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InsureBlog

Covers insurance news.

http://insureblog.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 23

    Five Takeaways from Halbig and King

    Five Takeaways from Halbig and King
    1. The decision on Halbig (D.C. Circuit) isn't taking subsidies away from people nor is the decision on King (4th Circuit) to allow everyone who qualifies to receive a subsidy. It is simply about the law and how…
  • Jul 22

    Dumb Carrier tricks...Kaiser Edition

    Dumb Carrier tricks...Kaiser Edition
    For the last month, I've been receiving emails from Kaiser about a change in policy:As your business partner, we want to make you aware that Kaiser Permanente’s subscriber termination policy will be enforced effective August 1,…
  • Jul 22

    More on Halbig [UPDATED]

    More on Halbig [UPDATED]
    Continued from this morning.Meanwhile, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that the subsidies do, in fact, apply across all the Exchanges, putting it in direct conflict with Halbig.One would think that this would mean a certain…
Rank this Week: 29

Insurance Coverage Law Blog

Insurance Coverage Law Blog

Covers bad faith, duty to defend, duty to indemnify, liability policies, reimbursement of legal fees and subrogation. By Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue.

http://www.insurancecoverageblog.com/
  • May 25

    Memorial Day 2009

    Memorial Day 2009
    I first ran the post below for Memorial Day in 2006 as a tribute to my Dad, who served as a soldier during World War II.  This is the fourth straight year for this post, and I'll continue to run it every year. 
  • Mar 19

    Rigsby update: forgotten but not gone

    Rigsby update: forgotten but not gone
    For those who remember the heady Katrina litigation days of the Ride of the Rigsbys -- appearing on ABC's 20/20, acclaimed as alleged whistleblowers -- these times are very different for the sisters. They've slipped in the…
  • Mar 16

    Insurance Person of the Year

    Insurance Person of the Year
    Nothing like giving the readers a lot of advance notice before an ultra-high stakes award like this is finalized, right? I'm a bit tardy on this, but hey, it's not like I'm on the advisory board of the Insurance Law Center and might have…
Rank this Week: 83

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

News and commentary on Directors and Officers Liability. By Kevin M. LaCroix.

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Jul 23

    Advisen Releases 2014 First Half Corporate and Securities Litigation Report

    Advisen Releases 2014 First Half Corporate and Securities Litigation Report
    The level of all corporate and securities filings continued to decline in the second quarter of 2014 as filing activity returns to levels that prevailed before the financial crisis, according to the latest quarterly D&O claims activity…
  • Jul 23

    Management Liability Insurance and Immigration Enforcement

    Management Liability Insurance and Immigration Enforcement
    In a May 1, 2014 opinion (here), District of Kansas Judge Sam A. Crow, applying Illinois law, held that neither the EPL insurance coverage part nor the D&O insurance coverage part of a restaurant company’s management liability…
  • Jul 22

    Guest Post: Bylaws and Arbitration

    Guest Post: Bylaws and Arbitration
    For many years, business groups and corporate representatives have tried to reform shareholder litigation through legislation and case law development, with mixed success. However, in more recent years an interesting new initiative has…
Rank this Week: 220

Texas Injury Law Blog

Texas Injury Law Blog

Covers the rights of individuals injured in accidents. By the Fears Nachawati Law Firm.

http://www.txinjuryblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    New Jersey Police Officer Killed in Tractor Trailer Accident

    New Jersey Police Officer Killed in Tractor Trailer Accident
    Pictured above: Police officers turn out for a procession for Police Officer Christopher Goodell  Last Thursday on July 17, a car crash that involved a tractor-trailer left a New Jersey police officer dead. That officer has been…
  • Jul 21

    Mary Wasserman and Son File Lawsuit Against Manufacturers of Risperdal

    Mary Wasserman and Son File Lawsuit Against Manufacturers of Risperdal
    A mother and her son have filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Jansseen Pharmaceuticals, the makers and manufacturers of Risperdal. Mary Wasserman, mother to 26-year-old Andrew Wasserman, claims that Risperdal, prescribed to her…
  • Jul 18

    23-Year-Old Daniel Pohl Electrocuted at Mission Viejo High School in Work Accident

    23-Year-Old Daniel Pohl Electrocuted at Mission Viejo High School in Work Accident
    Pictured above: Emergency crews at the site of the accident (Pictured courtesy of OC Register)  An accident that occurred in Mission Viejo, California on Thursday afternoon left one worker injured and one worker dead. The accident…
Rank this Week: 264

InsureReinsure.Com: The Insurance…

InsureReinsure.Com: The Insurance & Reinsurance Blog

Covers bad faith, insurance coverage, D&O liability, excess and surplus lines, and more. By Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.

http://www.insurereinsure.com/
  • Jul 21

    UK: Insurance Contract Law Reform – Insurance Bill Introduced to Parliament

    UK: Insurance Contract Law Reform – Insurance Bill Introduced to Parliament
    We have previously reported on the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commissions’ review of insurance contracts law (see our blog here). The Insurance Bill (the Bill), introduced to Parliament on 17 July 2014, contains the latest…
  • Jul 18

    Senate Passes new TRIA Bill; Awaits Response from House

    Senate Passes new TRIA Bill; Awaits Response from House
    On July 17, 2014, the Senate passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014, extending the original Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”) for an additional seven years.  If the bill is ultimately…
  • Jul 18

    Healthcare Webcast: Ins & Outs Of Health-Care Acquisition Financing

    Healthcare Webcast: Ins & Outs Of Health-Care Acquisition Financing
    August 7, 20141:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. As we settle into the "new economy" and acquisition financing becomes more available, it's important to know what kind of financing will best suit your needs, where to find it, what's required, what it will…
Rank this Week: 249

