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InsureBlog

Covers insurance news.

http://insureblog.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 18

    Green Mountain State Blue

    Green Mountain State Blue
    No sense burying the lede:"Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state"This will come as no surprise to regular IB readers, since we've already seen how Vermont has had…
  • Dec 18

    Ho, Ho, Ho: Health Wonk Review has been delivered

    Ho, Ho, Ho: Health Wonk Review has been delivered
    Julie Ferguson presents (SWIDT?) a holiday-themed round-up of wonky posts, all ready to be unwrapped and savored. So pull up your easy chair, pull on your cardigan and reading specs, and enjoy.Original content copyright © InsureBlog
  • Dec 17

    Ola Cuba

    Ola Cuba
    For the first time since the Cuban missile crisis the U.S. and Cuba may soon be headed for a warmer relationship.From one dictator to another .........President Barack Obama declared the end of America's 'outdated approach' to Cuba Wednesday,…
Rank this Week: 736

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By Brod Law Firm.

http://www.sanfranciscoinjurylawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 18

    The Impact of Alcohol: Santa Rosa Injury Lawyer Examines the True Meaning of BAC

    The Impact of Alcohol: Santa Rosa Injury Lawyer Examines the True Meaning of BAC
    In most news stories (and blog posts) about drunk driving accidents there is at least one reference to blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”). Most readers have probably heard that the legal limit in all states is 0.08%, but it can…
  • Dec 16

    Commercial Truck Accidents and Legal Liability: Who’s Responsible When Trucks Cause Injuries?

    Commercial Truck Accidents and Legal Liability: Who’s Responsible When Trucks Cause Injuries?
    Responsibility. It is one of the most important values we can pass on to our children. As children grow into young adults, it becomes increasingly clear that responsibility is at once a simple concept and a quite complex one. If you…
  • Dec 15

    Blood Test Company Accused of Paying Kickbacks to Referring Doctor

    Blood Test Company Accused of Paying Kickbacks to Referring Doctor
    Kickbacks to physicians are one of the most concerning forms of Medicare fraud. Why? Kickbacks to doctors create mixed incentives. Instead of being guided by concerns for their patient’s welfare, the doctors may be tempted to make…
Rank this Week: 2086

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: 1491

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/
  • Dec 18

    Interpreting An Insurance Policy - What Dallas Lawyers Need To Know

    Interpreting An Insurance Policy - What Dallas Lawyers Need To Know
    Dallas insurance lawyers need to know how the Courts look at policy language when deciding how to rule on cases involving insurance. A 1997, Amarillo Court of Appeals case is a good one to read to help understand how the...
  • Dec 16

    Hail Claim

    Hail Claim
    Insurance lawyers in the Dallas / Fort Worth area will see lots of hail claims. An article this year from the "Claims Journal" needs to be read by those lawyers to keep informed. The title of the article is, The...
  • Dec 14

    Fort Worth Insurance Lawyers - Read The Policy

    Fort Worth Insurance Lawyers - Read The Policy
    Read the policy. Understand what it says. The United States 5th Circuit issued a 1998 opinion that shows how courts will interpret policies. The style of the case is, Lubbock County Hospital District v. National Union Fire Insurance Company…
Rank this Week: 902

Property Insurance Coverage Law…

Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog

Covers property insurance coverage matters. By Merlin Law Group.

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/
  • Dec 18

    Merlin Law Group's Brandee Bower Named President of AWL

    Merlin Law Group's Brandee Bower Named President of AWL
    This week, a new Board of Directors was slated for the Association of Women Lawyers. I’m proud to announce that I will serve as President of AWL. The Association for Women Lawyers is a non-profit organization, formed in 1976, that…
  • Dec 17

    The Scope of Appraisal, Part 7: Iowa

    The Scope of Appraisal, Part 7: Iowa
    The trend continues for courts to interpret the scope of appraisal to include the determination of causation. The Iowa Court of Appeals joins the list of courts stating that the appraisal panel should consider causation in determining the…
  • Dec 16

    Rain Brings Camarillo Mudslides and Freak Tornados to California, but There's More to Come

    Rain Brings Camarillo Mudslides and Freak Tornados to California, but There's More to Come
    If you've lived in California, you know that the state can be literally shut down due to the rain. We're not talking about just traffic, we're talking about how rain causes system failures and havoc in our parched desert land of…
Rank this Week: 119

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Dec 17

    D&O Insurance: Eleventh Circuit Holds Insured v. Insured Exclusion’s Applicability to FDIC Failed Bank Claims Ambiguou

