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April 2014: Insurance Litigation Update

New York Court of Appeals Answers Important Questions About Whether an Increased Risk of Harm Constitutes a Physical Injury. Over the past fifteen years, the question of whether tort claims for medical monitoring fall within...more

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Important Exception to the Eight Corners Rule

Florida courts generally adhere to the Eight Corners Rule when determining whether an insurer has a duty to defend its insured. Under this rule, the duty to defend determination is made by looking only at the terms within...more

Cyber Insurance: A Last Line of Defense When Technology Fails

As cyber risks increase, specialized insurance policies can protect companies, but only if those policies are appropriately tailored and negotiated. Daily news headlines reveal the escalating, and costly, problem of...more

District of Colorado: Insurer Entitled To Summary Judgment on Bad Faith Claim Where Insured Repeatedly Failed To Provide Requested...

Keeney v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., No. 13-CV-00796-RPM, 2014 WL 622509 (D. Colo. Feb. 18, 2014) - District Court in Colorado grants defendant Insurer’s Motion for Summary Judgment where Insured’s failure to provide...more

Florida, Georgia And Texas Appraisal Update: Is Causation A Coverage Question For The Court Or A Damages Question For The Panel?

In most jurisdictions, underlying coverage issues must be resolved prior to invoking appraisal in a first-party property claim. The question of what constitutes a coverage issue (typically reserved for a court’s judicial...more

Third Circuit Seeks Guidance from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Regarding Whether Insured Tortfeasor May Assign Bad Faith Claim to...

Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe, No. 12-4450 (3d Cir. Feb. 20., 2014) - Third Circuit petitions Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to decide whether an insured tortfeasor can assign his or her statutory bad faith...more

SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

New York State To Require Title Agents To Be Licensed

With the passage of the New York 2014-15 budget, New York becomes one of the last states in the country to license title agents. The budget includes measures that authorize the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to...more

Arbitration Clause In Agreement Between Insured And Reinsurer Held Invalid Under Nebraska Law

A federal district court has held an arbitration clause in a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA) between an insured and a reinsurer invalid and unenforceable under governing state law. The RPA complemented a standing...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-07

In This Issue: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward...more

NAIC Report: 2014 Spring National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Spring National Meeting in Orlando, Florida from March 29 through April 1. Typical for the first national meeting of the year, much activity was focused...more

Will Heartbleed Affect Data Breach Insurance Coverage?

Although it is a widespread exploit that has been undetected for two years, whether or not a CGL policy covers data breaches allowed by Heartbleed should turn, simply, on whether the policy covers data breach at all...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 49: The FIO Publishes Request for Comments on Affordability and Availability of Auto Insurance

On April 10, 2014, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) solicited comments relating to its authority to monitor the availability and affordability of auto insurance. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the FIO is authorized to "monitor...more

New York Department Of Financial Services Fines Metlife Subsidiaries $60 Million

On March 31, 2014, Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") announced an Agreement under which MetLife will pay $60 million for insurance licensing violations by two of its...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Measure to Reauthorize and Extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Yesterday, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a measure to reauthorize and extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Disclaimer Based on Patient Bodily Injury Exclusion

In its recent decision in Volk v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6570 (8th Cir. Apr. 10, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to consider the...more

Salinas v. American Family Insurance Group

Federal Magistrate Judge confirms there are no bad faith-like claims in the UIM context in Oregon

A federal magistrate judge in Oregon recently granted partial summary judgment to an insurer in an underinsured motorist case, dismissing all extra-contractual claims, including claims for intentional infliction of emotional...more

Insurance and Reinsurance Newsletter: Italy - April 2014

1. IVASS (ITALIAN INSURANCE SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY) – NEW REGULATIONS ON COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT - On 1 April 2014, the draft measure containing amendments to ISVAP (former Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority)...more

The Assault on the ACA Continues in the Federal Appeals Courts

Combative oral arguments were seen in two high profile federal court challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The Supreme Court of the United States heard a vigorous oral argument...more

Did you know? Recent changes in the law that may impact your construction projects in the Southeast.

Forum Selection Clause - The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that forum selection clauses should be upheld in most circumstances. Have you used a forum selection clause in your contracts which would maximize the...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Suit Alleging Drug Distributor Was a “Pill Mill” Requires Defense - Why it matters: A Kentucky federal court held that the claimed impact in a suit brought by the West Virginia Attorney General – alleging that...more

Surplus Lines Insurance in Texas: A Dark Horse

Texas is the second largest surplus lines insurance market in the United States, collecting over $4 billion in premiums annually. Surplus lines insurance is important as it can provide insurance to those whose needs are not...more

Court Allows Third Party Discovery Of Broker Materials Claimed To Be Privileged

Defendant liability insurers sought discovery from Third Party Aon relating to a dispute between defendants and plaintiff regarding an umbrella coverage program. Aon provided some, but not all responsive documents, citing...more

Treasury releases its submission to the inquiry

The Department of Treasury has released its submission to the Financial Systems Inquiry. The 90 page submission concludes that the financial system has performed well since the Wallis inquiry but there is room for the system...more

ACA’s Deductible Limits for Small Groups Repealed

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The primary purpose of the law is to provide a one-year delay of a 24% reduction in payment rates for physicians who participate...more

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