Coverage Counsel

Coverage Counsel

Covers New York insurance coverage cases and issues. By Roy A. Mura.

http://nycoveragecounsel.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 274

The Official Medicare Blog and…

The Official Medicare Blog and Information Resource

Follows the issues related to Medicare Set Asides and MMSEA compliance. By MEDVAL, LLC.

http://www.medval.com/blog/
  • Jun 30

    Dueling MSA Recommendation

    Dueling MSA Recommendation
    We knew it was inevitable but the day has come. The Court of Appeals of Ohio published an opinion within which the parties debate the need for an LMSA and use the polar extreme of MSA providers to argue their cases. Unlike dueling life care…
  • Jun 6

    Hearing on the Merit

    Hearing on the Merit
    Although I’m sure you’ve seen the abundant posts this week regarding the new WCMSA Reference Guide and are aware that CMS has added a new section, it looks like this: 4.1.4 Hearing on the Merits of a Case When a state WC judge…
  • Jun 6

    WCRC Issues Updated Reference Guide

    WCRC Issues Updated Reference Guide
    With the recent exciting news of some of the backlog finally being cleared by the WCRC and CMS Regional Offices, MEDVAL was excited to learn that an updated WCMSA reference guide was issued on May 29, 2014. Some of the changes to the previous…
Rank this Week: 278

Property Insurance Coverage Law…

Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog

Covers property insurance coverage matters. By Merlin Law Group.

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/
  • Jul 23

    I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet...And That May Not Be A Covered Loss In Colorado

    I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet...And That May Not Be A Covered Loss In Colorado
    A new case was recently handed down regarding earth movement and water damage exclusions. In Wagner v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company,1 a policyholder suspected a water leak in her home. She had her property inspected and found a…
  • Jul 22

    Definition of Collapse in Maryland

    Definition of Collapse in Maryland
    Last week I was able to settle a claim involving the partial collapse of a roof on a commercial structure in Maryland. The primary issue was whether the partial collapse suffered by my client constituted a collapse under the policy’s…
  • Jul 21

    Abilene Hailstorm Insured Losses Predicted at Over $400 Million - Beware Delays for Re-inspection After Re-inspection

    Abilene Hailstorm Insured Losses Predicted at Over $400 Million - Beware Delays for Re-inspection After Re-inspection
    For the second time in less than three years, Abilene, Texas, has been pummeled by a severe hailstorm. The Insurance Council of Texas estimates that insured losses from Abilene's June 12, 2014, hailstorm will exceed $400 million in insured…
Rank this Week: 346

Secondary Insurance Market Blog

Secondary Insurance Market Blog

Provides news and commentary on the legal developments in the secondary insurance market, with an emphasis on the secondary market's impact upon the insurance industry. By Katherine Scanlon and Peter Vodola.

http://secondaryinsurancemarketblog.com/recent-posts/
  • Jul 18

    A Few Words About Minnesota, Prior Transfer, and Advertising

    A Few Words About Minnesota, Prior Transfer, and Advertising
    As described in this post, the state of Minnesota has revised its structured settlement protection act to require that courts be provided with information about prior transfer attempts by the same payee. Thus, when a factoring company…
  • Jul 7

    British Pay Day Lender Used ‘Fake Lawyers’, Says Report

    British Pay Day Lender Used ‘Fake Lawyers’, Says Report
    “Fake Lawyers Used by UK Payday Lender to Chase Debt” is the headline on a recent Claims Journal article, which begins by stating that “Regulators have ordered Britain’s biggest payday lender to pay 2.6 million pounds…
  • Jul 5

    New Tennessee Litigation Financing Law Has An Impact

    New Tennessee Litigation Financing Law Has An Impact
    A new Tennessee litigation financing law has already had an impact, according to a report in Insurance Journal. Whether that impact is viewed as positive or negative, of course, is a matter of perspective. The story is headlined…
Rank this Week: 427

Kentucky Tort and Insurance Law…

Kentucky Tort and Insurance Law Blog

Features commentary on recent tort and insurance developments in Kentucky. By Edward Brutscher.

http://kytortjournal.com
  • Apr 22

    Kentucky Tort Journal Signs Off

    Kentucky Tort Journal Signs Off
    After several years, several changes, and more than several posts it is with a heavy heart that I advise my readers that the Kentucky Tort Journal is signing off.  I will no longer be posting or updating original posts or decisions.
  • Sep 10

    Court of Appeals Minutes for September 5th

    Court of Appeals Minutes for September 5th
    The Court of Appeals recently posted its minutes for September 5th, here.  One published case dealing with torts and insurance.
  • Sep 10

    KLR Reports on $5.1 Million Dollar Verdict!

    KLR Reports on $5.1 Million Dollar Verdict!
    The Kentucky Law Review recently reported on the $5.1 million dollar verdict in Jefferson County. The KLR notes it is one of the highest awards in recent memory and links to the Courier Journal article, discussing the case. Click on the…
Rank this Week: 571

Canadian Insurance Blog

Canadian Insurance Blog

By Mike Thomas.

http://insuranceblog.harpergrey.com/
  • May 5

    An insurer was not entitled to rely on a…

    An insurer was not entitled to rely on a contractual limitation period shortening the statutory limitation period because the wording for when the limitation period commenced was not clear. The limitation period did not start to run until…
  • May 5

    No duty to defend was found where the true…

    No duty to defend was found where the true nature of the claim could not be determined from the pleadings. University of Waterloo v. Scottish & York Insurance Co., [2014] O.J. No. 1103, February 24, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of…
  • May 5