    D&O Insurance: Eleventh Circuit Holds Insured v. Insured Exclusion’s Applicability to FDIC Failed Bank Claims Ambiguou
    Going all the way back to the S&L crisis, a recurring insurance coverage issue that has arisen in the failed bank context has been the question of whether or not coverage for a claim brought by the FDIC in its capacity as receiver of a…
  • Dec 16

    Guest Post: Second Circuit Rules for Defendants in Landmark Insider Trading Case

    Guest Post: Second Circuit Rules for Defendants in Landmark Insider Trading Case
    In the following guest post, Susanna Buergel, Charles Davidow, Andrew Ehrlich, Brad Karp, Daniel Kramer, Richard Rosen and Audra Soloway, all of whom are litigation partners at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP who are…
  • Dec 15

    Up Next: Cyber Insurance Requirements for Banks?

    Up Next: Cyber Insurance Requirements for Banks?
    As I noted in a post last week, in a speech earlier this month in which she outlined the steps bank boards can take to address cybersecurity issues, Sarah Raskin, the second-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Treasury, laid out the…
Rank this Week: 126

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.californiainsurancelawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 17

    Senator Patrick Kennedy and Public Respond to Anthem’s Behavior in CBS’ 60 minutes segment, ‘Denied’

    Senator Patrick Kennedy and Public Respond to Anthem’s Behavior in CBS’ 60 minutes segment, ‘Denied’
    On Sunday December 14, 2014, CBS’ 60 minutes reported on the tragic and avoidable death of 15 year old Katherine West. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mental-illness-health-care-insurance-60-minutes/. Katherine suffered from a severe…
  • Dec 13

    Kantor & Kantor Helps Cancer Patient Get Life Saving Treatment

    Kantor & Kantor Helps Cancer Patient Get Life Saving Treatment
    Kantor & Kantor recently helped a client who had been denied health insurance coverage for his life saving cancer treatment. Our client was a participating member of the U.S. Jesco International, Inc. Health and Welfare Plan (Plan).…
  • Dec 2

    A Grateful Thanksgiving for another Kantor & Kantor Client!

    A Grateful Thanksgiving for another Kantor & Kantor Client!
    We represented Mr. Polnicky, who was employed as a Reserve Mortgage Consultant at Wells Fargo. He suffered from back and neck pain and was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, chronic lumbago, hamstring contractures and generalized anxiety and…
Rank this Week: 4894

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/
  • Dec 17

    Multiemployer Pension Plan Reform: So Now What?

    Multiemployer Pension Plan Reform: So Now What?
    When the House passed the most recent budget bill, it included a provision related to multiemployer pension plan reform.  In my last post, I suggested it might be too early to count on anything being final in that bill until it made it…
  • Dec 12

    Proposed Multiemployer Pension Reform: Don’t Count Your Chickens Before they Pa

    Proposed Multiemployer Pension Reform: Don’t Count Your Chickens Before they Pa
    Employers participating in multiemployer pension plans are in a constant state of hope that some relief is coming from Congress that will reduce or eliminate unfunded liability and do away with withdrawal liability.  So something like…
  • Dec 9

    Investment Policy Statements in Retirement Plans: Are They Plan Documents?

    Investment Policy Statements in Retirement Plans: Are They Plan Documents?
    In prior posts, I have discussed the importance of having up-to-date investment policy statements.  Not only are they a good proof of diligence on the part of fiduciaries (assuming they are followed) but they also serve as a sort of…
Rank this Week: 691

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: 3587

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/
  • Dec 16

    Senate Adjourns Without Passing TRIA Extension

    Senate Adjourns Without Passing TRIA Extension
    The U.S. Senate adjourned for the year on Tuesday without passing an extension of TRIA. Strong opposition from retiring Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) blocked a vote on the measure that was overwhelmingly supported by lawmakers in the House as…
  • Dec 11

    House Passes TRIA Extension and Sends the Bill to Senate

    House Passes TRIA Extension and Sends the Bill to Senate
    On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed an extension of TRIA by a vote of 417-7. The House vote is a step closer to ensuring the bill does not expire at years’ end. The legislation will now be sent to the Senate. Most Senators…
  • Dec 11

    Congress Passes Bill Loosening Dodd-Frank Capital Restrictions on Insurer

    Congress Passes Bill Loosening Dodd-Frank Capital Restrictions on Insurer
    Congress passed a bill that will loosen the Dodd-Frank capital rules imposed on insurers. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate in June and passed by voice vote in the House on Wednesday. S. 2270 changes the Collins Amendment and will…
Rank this Week: 192

