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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: 99

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/
  • Mar 2

    CMS to Begin Utilizing 2010 Life Table

    CMS to Begin Utilizing 2010 Life Table
    CMS issued a notification on the CMS website that as of April 1, 2015, CMS will begin referencing CDC’s Table 1: Life table for the total population: United States, 2010, (Vol. 63, No. 7) for WCMSA life expectancy calculations. This…
  • Feb 23

    Medicare Beneficiary Sues “CSM Medicare Set-Aside Philiphidia” for Abuse

    Medicare Beneficiary Sues “CSM Medicare Set-Aside Philiphidia” for Abuse
    On February 18, 2015, the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a pro se civil complaint filed by a resident of Waldorf, MD formerly employed by Securiguard, Inc. Ms. Treakle settled her 1999 work injury in 2006 for…
  • Feb 12

    Courts Can Only Enforce the Law, Making MSAs Tricky at TIme

    Courts Can Only Enforce the Law, Making MSAs Tricky at TIme
    The most important thing you can do in any settlement involving a Medicare beneficiary is thoroughly memorialize the measures taken to protect Medicare’s interests. Vague mention in passing can lead to settlements blowing up or one of…
Rank this Week: 172

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/
  • Mar 25

    McRaith Offers Additional Information on the April 13 Deadline for TRIA Disclosure Notice

    McRaith Offers Additional Information on the April 13 Deadline for TRIA Disclosure Notice
    Michael McRaith, the Director of the Federal Insurance Office, has offered useful information, linked here, regarding the TRIA disclosure notices to supplement the February 6 interim guidance. The interim guidance called for an April 13, 2015…
  • Mar 23

    Internal Revenue Service finds Contracts protecting against Foreign Currency Fluctuations not to be Insurance

    Internal Revenue Service finds Contracts protecting against Foreign Currency Fluctuations not to be Insurance
    Companies looking to establish insurance coverage, especially in situations involving a captive type of arrangement, will, as always, need to focus on the qualification of the coverage as insurance for U.S. federal income tax purposes. While…
  • Mar 23

    Connecticut Governor Appoints Insurance Commissioner

    Connecticut Governor Appoints Insurance Commissioner
    On March 20, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Katharine L. Wade will be the new Commissioner of the Connecticut Insurance Department (the “Department”). Ms. Wade has over 20 years of experience in the…
Rank this Week: 242

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Mar 27

    Notes from the London Underground

    Notes from the London Underground
    The D&O Diary was in London this week for meetings and a couple of industry events. Though my schedule on this visit was full, I did have a little time between meetings for a bit of touristing. I have been to London many times…
  • Mar 25

    Guest Post: Is Employee Awareness and Training the Holy Grail of Cybersecurity?

    Guest Post: Is Employee Awareness and Training the Holy Grail of Cybersecurity?
    In the current environment, most organizations are aware of the potential threats to their firms from a breach of their data systems and networks. Among the ways companies can protect themselves from these types of threats is through improved…
  • Mar 25

    Facts, Opinions, Omissions, and Context: The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Omnicare Opinion

    Facts, Opinions, Omissions, and Context: The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Omnicare Opinion
    In a March 24, 2015 opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (here), the U.S. Supreme Court set aside the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that allegations of “objective falsity” were…
Rank this Week: 264

InsureBlog

InsureBlog

Covers insurance news.

http://insureblog.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 27

    More March (Open Enrollment) Madne

    More March (Open Enrollment) Madne
    As we noted a few weeks ago, Our Betters in DC© have (illegally) extended Open Enrollment season for those who flaunted the (evil) Individual Mandate last year:"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a…
  • Mar 26

    Outstanding Carrier Trick

    Outstanding Carrier Trick
    A few months ago, I "inherited" a small group from a colleague transitioning out of that side of the business. One of the challenges with this process is that the new agent doesn't have any of the original paperwork (applications, etc) to…
  • Mar 26

    And The Winner Is ........

    And The Winner Is ........
    Obamacare is 5 years (and a few days) old.If you listen to the administration, and news media, this is a popular program.Of course the same administration thought it was a good idea to swap 5 terrorists for a deserter.So how is Obamacare…
Rank this Week: 365

Property Insurance Coverage Law…

Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog

Covers property insurance coverage matters. By Merlin Law Group.

