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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/
  • May 29

    June 3 Presentation at BASF on Legal Malpractice Claims and Related Insurance Issue

    June 3 Presentation at BASF on Legal Malpractice Claims and Related Insurance Issue
    On Wednesday June 3, from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m., I’ll be co-presenting "Lawyers in the Cross-Hairs: Recent Trends in Claims Against Attorneys, Related Ethical and Insurance Issues, and Defense Strategies" at the Bar Association of…
  • May 19

    Policyholders Should Resist Insurer Demands to Allocate Settlement

    Policyholders Should Resist Insurer Demands to Allocate Settlement
    Policyholders seeking insurance funds to settle a case often face an insurer’s demand that some amount should be allocated to uncovered claims or parties. The issue arises often under directors and officers liability (D&O) policies,…
  • Apr 30

    California’s “Independent” Cumis Counsel Regime Faces A Novel Challenge

    California’s “Independent” Cumis Counsel Regime Faces A Novel Challenge
    On May 5, the California Supreme Court will hear argument in a case that has the potential to profoundly change the relationship between the insurer, its insured and the insured’s independent defense counsel under Civil Code section 2860.…
Rank this Week: 5066

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/
  • May 29

    The Taylor Swift – Structured Settlement Connection

    The Taylor Swift – Structured Settlement Connection
    May 29, 2015 – Hopefully the hook worked and you’re reading this post to find out what possible connection could exist between superstar recording sensation Taylor Swift and Structured Settlements. Truth be told, there are…
  • May 29

    Survey Says . . .

    Survey Says . . .
    From our May 28, 2015 Newsletter With the structured settlements industry recently concluding its best first quarter since the Great Recession officially ended six years ago, 2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for successful utilization…
  • Apr 15

    Great News for Annuitie

    Great News for Annuitie
    April 15, 2015 – Yesterday was a great day for annuities! According to a report in InvestmentNews, Ken Fisher is leaving the building. You may have never heard of Ken Fisher but you’d be hard pressed to miss him if you’ve…
Rank this Week: 3195

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By Brod Law Firm.

http://www.sanfranciscoinjurylawyerblog.com/
  • May 29

    New U.S. Supreme Court Ruling is a Mixed Bag for Whistleblower

    New U.S. Supreme Court Ruling is a Mixed Bag for Whistleblower
    When someone identifies an act of health care fraud, it is important that they speak up. However, under the False Claims Act (FCA) the ways in which they speak up are limited by Federal law. A recent Supreme Court ruling on qui tam lawsuits…
  • May 27

    Uber: Rider Beware?

    Uber: Rider Beware?
    On Wednesday, May 27, SFGate reported on Uber’s proposed new headquarters to be built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. Meanwhile, as Uber is planning the move, its legal status across the United States is far from settled. Many…
  • May 26

    Security Deposits: Limitations on Landlords Reinforced by New Settlement

    Security Deposits: Limitations on Landlords Reinforced by New Settlement
    The landlord/tenant relationship can be tricky and difficult to navigate. Many tenants inherently feel like they are at the mercy of their landlord if they want to be able to remain in their home. They do not feel like they are in a position…
Rank this Week: 1992

InsureBlog

InsureBlog

Covers insurance news.

http://insureblog.blogspot.com/
  • May 29

    The Flip Side of Halbig/King/Burntwell

    The Flip Side of Halbig/King/Burntwell
    The goal of The ObamaTax was to extend health insurance (and thus, presumably, health care) to the minority of Americans without it. It's been an article of faith that the subsidies are what will drive that goal. The Supreme Court has yet to…
  • May 28

    A Quarter Trillion here, A Quarter Trillion there...