Insurance Class Actions Insider

Insurance Class Actions Insider

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

http://www.insuranceclassactions.com/
  • Dec 16

    Supreme Court Opinion in Dart Cherokee Basin v. Owen

    Supreme Court Opinion in Dart Cherokee Basin v. Owen
    Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719 (slip opinion). Unsurprisingly, the Court held that a notice of removal under the Class Action Fairness Act does not need to…
  • Dec 8

    Offer of Judgment to Named Plaintiff Did Not Moot Putative Class Action, According to Eleventh Circuit

    Offer of Judgment to Named Plaintiff Did Not Moot Putative Class Action, According to Eleventh Circuit
    Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), lawyers have debated whether a defendant can defeat a class action by offering full relief to the named plaintiff(s), either before a…
  • Dec 1

    State Enforcement Actions Following Class Settlements Addressed By Ninth Circuit

    State Enforcement Actions Following Class Settlements Addressed By Ninth Circuit
    A recent Ninth Circuit decision caught my eye. It addressed whether a state enforcement action can be barred by a class action settlement on the same issue, finding that it was barred in part, to the extent the suit sought restitution that…
Rank this Week: 1857

New Jersey Insurance Blog

New Jersey Insurance Blog

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

http://njinsuranceblog.com
  • Dec 16

    New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation Treatise: A Practitioner’s Guide

    New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation Treatise: A Practitioner’s Guide
    The book I co-authored with my partner, Frank DeAngelis, is now available for pre-order.  The book, which is entitled “New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation Treatise: A Practitioner’s Guide,” is being published by…
  • Dec 10

    Gregory Packaging: NJ Court Further Chips Away at Physical Loss or Damage Requirement

    Gregory Packaging: NJ Court Further Chips Away at Physical Loss or Damage Requirement
    As a general matter, a first-party property insurance policy provides coverage for direct physical loss or damage to covered property.  An all-risk policy, one of the most common types of first-party property insurance policies, provides…
  • Nov 20

    Insureds’ Counsel Seek to Have NJ Federal Courts Adopt the Raimey Decision

    Insureds’ Counsel Seek to Have NJ Federal Courts Adopt the Raimey Decision
    In my prior blog post, I reported on a recent decision by Judge Gary R. Brown, a United States Magistrate Judge from the Eastern District of New York.  In that decision, Raimey v. Wright National Flood Ins. Co., 14 CV 461…
Rank this Week: 3062

Reinsurance Law Blog

Reinsurance Law Blog

Covers insurance bad faith. By Stauffer Nathan.

http://reinsurance.staufferlaw.com/
Rank this Week: 1068

New Jersey Insurance Coverage…

New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation

By Eugene Killian, Jr.

http://www.newjerseyinsurancecoveragelitigation.com
  • Dec 16

    Why are insurance policies so confusing?

    Why are insurance policies so confusing?
    Massachusetts coverage attorney Nina Kallen has taken me to task on the question of why most insurance policies are an abominable mess to read. (My original post dealt with business interruption coverage).  You can read her piece by…
  • Dec 5

    Calculating Business Interruption Damage

    Calculating Business Interruption Damage
    When I was in college, there was an English professor named Frank Kinahan, who taught a class called “The Little Red Schoolhouse.”  A lot of my fellow students (not me, of course!) apparently thought that if they could just…
  • Nov 7

    Additional Insured Coverage

    Additional Insured Coverage
    Years ago, there was a Bell Labs facility behind my house, and on Sunday afternoons, the engineers (mostly Indian and Pakistani) would get together and play cricket on the large lawn. I watched the matches quite a bit, but I never could get a…
Rank this Week: 3001

Massachusetts Social Security…

Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyers Blog

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

http://www.massachusettssocialsecuritydisabilitylawyersblog.com/
  • Dec 15

    Cline v. Colvin: Back Pain and Disability Benefit

    Cline v. Colvin: Back Pain and Disability Benefit
    Cline v. Colvin, a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, deals with the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program run by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). In Cline, claimant applied for…
  • Dec 11

    Copeland v. Colvin: SSDI and SSI Eligibility

    Copeland v. Colvin: SSDI and SSI Eligibility
    Copeland v. Colvin, an appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, involves claimant who filed an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in…
  • Dec 7