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/
  • Mar 28

    Calling all Georgia Licensed Public Adjusters: Save the Date

    Calling all Georgia Licensed Public Adjusters: Save the Date
    Be sure to join Merlin Law Group at the May 12, 2015 GAPIA Conference. GAPIA—Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters—will host this annual conference at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. Georgia has been hit with…
  • Mar 27

    So I Have A Boat In My Front Yard Following Super Storm Sandy; Will My Flood Insurer Cover The Removal Of It And Other Non-Owned Debris? - Part 3

    So I Have A Boat In My Front Yard Following Super Storm Sandy; Will My Flood Insurer Cover The Removal Of It And Other Non-Owned Debris? - Part 3
    A common scenario after Sandy was that folks ended up with all sorts of debris scattered across their properties that had been deposited by the powerful storm. Things like boats, docks, parts of structures and plants and sand were left…
  • Mar 25

    Venue - Where Should I File My Lawsuit?

    Venue - Where Should I File My Lawsuit?
    Venue refers to the place where a lawsuit may be brought. If more than one county is proper, the plaintiff may choose where to file. There is a strong presumption in favor of the plaintiff's choice. The party seeking a change of venue has the…
Rank this Week: 422

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/
  • Mar 24

    Finding a Needle in a Stack of Needles: DOL Makes Hay on Bad Plan

    Finding a Needle in a Stack of Needles: DOL Makes Hay on Bad Plan
    The DOL fiscal year facts sheet for 2014 has some real interesting (and scary) facts.  The DOL claims that the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) oversees the administration of 684,000 retirement plans, 2.4 million health…
  • Mar 19

    What Makes An Average Defined Contribution Plan?

    What Makes An Average Defined Contribution Plan?
    When I am meeting with plan sponsors to review the specifics of their defined contribution retirement plans, I am routinely asked about how they compare to other plans.  Notwithstanding the variety of sizes of plans, it’s not…
  • Mar 9

    ERISA Equitable Relief: Reversing Rochow

    ERISA Equitable Relief: Reversing Rochow
    Previously I had written about the 6th Circuit’s expansion of what constitutes appropriate remedies under ERISA, when it affirmed a judgment directing a disability insurer to pay not just benefits due, but also $2.8 million in…
Rank this Week: 530

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/
  • Mar 27

    Three-Vehicle Crash Injures Several In Pasadena

    Three-Vehicle Crash Injures Several In Pasadena
    Pictured above: Police officials at the scene of the accident  This Tuesday, just before 7am, an accident that involved three cars and several people occurred on Spencer Highway in Pasadena, Texas. An unidentified woman was driving a…
  • Mar 26

    Zimmer Persona Recalls Knee Replacement Plate Has Been Recalled

    Zimmer Persona Recalls Knee Replacement Plate Has Been Recalled
    On March 12, Zimmer Persona recalled more than 11,600 of their personalized artificial knee component. The recall of these particular knee replacements primarily impacted all lots and size of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plates.…
  • Mar 25

    Drunk Driver Kills Woman in Farmers Branch, TX

    Drunk Driver Kills Woman in Farmers Branch, TX
    Last Friday night, at around 10:30, a woman was killed in a drunk driving car crash in Farmers Branch, Texas. The accident occurred at the intersection of Webb Chapel Road and Valwood Parkway. The woman, who has been identified as…
Rank this Week: 618

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

Covers construction, real estate, business and insurance law.

http://maulaw.wordpress.com
  • Feb 12

    Contractor Problem? Remember the License Bond as Security.

    Contractor Problem? Remember the License Bond as Security.
    For homeowner’s damaged by a home improvement contractor working on their their primary residence, don’t forget their License Bond as security.  For these homeowner’s, the available License Bond proceeds are the…
  • Feb 2

    Short Term Rental Legislation in San Francisco

    Short Term Rental Legislation in San Francisco
    New legislation in the City and County of San Francisco is taking effect that allows qualified residents to legally rent their units through the Short-Term Residential Rental Registry via the San Francisco Planning Department.  San…
  • Dec 15

    Prohibiting Certain Fines on Members during a Drought.