    Despite an exclusion for bodily injury…

    Despite an exclusion for bodily injury caused by the use of a gun, the insurer had  a duty to defend claims the insured had breached its duties related to its capacity as an occupier of the premises where the shooting…
Rank this Week: 647

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By Brod Law Firm.

http://www.sanfranciscoinjurylawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 23

    Danger on Two Wheels: Protecting the Victims of Unsafe Motorcycle Rider

    Danger on Two Wheels: Protecting the Victims of Unsafe Motorcycle Rider
    We’ve written in the past about the biases many people hold when it comes to motorcycles. We firmly believe these, and most other biases, are incorrect and unfair. Most motorcycle riders, like most drivers, are committed to safety. …
  • Jul 21

    Health Care Fraud Whistleblowers’ Attorney Looks as the Costly Problem of Reverse False Claim

    Health Care Fraud Whistleblowers’ Attorney Looks as the Costly Problem of Reverse False Claim
    Suppose your eight year-old child receives a weekly allowance of $5 (perhaps the amount dates us!) and instead of handing him a five dollar bill, you accidentally give him a $20. If he speaks up, you probably praise his honesty, but what if…
  • Jul 18

    The Danger of Downed Power Line

    The Danger of Downed Power Line
    Sometimes, as our San Francisco car accident lawyer knows quite well, real life writes stories that our imaginations never could. In this case, the San Francisco Chronicle reported a story that began when 21 year old Arman Samsonian crashed…
Rank this Week: 776

Washington State Insurance Law…

Washington State Insurance Law Blog

Features summaries of recent appellate court opinions on issues of law important to the Washington insurance industry. By Jason W. Anderson.

http://www.washingtoninsurancelaw.com/
  • Apr 11

    Think Tank Gives Washington Insurance Commissioner a 'C'

    Think Tank Gives Washington Insurance Commissioner a 'C'
    The 'R' Street Institute, a new think tank focusing on free markets, has published its inaugural research project, a state-by-state report card on insurance regulation. The Institute measured states' performance based on fourteen…
  • Oct 25

    No Jury Required at Reasonableness Hearing

    No Jury Required at Reasonableness Hearing
    The Washington Supreme Court held today in a 6/3 split decision that an insurer is not entitled to have a jury decide the reasonableness of a covenant judgment.
  • Jul 1

    Think Tank Gives Washington Insurance Commissioner a 'C'

    Think Tank Gives Washington Insurance Commissioner a 'C'
    The 'R' Street Institute, a new think tank focusing on free markets, has published its inaugural research project, a state-by-state report card on insurance regulation.
Rank this Week: 792

Dallas Fort Worth Insurance Lawyer…

Dallas Fort Worth Insurance Lawyer Blog

Covers life insurance, disability insurance, and claims denial. By Mark S. Humphreys, P.C.

http://www.dallasfortworthinsurancelawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    Life Insurance For Companie

    Life Insurance For Companie
    Attorneys handling life insurance claims in Texas might one day run across a situation where a company is attempting to collect life insurance benefits due to the death of an employee. An article in the New York Times discusses this...
  • Jul 20

    Insurance And The 8 Corners Rule

    Insurance And The 8 Corners Rule
    Dallas insurance attorneys need to understand the 8 corners rule as it relates to insurance policies and lawsuits. A U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas, Fort Worth Division case helps understand this rule. The style of the case is, Acadia…
  • Jul 19

    Stating A Claim Against An Insurance Adjuster

    Stating A Claim Against An Insurance Adjuster
    Arlington insurance attorneys want to know the proper way to state a claim against an insurance adjuster so as to keep a case in State Court rather than have an insurance company get the case removed to Federal Court. A...
Rank this Week: 930

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

Covers various ERISA, disability, health, and life insurance issues. By Kantor & Kantor.

http://www.californiainsurancelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 981

Declarations and Exclusions

Declarations and Exclusions

News and comment on California insurance law, the politics of insurance, and other risky business. By George Wallace.

http://www.declarationsandexclusions.com/
  • Nov 3

    BLAWG REVIEW #325.8 <br>"May There Be No Moaning of the Bar"

    BLAWG REVIEW #325.8 &lt;br&gt;"May There Be No Moaning of the Bar"
    ~~~ Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, * * * Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may...
  • Apr 2

    Blawg Review #315

    Blawg Review #315
    Welcome to Blawg Review #315, the initial Monday edition of the resurgent Blawg Review, the weekly blog carnival for everyone interested in the law.  Launched originally in April 2005, and overseen by the still-anonymous Editor, Blawg…
  • Mar 15

    Marc Randazza: The Mark of Excellence

    Marc Randazza: The Mark of Excellence
    You will recall, perhaps, that I am a defendant in The Litigation Commonly Known as Rakofsky v. Internet. I have not posted updates on the case since last October, principally because the case was subject to a stay order. With the stay in…
Rank this Week: 1046

Specialty Insurance Blog

Specialty Insurance Blog

Offers news and commentary on specialty insurance, risk management and private equity, with an emphasis on professional liability and entrepreneurship. By Tennant Risk Services.

http://specialtyinsurance.typepad.com/specialty_insurance_blog/
  • Jul 15

    Healthcare & Cyber Risk Insurance

    Healthcare &amp; Cyber Risk Insurance
    All types of healthcare providers are at increased risk of data breach and should have comprehensive Cyber Risk Insurance. The FBI has issued warnings to the healthcare sector: Cyber actors will likely increase cyber intrusions against…
  • Jun 24

    Corporate Forms for Insurance Agents & Broker

    Corporate Forms for Insurance Agents &amp; Broker
    We previously discussed corporate forms for insurance agents & brokers a few years ago in Corporate Forms for Insurance Businesses, and would like to add a simple summary of the different choices – see here. It appears unlikely that…
  • Jun 10

