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Arizona Enacts Limited Privilege For Insurance Self-Audits

Arizona has enacted a privilege applicable to voluntary compliance audits conducted by insurance companies. This “self-evaluative” privilege protects audit documents and testimony in civil and some administrative proceedings....more

New York Court Erodes Privilege for Attorney-Insurer Communications

On July 31, 2014, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department chipped away at the privilege protections available to insurers. In National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania v. TransCanada...more

Texas Court of Appeals Has Put Some FCPA Internal Investigations in an Awkward Spot

Given that this case was decided last summer, I can’t quite put the headline in the present tense. I’m slow to the draw on it, but I think it’s important. Last July, in Writt v. Shell Oil Co., 409 S.W.3d 59 (Tex. Ct. App....more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether Self-Critical Analysis Privilege Exists in Illinois

We continue our previews of the civil cases accepted for review in the closing days of the Illinois Supreme Court’s March term with Harris v. One Hope United, Inc. In Harris, the First District declined to recognize the...more

New Jersey Court Rules Individual Can Be Criminally Prosecuted for Taking Confidential Information to Support Civil Whistleblower...

In 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court created a qualified privilege for an employee taking documents to support an employment discrimination suit. However, this past December, in State of New Jersey v. Ivonne Saavedra, the...more

Virginia Supreme Court Clarifies the Law on Defamation

On October 31, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court published its opinion in Cashion v. Smith, et al. This opinion provides invaluable guidance on the elements of and defenses to defamation claims....more

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013: New York Federal Court Special Discovery Master Makes Privilege Determinations

Harbinger F&G, LLC v. OM Group (UK), No. 12-CV-5315 (AJP), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132009 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 22, 2013). A parent corporation sold to a purchaser one of its subsidiaries, a Maryland domiciled life insurance...more

Out-of-Court Statements Made by Attorneys Are Subject to a Lesser Standard for Defamation

In DelMonico v. Traynor, No. SC10-1397 (Fla. February 14, 2013), the Florida Supreme Court expanded the potential liability of attorneys for defamation lawsuits. Traditionally, lawyers, judges and other judicial officers...more

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