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I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - Quiet Title: deed reservation of right-of-way in favor of State, which applied only to tracts of land of 10 acres or more, did not attach to title of landowner of less than 10 acres and,...more

Due for review? The Allstate Insurance Co. v. Jacobsen certiorari petition frames state-court class action due process debate for...

Almost three decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court explained that state courts had to extend fundamental due process protections to absent class action members. Now, a new petition for certiorari review presents the Court with...more

New York Court Holds Claimants Had No Standing to Sue Professional Liability Insurer

In its recent decision in Commonwealth Land Title Ins Co. v. American Signature Services, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22172 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 20, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York had...more

Victory for the Taxpayer in Validus: District Court Holds that Federal Excise Tax Does Not Apply to Retrocessions

On February 5, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its opinion in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, which is the first case to involve a challenge to the IRS’s position on the “cascading”...more

Texas Court Holds Suit Under D&O Policy Not Ripe for Declaratory Judgment

In its recent decision in American Construction Benefits Group, LLC v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5147 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 15, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas had...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split in Health Care Reform Cases

The Supreme Court will review two of the numerous lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that group health plans and insurers cover, without cost-sharing, contraceptives and/or abortifacients (the...more

CFPB Files Brief In Long-Running RESPA Case

On October 30, the CFPB filed an amicus brief in Edwards v. First American, a long-running case concerning the anti-kickback provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) that is currently pending in the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending October 18, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Foreclosure: issue of fact concerning authenticity of “original” promissory note precluded summary judgment – AG Beaumont 1, LLC v LSREF2 Oreo, No. 2D12-5873 (Fla. 2d DCA...more

Not Just Yet, Again…Class Action Plaintiff Fails in Second Bid to Access a TCPA Defendant’s Insurance Coverage

On October 7, 2013, a Missouri federal court judge held that a class action plaintiff that alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lacked standing to seek coverage under the defendant’s insurance...more

A Huge Win for Your Right to Privacy!

On July 1st, Dana Brooks and Jimmy Fasig filed a complaint in the Northern District Federal Court asking the court to find unconstitutional a newly enacted Florida Statute that allows insurance companies and their attorneys...more

First Circuit Rules Constitution's Appropriations Clause Quashes Flood Policy Claim Lacking Proof-Of-Loss

You know it is not going well when the court cites the Constitution at you in a breach of contract case. But so it went in DeCosta v. Allstate Insurance Co., where the First Circuit last Friday reversed the trial court and...more

California Court Reins in Massive Punitive Award But Finds Fault With Insurer’s Claims Handling

The California Court of Appeal, in a 2-to-1 decision, has reaffirmed the constitutional limitations on the amount of punitive damages a jury may award against an insurer. In Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company,...more

Chiropractors Lack Standing Under ERISA to Assert Claims For Benefits

A federal district court in New Jersey recently dismissed claims asserted by a putative class of chiropractors seeking to enjoin the procedure used by UnitedHealth to determine the necessity of certain treatments administered...more

Florida Legislature Reforms Medical Malpractice Laws

Effective July 1, 2013, the Florida Senate passed legislation that clarifies when a non-defendant physician may retain legal representation when called as a witness and limited who may qualify as an expert witness in medical...more

Groundhog Day for Tuomey: Jury Finds Hospital Violated Stark Law and False Claims Act

On May 8, 2013, a jury in the Columbia Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina returned a verdict finding that Tuomey Healthcare Systems, Inc. (Tuomey) violated the Stark Law and the federal...more

NY Appellate Court Holds CIFG and Syncora Lack Standing in $1.8 Billion MBS Suit

On April 25, the First Department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court affirmed an order barring monoline insurers CIFG and Syncora from suing GreenPoint Mortgage Funding for alleged violations of...more

Court Grants Unexpected Victory to Providers on Medicare DSH Adjustment

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s opinion in Nazareth Hosp. v. Sebelius, slip op. no. 10-3513 furnished a surprising victory to two providers that challenged the calculation of the...more

Legal Challenges to ACA Not Quite Finished

If you thought that the legal battle over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") was put to rest in NFIB v. Sebelius, you may want to pay attention to Liberty University v. Geithner. ...more

Arizona Upholds $54 Million Reduction of Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court's reduction of a $55 million punitive damages award to only $620,000 and further reduced the punitive damages to $155,000-a 1:1 ratio to compensatory damages....more

Covenant Judgments in Washington – Reasonableness Determined on Five Days’ Notice to the Insurer and Without a Jury: Bird v. Best...

In Bird v. Best Plumbing Group, LLC and Farmers Insurance Exchange, Wash. No. 86109-9 (October 25, 2012), the Washington Supreme Court held that: (1) insurers have no constitutional right to a jury determination of whether...more

Weekly Law Resume: Insurance Coverage–Right to Jury Trial on Declaratory Relief

Allen M. Entin v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles Court of Appeal, Second District (August 20, 2012) Courts have frequently characterized declaratory relief actions as being equitable in nature. Despite this, cases...more

Ohio State and Federal Courts Reject Class Actions Alleging That Life Insurers Have an Affirmative Duty to Undertake Death Matches

Originally published in Life Insurance Law Committee Newsletter, Summer 2012. In three putative class actions brought by private plaintiffs seeking to require life insurers to undertake death matches, Ohio state and...more

July 2012: Insurance Litigation Update -- Supreme Court To Address Whether Statutory Injury Creates Article III Standing

In Edwards v. First American Financial Corp., No. 10-708, the United States Supreme Court will decide an important question of Article III standing that will have broad-reaching impact on many industries, including the...more

“[N]ovel and unsupported interpretation of Article III” rejected by the Second Circuit.

In Mahon v. Ticor Title Ins. Co., No. 10-3005-cv, 2012 WL 2369194 (2nd Cir. June 25, 2012), the plaintiff brought a purported class action against her title insurer and a related title insurer, on behalf of herself and...more

Obamacare: Full Steam Ahead for Implementation of Act

By a 5-4 vote and on the strength of an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the United States Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in President Obama’s signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Strictly...more

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