    Prohibiting Certain Fines on Members during a Drought.
    A homeowners association or HOA is no longer allowed to impose fines against members who reduce or even eliminate watering their lawns during a declared state of emergency due to drought, despite any provision in the association’s…
Rank this Week: 668

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
  • Mar 26

    Ime cut off succeed

    Ime cut off succeed
    V.S. Care Acupuncture PC v MVAIC, 2015 NY Slip Op 50350(U)(App. Term 1st Dept. 2015) Defendant MVAIC made a prima facie showing of entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by demonstrating that it timely denied plaintiff’s…
  • Mar 26

    Consolidated Attorney fee

    Consolidated Attorney fee
    EMA Acupuncture P.C. v Allstate Ins. Co., 2015 NY Slip Op 50348(U)(App. Term 1st Dept. 2015) Good job James F. Sullivan and crew. We sustain so much of the order under review as limited the amount of any recovery of attorneys’ fees…
  • Mar 26

    No-Show. Was it timely?

    No-Show. Was it timely?
    Acupuncture Solutions, P.C. v Lumbermans Mut. Cas. Co., 2015 NY Slip Op 50346(U)(App. Term 1st Dept. 2015) “The defendant-insurer made a prima facie showing of entitlement to summary judgment dismissing the action for first-party…
Rank this Week: 799

Coverage Counsel

Coverage Counsel

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

http://nycoveragecounsel.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 827

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By Brod Law Firm.

http://www.sanfranciscoinjurylawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 27

    Holding Trucking Companies Responsible When Mechanical Issues Lead to Tragic Crashe

    Holding Trucking Companies Responsible When Mechanical Issues Lead to Tragic Crashe
    Large trucks have the potential to cause terrible accidents. Whether the victim is an employee or a bystander, large truck accidents are frightening and tragic. The tragedy of a truck-related fatality is compounded when the investigation…
  • Mar 25

    Child Care Injuries in Northern California

    Child Care Injuries in Northern California
    While our culture often defines success by looking at someone’s material possessions, our work reminds us every day that our own health and the well-being of our loved ones that truly matters most. From the moment your child is born,…
  • Mar 24

    Oakland Apartment Fire Attorney on Civilian Deaths in Residential Fire

    Oakland Apartment Fire Attorney on Civilian Deaths in Residential Fire
    Many of us have sat before a burning fire and marveled at its intricacy and beauty. While fire can be fascinating, it remains one of the most powerful and dangerous forces known to man. As described below, residential fires pose a greater…
Rank this Week: 935

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/
  • Mar 16

    STOLI Issues Reach Two Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal: One Goes to the Source for Answers to Certified Question

    STOLI Issues Reach Two Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal: One Goes to the Source for Answers to Certified Question
    Two federal circuit courts of appeals recently had before them cases involving stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) issues. In one, the appeals court decided to certify questions about state law to the highest court of the state in…
  • Mar 12

    Judge Orders Appointment of Trustee for Life Settlements Investment Company

    Judge Orders Appointment of Trustee for Life Settlements Investment Company
    A federal bankruptcy court this month ordered the appointment of a trustee to run Life Partners Holdings, Inc., because of what the judge said was gross mismanagement by the company. The Securities and Exchange Commission had sought…
  • Mar 9

    Report: Life Settlement Fund to Liquidate

    Report: Life Settlement Fund to Liquidate
    “Any possibility of rehabilitating Tranen Capital Ltd. and its life settlement fund Tranen Capital Alternative Investment Fund . . . has ended with proceedings to liquidate,” according to The Deal Pipeline, in a March 3 article,…
Rank this Week: 879

Canadian Insurance Blog

Canadian Insurance Blog

By Mike Thomas.

http://insuranceblog.harpergrey.com/
  • Mar 3

    Ruling on a question of law – is a…

    Ruling on a question of law – is a severance package received by the plaintiff deductible from the amount awarded for past and future loss of income.  The court found that the private insurance exception to the general rule against…
  • Mar 3

    The defendants brought a summary judgment…

    The defendants brought a summary judgment application to have the plaintiff’s action dismissed as barred by the Limitations Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 24, on the basis the plaintiff’s action was commenced two years and 21 days after…
  • Mar 2

    Summary judgment application to determine…

    Summary judgment application to determine the meaning of the word “load” in the following exclusion clause:  “The weight of the load exceeding the registered lifting or supporting capacity of any machine.”…
Rank this Week: 966

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/
  • Mar 28

    Roof Damage Claim

    Roof Damage Claim
    Dallas insurance lawyers who handle roof damage claims will want to ready this "Order" from a Fort Worth Federal Court. The style of the case is, Living Word Teaching Center v. Robert Morris Adams, Jr. and Allstate Insurance…
  • Mar 26

    ERISA Plan? How Do You Know?

