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In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of considerable importance for Illinois’ car rental industry: can a self-insured car rental company be held liable without...more
The court in Damiano v. Harleysville Ins. Co., Case No. 13-cv-07293-FLW-LHG, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97988 (D.N.J. July 17, 2014) recently addressed the scope of claims that can be asserted against property insurers issuing...more
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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, held that a Total Pollution Exclusion Endorsement in a CGL Policy did not irreconcilably conflict with, and therefore was not superseded...more
Devoted to exploring the progress of the modernization of the insurance industry, FIO Focus provides information and insights about the organizations and issues that are driving change and influencing the future of the...more
In its recent decision in Bridgeview Health Care Ctr. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2014 Ill. LEXIS 596 (May, 22, 2014), the Supreme Court of Illinois had occasion to consider whether a federal court’s Erie prediction is...more
The Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act established a uniform national policy for interstate carriers’ liability for property loss. 49 U.S.C. § 14706. Under Carmack, while a carrier is generally liable for the...more
What happens when a loss results from two or more perils, only one of which is covered under a first-party insurance policy? In American Home Assurance Company, Inc. v. Sebo, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D1982a (Fla. 2d DCA Sept. 18,...more
“Life settlements” are financial transactions in which the original owner of a life insurance policy sells it to a third party for an up front, lump sum payment. The amount paid for the policy is less than the death benefit...more
On August 1, the California Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated decision in Zhang v. Superior Court, holding that the California Unfair Insurance Practices Act (Ins. Code §790 et seq.) does not necessarily preempt an...more
A decision by the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Second Circuit earlier this month strictly interpreted deductibility I.R.C. § 808(c) as it relates to the deductibility of policyholder dividends paid by life insurance...more
Last month a NJ Appellate Division panel held in three consolidated appeals that a NJ hospital’s state law claims that a health care plan must pay full price for medical services the hospital provided to plan participants are...more
The Supreme Court recently held that federal law pre-empts state law that attempts to reallocate proceeds accruing to the designated beneficiary of a federal life insurance policy. Hillman v. Maretta, 133 S. Ct. 1943 (2013)...more
In Hillman v. Maretta (--- S.Ct. ----, U.S.Va., June 3, 2013), the United States Supreme Court considered whether a state law that provides death benefits from an insurance policy be paid to a current spouse, even if a prior...more
The 340B program permits eligible hospitals and other “safety-net” providers (340B Covered Entities) to purchase outpatient drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers at significant discounts. To address its fiscal woes,...more
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt a state statute that prohibits binding arbitration agreements in insurance contracts....more
Within the last four months, two divisions of the California Court of Appeal’s Second Appellate District have taken different positions on the requirements for “disparage,” as that term is used in commercial liability...more
Can an insurance policy be rendered unenforceable by Illinois public policy because of a conflict with another state's law?
This morning, in an opinion by Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier for a 6-1 majority, the Illinois...more
On September 21, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that the Federal Homeowners Loan Act preempted a Massachusetts law that forbids lenders from requiring borrowers to purchase insurance greater...more
On May 1, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in In re Federal–Mogul Global, Inc. confirmed that anti-assignment provisions in a debtor’s insurance liability policies are preempted by the Bankruptcy...more
Under Texas law, “when the facts to be adjudicated in [a] liability lawsuit are the same facts upon which coverage depends, the conflict of interest will prevent the insurer from conducting the defense.” N. Cnty. Mut. Ins....more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week held that any state claim related to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “Write Your Own” (WYO) flood insurance program is preempted by federal law if it...more
The Capital Bank & Trust decision enforcing a fidelity bond's termination provision reflects the majority rule that there is no fidelity coverage for loss from an employee's acts when the employer knows in advance of the loss...more
The objective of this article is to analyse the PEICL with respect to the question of whether the policyholder is protected too radically, studying the differences of the PEICL from the regulation of insurance contracts in...more
The provision of cross-border insurance services to consumers in the European Union is problematical as the existence of 27 different contract laws both complicates the cross-border activity and renders it expensive. The...more
At long last, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its second opinion in the Uhm v. Humana, Inc., -- F.3d -- (9th Cir. 2010), matter, which found the Medicare Act's exhaustion requirements and preemption provision barred...more
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