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Blunt Talk about Cannabis and Insurance

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

I have been in a haze recently due to marijuana. Granted, I do not smoke, toke, or even eat pot laden brownies—I truly never have. But each insurance conference I go to and each insurance journal I read, I find articles...more

Insurance Broker Series: Cris Christensen, ABD Insurance and Financial Services

Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry. To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of...more

The New Disability Claims Regulations: They Don’t Only Apply to Disability Plans

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued regulations that revise the ERISA claims procedure regulations for employee benefit plans that provide disability benefits (the “New Disability Claims Regulations” or “New Regulations”)....more

The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on ERISA’s Plan Document and Summary Plan Description Requirements: Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health...

Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health Plan educates employers on the basics of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governing plan documents and summary plan descriptions. The lessons are...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Status Update for Fraternal Benefit Societies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In papers filed as part of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that they are considering a further delay of the effective date for full implementation...more

DOL to Propose Extension of Fiduciary Rule Transition Period

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposal is expected to delay additional conditions of exemptions from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019, but the ultimate length of delay will not be clear until the DOL publishes a final rule....more

Court Finds That Reinsurance Transaction Did Not Breach Investment Contract Underlying An ERISA Plan

by Carlton Fields on

MetLife acquired the rights to a fixed investment option contract with Midco, a trust established to administer a retirement plan for the employees of Midco International, Inc. Midco plan participants received interest each...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Insurers’ Duty to Defend Does Not Extend to Counterclaims

A recent decision by Massachusetts’ highest court provides another reason why employers should carefully review their employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) policies. Unless the policy expressly covers counterclaims,...more

New York Appellate Court Sides Against The Second Circuit And Holds Class Action Waivers Violate The NLRA

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs, former insurance agents for defendants New York Life Insurance Company and its related companies, brought a putative class action seeking recovery for allegedly illegal wage deductions and violations of overtime...more

Third Circuit Rules That Johnson Controls Did Not Promise Lifetime Health Benefits

The Third Circuit rejected a claim for lifetime health insurance benefits filed by retired employees of Johnson Controls, finding that the clear and unambiguous language of the CBAs and group insurance booklets did not...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation - Q&A on IRA Transactions

by Carlton Fields on

Previously, I wrote about potential litigation under the Department of Labor’s then proposed fiduciary rule (see Expect Focus, Vol. II, 2015). I predicted the following as to sales of index annuities to IRAs if the rule was...more

New York’s High Court Holds Additional Insured Coverage Extends Only to Injuries Proximately Caused by Named Insured’s Fault

by Carlton Fields on

On June 6, the New York Court of Appeals in Burlington Insurance Co. v. NYC Transit Authority held that where liability is limited to injuries “caused, in whole or in part” by the named insured’s “acts or omissions,” coverage...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : Insurance Issues D. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia v. Lloyds Underwriters, 2017 ONSC 670,...

by Field Law on

The “lessee” or “renter” of a leased or rented vehicle for the purposes of auto insurance priority legislation is determined on the basis of who the lease/rental company can look to for payment. Insurance Corp. of British...more

Massachusetts High Court: Insurers Not Obligated to Prosecute Counterclaims under Duty-to-Defend Policies

by Wilson Elser on

On June 22, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. v. Visionaid, Inc. (No. SJC-12142) considered three questions certified by the First Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the...more

Fifth Circuit Reverses Mississippi District Court’s Interpretation of “Ambiguous” Language to Nullify Defense Within Limits...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance policies that include the cost of defending a particular claim or action within the policy’s limit of liability, often referred to as “burning,” “eroding,” or “defense within” limits policies, are common in the...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That SPD Was An Enforceable Plan Document Through Which The Administrator Could Properly Seek Reimbursement

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In another victory for plan administrators seeking reimbursement under the terms of ERISA plans, in Rhea v. Alan Ritchey, Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan, No. 16-41032, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9482 (5th Cir. May 30, 2017), the Fifth...more

Fifth Circuit’s Pierre Deference In ERISA Cases Trumps Texas’s Anti-Discretionary Language Statute

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7072(5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), which involved a claim for benefits under an ERISA-governed health policy, the Fifth Circuit held that...more

Court Vacates Arbitration Award For Arbitrator’s Evident Partiality

by Carlton Fields on

A New York Court vacated an arbitration award, finding that a party appointed arbitrator’s undisclosed relationships with the appointing party amounted to a relatively infrequent instance in which such nondisclosure...more

The Future of Discretionary Clauses in California Life and Disability Insurance Agreements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 11, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling, and upheld a California law that invalidates a plan provision that assigns the final determination on benefit payout...more

Grounding Deferential Review in California – No Preemption for Discretionary Clause Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision with wide ranging implications, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a discretionary clause in an employer drafted plan document is subject to, and invalidated by, California’s insurance...more

Supreme Court of Kentucky Renders a Game-Changing Decision Potentially Costing Employers and Insurance Companies Millions

by Reminger Co., LPA on

On April 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kentucky declared unconstitutional the provision of Kentucky’s Workers’ Compensation Act that terminates income benefits on the date the employee qualifies for normal old-age retirement...more

Brown & Brown Insurance Brokerage Firm Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit for $100,000

Job Offer Rescinded After Company Learned of Applicant's Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - ORLANDO, Fla. - Daytona Beach-based insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown will pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief to...more

Sixth Circuit Issues Trilogy on Retiree Health Benefits

In three decisions issued on the same day, the Sixth Circuit held that Meritor retirees were not entitled to lifetime health benefits, while retirees at Kelsey-Hayes and CNH Industries were entitled to contractually vested...more

Tribe's Indemnification of Employee Does Not Confer Sovereign Immunity

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much anticipated ruling, which may impact the ability of Tribes to rely on sovereign immunity in certain types of tort claims alleged against their employees....more

Fifth Circuit: Discretionary Ban Does Not Mandate De Novo Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174 (5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), the Firth Circuit concluded that Texas’ ban on discretionary clauses in certain insurance policies did not require a de novo review of...more

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