    ERISA Plan? How Do You Know?
    Fort Worth lawyers who handle ERISA plans have learned that almost all companies that have their own employee insurance plans will claim they are ERISA plans. The real question though is - are they? Knowing which employee plans are true...
  • Mar 24

    Hail Storm Claim

    Hail Storm Claim
    Parker County lawyers who handle hail storm claims should keep up legislation dealing with the topic. The Insurance Journal published an article that should be read. The title of the article is, Bills Aimed At Property Claims Litigation…
Rank this Week: 1320

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: 1223

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: 1110

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: 1079

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/
  • Mar 27

    Fix to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Delayed

    Fix to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Delayed
    According to usatoday.com, The U.S. Senate will not act on legislation to fix the 21% pay cut under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule before it goes into effect on April 1.  Although the House passed legislation earlier this week which…
  • Mar 25

    CMS Prepares for Physician Fee Schedule Cut

    CMS Prepares for Physician Fee Schedule Cut
    As of today’s date, Congress has not yet fixed or even patched the expected 21% cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  A eNews alert sent out today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notifies physicians of the…
  • Mar 23

    Pennsylvania Senate Bill would Limit Retroactive Denial

    Pennsylvania Senate Bill would Limit Retroactive Denial
    These days, more often than not, physicians and up on the short end of the stick when it comes to new health care legislation. However, last month a bill was introduced by Senator David Argall which, if passed, would give physicians and other…
Rank this Week: 1520

The Insurance & Reinsurance Report

The Insurance & Reinsurance Report

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

http://www.insurerereport.com/
Rank this Week: 1666

Florida Homeowners Insurance Blog

Florida Homeowners Insurance Blog

By Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.

http://www.floridahomeownersinsuranceblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1784

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/
  • Mar 26

    Homeowners’ Insurance Policies and Exclusions for Long-Term Leak

    Homeowners’ Insurance Policies and Exclusions for Long-Term Leak
      Do insurers have a responsibility to pay for long term leaks in the house? The answer is usually no. Most homeowners’ insurance policies have an exclusion for long term leaks. The policies will pay for leaks that are discovered…
  • Feb 6

    Bicycle Accidents Risks and Remedie

    Bicycle Accidents Risks and Remedie
      The State of Florida is a bicycle rider’s paradise. With virtually year around sunshine and warm weather as well as miles and miles of incredibly beautiful coastline, it should come as no surprise that bicycles are a common sight…
  • Dec 29

    Delray Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

    Delray Beach Automobile Accident Attorney
    If you were involved in a car accident, of course you want to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for your losses, injuries and expenses, including medical bills, lost income, automobile and property damage and more.…
Rank this Week: 2128

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/
  • Mar 24

    Email Piracy – Using Email to Steal Money

    Email Piracy – Using Email to Steal Money
    Hackers are now using email in different and creative ways to steal money from small businesses – Email Piracy – so make sure your Cyber Risk Insurance covers this type of loss. Email Piracy is a new trend and is simpler than bank…
  • Mar 12

    Healthcare Data Breach & Cyber Risk Insurance

    Healthcare Data Breach & Cyber Risk Insurance
    Healthcare organizations have significant cyber risk exposure, as demonstrated by the Anthem breach, and should carry Cyber Risk Insurance. Smaller healthcare organizations also have significant exposure and breaches can develop in unexpected…
  • Mar 10

    Cyber Risk Insurance & Insurance Agent Training

    Cyber Risk Insurance & Insurance Agent Training
    Cyber Risk insurance has become a critical coverage for virtually all organizations, but the coverage is new, varies between insurers and continues to change. How does an insurance agent or broker keep up to best support his or her customers?…
Rank this Week: 2183

