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Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

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Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management - While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuits

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In a summary order issued February 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two so-called “shadow insurance” putative class action lawsuits — Ross v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance...more

Spokeo Leaves Lower Courts to Wrangle With Article III Standing Issues

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The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins on May 16, 2016. At the time, the degree to which the decision was a punt was somewhat underreported. The five-judge majority opinion actually...more

Second Circuit policyholder lawsuits challenging captive reinsurance disclosures

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On February 23, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the rulings of several US district courts, shutting down a series of policyholder class actions that had been filed against Metropolitan...more

Court Of Appeals Affirms Dismissal Of “Shadow Insurance” Lawsuits

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In a summary order, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of two “shadow insurance” putative class action lawsuits against Axa Equitable Life Insurance and Metropolitan Life...more

What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

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- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global...more

Nationwide Moves for Reconsideration Following Sixth Circuit’s revival of Data Breach Class Action

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On September 26, 2016, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) petitioned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its September 12, 2016 ruling that revived a class action arising out of Nationwide’s 2012 data...more

Sixth Circuit: Substantial Risk of Harm and Mitigation Costs Sufficient to Confer Standing in Data Breach Case

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of its September 12 decision in Galaria, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nos. 15-3386/3387). In...more

CFPB Single-Director Structure Unconstitutional: CFPB Director Now Serves at President’s Will

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled October 11, 2016, that the current structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional. The court concluded...more

D.C. Circuit Delivers a Major Setback to the CFPB

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On October 11, the D.C. Circuit issued a major decision holding the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unconstitutional and sharply limiting the CFPB’s enforcement powers. The decision granted a...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Recognizes Article III Standing in Data Breach Case Despite Absence of Identity Theft...

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Last week, the Sixth Circuit held that allegations that personal information was stolen following a data breach was sufficient to confer Article III standing to sue to the affected individuals, even in the absence of...more

A Constitutional Challenge to Florida's New Unclaimed Property Act Amendments

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In April, Florida amended its Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (“Act”) to require life insurers to perform Death Master File (DMF) searches for all policies issued since 1992. The amended Act also provides that a DMF...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Constitutional Limits on Punitive Damages

In Brandt v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court held that when a plaintiff proves that an insurance company withheld policy benefits in bad faith, attorneys' fees reasonably incurred to compel payment of the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 15, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Unclean Hands: defense of unclean hands insufficient where borrower alleges bank’s loan officer inflated borrower’s income and assets to qualify for loan where borrower signed off on...more

Another One Bites the Dust: Maryland Federal District Court Dismisses Putative Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Standing

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The United States District Court of Maryland recently dismissed a putative class action alleging that CareFirst’s failure to adequately secure the computer hardware storing their customers’ personal information led to two...more

Federal Court Strikes Down ACA Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

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In Depth - A federal district court judge in Washington, DC ruled on May 12, 2016, that Congress did not appropriate funds for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. See United States...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending April 15 & 22, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: original allonge is part of original note and must be filed to prove standing; assignment of mortgage that did not assign note insufficient to establish standing to...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 8, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Sovereign Immunity: DOT prohibited from using sovereign immunity defense in negligence action resulting from railroad crossing accident where DOT bound by crossing agreement, including indemnity...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #6

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The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on March 30, 2016: - Luis v. United States, No. 14-419: Petitioner Sila Luis was charged with various health care related crimes. Pursuant to a federal...more

US Supreme Court Reaffirms ERISA Preemption Doctrine

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The Court finds that ERISA preempts the state law “All Payer” data requirement. In a 6–2 decision issued on March 1, the US Supreme Court affirmed a US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision holding that the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 22, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: providing a notice of the assignment of mortgage loan, as required by section 559.715, Florida Statutes, is not a condition precedent to filing a mortgage...more

Health Update - December 2015

Lessons from Hawaii's Trailblazing ACA 1332 Waiver Proposal - Editor's Note: On September 9, Hawaii became the first state to post a draft 1332 waiver proposal for public comment. While Hawaii's proposal focuses on the...more

Religious Institutions Update: December 2015

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Captive insurance companies can be a win-win for organizations with excellent claim records that would rather accrue their insurance premiums than pay them to a third-party insurer. Put simply, captive insurers are insurance...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Contraceptive Mandate Cases

As part of its requirement that non-grandfathered group health plans provide benefits for certain preventive care without cost sharing, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires these plans to cover at least one form of...more

Second Circuit Reminds Healthcare Providers to Seek Relief from Insurance Companies Under Their Own Contracts, Not the Insureds’...

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In Rojas v. Cigna Health and Life Ins. Co., 793 F.3d 253, 258 (2d Cir. 2015), the Second Circuit joined several other circuits in holding that “healthcare providers are not ‘beneficiaries’ of an ERISA welfare plan by virtue...more

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