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Life Insurance Unclaimed Property Litigation in 2014: Will Regulator Positions Withstand Judicial Scrutiny

Amidst ongoing multistate unclaimed property audits of many life insurers, and despite many regulatory settlements, the insurance industry and state regulators continue to disagree over the application of unclaimed property...more

Life Insurance Company that Filed Interpleader Action to Determine How to Proceed With Benefits Resulting From a Homicide is...

In Farmers New World Life Insurance Company v. Rees (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 2 Dist., August 30, 2013), a California court of appeal considered whether a life insurance company that delayed paying benefits to the...more

The Impact of Death of Defendant Prior to Filing Claim for Injuries

This week's discussion looks at the potential timing limitations that can impact a claim filed against a defendant who has deceased. The discussion is done in the confines of Indiana's Probate Code and the recent Indiana...more

ERISA Does Not Preempt State Court Order Requiring Beneficiary to Renounce Right to Employee’s Plan Benefits, Fourth Circuit Rules

The scenario is not difficult to imagine: An employee designates her spouse as the primary beneficiary under her employer’s life insurance and retirement benefit plans. Years later, the couple divorces, and in the marital...more

Insurance Bad Faith Claims Involving a Decedent’s Estate: Pistalo v. Progressive

This week's article focuses upon the recent Indiana Court of Appeals decision Pistalo v. Progressive in which the court held that a bad faith claim against an insurance company could progress even though the policy holder had...more

Does a trust beneficiary incur any personal liability?

As a general rule, one assumes no personal liability when one becomes a trust beneficiary. There are some exceptions, however. Charles E. Rounds, Jr. explains in Section 5.6 of Loring and Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook (2012)....more

Some Proponents of Obamacare Have Been Selling Constitutional Snake Oil

In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal (April 26, 2012, at A14), Charles E. Rounds, Jr. refutes the suggestion made by Prof. Alan S. Blinder of Princeton University in an April 20, 2012 op-ed in the same paper...more

McNees Insights -- Spring 2012

In This Issue: Have You Checked Your Beneficiary Designations Recently?; Tax-Advantage Charitable Giving; and Planning and Paying for Long-term Care (Part 4 in a series: Medicaid/Medical Assistance). Excerpt from...more

California District Court Grants Summary Judgment to Life Insurer in Rescission Case

Judge Virginia Phillips of the United States District Court, Central District of California, granted summary judgment to USAA Life Insurance Company, finding that Dr. Marshall Salkin made material misrepresentations regarding...more

Federal Court: Egregious Facts May Permit Life Policy Rescission After Expiration of Incontestability Period

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently ruled on the parties’ motions for summary judgment in Settlement Funding, LLC v. AXA Equitable Life Ins. Co., No. 09 CV 8685 (HB) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 29,...more

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