    A Quarter Trillion here, A Quarter Trillion there...
    And pretty soon, you're talking real dollars:"Obamacare is set to add more than a quarter-of-a-trillion—that's trillion—dollars in extra insurance administrative costs to the U.S. health-care system"Keep in mind, these costs will…
  • May 27

    Unfortunate Client Timing

    Unfortunate Client Timing
    Got  a call this morning from the daughter of one of our agency's long-time clients. In addition to his auto and home, my long-since-retired colleague had written a life insurance policy for him. As the official "Life/Health guy," it…
Rank this Week: 854

Tennessee Injury Law Center

Tennessee Injury Law Center

Covers insurance law, products liability, medical malpractice and injury and accident law. By The Law Offices of John Day, P.C.

http://www.tennesseeinjurylawcenter.com/
  • May 29

    Whipped Cream: Bad for the Hips and Your Criminal Record

    Whipped Cream: Bad for the Hips and Your Criminal Record
    Last week, a Franklin woman drove her Lexus SUV into a ditch. After she managed to get her vehicle out of the ditch, she proceeded along Battle Avenue until she crashed into a brick mailbox. When police arrived on the scene, they found the…
  • May 27

    Tennessee Trial Stats: How Many Injury and Death Cases Were Filed, Who Won and How Much Did They Get?

    Tennessee Trial Stats: How Many Injury and Death Cases Were Filed, Who Won and How Much Did They Get?
    According to the Administrative Office of the Courts data, for the 2013-2014 reporting year, there were 10,232 tort cases filed in the State of Tennessee. (Tort cases are claims for injury or death and include medical malpractice or…
  • May 26

    Damage Caps on Train Accidents Hurt Victim

    Damage Caps on Train Accidents Hurt Victim
    Almost two decades ago, Congress decided $200 million should be the most a passenger train company like Amtrak should be required to pay to injury victims. Sounds like a lot of money, but let’s look at that for just a moment. Passenger…
Rank this Week: 2554

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/
  • May 29

    Comedian Tracy Morgan Finally Settles with Walmart After 2014 Truck Accident

    Comedian Tracy Morgan Finally Settles with Walmart After 2014 Truck Accident
    Pictured above: A scene from last year's accident involving a Walmart 18-wheeler  Last year, on June 7th, a Walmart 18-wheeler truck driven by Kevin Roper crashed into a limousine that Tracy Morgan and several associates and family…
  • May 28

    Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $100 Million to Delaware Woman

    Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $100 Million to Delaware Woman
    It was recently announced that Boston Scientific Corp., the manufacturer behind a number of vaginal mesh and sling products, must pay $100 million to a Delaware woman for damages. The woman, identified as Deborah Barba, blamed the company's…
  • May 27

    Drunk Driver Charged in Deadly 3-Car Crash in Georgetown, Michigan

    Drunk Driver Charged in Deadly 3-Car Crash in Georgetown, Michigan
    Pictured above: The scene of the accident on I-196  Yesterday, a Michigan driver was charged in a suspected drunk-driving crash after he caused a deadly accident over the Memorial Day weekend. The accident happened on Saturday on I-196…
Rank this Week: 122

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/
  • May 29

    Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) coming soon on the Medicare Secondary Payer Portal (MSPRP)

    Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) coming soon on the Medicare Secondary Payer Portal (MSPRP)
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be implementing optional Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) services on the Medicare Secondary Payer Portal (MSPRP). This change is being made as part of the work related to…
  • May 28

    Establishing Appeal Rights for Applicable Plans – Presentation Now Available

    Establishing Appeal Rights for Applicable Plans – Presentation Now Available
    CMS has posted the slides from the May 5, 2015 webinar regarding the Appeals Rights for Applicable Plans. The presentation, entitled “Applicable Plan” Appeals: Appealing a Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Claim where Medicare…
  • May 27

    New Section 111 COBSW URL Coming June 14, 2015

    New Section 111 COBSW URL Coming June 14, 2015
    On June 14, 2015, users of the Section 111 Coordination of Benefits Secure Website (COBSW) will be redirected to a new URL: https://www.cob.cms.hhs.gov/Section111/. Redirection will occur for 90 days, during which time users should transition…
Rank this Week: 387

The Insurance & Reinsurance Report

The Insurance & Reinsurance Report

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

http://www.insurerereport.com/
  • May 29

    No Sanctions for Policyholder Discovery Abuse

    No Sanctions for Policyholder Discovery Abuse
    An insurer brought a claim for sanctions in dismissing a property owner’s lawsuit over coverage for damage from Hurricane Ike over discovery abuses. The insurer sought what is commonly known in Texas as “death-penalty”…
  • May 28