    Herrmann v. Colvin: SSI Benefits Eligibility

    Herrmann v. Colvin: SSI Benefits Eligibility
    Applying for disability benefits is a complicated process that often seems like it is stacked against claimants who know little about how the system works. It is for that reason that one of the best things claimants can do is to consult with…
Rank this Week: 739

Insurance Policyholder Law Blog

Insurance Policyholder Law Blog

Covers legal developments affecting policyholders. By Neal Gerber Eisenberg.

http://www.policyholderinsurancelaw.com/
  • Dec 15

    Claims Against Lawyers: Insurance Coverage Issue

    Claims Against Lawyers: Insurance Coverage Issue
    Presented by ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) & Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committees Hosted at the offices of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLPTopics: Insurance Policyholder,…
  • Nov 12

    Finding Insurance Coverage for Consumer Products Class Action Complaint

    Finding Insurance Coverage for Consumer Products Class Action Complaint
    Consumer class action claims are a familiar tool for addressing dissatisfaction with a defective product.  Given that one of the goals of a consumer class action claim is to recover damages for the claimants, triggering insurance…
  • Nov 10

    Is a Vice President an Officer Entitled to Indemnification or Advancement?

    Is a Vice President an Officer Entitled to Indemnification or Advancement?
    This question didn’t seem to be that complicated at first blush.  Now it is.  The Third Circuit’s recent ruling that a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs is not necessarily an officer entitled to…
Rank this Week: 3268

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
  • Dec 15

    DJ granted in causation

    DJ granted in causation
    Interboro Ins. Co. v Anesthesia Solutions, P.C., Index # 600498/14 (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co. 2014) In this case, the insurance carrier provided a peer report and radiological review, similar to what occurred in Mian v. Interboro.  The Court…
  • Dec 15

    OBS must be an Article 28 to be compensable

    OBS must be an Article 28 to be compensable
    OBS is not compensable according to Judge d’Auguste: (Hat-Tip from Jerry Maline from Richard Lau’s office) “Finally, the parties both cite to statements published on the DOH’s website reflecting its position concerning…
  • Dec 12

    CPLR 3216 again

    CPLR 3216 again
    Restoration Sports & Spine v Geico Ins. Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 51729(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2014) “Plaintiffs commenced this action to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits in September 2008. On June 25, 2011, defendant served…
Rank this Week: 1284

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

Covers construction, real estate, business and insurance law.

http://maulaw.wordpress.com
  • 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…
  • Sep 26

    HOA’s Should Not Fine for Water Conservation!

    HOA’s Should Not Fine for Water Conservation!
    In another year of severe drought, California faces a historic water shortage and wildfire danger. Matters are expected to worsen, as California’s rainfall and water supply has been dwindling. In response Governor Brown signed an…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2587

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
  • Dec 15

    California Court Upholds In-House Counsel Privilege

    California Court Upholds In-House Counsel Privilege
    By Terrence P. McAvoy and Michael G. Ruff Brief Summary In Palmer v. Superior Court California's Second District Court of Appeal upheld the in-house counsel privilege for communications concerning a dispute with a current client and, in…
  • Dec 5

    Insurance Regulator Too 'Aggressive,' Insurers Say

    Insurance Regulator Too 'Aggressive,' Insurers Say
    Four insurance companies sued the California Department of Insurance, claiming the agency has become "increasingly aggressive" in its efforts to enforce the state's Unfair Insurance Practices Act. The companies say the department is trying…
  • Oct 7

    California Insurance-Related Bills Signed into Law

    California Insurance-Related Bills Signed into Law
    September 30, 2014, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on bills passed by the California Legislature during the 2014 regular legislative session. Here are summaries of noteworthy insurance-related bills that were signed…
Rank this Week: 2571

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
  • Dec 15

    Worker Killed at New Bedford Massachusetts Seafood Plant Leaves Five Children

    Worker Killed at New Bedford Massachusetts Seafood Plant Leaves Five Children
    Virtually all Massachusetts employees are eligible for workers’ compensation insurance coverage, even if they work for a temporary agency or are undocumented immigrants. Their survivors are eligible for workers’ compensation…
  • Dec 8

    Central Transport, LLC in Billerica, Massachusetts Cited For Safety Violation

    Central Transport, LLC in Billerica, Massachusetts Cited For Safety Violation
    Central Transport’s Billerica, Massachusetts Shipping Terminal Cited For Hazards The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Central Transport LLC for safety hazards at its freight shipping terminal in…
  • Dec 1

