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Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...more

Summary Judgment Win for Insurer in “Stable Value” Interest Rate Setting Case

by Carlton Fields on

In July, MetLife obtained a win in the Northern District of Illinois when the court granted summary judgment in its favor on a claim that it had breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing in setting interest rates for a...more

Sticking Firmly to Contract Terms, Court Dismisses Premium and COI Overcharge Claims

by Carlton Fields on

In July, in Hancock v. Americo Financial Life & Annuity Co., Americo achieved a total victory on its motion to dismiss a putative class action in the Eastern District of North Carolina that challenged its premium and COI...more

Dismissal of Individual Claims Cap Insurer’s Winning Streak in Action Challenging FIA Product Features

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In May, the Southern District of California handed ING a win in a case involving allegations that the company targeted seniors with annuities that hid an embedded derivative structure that made them worth less than promised....more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment or Insurer in STOLI Case

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In Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n, the Eleventh Circuit recently clarified that where a life insurance policy lacks an insurable interest at its inception and is thus void ab initio, prejudgment...more

The Pruco Florida Supreme Court decision has been legislatively reversed by a recent amendment to the Florida Viatical Settlement...

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Florida Supreme Court Pruco advisory opinion, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Pruco Life Ins. Co., 200 So. 3d at 1203 & 1206-07, to the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an insurer may not challenge the...more

Insurance Coverage – Indemnification Under Excess Policies

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Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (September 8, 2017) - The California Second District Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Montrose Chemical...more

7th Circuit Affirms Plaintiff’s Own Estimates of Class Size Can Satisfy CAFA

In Roppo v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, the Seventh Circuit held that even after a motion to remand CAFA removal jurisdiction can be sufficiently established by a defendant’s “good faith estimates” of the amount...more

SEC Stays Approval of Quadruple-Leveraged ETF

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On May 25, 2017, the SEC stayed a May 2 order issued by the Division of Trading and Markets, acting for the SEC pursuant to delegated authority, that would have permitted the listing and trading of shares of the first...more

Dismissal of Medicare Advantage FCA Suit Marks Significant Defeat for Government

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The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently dismissed a complaint-in-intervention filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in U.S. ex rel. Swoben v. Secure Horizons. As previously reported,...more

California v. Continental: Horizontal Exhaustion the Rule in California? Not So Fast.

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A recent California Court of Appeal decision clarifies that vertical exhaustion applies to an excess policy that only specifies a retained limit, even where the insured subsequently purchases insurance to cover the retained...more

Illinois District Court Dismisses Case Filed By Insurance Department, As Rehabilitator, Against Reinsurer

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The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a complaint filed by Plaintiff-Rehabilitator, the Illinois Director of Insurance, against Defendant-Reinsurer, Twin Rivers, alleging breach of contract,...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: September 2017

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In this month’s issue of our Qui Tam Update, we review an unusual cluster of five cases alleging that common defendants — a health care provider and its subsidiaries — provided medically unnecessary services to hospice,...more

Interesting and Useful Cases in Torts and Insurance - July 2017 in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Each month, Nexsen Pruet attorney Marc Manos, a member of the SC Bar Torts and Insurance Practice Section Council, sheds light on a few recent cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, focused in the area of Torts &...more

Applied Underwriters, Inc., Loses Argument To Enforce Mandatory Forum Selection Clause In Reinsurance Contract

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On September 12, the District Court for Connecticut denied a motion to transfer predicated on a mandatory forum selection clause in a reinsurance contract. The contract was one of several entered into by Applied Underwriters,...more

Pennsylvania's Highest Court Clarifies The Elements Of A Statutory Bad Faith Cause Of Action

For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the highest court in the state, enunciated the elements of a bad faith insurance claim brought pursuant to Pennsylvania’s bad faith statute, 42 Pa.C.S. § 8371. The decision...more

Flood Exclusion Unambiguously Excludes Coverage For $49.5M In Hurricane Sandy Losses Caused By Storm Surge

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Cozen O’Connor attorneys Thomas McKay III, Richard Mackowsky, Charles Jesuit, and Melissa Brill recently secured summary judgment from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in favor of Great...more

An Object Insurance Coverage Lesson For Class Action Defendants: Don’t Put The Cart Before The Horse

Where a defendant’s insured litigation risk exceeds the defendant’s assets, insurance drives the outcome of settlement negotiations, as naturally it’s the horse that pulls the cart, and not vice versa. The Eighth Circuit’s...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Policyholders on Bad Faith Standard

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just made it easier for policyholders to hold their insurers accountable for bad faith conduct. In Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Company (No. 28 WAP 2016), the Supreme Court held...more

ERISA: Can a Court Invalidate the Social Security Offset Provision Because Benefits Were “Wrongfully Denied”?

You know that most ERISA plans, and most supporting insurance policies, have provisions that allow for an offset of Social Security disability benefits. Can the court invalidate these offset provisions because of...more

“Smoking Gun” Still Not Necessary To Prove Insurer Violated Pennsylvania’s Bad-Faith Statute

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In Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Company, No. 28 WAP 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court confirmed that, to prevail on a claim pursuant to Pennsylvania’s bad-faith statute, a policyholder does not have to prove...more

Residency and Personal Property Opinion Vacated

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Based upon the agreement of the parties, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia vacated and withdrew the memorandum opinion previously issued by the Court in Shank v. Safeco Ins. Co. of...more

SC Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Cloud Allocation of Covered and Non-Covered Damages

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., modified July 27, 2017, continues a trend of decisions aimed at preventing an insurer from acting in its own interest to...more

Insurer Violated Lien Statute and Committed Deceptive Trade Practice When Settling With Pro Se Claimant

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently held that when an insurer settles with a pro se claimant and issues a settlement check, the insurer must pay all valid medical provider liens before making any payments to the...more

Court Holds That Self-Insured Retentions Exhaust Vertically And Awards Insured Mandatory Prejudgment Interest in Stringfellow Site...

In State of California v. Continental Ins. Co. (No. E064518; filed 9/29/17), a California appeals court ruled that after Continental was ultimately held to pay its policy limits for remediation of the Stringfellow hazardous...more

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