    Insurers’ Duty of Good Faith Continues After the Filing of a Lawsuit

    Insurers’ Duty of Good Faith Continues After the Filing of a Lawsuit
    In  Am. Nat’l Prop. & Cas. Co. v. Stutte, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55280 (E.D. Tenn. Apr. 28, 2015),  a federal court in Tennessee recently ruled that a finding of bad faith can be based on decisions made by…
  • May 27

    Senate Panel to Probe Eligibility Verification Process for ACA Subsidie

    Senate Panel to Probe Eligibility Verification Process for ACA Subsidie
    The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) has launched an inquiry into government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act available primarily in the form of advance premium tax credits. According to PSI’s letter…
Rank this Week: 922

Property Insurance Coverage Law…

Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog

Covers property insurance coverage matters. By Merlin Law Group.

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/
  • May 29

    Strange Bedfellow

    Strange Bedfellow
    I consume a lot of news regarding policyholder regulations and laws around the country. However, for various reasons, I am always on the lookout for such news from the state of Texas. In many ways, Texas is similar to Florida: Texas is…
  • May 28

    Public Adjusters Come Together

    Public Adjusters Come Together
    (Note: This is a guest blog written by Nancy Dominguez, Managing Director of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters) On Wednesday, June 3rd, public adjusters will have a unique opportunity to get together with friends and…
  • May 28

    Florida Assignment of Benefits - Another Perspective

    Florida Assignment of Benefits - Another Perspective
    Dick Tutwiler posted an interesting perspective regarding assignment of property insurance claims in Florida Property Insurance Legislative Wrap 2015 - We made it through another year unscathed or did we? Here is his…
Rank this Week: 165

Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Lambert and Williams Law Blog

Focuses on personal injury, estate, & marine law.

http://www.lambertandwilliams.com/posts
  • May 28

    Personal Injury Lawyers Sort Out Complex Workplace Negligence Case

    Personal Injury Lawyers Sort Out Complex Workplace Negligence Case
    For the first time in B.C. history, the government has charged an employer with criminal negligence causing the death of an employee.  Although the facts of the case do not involve the death of a mariner, this article should be of…
  • May 26

    Lawyers in Victoria, BC: When is a Mariner Entitled to Severance Pay?

    Lawyers in Victoria, BC: When is a Mariner Entitled to Severance Pay?
    “When is a mariner entitled to notice of termination of their employment, or to be paid out for the time instead, often called severance pay?” Unfortunately this is an all too common question. In some cases, a mariner is left with…
  • May 24

    Practical Advice on Wills and Estates Planning for Blended Familie

    Practical Advice on Wills and Estates Planning for Blended Familie
    Many Canadian families do not follow the traditional family structure and are often formed by two people who have children from previous relationships. The 2011 census provides that these “blended families” now comprise 12.6% of…
Rank this Week: 2626

RandyWallace

RandyWallace

Blog about current issues in Mississippi law including personal injury, divorce and insurance.

http://randywallace.wordpress.com/
  • May 28

    Return to sender, reverse and render

    Return to sender, reverse and render
    Arguably the most famous person ever born in Tupelo, Mississippi had a little hit back in 1962 titled “Return to Sender” I gave a letter to the postman, He put it his sack. Bright in early next morning, He brought my letter back.…
  • Apr 23

    The worst pro se filing ever?

    The worst pro se filing ever?
    Last week on tax day made 15 years for me in the practice of law.  In that period of time I have crossed paths with some really good people and a considerably smaller group that were anything but.  Just when I thought I had viewed…
  • Mar 9

    Law and the Outdoor

    Law and the Outdoor
    Found this little jewel while researching something else. Many men, including this writer, feel that a person who has never seen squirrels jump from limb to limb in the deep swamp on a frosty Fall morning; or has never heard a wild turkey…
Rank this Week: 2397

New Jersey Insurance Coverage…

New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation

By Eugene Killian, Jr.

http://www.newjerseyinsurancecoveragelitigation.com
  • May 28

    Developments in cyberliability coverage

    Developments in cyberliability coverage
    We in business are all overwhelmed with reading material, but I try to make sure that I read at least some legal and business publications every day to keep up with developing trends.  And, it seems that every day I see another article…
  • Apr 28