    Judge Can’t Use Video Evidence To Discontinue Workers’ Compensation

    Judge Can’t Use Video Evidence To Discontinue Workers’ Compensation
    Employee Suffers Back Injury At Work Mr. Carlos Araujo, age 58 at the hearing, was educated through the sixth grade in Uruguay. He speaks limited English and testified with the assistance of a Spanish interpreter. His work history…
Rank this Week: 3102

CyberInquirer

CyberInquirer

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

http://cyberinquirer.com
  • Dec 14

    Snapchat Data Breach – A Case Study

    Snapchat Data Breach – A Case Study
    In early October 2014, the popular mobile messaging and social media app Snapchat suffered a very high profile leak of approximately 100,000 to 200,000 user images sourced from the database of a Snapchat third-party client, SnapSaved.…
  • Dec 7

    NIST Framework as Basis for Standard of Care for Cyber Security

    NIST Framework as Basis for Standard of Care for Cyber Security
    When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released its Cybersecurity Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the “Framework”), (a priority program for the federal…
  • Nov 19

    Cyber Security Indeed: Derivative Action Dismissed Where Board Proactively Addressed Cyber Risks and Exposure

    Cyber Security Indeed: Derivative Action Dismissed Where Board Proactively Addressed Cyber Risks and Exposure
    In the first of what is certain to become a cottage industry of derivative lawsuits involving alleged inadequate cybersecurity and deficient public disclosures, on October 20, 2014, a New Jersey federal court granted a motion to dismiss filed…
Rank this Week: 1327

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/
Rank this Week: 980

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/
  • Dec 9

    Regulators Recommending Cyber Risk Insurance

    Regulators Recommending Cyber Risk Insurance
    Cyber threats have gotten the attention of regulators, and regulators are recommending Cyber Risk Insurance as one method for reducing risk. In June of this year, Commissioner Luis Aguilar gave a speech on cyber risks (here), noting both the…
  • Nov 11

    Small Business: Hacker Target

    Small Business: Hacker Target
    Small businesses are targets of hackers and should be buying Cyber Risk Insurance (see prior posts here and here) along with instituting strong IT security. Small businesses may believe they can fly under the radar and avoid breaches, but the…
  • Oct 28

    Professional Liability Insurance – Reporting Claim

    Professional Liability Insurance – Reporting Claim
    Reporting claims in a timely manner is critical for any professional liability insurance coverage – E&O, D&O, EPL and Cyber Risk. What constitutes a claim varies by policy and can, in some instances, be construed broadly. (See…
Rank this Week: 2600

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/
  • Dec 8

    NY Court of Appeals Interprets Noncumulation Clause In Favor of Insurer

    NY Court of Appeals Interprets Noncumulation Clause In Favor of Insurer
    In Nesmith v. Allstate Ins. Co., New York’s high court revisited the issue of the noncumulation clause in an insurance policy wherein a plaintiff was seeking to recover alleged damages as a result of exposure to lead-based paint. The…
  • Nov 17

    Additional Insured Status under Excess and Umbrella Policie

    Additional Insured Status under Excess and Umbrella Policie
    Blanket additional insured endorsements often require examination of a contract between the named insured and the purported additional insured, as many of these endorsements provide insured status contingent on the named insured being…
  • Oct 28

    EBOLA – First Party Insurance Implications???

    EBOLA – First Party Insurance Implications???
    Shortly after a nurse infected with Ebola visited a wedding shop to look for wedding gowns, the owner of the shop put herself into quarantine and temporarily closed her shop.    Is that business interruption loss covered? …
Rank this Week: 1708

Boston ERISA & Insurance…

Boston ERISA & Insurance Litigation Blog

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

http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/
  • Dec 8

    What's the Difference Between Public Pensions and Union Pensions?

    What's the Difference Between Public Pensions and Union Pensions?
    In the ways that matter right now, not that much. Here is a more detailed look, by focusing on certain union pension plans, at the move towards cutting benefits in multiemployer pension plans that I talked about in my last post. It’s…
  • Dec 4

    Coming Soon to a Private Pension Near You: Benefit Cuts?

    Coming Soon to a Private Pension Near You: Benefit Cuts?
    So, I have discussed before – many times, actually, in the wake of Detroit and similar experiences with municipal finances across the country – that public pensions pose a moral, political and economic dilemma. They are…
  • Nov 25

    A Nuanced Look at the Attorney-Client Privilege?