    Real Estate – Cyber Fraud Threat

    Real Estate – Cyber Fraud Threat
    Real estate firms, including real estate, title and escrow agents, are targets of Cyber fraud and should have Cyber Risk Insurance. As noted by KrebsonSecurity (see here), real estate and title agents are being warned of a new fraud scheme:…
Rank this Week: 1143

Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog

Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog

Covers long term disability news and updates. By Frankel & Newfield, PC.

http://www.disabilityinsurancelawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 23

    Newfield Published in Dynamic Chiropractic Practice Insight

    Newfield Published in Dynamic Chiropractic Practice Insight
    The July issue of Dynamic Chiropractic Practice Insights contains an article co-authored by Jason Newfield, Esq., and H. William Wolfson, CD, FICC, MS, entitled "A Practical Approach to Individual Disability Insurance." The article is a…
  • Jun 18

    Disability Claim Payments Reached $9.8 Billion in 2013

    Disability Claim Payments Reached $9.8 Billion in 2013
    Every year we take a look at the annual review of the state of LTD claims among the working population of the US, presented by the Council for Disability Awareness Long Term Disability Claims Review. This organization, made up of behemoth…
  • Jun 9

    Football players have disability insurance too - here's one with a twist

    Football players have disability insurance too - here's one with a twist
    The San Francisco 49ers signed a typically enormous contract with Colin Kaepernick last week, allegedly worth some $61 million. Nice deal - but there's an element in there that grabbed our attention. As part of the agreement, Colin was…
Rank this Week: 1391

Consider the Risks

Consider the Risks

Covers insurance law issues. By Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye.

http://www.princelobelinsuranceblog.com
  • Feb 13

    Moving Risk Management to the Nano-scale (Literally and Figuratively)

    Moving Risk Management to the Nano-scale (Literally and Figuratively)
    One problem with the implementation of risk management (the identification, reduction, and allocation of negative contingencies) as a process is size. Let’s face it, broad-based risk management takes a back seat in small organizations…
  • Nov 3

    ST.O.L.I. on the Rocks With a Twist

    ST.O.L.I. on the Rocks With a Twist
    A few months ago, we wrote about the concept of insurable interest and the potential challenges that life insurers face when seeking to avoid stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) transactions. In particular, New York’s highest court…
  • Oct 12

    The CGL Intellectual Property Exclusion Gets a Workout and Beats a Right of Publicity Claim Without Breaking a Sweat

    The CGL Intellectual Property Exclusion Gets a Workout and Beats a Right of Publicity Claim Without Breaking a Sweat
    In a recent decision, (Aroa Marketing, Inc. v. Hartford Ins. Co. of Midwest, 198 Cal. App. 4th 781 (2011)), the California Court of Appeals upheld a trial court dismissal (without leave to amend) of an insured’s suit for breach of the…
Rank this Week: 1344

Florida Insurance Claims Lawyer…

Florida Insurance Claims Lawyer Blog

Covers Insurance Law. By the Law Office of Eric H. Luckman, P.A.

http://www.floridainsuranceclaimslawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 4

    "Stranger Liability" For Insurance Provider

    "Stranger Liability" For Insurance Provider
    Our Palm Beach insurance claim attorneys noticed a recent interesting insurance law case. The suit, Hull & Co. v. Superior Court, involves "stranger liability," in other words whether a victim can sue the insurance broker who provided…
  • May 1

    What Happens When Your Long-Term Care Claim is Denied?

    What Happens When Your Long-Term Care Claim is Denied?
    According to The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, in 2012, more than 8 million Americans have long-term care insurance. People over 80 years old made up more than one-half of the claims opened in 2012. What does long-term…
  • Apr 8

    When your insurer lets you down

    When your insurer lets you down
    If you are like most homeowners, you have paid your insurance premium monthly for as long as you've had your home. Then comes the day when you need to file a claim and your insurance company does everything in their power to avoid paying that…
Rank this Week: 2179

Employee Benefits Legal Blog

Employee Benefits Legal Blog

Covers employee benefits related to labor and employment matters. By Keith R. McMurdy of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://employeebenefits.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jul 22

    Subsidies in the Federal Marketplace: A Definite Maybe

    Subsidies in the Federal Marketplace: A Definite Maybe
    Amidst all of the other issues surrounding implementation of the ACA, there is an underlying issue about whether or not subsidies (in the form of tax credits) are available for individuals who obtain coverage through the federal exchange…
  • Jul 17

    Disclosures with Respect to Preventative Care: DOL Notice Requirement post-Hobby Lobby

    Disclosures with Respect to Preventative Care: DOL Notice Requirement post-Hobby Lobby
    It seems like one of the hardest parts of ACA compliance is waiting for guidance on specific issues.  However, after the decision in Hobby Lobby, the DOL promptly issued FAQ Part XX that addresses the notice requirements for employers…
  • Jul 8

    Don’t Get Cute with ACA Compliance: Hobby Lobby, Safe Harbors and ERISA Concern

    Don’t Get Cute with ACA Compliance: Hobby Lobby, Safe Harbors and ERISA Concern
    With the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, and the granting of the injunction for Wheaton College that came shortly thereafter, there has been considerable hand wringing over the long term implications these decisions…
Rank this Week: 1638

The Insurance & Reinsurance Report

The Insurance & Reinsurance Report

Covers global insurance and reinsurance law and news. By Goldberg Segalla.

http://www.insurerereport.com/
  • Jul 21

    No Coverage for Improper Building Design

    No Coverage for Improper Building Design
    An architectural firm was sued for the improper design of a performing arts center in Louisiana and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the firm’s insurer owed no coverage. The architectural firm entered into a design contract…
  • Jul 17