National Insurance Law Forum

National Insurance Law Forum

Discussion forum among insurance industry professionals, risk managers, attorneys, policyholders, students, and others with an interest in the development of American insurance law.

http://www.insurancelawforum.com/
Rank this Week: 2251

New Jersey Insurance Blog

New Jersey Insurance Blog

Covers New Jersey insurance law decisions. By William D. Wilson.

http://njinsuranceblog.com
  • Mar 18

    The Continuing Erosion of the Physical Loss or Damage Requirement under First-Party Insurance Policie

    The Continuing Erosion of the Physical Loss or Damage Requirement under First-Party Insurance Policie
    Here is a link to my most recent article, titled “Finding Coverage in the Absence of Actual Damage: The Continuing Erosion of the Physical Loss or Damage Requirement under First-Party Insurance Policies,” which appeared in the…
  • Feb 19

    New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Two Insurance Bad Faith Decision

    New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Two Insurance Bad Faith Decision
    On February 18, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued two bad faith decisions, Badiali v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, (A-48-12) (071931), and Wadeer v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, (A-54) (072010).  The…
  • Feb 13

    N.J. Federal Court Holds Suit-Limitation Provision No Bar to Sandy Claim

    N.J. Federal Court Holds Suit-Limitation Provision No Bar to Sandy Claim
    The general statute of limitations for breach of contract actions in New Jersey is six years.  That statute generally applies to claims seeking recovery under an insurance policy.  Most first-party property insurance policies,…
Rank this Week: 2156

The Finn Blog

The Finn Blog

Covers structured settlements and related products and services from the insurance and legal communities.

http://www.finnfinancialgroup.com/learn-more/blog/
  • Mar 16

    Life Insurance Industry Forecast: Smooth Sailing Ahead

    Life Insurance Industry Forecast: Smooth Sailing Ahead
      March 16, 2015 – Demonstrating that good news often travels in threes, I’m pleased to unfurl the attached triad of recent links which point to “smooth sailing” for the life insurance industry in 2015: A.M. Best:…
  • Mar 2

    Economists Say YES to Annuitie

    Economists Say YES to Annuitie
    March 2, 2015 -With Superbowl XLIX recently concluded, if you played for the New England Patriots, CONGRATULATIONS!  Earning a Superbowl ring puts you in very elite company. With the 87th Academy Awards now behind us, if you were among…
  • Feb 16

    Happy Birthday, George

    Happy Birthday, George
    February 16, 2015 – If you’re off work today here in the United States, it may surprise you to know that it’s not because Presidents Day is a federal holiday since no such holiday exists. 5 USC § 6103(a) does, however,…
Rank this Week: 2272

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/
  • Mar 13

    The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2015: Infographic

    The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2015: Infographic
    Every year around this time, the Internal Revenue Service publishes a list of the year’s “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams”. Here they are as an infographic courtesy of  The Accounting School Guide. Source:…
  • Feb 12

    Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program?

    Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program?
    Illinois legislation, the first in the country, recently authorized a new state sponsored retirement savings vehicle called the Secure Choice Savings Program (Secure Choice). The program is aimed at upwards of 2 million Illinois workers who…
  • Feb 10

    401(k) Loans: A “Temporary Band-Aid”?

    401(k) Loans: A “Temporary Band-Aid”?
    That’s not my metaphor which is why it’s in quotes. It belongs to Eve Tahmincioglu, the Career Diva, about whom I wrote in 2008. Eve wrote a blog post about the increasing number of 401(k) loans, It’s for retirement…
Rank this Week: 1476

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/
  • Mar 11

    6TH CIRCUIT ISSUES MAJOR DECISION -DISGORGEMENT OF PROFITS EARNED BY INSURANCE COMPANY NOT ALLOWED

    6TH CIRCUIT ISSUES MAJOR DECISION -DISGORGEMENT OF PROFITS EARNED BY INSURANCE COMPANY NOT ALLOWED
    In Rochow v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 3532 (6th Cir. 2015), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (the Court) en banc overturned a previous decision of a 3 judge panel that had allowed plaintiff's claim for the disgorgement…
  • Feb 25

