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Specialty Wage-and-Hour Policies Offer New Protection for Companies Facing Lawsuits

Traditional employment practices liability (EPL) and directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance may not apply today to cover wage-and-hour liabilities, an issue we detailed in the first and second installments of this series. ...more

Leave It to the Policyholder Professionals – Do Not Try This at Home

Recently, I was asked to look at coverage for a case where the insurer had denied a duty to defend several years before. We concluded that the insurer should have been defending based on certain allegations in the complaint...more

Insurance Policy Definitions Essential to Wage-and-Hour Claim Coverage

As discussed in the first installment of our three-part series on insurance protection against wage-and-hour claims, policyholders have looked to two types of traditional insurance for protection against employment...more

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know About the New Fiduciary Regulation and Related PT Exemptions

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know Now - On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released a new definition of what constitutes a fiduciary to a retirement plan. While the new guidance clarified that certain...more

Using Insurance to Counter the Wage-and-Hour Threat

Yesterday, businesses and their executives face an increased threat given the personal liability for officers, directors, managing agents and others as discussed in our recent alert, “California’s Fair Day’s Pay Act May...more

ERISA (9th Circuit): Denial Letters — Sometimes Forgotten Arguments to Enforce Contractual Limitations Provisions

Must denial letters inform the claimant, seeking ERISA-governed benefits, about the contractual limitations provision? A recent court trend, like with the First, Third and Sixth Circuits, requires denial letters to...more

Blog: EIOPA Publishes Guidelines On The Supervision Of 3rd-Country Insurance Branches

The European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its “Guidelines on the supervision of branches of third-country insurance undertakings“. The Guidelines are intended to ensure that...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms ERISA’s Preemptive Effect as It Overturns State Health Care Law

In Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance, the Supreme Court overturned a Vermont law requiring ERISA plans to disclose health payments to the state’s “All Payer Database.” The Court determined that reporting requirements are a...more

Life and Annuity Series: Significant Litigation Risks

WilmerHale Partner Charles Platt, a leading commercial litigator who is recognized nationally for his work defending financial services and insurance companies, periodically drafts legal news alerts for clients about the life...more

Office Love Affairs: How to Prevent Scandal

Are things starting to get a little steamy around the office? Perhaps two employees have started to take long glances at each other from across the conference room, text each other like crazy, or maybe they have been known to...more

Finding coverage for “additional insured,” Third Circuit cautions that “insurer cannot bury its head in the sand”

Executive Summary - Using the “four corners” rule, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided in Ramara, Inc. v. Westfield Insurance Co., No. 15-1003 (3d Cir. Feb. 17, 2016), that an insurer owed a garage...more

Life and Annuity Series: Stable Value Funds

Class action plaintiffs have long claimed that insurance companies may become ERISA fiduciaries when offering variable annuity products and funds to 401(k) plans. The Colorado federal court decision in Teets v. Great...more

Uber-Complicated: Insurance Gaps for Rideshare Vehicles Can Create Uncertainty for Passengers and Drivers

Many of us have come to enjoy the convenience of summoning a ride via our Smartphones with a rideshare service company such as Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. However, significant issues exist over whether rideshare vehicles have...more

Staffing agency workers and ACA offers of coverage

The final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “pay or play” rules were released on Feb. 10, 2014. Under the rules, there are potential penalties imposed on large employers that do not offer substantially all...more

Double-check existing policies for whistleblower coverage

Whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act, also known as qui tam actions, have become more common in recent years. This is particularly so in heavily regulated industries and those in which the government routinely...more

Life and Annuity Series: 8th Circuit Excessive Fee Decision

The 8th Circuit's recent decision on "excessive fees" under ERISA, titled McCaffree v. Principal Life, is instructive for three reasons: - First, it adds to the line of circuit court precedents holding that an insurance...more

Transportation Newsletter - January 2016

Illinois Appellate Court: A Contingent Automobile Liability Policy Is Not an Excess Policy - The Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, was recently confronted with the interpretation of a Contingent...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #6

Commission reports on volatility of own funds - The Commission has reported to EP and the Council on the effect of the revised International Accounting Standard (IAS) 19 on employee benefits, on the volatility of own...more

Which Way Did Our Money Go? Supreme Court Decides ERISA Subrogation Issue

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States addressed the first of several ERISA-related cases on its October 2015 docket, reversing the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and concluding that the trustees of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on ERISA Reimbursement Case

The decision handed down today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan could have a great impact on health insurance plans, but also reinforces the...more

Another Post-Tackett Ruling Denying Retiree Health Benefits

A district court in West Virginia recently held that retirees were not entitled to lifetime health benefits under the clear and unambiguous language of the relevant collective bargaining agreements. Shortly after Constellium...more

Life and Annuity Series: ERISA—Shape of Things to Come

The class action complaint titled Bell v. Anthem, Inc., et al. (S.D. Indiana) raises a number of novel ERISA allegations that could be a preview of the future, especially if the DOL fiduciary rule is adopted this...more

Avoiding ERISA Medical Treatment Class Actions with Arbitration Provisions?

Insurers are getting hit with more class actions regarding the denial of medical treatments, like behavioral therapy treatments for autism spectrum disorders. These can be expensive: In May 2015 ConAgra Foods Inc. and Blue...more

Signs of (American United) Life for Independent Contractor Status in Massachusetts

Independent contractor misclassification claims have become an epidemic — nationally and especially in Massachusetts. Under most tests for independent contractor status, whether an individual’s services are within the usual...more

Employee Exclusion Applies to Independent Contractor Truck Driver

An auto insurer had no duty to defend a trucking company against an injured driver’s claim because the insurance policy excluded claims by “employees,” notwithstanding that the driver was technically an independent...more

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