    Primary Insurer Cannot Use Equitable Indemnification To Rewrite Unambiguous Terms Of Its Policy

    Primary Insurer Cannot Use Equitable Indemnification To Rewrite Unambiguous Terms Of Its Policy
    The plaintiff, Arch Insurance Company (Arch), brought a declaratory judgment action against Illinois Union Insurance Company and Harleysville Worcester Insurance Company the defendants, seeking indemnification for payments made to settle a…
  • Jul 15

    The Latest Insurance Law Decisions – Goldberg Segalla’s CaseWatch: Insurance is Now Available

    The Latest Insurance Law Decisions – Goldberg Segalla’s CaseWatch: Insurance is Now Available
    Please click here for the latest edition of CaseWatch Insurance. CaseWatch: Insurance provides timely summaries of and access to insurance law decisions and legislation.  For ease of reference, we have organized cases by…
Rank this Week: 2284

Retirement Plan Blog

Retirement Plan Blog

Covers Employee Benefit Plans, Retirement Programs, Welfare Benefit Plans, Executive Benefits, and Employee Ownership Programs. By National Benefits Services, Inc.

http://www.retirementplanblog.com/
  • Jul 21

    Fidelity reports average 401(k) balance up 12.9% in last 12 months. But let’s not live in the moment.

    Fidelity reports average 401(k) balance up 12.9% in last 12 months. But let’s not live in the moment.
    It’s a clunker of a headline, but there’s an important point to make. Yes, it’s good news that Fidelity reported last Friday. The average account balance for participants in 401(k) plans they administered rose to $91,000 for…
  • Jul 15

    Target Date Funds: The Infographic

    Target Date Funds: The Infographic
    Image courtesy of Ron Surz at Target Date Solutions and Paladin Registry… Continue Reading
  • Jul 11

    What’s a fiduciary to do?

    What’s a fiduciary to do?
    Admit it: Your company, as a 401(k) sponsor, and company decision makers who direct plan operations (including in-house trustees), are ERISA fiduciaries. Don’t quibble about this but take a step back and figure out what to do about it.…
Rank this Week: 1955

The Medicare Compliance Blog

The Medicare Compliance Blog

Covers Medicare secondary payer compliance, Medicare set-asides, mandatory insurer reporting, recovery resolutions, conditional payment notification, Medicare risk assessment, self-administration support issues, Medicare impact on long-term care. By Gould & Lamb.

http://themedicarecomplianceblog.com/
  • Jul 18

    US Court of Appeals Provides Opinion on Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons v. State Farm

    US Court of Appeals Provides Opinion on Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons v. State Farm
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit published its opinion in Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons, PLLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company on July 16, 2014. The long awaited decision addresses the…
  • Jun 5

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide
    On May 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amended the recently released Workers’ Compensation Reference Guide published in February 2014. The changes affect medical review, treating physician reports,…
  • Apr 23

    Workers Compensation Review Center (WCRC) Changes Position on Development Letter

    Workers Compensation Review Center (WCRC) Changes Position on Development Letter
    As a result of Gould and Lamb’s continued advocacy with CMS Central Office, WCRC, and Regional Offices, Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside submitters will see a light at the end of the tunnel. Based on direct conversations,…
Rank this Week: 1868

Soha & Lang Coverage Blawg

Soha & Lang Coverage Blawg

Features new case law and insurance regulations on insurance coverage issues with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.

http://sohalang.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2157

Insurance Class Actions Insider

Insurance Class Actions Insider

Covers class actions against insurance companies. By Robinson & Cole LLP.

http://www.insuranceclassactions.com/
  • Jul 10

    Retained Asset Account ERISA Class Action: First Circuit Overturns Judgment in Favor of Plaintiff

    Retained Asset Account ERISA Class Action: First Circuit Overturns Judgment in Favor of Plaintiff
    One of the hot areas of class action litigation against life insurers over the last few years has been the use of retained asset accounts, whereby the insurer pays life insurance proceeds not by a lump sum but instead by providing…
  • Jul 9

    Comcast Construed In Recent Seventh Circuit Opinion

    Comcast Construed In Recent Seventh Circuit Opinion
    After the Supreme Court decided Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013) (blog post), requiring damages to be provable on a classwide basis in order for a class to be certified under Rule 23(b)(3), class action practitioners and…
  • Jun 5

    Class Action Settlement in Pella Windows Case Overturned By Seventh Circuit

    Class Action Settlement in Pella Windows Case Overturned By Seventh Circuit
    One of the prominent cases in which a products liability class action has been certified in recent years is Pella Corp. v. Saltzman, 606 F.3d 391 (7th Cir. 2010), involving windows that allegedly contained a design defect that allowed water…
Rank this Week: 1878

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

Covers construction, real estate, business and insurance law.

http://maulaw.wordpress.com
  • Jul 7

    Architects owe a Duty of Care to Future Homeowner

    Architects owe a Duty of Care to Future Homeowner
    In Beacon Residential Community Assoc. v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (No. S208173), the California Supreme Court expanded the potential liability of architects who are the primary designers of a residential building, typically a…
  • Mar 7

    9th Circuit Confirms that False Advertising is Distinct from Trademark Infringement

    9th Circuit Confirms that False Advertising is Distinct from Trademark Infringement
    In Wells Fargo Company USA v. v. ABD Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. (No. 13–15625) the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals found an abuse of discretion when a U.S. District Court denied a request for a preliminary injunction.…
  • Jan 30