    Insurance Coverage for Alleged Intentional Harm

    Insurance Coverage for Alleged Intentional Harm
    I’ve sometimes commented on this blog that my first boss in the business warned me: “If you assume there’s no coverage, you won’t find any.” There are plenty of risk managers and brokers who believe that general…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3220

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/
  • May 28

    Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) And Insurance

    Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) And Insurance
    Texas insurance lawyers need to understand the ways the Texas DTPA can help with insurance claims. Texas Insurance Code, Section 541.151(2) cross-references and prohibits conduct defined in the Texas Business & Commerce Code, Section…
  • May 26

    Insurance Misrepresentation

    Insurance Misrepresentation
    Fort Worth insurance lawyers know the statutes dealing with insurance misrepresentations can be found in the Texas Insurance Code. Several sections deal with this issue. The different types of misrepresentations that are prohibited by statute…
  • May 24

    Delay In Paying Insurance Claim

    Delay In Paying Insurance Claim
    Dallas insurance attorneys know the statutes dealing with the requirements of time within which an insurance company must pay a claim. A 2000, Corpus Christi Court of Appeals case addresses this issue. The style of the case is, Colonial…
Rank this Week: 1401

Florida Homeowners Insurance Blog

Florida Homeowners Insurance Blog

By Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.

http://www.floridahomeownersinsuranceblog.com/
  • May 28

    Your Frequently Asked Questions About Hurricane and Windstorm Claim

    Your Frequently Asked Questions About Hurricane and Windstorm Claim
    Hurricane insurance is an additional policy that Florida residents must purchase if they want their home or business to be covered in the event of a hurricane or windstorm related disaster.  Many people are confused as to the concept of…
  • May 19

    Miami Homeowner’s Insurance Attorneys Explore Insurance Coverage Disputes and Bad Faith

    Miami Homeowner’s Insurance Attorneys Explore Insurance Coverage Disputes and Bad Faith
    You elected to take out homeowner’s insurance in order to provide you with peace of mind in the event of any accident or disaster.  You have loyally paid your insurance premiums for years.  Now, your home has experienced…
  • May 12

    Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Claims in Florida

    Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Claims in Florida
    If your home is damaged in a fire, you are likely in shock and at a loss as to what will happen next.  The following is a look at some frequently asked questions concerning fire claims in Florida.  For individualized assistance,…
Rank this Week: 3144

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/
Rank this Week: 515

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
Rank this Week: 410

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/
  • May 27

    Pennsylvania Health Care Name Badge Law

    Pennsylvania Health Care Name Badge Law
    A new provision in the Pennsylvania Health Care Facilities Act will take effect on June 1, 2015 requiring healthcare facility personnel, physicians in private practice and their employees to wear name badges while treating patients. …
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1462

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
Rank this Week: 2703

Reinsurance Law Blog

Reinsurance Law Blog

Covers insurance bad faith. By Stauffer Nathan.

http://reinsurance.staufferlaw.com/
  • May 27

    No med pay or liability payments to named insureds; Missouri law

    No med pay or liability payments to named insureds; Missouri law
    In Shelter Ins. Co. v. Vasseur, the issue was whether Shelter’s policy provided coverage under its farm owner’s policy for injuries to its insureds. But the policy excluded coverage for medical payments and for liability coverage…
  • May 26

    Ambiguities in replacement cost coverage; Missouri law

    Ambiguities in replacement cost coverage; Missouri law
    In Wilson v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, the Wilsons purchased a Gold Star 100% replacement cost policy from American Family, to insure their historic farmhouse. When a fire destroyed the their home, American family offered to…
  • May 26

    CGL assault and battery; auto exclusions did not apply to parking lot injury — Missouri law

    CGL assault and battery; auto exclusions did not apply to parking lot injury — Missouri law
    In Minden v. Atain Specialty Insurance Co., Lammert struck Daniel with his vehicle as they were both leaving a party at Gannon’s, a bar. Lammert eventually pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. When Gannon’s was sued, its…
Rank this Week: 1020

