that their copyright claims alleging a competitor stole key and unique policy language cannot be tossed, saying a carrier's motion to dismiss raises a fact issue that precludes dismissal.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ill. Genetics Law Spares Life Insurance Sector, Prudential Says

    Prudential argued Tuesday that an Illinois federal judge should toss accusations it unlawfully requested an applicant's family medical history and considered that information when denying life insurance coverage, saying the Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act "simply doesn't apply to life insurance."

  • January 31, 2024

    Consumer Slams Car Care Provider's Exit Bid In Contract Suit

    A Washington state vehicle owner urged a federal court to preserve her suit against a vehicle care protection provider and its insurer alleging they sold agreements lacking key disclosures, saying the agreement is a service contract under consumer protection laws.

  • January 31, 2024

    Nev. Supreme Court Ruling Helps Title Insurer Beat HSBC

    A title insurer doesn't have to cover underlying litigation brought against HSBC Bank in connection with the foreclosure sale of Las Vegas property it owned as a mortgage lender, a Nevada federal judge found, citing a state Supreme Court decision.

  • January 31, 2024

    Electric Co. Says Insurer Refuses To Defend BIPA Suit

    An electric company told an Illinois federal court that its insurers wrongfully refused to defend or indemnify it against an underlying proposed class action in state court by an employee who alleged the company violated the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act.

  • January 31, 2024

    College Philanthropy Slams Dismissal Bid In IP Coverage Suit

    A philanthropy associated with Kansas State University urged a Kansas federal court to keep alive its counterclaims in a fight over coverage for a lawsuit accusing it of stealing a man's idea relating to economic development, saying it met the pleading standards for this stage of litigation.

  • January 31, 2024

    Lab Says $7M Stolen Data Is Property And Should Be Covered

    A national medical testing lab told a Pennsylvania federal court that patient treatment records and at least $7 million of billing data allegedly hijacked by its software contractor was property and should therefore be covered by its insurer. 

  • January 30, 2024

    Chubb Unit Seeks To Toss Years-Old Ruling After Settlement

    A Chubb unit asked an Illinois federal court to vacate a September 2021 ruling against it in the insurer's coverage dispute with a holding company over an underlying self-dealing suit, arguing that any precedential value it has is outweighed by the parties' interest in resolving the case.

  • January 30, 2024

    Red Sea Hostilities Ripple Through Maritime Insurance Market

    Attacks against commercial ships passing through the Red Sea and nearby areas are sending ripples through the global trading system and threatening to capsize the maritime insurance industry responsible for underwriting risks to vessels.

  • January 30, 2024

    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

  • January 30, 2024

    Full 4th Circ. Declines Atty's Coverage Case In Fraud Defense

    The full Fourth Circuit won't hear a Maryland attorney's arguments after a panel determined he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer concerning his indictment on charges that he defrauded financial institutions to gain control of $13 million in frozen Somali assets.

  • January 29, 2024

    5 Floridians Sentenced For $67M Medicare Testing Scam

    A man accused of leading a $67 million healthcare fraud conspiracy involving unnecessary genetic testing for Medicare recipients was sentenced to 14 years in prison, along with four co-conspirators who received lesser sentences from a Florida federal judge as recently as Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    NC Court Pares Down Crop Insurance Coverage Row

    A North Carolina federal judge trimmed a crop insurance dispute brought by a farm alleging that its insurance agent didn’t properly submit the coverage application or inform the farm’s owners of coverage, dismissing all claims against the insurer but leaving several against the agent.

  • January 29, 2024

    DOJ Says Wash. Hospital Had Role In Spinal Surgeon Scandal

    A Tacoma, Washington-based hospital operator failed to address red flags that one of its doctors was performing unnecessary surgeries, instead earning millions of dollars from the neurosurgeon's dangerous misconduct by fraudulently billing the government for his work, federal and state prosecutors have alleged. 

Expert Analysis

  • How NJ Bad Faith Auto Insurance Bill Compares To Pa.'s

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    The recently enacted New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act, is in some ways narrower and in other ways broader than Pennsylvania's notoriously strict bad faith statute and leaves open many fundamental questions, which took Pennsylvania decades of litigation to resolve, say Kristin Jones and Brian Callaway at Troutman Pepper.

  • Reach Of Ohio Ransomware Ruling Limited To Policy At Hand

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    While an Ohio appellate court's recent decision allowing the insured's ransomware attack claim to proceed in EMOI Services v. Owners Insurance may seem significant for insurance jurisprudence, it should not have implications beyond policies specifically insuring damage to software, says Jane Warring at Zelle.

  • D&O Insurance Lessons From The Rise And Fall Of Theranos

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    After the fall of Theranos and the recent criminal conviction of founder Elizabeth Holmes, startups seeking to protect their directors and officers from exposure to personal liability should consider how eye-popping company valuations and other changes to the startup landscape will affect their D&O policies, say Lilit Asadourian and Kathryn Bayes at Reed Smith.

  • Flawed NY Insurance Law Needs Amendments

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    The New York Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act, recently signed by the governor, imposes a multitude of problematic disclosure obligations on defendant-insureds, which the Legislature should — and likely will — seriously consider modifying or eliminating, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Beyond Insurance: Mitigating Cyber Risk In 2022

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    As insurers move to higher premiums and less coverage for cyberattacks, companies should consider restructuring their risk mitigation strategies for the upcoming year to lessen their reliance on insurance support for data security issues, say professionals at StoneTurn.

  • Justices May Hesitate To Review Calif. Fraud Coverage Case

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    In Adir International v. Starr Indemnity, the policyholders are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review their challenge of a California law prohibiting insurers from defending insureds in certain consumer protection claims, but the court may not be ready to decide the issue at this time, says Greg Mann at Rivkin Radler.

  • NY Case Shows Insurance Possibility For SEC Disgorgements

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    Directors and officers insurers almost invariably deny coverage for payments described as disgorgements in settlement agreements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but the recent decision of New York's highest court in J.P. Morgan v. Vigilant demonstrates how policyholders can negotiate an insurable settlement with the SEC, say Stephen Weisbrod and Tamra Ferguson at Weisbrod Matteis.

  • JP Morgan Ruling May Have Broad Insurance Implications

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    The New York Court of Appeals' recent decision in J.P. Morgan Securities v. Vigilant Insurance — that settlement funds paid to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission did not constitute a penalty for insurance purposes — could have far-reaching application in other types of insurance litigation where plaintiffs could be characterized as seeking equitable relief, say Robert Shulman and Cristen Rose at Paley Rothman.

  • Insurance Tips For Mitigating DOJ Cyber Initiative Risks

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    For companies and executives involved in False Claims Act actions alleging cybersecurity failures like those envisioned by the U.S. Department of Justice's new cyber fraud initiative, certain insurance policies could help defray the substantial costs of defense and even settlement liability, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • 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.