    FEDERAL COURT FINDS METLIFE ABUSED ITS DISCRETION-ORDERS INSURER TO PAY LTD BENEFITS

    FEDERAL COURT FINDS METLIFE ABUSED ITS DISCRETION-ORDERS INSURER TO PAY LTD BENEFITS
    The US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan recently determined that LTD Insurer-MetLife wrongfully denied a claimant's request for LTD benefits. SMDA was retained by the claimant after her administrative remedies had been…
  • Jan 8

    SMDA prevails in LTD insurance appeal against Cigna

    SMDA prevails in LTD insurance appeal against Cigna
    SMDA recently convinced Long Term Disability Insurer Cigna to reverse its original claims denial decision by filing a comprehensive administrative appeal. SMDA was retained by a very nice client who was having significant mental health…
Rank this Week: 1869

CyberInquirer

CyberInquirer

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

http://cyberinquirer.com
  • Mar 9

    US District Court in Texas Finds Plaintiffs Lack Article III Standing in PHI Breach

    US District Court in Texas Finds Plaintiffs Lack Article III Standing in PHI Breach
    Beverly Peters v. St. Joseph Services Corporation d/b/a St. Joseph Health Care System was a class action that arose out of a data breach of the defendant-health care service provider. It was alleged in the action that malicious hackers…
  • Mar 5

    Gaps in Security The Increasing Need for Cyber Coverage

    Gaps in Security The Increasing Need for Cyber Coverage
    The following article was written by Brian Bassett and Guy Hollingsworth.  Brian is a Partner with Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry, LLP. Guy is a Claims Manager with AmTrust North America. Thanks guys! Rick We live in an…
  • Feb 8

    California Prosecutors Settle PHI Breach with Retailer

    California Prosecutors Settle PHI Breach with Retailer
    Beginning in 2012, California environmental regulators and others began investigating the grocery store chain Safeway relating to the company’s waste disposal practices. During the investigation, certain documents listing medical and…
Rank this Week: 1672

Life, Health and Disability…

Life, Health and Disability Insurance Law Blog

Covers ERISA and non-ERISA issues on disability, life and health insurance law. By Barger & Wolen.

http://www.lifehealthdisabilityinsurancelaw.com/
  • Oct 17

    Concurrent Causation from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"

    Concurrent Causation from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"
    Kruk v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co.,2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35637 (D. Conn. 2013) Facts and holding: Rita Kruk (“Kruk”), a Human Resources Specialist, was a participant in an ERISA plan provided through her employment that provided…
  • Sep 2

    Barger & Wolen and Hinshaw & Culbertson Announce Merger

    Barger & Wolen and Hinshaw & Culbertson Announce Merger
    Combined Firms Create Powerhouse Insurance Practice with 120 Attorneys Dedicated to Serving the Insurance Industry    Chicago and Los Angeles — September 2, 2014 — Barger & Wolen and Hinshaw & Culberston, a…
  • Aug 25

    Burden of Proof: The "What Changed?" Argument from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"

    Burden of Proof: The "What Changed?" Argument from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"
    Hegger v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28587 (N.D. Cal. 2013) Facts and holding: Plaintiff Tami Hegger (“Hegger”) was employed as a medical device sales representative until she left work in December…
Rank this Week: 1976

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/
  • Oct 6

    Humana v. Farmers – Medicare Advantage Plans at Issue

    Humana v. Farmers – Medicare Advantage Plans at Issue
    A recent federal court decision from Texas gives a Medicare Advantage plan a potential green light to seek reimbursement under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act. At issue in the case, Humana Insurance Company v. Farmers Texas Mutual…
  • 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,…
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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.
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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: 1545

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…
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California Insurance Defense

California Insurance Defense

Covers claims handling practices and litigation procedures for insurers, self-insured businesses, claims adjusters, and insurance attorneys. By John Armstrong.

http://californiainsurancedefense.wordpress.com/
  • May 8

    Grammar and the Law: Use the Restrictive Comma; It Adds Clarity: Fail to Use It, And Pay the Price

    Grammar and the Law: Use the Restrictive Comma; It Adds Clarity: Fail to Use It, And Pay the Price
    Many of us had an English teacher that taught us that adding the final comma to a list was not necessary so we didn’t need to do it. And if you writing or reading for pleasure, and dollars and cents are not determined but how your sentence…
  • May 8

