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Putative Class Action Involving A Patented Reinsurance Arrangement For Workers’ Compensation Coverage Largely Survives Dismissal

by Carlton Fields on

The case is pending in a federal district court in New York, and involves three allegedly interconnected contracts purportedly “designed to circumvent [state] insurance laws,” including the laws of New York. ...more

Workers' Comp Plaintiff Attorneys Might Be Getting a Bigger Payday in Florida

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On April 20, 2016, the 1st District Court of Appeals fired the most significant shot in years at controversial attorney fee restrictions in Florida. In 2003, the Florida State Workers' Compensation Statute placed strict...more

CIGA Avoids C&R Lien Obligation At Expense of Co-Defendant

On March 22, 2016, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division One, published its opinion in California Insurance Guarantee Assn. v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd., No. B263869, Cal.App.4th, in which it determined that the WCAB...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Approves Equitable Contribution Among Co-Insurers And Rejects “Selective Tender Rule”

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently rejected the application of the “Selective Tender Rule” as against Massachusetts law and public policy. On a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rejects "Selective Tender Rule" As Exception to Doctrine of Equitable Contribution Among...

by Mintz Levin on

On Monday, March 7, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) rejected the “selective tender rule” as contrary to Massachusetts insurance law and sound public policy in Insurance Company of the State of...more

RLA “Minor Dispute” Preemption Alive and Well As a Potential Defense in State Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

An Illinois state appellate court recently confirmed that Railway Labor Act “minor dispute” preemption is alive and well as a potential defense to state-law retaliatory discharge claims. The case, Hughes v. United Airlines,...more

Risks In Being A Joint Employer

Joint employment of one worker by two businesses can create risks of liability for both employers in a variety of ways. Both businesses may be liable, for example, on claims for employment discrimination and/or violations of...more

On The Road Again: Where Does Jurisdiction Lie for a Traveling Employee's Out of State Work Injury?

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

For companies that employ traveling employees, such as truck drivers, dealing with work injuries sustained by such employees can be challenging, because predicting which state will have jurisdiction over the employee's injury...more

Maine Supreme Court Addresses Employee Misclassification and Workers’ Compensation Coverage Requirements

by PretiFlaherty on

In WCB Abuse Investigation Unit v. Nate Holyoke Builders, Inc., 2015 ME 99 (August 4, 2015), a construction company obtained predeterminations of independent contractor status from the WCB for workers classified as...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015 #3

Two Years, Too Long for Coverage Under Claims-Made-and-Reported Policy - Why it matters: Claims-made-and-reported policies require that the claim be both made against the insured and reported to the insurer within the...more

A Reminder to Employers That FLSA Claims Cannot Be Waived in Most Circumstances

When an employer signs a general release of claims with a former employee, it expects that the agreement and the consideration provided will prevent future legal claims. However, certain actions, such as Workers’ Compensation...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

SC19037 - Brody v. Brody - In this multi-million dollar matrimonial dissolution action, the SCT took the opportunity to clarify Connecticut law on civil contempt. The court set aside prior Appellate precedent and held...more

Construction Case Law Update - September #2 2014

by Carlton Fields on

FLORIDA FEDERAL CASES - - Contribution, Equitable Subrogation, and Breach of Contract – Insurer adequately alleged elements of contribution, equitable subrogation, and breach of contract claims in construction defect...more

New Jersey Court Okays Provision in Job Application Reducing Statute of Limitations

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co., Inc., No. A-4329-12T3, 2014 WL 2765273 (App. Div. June 19, 2014), New Jersey's Appellate Division upheld a provision in a job application that limited the time in which an employee...more

Arbitration Agreement Awarding Fees To Prevailing Party In FLSA Case Held Not Enforceable By Florida’s Second DCA

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal recently held that an arbitration agreement was unenforceable in the context of a claim brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when the agreement provides for an...more

West Virginia Court Resolves Issues Of First Impression On Insurance Coverage For Delayed Manifestation Claims

by K&L Gates LLP on

I. Introduction - The last few decades of tort litigation in America have been marked primarily by a surge in filings of asbestos, silica and other delayed manifestation bodily injury and property damage claims. These...more

A TERCEIRA ONDA DO DIREITO DO TRABALHO NO BRASIL

by Marcelo Bucciarelli on

Trata-se de um estudo sobre a atual situação do direito do trabalho no Brasil e suas implicações sobre os resultados financeiros das empresas....more

Second Circuit Affirms Duty to Defend Under Professional Liability Policy

In its recent decision in Westport Ins. Corp. v. Hamilton Wharton Group, Inc., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 9888 (2d Cir. May 17, 2012), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had occasion to consider whether a...more

Action Against Workers' Comp Claims Administrator Not Covered by Insurer's Arbitration Provision, Court of Appeal Rules

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In DMS Services, Inc. v. Superior Court, the Plaintiff brought suit in California state court for breach of contract, bad faith and related claims against the third-party administrator, or TPA, responsible for managing its...more

Texas Insurance Law Newsbrief

Texas courts continue their busy pace in insurance cases. TEXAS SUPREME COURT REVERSES RUTTINGER: WORKERS COMPENSATION CARRIERS NOT SUBJECT TO UNFAIR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES CLAIMS UNDER THE TEXAS INSURANCE CODE In a...more

Arbeitsrecht - Scheinselbständigkeit

Unter Bestätigung seiner eigenen Rechtsprechung (Cass., 23 décembre 2002, J.T.T., 2003, p. 271 ; Cass., 28 avril 2003, J.T.T., 2003, p. 261) hat der Kassationshof in seiner betreffenden Entscheidung zunächst erinnert, dass...more

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