    A Nuanced Look at the Attorney-Client Privilege?
    This caught my eye, partly because I sat on a panel recently discussing the fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege in the context of ERISA litigation. This, in this case, is a Bloomberg BNA ethics webinar on…
Rank this Week: 1553

Vermont Workers Compensation Law…

Vermont Workers Compensation Law Blog

Covers insurance, injury and accident law. By Kalter & Kalter.

http://www.vermontworkerscompensationlawblog.com/
  • Dec 5

    VT Workers’ Comp Covers Mental Health Claim

    VT Workers’ Comp Covers Mental Health Claim
    Physical work injuries are easy to identify. Whether it’s a herniated disc, a torn meniscus or even Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, physical injuries are generally pretty easy to see and diagnosis. But what about psychological injuries like…
  • Oct 21

    Room & Board = Wages in Workers’ Comp

    Room & Board = Wages in Workers’ Comp
    In agricultural states such as Vermont, workers’ compensation lawyers often meet clients whose employers provide housing and/or board as part of their pay. Many times injured workers have not properly been advised that the market value…
  • Oct 3

    Work Injury Covered Despite Playful Pup

    Work Injury Covered Despite Playful Pup
    A recent Vermont workers’ compensation decision involving a mental health worker and her unruly dog relied on an exception to the general “coming and going” rule and found that the worker’s injury “arose out…
Rank this Week: 3199

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/
  • Dec 4

    . . . Better Not Cry; Better Not Use a Three Month Measurement Period, We’re Tellin’ You Why

    . . . Better Not Cry; Better Not Use a Three Month Measurement Period, We’re Tellin’ You Why
    A reader recently asked us to comment on a consultant’s warning against a three month look-back measurement period.  We concur.  Here’s why. The preamble to the IRS Employer Shared Responsibility Cost final…
  • Dec 2

    Providers May Get Guidance on the 60-Day Rule

    Providers May Get Guidance on the 60-Day Rule
    The ACA turned mistaken overpayments by intermediaries, carriers and Medicaid agencies into potential False Claims Act violations by healthcare providers when it required that an overpayment be reported and refunded within 60 days after it…
  • Nov 28

    IRS Penalties for Employer Coverage Offer Reporting Violation

    IRS Penalties for Employer Coverage Offer Reporting Violation
    It’s time to bust another ACA myth.  If the employer mandate goes away, ACA requirements to report the mandated coverage offers go away too, right?  Wrong. The employer mandate of Code § 4980H is enforced by…
Rank this Week: 3278

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…
  • Nov 3

    Florida Bad Faith Insurance Claim

    Florida Bad Faith Insurance Claim
    Some insureds parties do not understand the obligation of their insurance providers to act in good faith when they make a claim. These insureds expect that their insurance company will handle their claim honestly and fairly, but what can they…
  • Nov 1

    Motorcycle Accidents: What happens when insurance companies let you down?

    Motorcycle Accidents: What happens when insurance companies let you down?
    According to information released by Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System, during 2012 there were more than 9,000 accidents involving motorcycles on Florida roadways. In total, 457 drivers and passengers were killed and overall,…
Rank this Week: 1921

Florida Insurance Law Blog

Florida Insurance Law Blog

Discusses insurance news, cases, class actions, and bad faith insurance claims. By Liggio Benrubi.

http://www.floridainsurancelawblog.com/
  • Nov 24

    Our Propane tank rent class action

    Our Propane tank rent class action
    You would be charitable if you told me that I am a poor blogger.  I don’t think I’ve posted in over a year.  Frankly, I’ve been extremely busy, and I simply won’t hire a “professional blogger” to…
  • Oct 22

    The Florida Civil Justice System is in peril

    The Florida Civil Justice System is in peril
    I am, at best, and infrequent blogger.  I simply refuse to hire someone to blog for me, (which I understand is the norm, and not the exception), because I think that a blog is personal, and is intended to give my personal insights and…
  • Apr 17

    Lutz v Protective Life Insurance

    Lutz v Protective Life Insurance
    This post is very important for more than 100 Floridians who had health insurance with Protective Life. In order to avoid taking up too much space in this blog post, I will link to some important documents regarding this case which are posted…
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Canadian Insurance Blog

Canadian Insurance Blog

By Mike Thomas.

http://insuranceblog.harpergrey.com/
  • Nov 20

    The insured’s application for…

    The insured’s application for long-term disability benefits was denied by the adjuster for five months after the time of her claim. The insured alleges that in denying her claim, the adjuster and the insurer did not act in good faith.…
  • Nov 20