    Smoke Detector Compliance Law Change

    Smoke Detector Compliance Law Change
    Commencing July 1, 2014 under SB-745, all smoke alarms including combination smoke alarms, that are solely battery powered shall contain a nonreplaceable, nonremovable battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for at least 10…
Rank this Week: 2286

Georgia Insurance Defense Lawyer…

Georgia Insurance Defense Lawyer Blog

Covers employer liability, food liability, insurance bad faith, CGL policy, and medical malpractice topics. By Levy & Pruett.

http://www.georgiainsurancedefenselawyer.com/
Rank this Week: 2421

Physician Law

Physician Law

Features news, updates, and tips on legal issues affecting physicians and non-institutional providers. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://physicianlaw.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jun 30

    Medicare Rolls Out 5-Star Rating System for Providers/Physician

    Medicare Rolls Out 5-Star Rating System for Providers/Physician
    Are you and your practice ready to be rated by Medicare?  If not, you should probably get ready. According to a CMS blog post by Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer, the…
  • Jun 30

    Considering Telemedicine? Pay Attention to Legal Requirement

    Considering Telemedicine? Pay Attention to Legal Requirement
    The topic of telemedicine is becoming increasingly more common in the medical community.  For certain, telemedicine can be a cost effective way of communicating with and monitoring patients, but it is not without its risks.  For one…
  • Jun 30

    DOJ Joins Whistleblower Case On 60-day Overpayment Refund Requirement

    DOJ Joins Whistleblower Case On 60-day Overpayment Refund Requirement
    One of the often overlooked requirements in the federal Affordable Care Act  is that healthcare providers now have an obligation to refund overpayments to the Medicare within 60 days of discovery.  Failing to do…
Rank this Week: 1993

Missouri Insurance Lawyer Blog

Missouri Insurance Lawyer Blog

By Tatlow, Gump, Faiella & Wheelan LLC.

http://www.missouriinsurancelawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 20

    2010 Judging the Judge

    2010 Judging the Judge
    By: Amanda Drew This November there will be many non-partisan judges asking for Missourians to vote to keep them on the bench. How do you decide who will get your vote? One resource you may want to consider is Judging the Judges 2010, a…
  • Jun 2

    Be Prepared for Severe Weather

    Be Prepared for Severe Weather
    The Severe Weather resources page is just one of the many helpful resources for people available on the Missouri Department of Insurance website. There are instructions on how to make sure you have appropriate insurance coverage, how to file…
  • May 20

    Do I sue Google? Autonomous Cars and Injury Case

    Do I sue Google? Autonomous Cars and Injury Case
    Google, one of today's most innovative companies seems to have a never ending line up of great ideas. One of these is its autonomous vehicle which literally drives itself. A story in The Atlantic, reports that the vehicle has never gotten a…
Rank this Week: 2077

Michigan Longterm Disability…

Michigan Longterm Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog

Covers ERISA, insurance bad faith, and LTD policy issues. By Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates P.C.

http://www.michiganlongtermdisabilityinsurancelawyer.com/
  • Jun 5

    SMDA convinces Lincoln National Life to overturn claims denial Decision

    SMDA convinces Lincoln National Life to overturn claims denial Decision
    Lincoln National Life recently overturned its decision to deny an SMDA client's claim after we filed an administrative appeal of Lincoln's claim's denial decision. Our client had worked for FoMoCo for more than a decade when the facility…
  • Mar 13

    CIGNA OVERTURNS LTD CLAIM DENIAL AFTER SMDA APPEAL

    CIGNA OVERTURNS LTD CLAIM DENIAL AFTER SMDA APPEAL
    SMDA prepared a comprehensive administrative appeal on behalf of a gentleman who had been forced to stop working as a press operator as a result of ongoing orthopedic problems with his neck. He had underwent cervical discectomy surgery as a…
  • Feb 28

    6th Circuit Considers extent of Equitable Remedie

    6th Circuit Considers extent of Equitable Remedie
    The 6th Circuit recently granted a request for en banc review of the Rochow v Life Insurance of North America case where a three judge panel determined that the claimant could recover for unjust enrichment the profits the insurance company…
Rank this Week: 1807

Louisiana Insurance Litigation…

Louisiana Insurance Litigation Blog

Covers insurance litigation, class actions and punitive damages. By Thornhill & Collings.

http://www.louisianainsurancelitigation.com/
  • Aug 21

    THE OCTOBER 1, 2013, REAL ESTATE CRASH!

    THE OCTOBER 1, 2013, REAL ESTATE CRASH!
    If you thought the CDO caused a real estate crash that could have been avoided with proper regulation, you are going to be pleased to know that the next example of why voters are sick and tired of Washington ineptness is upon us and it could…
  • Apr 11

    BP Deadline

    BP Deadline
    With the three year anniversary of the Deep Water Horizon (DWH) drill ship catastrophe on the Macondo well, the deadline to file claims under the Oil Field Pollution Act ("OPA") is April 20, 2013. The claims filed require in many cases the…
  • Jan 18

    MetLife settles allegations on auto accident surcharges (Boston Globe)

    MetLife settles allegations on auto accident surcharges (Boston Globe)
    MetLife will pay a $50,000 penalty and refund an undetermined amount of money to customers to settle allegations it imposed costly surcharges on Massachusetts drivers who were found not at fault in auto accidents. In detailing an agreement…
Rank this Week: 1848

California Insurance Litigation…

California Insurance Litigation Blog

Covers California insurance law and litigation, including ERISA law, class actions and unfair business practices. By McKennon Schindler LLP.

http://www.californiainsurancelitigation.com
Rank this Week: 2496

Insurance Company Patrol

Insurance Company Patrol

Features news about insurance companies, insurance professionals, and the way they treat policyholders.