    Grammar and the Law: Use the Restrictive Comma; It Adds Clarity: Fail to Use It, And Pay the Price

    Grammar and the Law: Use the Restrictive Comma; It Adds Clarity: Fail to Use It, And Pay the Price
    Many of us had an English teacher that taught us that adding the final comma to a list was not necessary so we didn’t need to do it. And if you writing or reading for pleasure, and dollars and cents … Continue reading →
  • Mar 14

    The Best Defense Is A Good Setoff

    The Best Defense Is A Good Setoff
    If you got it, of course. Today, I’m talking about the common law doctrine of setoff as it applies in California litigation. Contractual offsets are a different topic for another day, such as offsetting worker’s compensation payments from…
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Tucker's Disability Benefits Blog

Tucker's Disability Benefits Blog

Covers disability law and disability benefits. By John Tucker.

http://thedisabilitylawfirm.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 7

    Social Security Adds New Conditions to Fast Track Disabilitty Approval Proce

    Social Security Adds New Conditions to Fast Track Disabilitty Approval Proce
    In July, the Social Security Administration announced that its new "Compassionate Allowances Conditions Fast Track Disability Process" will expand to include 100 Conditions.   Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue, announced 12…
  • Sep 4

    Could Proposed Pentagon Plan to Start Military Retirement At Normal Retirement Age Impact VA Disability Claims?

    Could Proposed Pentagon Plan to Start Military Retirement At Normal Retirement Age Impact VA Disability Claims?
    CBS News is reporting that a Pentagon study is suggesting that one budgetary fix that may help ease deficits is to move the starting date for military retirement pension payments back to normal retirement age.  The report on CBS' webpage…
  • Aug 30

    Excellent Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your 401k

    Excellent Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your 401k
    Occasionally, I offer information on this blog outside of the topic of disability area that I think may be helpful.  A large part of our practice involves ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.  ERISA is the…
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ERISA and Disability Benefits Law…

ERISA and Disability Benefits Law Blog

Covers ERISA and Disability benefits litigation. By the Wood Law Firm.

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

    Court Awards Substantial Attorney's Fees to Plaintiff in ERISA Disability Case

    Court Awards Substantial Attorney's Fees to Plaintiff in ERISA Disability Case
    In this ERISA disability case, the federal district court in Chicago awarded attorney’s fees of $109,312.75 to the successful plaintiff, Holmstrom.  The case started after MetLife decided to terminate her claim for long-term disability…
  • Apr 8

    Court Orders CIGNA to Pay Six-Figure Attorney's Fee

    Court Orders CIGNA to Pay Six-Figure Attorney's Fee
    Steven Alfano won his ERISA claim for long-term disability benefits against CIGNA. The district court had previously ruled that there was “no sound basis in the record to support CIGNA’s finding that plaintiff’s back condition … had…
  • Apr 6

    Court of Appeals Finds Sun Life Acted Arbitrarily and Capriciously

    Court of Appeals Finds Sun Life Acted Arbitrarily and Capriciously
    Sherry DeLisle continued working after her car crashes in 1998 and 2000. She suffered spinal and closed head injuries.  Her employer, Krandall & Sons, fired her on April 17, 2002, stating that “she was not doing her job.”  Eight…
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Boston ERISA & Insurance…

Boston ERISA & Insurance Litigation Blog

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

http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/
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New Jersey Insurance Coverage…

New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation

By Eugene Killian, Jr.

http://www.newjerseyinsurancecoveragelitigation.com
  • Mar 27

    Insurance coverage for asbestos-related liabilitie

    Insurance coverage for asbestos-related liabilitie
    Every once in a while, I wonder where the last 30 years have gone, and I think about all the cases and clients that we’ve handled during that time. A lot has changed since I started practicing law. In the old days, for example, we…
  • Feb 23

    "Ordinance or Law" Coverage for Costs of Repair

    "Ordinance or Law" Coverage for Costs of Repair
    I was saddened to learn that Judge Ruggero Aldisert, formerly of the Third Circuit, recently passed away.  I never had the privilege of appearing before Judge Aldisert, and I never met the man, but I feel indebted to him for writing two…
  • Jan 26

