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Supreme Court rules that state professional boards must be actively supervised to avoid federal antitrust scrutiny

The U.S. Supreme Court, on February 25, 2015, reaffirmed that state professional boards controlled by same-profession individuals which are not "actively supervised" do not enjoy Parker v. Brown-based state action immunity from…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Health

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2015

In This Issue: - Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith Based on Insurer’s Lengthy Investigation - Western District of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

When "Fairly Debatable" Is Good Enough: New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms "Fairly Debatable" Standard for Insurance Bad Faith Claims

Two decisions from the New Jersey Supreme Court have affirmed that there can be no liability for bad faith in cases where an insurer’s actions in denying a claim are deemed "fairly debatable." While these decisions show a…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Owners of Tax-Exempt Property in Philadelphia Must Provide Proof of Right to Continued Tax-Exempt Status

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has sent letters to all charitable organizations in the city that own property shown as tax-exempt, in whole or in part, in the OPA’s records. Attached to the letter is a form…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial, Nonprofit Law

Philadelphia Adopts Controversial Law Regarding Paid Sick Leave

On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a bill requiring employers with ten (10) or more employees in Philadelphia to begin providing employees with paid sick leave later this year. The Promoting Healthy…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Primary Steps New Jersey Municipalities Must Take to Sell or Lease Public Water or Wastewater Systems to Regulated Utilities Under Controversial Bill Signed by Governor Christie

On February 5, 2015, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Water Infrastructure Protection Act to authorize municipalities to transfer water and wastewater assets to regulated utilities by sale or long-term…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Change in permitting process for companies conducting hydrostatic testing in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s general permit for discharges from hydrostatic testing of tanks and pipelines expired on December 20, 2014. Companies who have not previously obtained a general permit and are planning to conduct hydrostatic…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Ninth Circuit Affirms Divestiture Order in St. Luke’s/Saltzer Medical Group Acquisition

In an opinion issued February 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a year-old decision by the Idaho District Court which held that St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of the Saltzer Medical Group…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Health

Eastern District of Kentucky: Insurer’s Denial Of Claim Did Not Amount To Bad Faith Where Insureds Could Not Establish Malice or Reckless Disregard

Cline v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-182-HAI, 2014 WL 7074973 (E.D. Ky. Dec. 15, 2014). After Denial of Claim for Loss from Fire on Basis of Exclusion for Criminal or Intentional Acts, Insurer wins Cross-Motions for…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

Eleventh Circuit: Summary Judgment For Insurer Improper Where Fact Question Remained About Whether Insurer Acted In Bad Faith By Missing Settlement Opportunity

Geico Gen. Ins. Co. v. Gould, No. 14-10913, 2014 WL 7013971 (11th Cir. Dec. 15, 2014) (per curium). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment for an insurance company. It…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance

HHS Announces Timeline for Accelerated Transition to Value-Based Payments in Medicare Program

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") announced the launch of the Better Care. Smarter Spending. Healthier People: Why it Matters initiative. According to HHS, this is the first time the…more
| Health

Supreme Court of Missouri Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment for Primary Insurer on Insured’s and Excess Insurer’s Bad Faith Claims in En Banc Decision

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., No. SC 93792 (Mo. Dec. 9, 2014). Supreme Court of Missouri rules in an en banc decision that neither an excess judgment nor a failure to pay policy limits are essential elements of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Personal Injury, Insurance

District of South Carolina: No Support For Award of Punitive Damages Where Insured Failed To Prove Recklessness by Insurer

Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. JT Walker Indus., Inc., No. 2:08-02043-MBS, 2014 WL 6773517 (D.S.C. Dec. 2, 2014). The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina sets aside a jury’s verdict awarding punitive…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Insurance, Products Liability

Bad Faith Sentinel - January 2015

In This Issue: - District of South Carolina: No Support For Award of Punitive Damages Where Insured Failed To Prove Recklessness by Insurer - Supreme Court of Missouri Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment for…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Insurance

New Jersey High Court Rejects Application of Six-Year Statute of Limitations to Spill Act Private Contribution Claims for Remediation Costs

In Morristown Associates v. Grant Oil Co., the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a six-year statute of limitations does not apply to private claims for contribution of costs incurred to remediate contaminated…more
| Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial
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