    Where a person is not a named insured on…

    Where a person is not a named insured on an automobile policy and that person operates a vehicle listed on that policy, the policy holder for the vehicle is not absolutely liable under section 258 of the Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.8, if…
  • Nov 20

    A first party insurer claimed…

    A first party insurer claimed indemnification from a second party insurer for statutory accident benefits paid to an insured following a motorcycle accident. It was held by both the arbitrator and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on…
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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/
  • Nov 20

    IRS issues updated Rollover Chart

    IRS issues updated Rollover Chart
    What’s an eligible rollover distribution and what’s not can be a complicated and confusing matter. Here’s a recent and handy rollover chart by the Internal Revenue Service updated for new rules that may be helpful. 1…
  • Nov 13

    The Top Five 401(k) compliance matters that employers can’t delegate away

    The Top Five 401(k) compliance matters that employers can’t delegate away
    Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, is pictured above with the sign he kept on his desk, “The buck stops here.” It meant that the President had to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for…
  • Nov 6

    Retirement Plan Limits for 2015

    Retirement Plan Limits for 2015
    On October 23, 2014 the IRS announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. The chart below highlights the new limits for 401(k) and other defined …
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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/
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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/
  • Nov 18

    HHS Cost Data Transparency Perhaps Not So Transparent

    HHS Cost Data Transparency Perhaps Not So Transparent
    Despite the Department of Health and Human Services’ intent to make Medicare healthcare cost data more transparent for the healthcare consumer, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, current…
  • Nov 7

    CMS Issues FY2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

    CMS Issues FY2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final Physician Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2015.   The annual Physician Fee Schedule includes various policy and payment changes to be…
  • Oct 31

    Office of Inspector General Releases Work Plan for FY 2015

    Office of Inspector General Releases Work Plan for FY 2015
    Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes a Work Plan for the coming fiscal year which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that the OIG plans to pursue with…
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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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Oklahoma Insurance Law

Oklahoma Insurance Law

Covers first party coverage issues and bad faith for Oklahoma. By Buckman & Roach.

http://www.okinsurancelawblog.com/
  • Nov 13

    Residential Candle Fire

    Residential Candle Fire
      Fires caused by candles result in $390 Million in claims for property loss or damage. It is estimated there are 165 fatalities each year from burning candles. Retail candle sales are increasing every year with a 700% increase in the…
  • Nov 4

    The Relationship Between The MCS-90 Endorsement And The Underlying Insurance Policy

    The Relationship Between The MCS-90 Endorsement And The Underlying Insurance Policy
    There is some disagreement between the courts in the way they are interpreting and applying the MCS-90 Endorsement and its relationship to the underlying insurance policy. The majority of jurisdictions consider the insurer’s obligations…
  • Oct 28

    Court Lacked Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Insurance Holding Company

    Court Lacked Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Insurance Holding Company
    Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against her automobile insurance carrier, Granite Insurance Company ("Granite"), for breach of contract and bad faith in investigating her insurance claim. Plaintiff also named as a Defendant American…
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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/
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Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Focuses on personal injury, estate, & marine law.

http://www.lambertandwilliams.com/posts
  • Oct 31

    Common Injuries Following an Auto Collision

    Common Injuries Following an Auto Collision
    On average there are 52,000 casualty crashes (crashes resulting in injuries or death, according to ICBC) each year in British Columbia. In a survey released in August 2014, ICBC recorded roughly 260,000 crashes in BC in 2013. There were…
  • Oct 27

    Must the Captain Always Go Down with His Ship?

    Must the Captain Always Go Down with His Ship?
    This is an article by Darren Williams, a founding partner of Lambert and Williams. Darren has written and published over 100 articles on maritime law in Canada. This article was originally published in February 2012.  If…
  • Oct 19

    Are You Aware of BC’s New Distracted Driving Penalties?

    Are You Aware of BC’s New Distracted Driving Penalties?
    As of Monday, October 20th, it is official: if you are anywhere in BC and you are caught by police driving while texting or handling any kind of electronic device, you stand to receive three demerit points on your BC driver license. These…
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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/
  • Oct 27

    Tylenol Side Effects Links to Liver Damage

    Tylenol Side Effects Links to Liver Damage
    Tylenol is the most popular over-the-counter pain relief medication used by millions of people both in the United States and around the world to alleviate ailments such as aches, pain, colds, and fever. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson,…
  • Sep 10

    Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $73 Million Over Defective Vaginal Mesh Device

    Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $73 Million Over Defective Vaginal Mesh Device
    After a two week trial in state court in Dallas, Texas, the 12 person jury has reached a verdict Salazar v. Boston Scientific. The verdict comes after a mesh lawsuit was filed by Plaintiff, Martha Salazar, who was implanted with the Obtryx…
  • Aug 26

    Drunk Driver Causes Wrong-Way Crash Seriously Injuring Two

    Drunk Driver Causes Wrong-Way Crash Seriously Injuring Two
    On Sunday, August 24 at 4:30 a.m., a driver traveling on Highway 66 in Rowlett was going the wrong way when he crashed into another vehicle. The drunk driver injured himself and two others, resulting in hospitalization at Baylor Regional…
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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/
  • Oct 22

    Kim’s Story

    Kim’s Story
    Reprinted from our October 22, 2014 Newsletter Structured Settlements Changing Lives Several months ago, I shared Robin’s Story with you. Today, I’m pleased to pass along the second in a series of first person testimonials on the…
  • Oct 21

    Master Class Highlight

    Master Class Highlight
    October 21, 2014 – Last week, I had the great honor of participating in the inaugural class of the structured settlement industry’s newest designation and will soon be able to call myself a . . . Master Structured Settlement…
  • Sep 13

    IRS on S&P 500 Linked Structured Settlement: It Works!

    IRS on S&P 500 Linked Structured Settlement: It Works!
    September 13, 2014 – Every Friday morning, when the Internal Revenue Service releases its written determinations to the public as required by law, not much fanfare is usually made of the event. (Insert chirping crickets soundtrack here)…
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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/
  • Oct 21

    Data Breach and Liability Insurance: Managing the Potential Risk and Addressing Claim

    Data Breach and Liability Insurance: Managing the Potential Risk and Addressing Claim
    On November 12, 2014, I will be participating in a webinar “Data Breach and Liability Insurance: Managing the Potential Risk and Addressing Claims” through the Commercial Law Web Advisor. I’ll be joined by two insurer-side attorneys at…
  • Oct 8

    Accessing The D&O Liability Coverage of a Bankrupt Corporation

    Accessing The D&O Liability Coverage of a Bankrupt Corporation
    An automatic stay in bankruptcy prevents anyone from accessing the property of the debtor estate, including the directors’ and officers’ liability (D&O) policies which insure individual directors and officers of the estate as well as…
  • Sep 17

    Setting Up a Successful Negotiation Regarding “2860 Rates”

    Setting Up a Successful Negotiation Regarding “2860 Rates”
    “The insurer’s obligation to pay fees to the independent counsel selected by the insured is limited to the rates which are actually paid by the insurer to attorneys retained by it in the ordinary course of business in the defense of…
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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…
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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/
  • Oct 14

    SMDA convinces LTD Insurer to overturn claims denial decision

    SMDA convinces LTD Insurer to overturn claims denial decision
    SMDA recently convinced an LTD insurer to overturn its claims denial decision by filing a comprehensive administrative appeal on behalf of our client. SMDA's client had filed a claim for disability benefits as a result of serious depression…
  • Sep 23

    State Farm Leads in number of complaints for all Michigan No-Fault Insurer

    State Farm Leads in number of complaints for all Michigan No-Fault Insurer
    The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services released its list of complaint ratios for 2013 recently. Leading the pack by a wide margin, with 101 complaints, State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company had more than twice the…
  • 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…
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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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Springfield Injury Lawyer Blog

Springfield Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers Illinois personal injury, medical malpractice and workers compensation law. By Ackerman Law Office, P.C.

http://www.springfieldinjurylawyer-blog.com/
  • Oct 5

    Caselaw Update

    Caselaw Update
    I spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers seminar in September 2014. I gave an update on tort law.  Below is a breakdown of the cases that I discussed.  There were a few already on this blog that I did not include.  Enjoy.…
  • Jun 24

    Lady Commits Suicide When Her Landlord Destroys Her Building Around Her

    Lady Commits Suicide When Her Landlord Destroys Her Building Around Her
    In one of the weirdest fact patterns in a long time the appellate court ruled on intentional infliction of emotional distress is a suicide case. Obviously, the law must accommodate even extremely weird fact patterns and this case is weird.…
  • May 25

    Setoff

    Setoff
    In Segovia vs. Romero the first district appellate court clarified what money a defendant may set off against a judgement. The case is somewhat unusual procedurally. The plaintiff in this case was the wife of a State Farm insured. The…
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Coverage Counsel

Coverage Counsel

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

http://nycoveragecounsel.blogspot.com/
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