http://www.insurancecompanypatrol.com/
  • Aug 14

    Insurer to Pay Civil Penalty After Multi-State Exam

    Insurer to Pay Civil Penalty After Multi-State Exam
    American Family Life Assurance Co. of Columbus will pay $1.6 million to settle market conduct claims by three states.   The Columbus, Ga.-based insurer will pay $700,000 each to Minnesota and Missouri, and $200,000 to Idaho. The penalty…
  • Aug 13

    Health Net to Pay Fine After Losing Member Record

    Health Net to Pay Fine After Losing Member Record
    Health Net of Connecticut Inc. will pay a $25,000 fine after admitting that it lost computer records for 24,000 members in the state.   The stipulation and consent order entered into between Health Net and the State of Connecticut…
  • Aug 6

    Chubb Group to Pay Fine in Missouri Over Market Conduct

    Chubb Group to Pay Fine in Missouri Over Market Conduct
    Chubb National Insurance Co. will pay a $68,000 fine after insurance regulators in Missouri levied charges of market misconduct against it and three sister companies.   The market conduct exam conducted by the Missouri Department of…
Rank this Week: 1659

ACA Review

ACA Review

Covers labor and employment, tax, employee benefits and healthcare law issues associated with the Affordable Care Act. By Balch & Bingham LLP.

http://www.acareview.com/
  • Jul 23

    Courts Split in Round 2 of the Healthcare.gov Subsidy Smack-down

    Courts Split in Round 2 of the Healthcare.gov Subsidy Smack-down
    Do you recall any of the appellate opinions preceding the Supreme Court’s June 2012 affirmance of the ACA’s individual mandate?  Come June 2016, you’re no more likely to remember the two decisions that dominated the…
  • Jul 14

    What’s the Minimum “Minimum Essential Coverage”?

    What’s the Minimum “Minimum Essential Coverage”?
    Beginning January 1, 2015, “Applicable Large Employers” will be exposed to non-deductible tax liability for each month that they fail to offer affordable, qualifying coverage.  Avoidance measures include: File for and…
  • Jul 11

    New Questions for Employer Mandate Analysi

    New Questions for Employer Mandate Analysi
    The American Bar Association’s tax and employee benefit practice leaders periodically query IRS representatives about new or changing rules, to confirm that lawyers are reading the rules the same way that IRS reads them.  IRS…
Rank this Week: 3464

Massachusetts Social Security…

Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyers Blog

Comments on Massachusetts social security disability law. By Jeffrey S. Glassman

http://www.massachusettssocialsecuritydisabilitylawyersblog.com/
  • Jul 23

    SSDI Cases: On Duration and the Recent Work Test

    SSDI Cases: On Duration and the Recent Work Test
    Our Boston disability lawyers understand that your work history may have as much of an effect on your level of benefits as your disability. A recent article in the Aiken Standard looks at what the author describes as a "draconian"…
  • Jul 18

    SSA to Educate the Public about What it Means to be Disabled

    SSA to Educate the Public about What it Means to be Disabled
    Our Boston disability lawyers know that the benefits appeals process can be a difficult and confusing process for claimants who do not have representation. A recent article from the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune discusses ongoing efforts by the…
  • Jul 15

    Funding Road Construction on the Backs of the Disabled

    Funding Road Construction on the Backs of the Disabled
    The Highway Transportation fund is broke because gas taxes have not been raised since 1993 -- and cars today are more fuel-efficient and use less gas. Rather than raise the gas tax, some lawmakers want to take money away from the disabled. …
Rank this Week: 3558

No Fault Defender

No Fault Defender

Provides a defense attorney's perspective on New York's No-Fault law. By Jason Tenenbaum.

http://nofault.lisquared.com
  • Jul 22

    IME no-show (First Department)

    IME no-show (First Department)
    Sunrise Acupuncture, P.C. v Encompass Auto & Home Ins. Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 51082(U)(App. Term 1st Dept. 2014) “The defendant-insurer made a prima facie showing of entitlement to summary judgment dismissing the action for…
  • Jul 18

    Failure to settle declaratiory judgment not fatal to summary judgment motion in underlying Civil Court action

    Failure to settle declaratiory judgment not fatal to summary judgment motion in underlying Civil Court action
    New Milennium Medical Imagine, P.C. v. American Transit Ins. Co., Index #: 4588/13 (Civ. Ct. Kings Co. 2013) The Appellate Term held this month that a Notice of Entry is not a necessary to enforce a judgment under a theory of collateral…
  • Jul 17

    Walking out of an EUO leads to a disclaimer and a whole lot more

    Walking out of an EUO leads to a disclaimer and a whole lot more
    American States Ins. Co. v Huff, 2014 NY Slip Op 05366 (1st Dept. 2014) (1) “[p]laintiff’s motion for summary judgment as sought a declaration that plaintiff properly disclaimed coverage of its insured…” (2)…
Rank this Week: 4173

Insurance Policyholder Law Blog

Insurance Policyholder Law Blog

Covers legal developments affecting policyholders. By Neal Gerber Eisenberg.

http://www.policyholderinsurancelaw.com/
Rank this Week: 3218

Insurance Litigation & Regulatory…

Insurance Litigation & Regulatory Law Blog

Covers case law, regulation and legislation affecting the insurance industry. By Barger & Wollen LLP.

http://www.insurancelitigationregulatorylaw.com
  • Jul 21

    Esquenazi decision interprets the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

    Esquenazi decision interprets the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    By David McMahon and Robert G. Levy Companies doing business internationally no doubt have heard about the rise in claims brought by government agencies against companies and individuals under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Our…
  • Jul 7

    California Insurers Asked to Submit Diversity Information About Boards of Director