    Independent Counsel and the Insurance Company's Duty to Defend

    Independent Counsel and the Insurance Company's Duty to Defend
    I know that this is hard to believe, but even when an insurance company complies with its duty to defend, the interests of the insurance company and its policyholder may not be aligned.  The policyholder may want to settle, while the…
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Reinsurance Law Blog

Reinsurance Law Blog

Covers insurance bad faith. By Stauffer Nathan.

http://reinsurance.staufferlaw.com/
Rank this Week: 2468

Massachusetts Social Security…

Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyers Blog

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

http://www.massachusettssocialsecuritydisabilitylawyersblog.com/
  • Mar 25

    Mascio v. Colvin: Disability Benefits Appeal

    Mascio v. Colvin: Disability Benefits Appeal
    Mascio v. Colvin, an appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, involved claimant who applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied her claim for…
  • Mar 23

    Wounded Warriors Denied for Social Security Disability Benefit

    Wounded Warriors Denied for Social Security Disability Benefit
    During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was impossible to watch the news without seeing the consequences to brave men and women of our armed forces. Many were killed, and even more were sent home with serious disabilities…
  • Mar 21

    Disability Advocates Urge SSDI Reform

    Disability Advocates Urge SSDI Reform
    If you are disabled and in the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, or are currently a recipient of SSDI benefits, you are probably paying close attention to the massive news coverage of the impending…
Rank this Week: 3214

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
  • Mar 25

    Court Dismisses Case For No Diversity Jurisdiction 2 Days After Filing

    Court Dismisses Case For No Diversity Jurisdiction 2 Days After Filing
    In an unusual display of speedy discretion, federal District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell wasted no time in dismissing the complaint on a public works payment bond filed by Advance Industrial Coating, LLC in Advance Indus. Coating, LLC v.…
  • Mar 24

    TEST

    TEST
    In a significant decision the Wisconsin Supreme Court has held that claims-made-and-reported requirements in claims made policies should be enforced as written. An insured's failure to report a claim during the time required by the policy…
  • Mar 16

    Typo Renders Proposal For Settlement Ambiguous ― No Fees Awarded

    Typo Renders Proposal For Settlement Ambiguous ― No Fees Awarded
    In GEICO v. Ryan, No. 4D13-2615 (Fla. 4th DCA, Mar. 11, 2015), the Court reversed the Trial Court's award of attorney's fees in favor of the insured because the "Proposal for Settlement contains a patent ambiguity--spelling out $100,000 in…
Rank this Week: 4605

Massachusetts Workers'…

Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog

Covers insurance, injury and accident law and workers' compensation. By Pulgini & Norton, LLP Attorneys at Law.

http://massachusettsworkerscompensationlawyer-blog.com
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California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.californiainsurancelawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 24

    California Insurance Code section 10110.6 - Applies to Employer Group Plan Document

    California Insurance Code section 10110.6 - Applies to Employer Group Plan Document
    Back in December 2013, we announced an early victory we won on behalf of a client under California Insurance Code section 10110.6. Well, we did it again! First, some background. Section 10110.6 was enacted effective January 1, 2012. Its…
  • Mar 23

    Long-term Care Insurer Fined Over Failure to Pay Timely Claim

    Long-term Care Insurer Fined Over Failure to Pay Timely Claim
    Recently, the Commerce Department of Minnesota fined Bankers Life and Casualty Company $20,000, as a result of complaints about the long term care insurer's failure to pay timely claims and pay interest. "Consumers invest in long-term care…
  • Feb 28

    Watch out for ambiguous, or even deceptive language in communications regarding employee benefits!

    Watch out for ambiguous, or even deceptive language in communications regarding employee benefits!
    A common problem we see in correspondence from insurance companies to insureds is ambiguous and misleading language. A new life insurance matter we are handling provides a perfect example: In this case, a woman who had just been diagnosed…
Rank this Week: 4417

Boston Workers Compensation…

Boston Workers Compensation Attorney Blog

Covers workers' compensation, injury and insurance law. By Michael O. Smith.

http://www.bostonworkerscompensationattorney-blog.com/
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