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Illinois Court Holds Duty to Defend Telemarketing Sales Rule Lawsuit

In its recent decision in North River Ins. Co. v. Guar. Trust Life Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 736 (Apr. 14, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an exclusion for...more

State Farm’s Relentless Pursuit to Deny Coverage for TCPA Cases

As policyholder lawyers, one can usually count on a few basic mistakes that insurers will make. First, they wrongfully deny coverage and fail to defend. They abandon their insured who is then left to its own devices to...more

TCPA Connect - May 2014

New TCPA Class Action Doesn’t Want to Make Friends - Ride-sharing company Lyft is facing a putative class action suit for allegedly violating the TCPA by encouraging users to invite their friends to join the service....more

Expect Focus - Volume 1, Winter 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Sixth Circuit Revisits Controversial ERISA Decision - LIFE INSURANCE ..Summary Judgment Victory for Life Insurer in Annuity Class Action ..Favorable Secondary Life Market...more

TCPA Connect -- Nov 13, 2013

Consent Too Varied to Certify TCPA Class, Court Rules - Hilton Worldwide Inc. scored a victory in California federal court when a judge declined to certify a class of millions of consumers in a TCPA suit. The...more

Recent Court Decisions Concerning Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Can Assist Insurers in Defending Regulatory Audits and Future...

Perhaps the most significant litigation, regulatory and compliance issues facing life insurance companies can be found in the unclaimed property audits, multi-state regulatory settlements and class action lawsuits surrounding...more

TCPA Connect -- Oct 16, 2013

It's TCPA Day - It's October 16—"TCPA Day." Today the FCC’s updated Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulations will finally take effect. The new rules pose significant challenges for companies seeking to...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

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending September 27, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Foreclosure/Standing: certifying to Florida Supreme Court as question of great public importance whether a plaintiff in a foreclosure action may cure inability to prove...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - August 2013

In This Issue: - Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Insurer’s “Paid When Incurred” Practice is Not Bad Faith or a Violation of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law - California Court...more

Not Just Yet: Class Action Plaintiff Cannot Access Defendant’s Insurance Coverage

On July 10, 2013, the Eastern District of Missouri Federal District Court refused to allow a class action plaintiff to directly access the defendant’s insurance coverage for plaintiff’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

Illinois Supreme Court Finds Insurance Coverage for TCPA Claims under Traditional Liability Policies

The Illinois Supreme Court held on May 23, 2013, that claims based on alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Action (TCPA) are covered under traditional general liability policies. Standard Mut. Ins. Co. v....more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds TCPA Damages Not Punitive

Today the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision in Standard Mutual v. Lay, 2013 IL 114617 (2013). Locklear brought a class action claim against Lay under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), which...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates the Insurability of TCPA Federal Junk Fax Penalties

Earlier this month, on the final day of arguments for the March term, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Standard Mutual Insurance Co. v. Lay. Lay presents the question of whether the penalty imposed by Federal...more

Class Action Fairness Act: Amount in Controversy after Standard Fire Ins. v. Knowles (U.S. 2013).

In this installment of the Hoosier Litigation Blog by Pavlack Law, LLC, we discuss the Class Action Fairness Act's amount in controversy requirement in light of the United States Supreme Court decision in Standard Fire Ins....more

OSHA Announces Whistleblower Protections Under The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s whistleblower provisions may present a hazard for unsuspecting employers. On February 27, 2013, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an...more

Proposed Legislation Would Create Statutory Right For Insured To File A “Bad Faith” Claim Against Their Insurance Company And...

The New Jersey Senate has reintroduced the “Consumer Protection Act,” which would establish a private cause of action which would allow insureds (or their assignees) to allege “bad faith” against their insurance company. ...more

Special Alert: CFPB Announces First Determination Of A Petition to Modify Or Set Aside A Civil Investigative Demand

On September 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its first Decision and Order on a petition to modify or set aside a civil investigative demand (CID). ...more

Fifth Circuit Restricts Cy Pres Doctrine in Class Action Settlements

The Fifth Circuit recently issued a significant decision restricting the use of the doctrine of cy pres in class action settlements, as well as affirming the importance of a well-drafted settlement document....more

James v. Hartford

District Court Rebukes Firm for Repititious Meritless Pleadings

In a decision issued on Monday, Judge Werlein in the Houston District of the Southern District of Texas admonished the Mostyn Law Firm for filing meritless, repititious pleadings. Courts are seldom witty, droll, sarcastic,...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

Sony insurer challenges cyber liability claim; denies coverage

There is little doubt that the insurance industry will be seeing increased claims from insureds facing “cyber liability”. Insurers responding to such claims need to turn their minds to coverage issues for...more

What to Do if You are Injured in an Accident and Insurance Won't Pay

The Process Behind an Insurance Claim Lawsuit (What To Do If You Are Injured In an Auto Accident And The Insurance Company Won’t Pay) If you are involved in an auto accident in which another driver is at fault and are...more

Senate Bill 558 - Letter to California Assembly Judiciary Committee in Opposition

SB 558 is proposes to lower the evidentiary standard for obtaining enhanced remedies available under California's Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) from "clear and convincing" to "preponderance...more

Varderesyan v. Dependable Highway Express

Opposition to Motion to Reduce Verdict re Past Medicals

This Opposition to defendant's motion to reduce verdict re past medical bills was successful in light of recent opinions designed to reduce verdicts for plaintiffs who received past medical awards from their jury. This issue...more

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