    California Insurers Asked to Submit Diversity Information About Boards of Director
    by Robert Hogeboom & Samuel Sorich The California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) has issued a notification to insurers with 2013 written premiums of $100 million or more in California to complete and submit the CDI’s…
  • Jun 27

    Recent Victory on Behalf of Medical Supplement Insurers against California Department of Insurance

    Recent Victory on Behalf of Medical Supplement Insurers against California Department of Insurance
    As a result of the filing of a Writ of Mandate and Declaratory Relief Action by Barger & Wolen LLP Senior Regulatory Counsel Robert W. Hogeboom and Litigation Partner John Holmes, the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”)…
Rank this Week: 4479

CyberInquirer

CyberInquirer

Covers developments in cyber law and insurance. By Richard J. Bortnick.

http://cyberinquirer.com
  • Jul 20

    CA Court of Appeal: CMIA Is Not All-Inclusive

    CA Court of Appeal: CMIA Is Not All-Inclusive
    In its recent decision in Eisenhower Medical Center v. Superior Court, 226 Cal. App. 4th 430 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. 2014), the Court of Appeal of California, Fourth District, had occasion to consider whether a medical facility’s…
  • Jul 11

    Court Certifies Interlocutory Appeal for the FTC v. Wyndham Matter

    Court Certifies Interlocutory Appeal for the FTC v. Wyndham Matter
    TRAUB LIEBERMAN STRAUS & SHREWSBERRY LLP’s Cyber Law Blog previously discussed various aspects of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) action filed against Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (“Wyndham”) under Section 5…
  • Jun 19

    Best Practices: Protecting Your Firm From The HIPAA Omnibus Rule

    Best Practices: Protecting Your Firm From The HIPAA Omnibus Rule
    The following article was written by my friend Charlie E. Bernier, Esquire of ECBM, L.P. in Conshohocken, PA. Charlie serves as the Principal Consultant in ECBM’s Lawyers Professional Liability Division. Thanks…
Rank this Week: 3616

Insurance Blog

Insurance Blog

Provides analysis of trends and developments in the area of insurance coverage law. By Farella Braun + Martel.

http://www.farellacoveragelaw.com/
  • Jul 18

    D&O Coverage: The Devil Is In the Detail

    D&amp;O Coverage: The Devil Is In the Detail
    A five-paragraph opinion by the New York Appellate Division suggests the potentially devastating consequences of ignoring the fine print of Directors & Officers Liability insurance policies. In Associated Community Bancorp., Inc., et al.…
  • Jul 2

    California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement

    California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement
    On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched case of Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc., S207172. I reported on the Court of Appeals decision last year on this blog in the post…
  • Jun 26

    Halliburton Decision May Drive Up Litigation Costs and Impact Settlement

    Halliburton Decision May Drive Up Litigation Costs and Impact Settlement
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. is not the game changer for securities litigation that some hoped for, but D&O insurers will be keeping a close eye on securities cases to see…
Rank this Week: 4744

Reinsurance Law Blog

Reinsurance Law Blog

Covers insurance bad faith. By Stauffer Nathan.

http://reinsurance.staufferlaw.com/
  • Jul 18

    Good faith and admiralty claim

    Good faith and admiralty claim
    New York Marine & General Ins. v. Continental Cement Company, was an action to determine coverage for a sunken barge where the insurer denied coverage on the ground the insured had failed to disclose the condition of the barge as…
  • Jul 16

    Notice / prejudice rule - claims made policy 8th Cir

    Notice / prejudice rule - claims made policy 8th Cir
    In George K. Baum & Company v. Twin City Fire Insurance Co.  there were choice of law issues.  But ultimately, the appellate court held that despite the fact the trial court should have used New York rather than Missouri law,…
  • Jul 16

    Federal Flood Insurance -- failure to submit proof of loss form precludes coverage -- Federal law

    Federal Flood Insurance -- failure to submit proof of loss form precludes coverage -- Federal law
    In McCarty v. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty and in Stoner v. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty,  the issue was whether the failure of the insureds to file a proof of loss as required under the Federal Flood Insurance Program precluded…
Rank this Week: 2826

First Party Property Insurance…

First Party Property Insurance Blog

Covers first party property insurance claims. By Todd Legal.

http://firstpartyproperty.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3019

Boston ERISA & Insurance…

Boston ERISA & Insurance Litigation Blog

Covers ERISA, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith. By Stephen Rosenberg.

http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/
  • Jul 16

    Just Finished Speaking to ASPPA on ERISA Litigation, Soon to Speak at ACI's National ERISA Litigation Forum

    Just Finished Speaking to ASPPA on ERISA Litigation, Soon to Speak at ACI's National ERISA Litigation Forum
    So I had a great deal of fun speaking on current events in ERISA litigation to the ASPPA regional conference here in Boston this past Thursday, and my great thanks both to the organizers who invited me and everyone who attended. I am…
  • Jul 7

    What Should Employees Do in Response to Fifth Third Bancorp?

    What Should Employees Do in Response to Fifth Third Bancorp?
    The Supreme Court’s decision in Fifth Third Bancorp, concerning the standards for prosecuting stock drop claims involving employer stock held in ERISA governed plans, certainly increased the attention paid to the question of the…
  • Jun 30

    Why the Supreme Court Got It Right in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer

    Why the Supreme Court Got It Right in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer
    So, where do we even begin with Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, which is, first, a fascinating decision and, second, one that has already inspired countless stories in both the legal and financial media? I thought I would begin by…
Rank this Week: 3261

Disability & Bad Faith…

Disability & Bad Faith Attorney Blog

Covers disability insurance claim and bad faith information. By Quadrino Schwartz.

http://disabilityinsurancelawyers.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 4660