Massachusetts Social Security…

Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyers Blog

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

http://www.massachusettssocialsecuritydisabilitylawyersblog.com/
  • May 26

    Social Security Disability Claimant Pleaded Guilty to Bomb Threat

    Social Security Disability Claimant Pleaded Guilty to Bomb Threat
    Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a daunting task for any unrepresented claimant. There is nothing more frustrating than suffering from a severe disability that will not allow you to work and take care of yourself and…
  • May 23

    ALS and Social Security Disability Benefit

    ALS and Social Security Disability Benefit
    May is national ALS awareness month, so it seems appropriate to discuss the serious disease and how it works in terms of a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits claim. According to a recent article from NTV News, ALS,…
  • May 19

    Senator Rand Paul Asks for Help on Social Security Disability Budget Issue

    Senator Rand Paul Asks for Help on Social Security Disability Budget Issue
    With GOP presidential candidates trying to get ahead in the polls and eventually attain the party's nomination, many are trying to shape themselves as fiscal hawks, to use the term favored by many cable news pundits. One of the main ways to…
Rank this Week: 2390

Business Insurance Attorney Blog

Business Insurance Attorney Blog

Covers insurance law. By Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A.

http://www.businessinsuranceattorney.com/
  • May 26

    The Wall Street Journal finds that Travelers Insurance won’t share its umbrella

    The Wall Street Journal finds that Travelers Insurance won’t share its umbrella
    Today’s Wall Street Journal front page features an article titled, “Travelers Doesn’t Want to Share its Umbrella,” about Travelers Insurance threatening suit against virtually every company that uses an umbrella as…
  • May 20

    What’s that smell? You’re in luck, it may be covered!

    What’s that smell? You’re in luck, it may be covered!
    In a recent decision issued by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, losses caused by a persistent odor can be considered a “physical loss” and thus covered under a homeowner’s insurance policy if the smell distinctly and…
  • May 8

    Consent-to-settle clauses still require insurer’s approval before settling

    Consent-to-settle clauses still require insurer’s approval before settling
    A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Georgia is an important reminder to businesses and individuals whose policy contains a “consent-to-settle” clause – make sure you have the insurer’s approval before proceeding…
Rank this Week: 2541

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/
  • May 26

    Insurance Agents/Brokers E&O – Claims from Claim

    Insurance Agents/Brokers E&O – Claims from Claim
    Insurance agents/brokers E&O (errors & omissions or professional liability) claims often result from a customer’s claim being denied by an insurer. The denial can occur for a variety of factors including late reporting and…
  • May 12

    Employee Errors, Expectations & Cyber Risk

    Employee Errors, Expectations & Cyber Risk
    Cyber risk losses, primarily breaches, come from hackers & employee errors (or both), and both impact Cyber Risk Insurance losses. Good IT risk management is critical to protecting an organization, but one practitioner does not include…
  • Apr 16

    Fast Growing Insurance Agencie

    Fast Growing Insurance Agencie
    Fast growing insurance agencies have five common attributes according to Stuart Ganis in PropertyCasualty360 (see here). The traits are: Culture – focused on production Technology – implemented to leverage people and scale Sales…
Rank this Week: 2659

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/
  • May 26

    The Fiduciary Hierarchy

    The Fiduciary Hierarchy
    The recent Department of Labor’s re-proposed Fiduciary Rule has generated many opinions on how it will affect fiduciary service models. One constant, however, cuts through all of the debate: the Plan Sponsor still has the fiduciary…
  • May 18

    Who is responsible for service provider mistakes?

    Who is responsible for service provider mistakes?
    It took nine years in the case of Butler v. United Healthcare of Tennessee to determine who was responsible for a denied group health benefit claim. The patient, covered by her husband’s ERISA health benefit plan, sought treatment for…
  • May 11

    What We Can Learn From Australia’s Superannuation

    What We Can Learn From Australia’s Superannuation
    Superannuation is what Australia calls its retirement system, and they are doing something right. According to the 2014 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (8o-page report if downloaded), an annual study that ranks national retirement…
Rank this Week: 4330

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Disability Caused by Subjective Symptom

    Disability Caused by Subjective Symptom
    Courts struggle with disability claims caused by subjective symptoms due to the difficulty in quantifying the level of pain and fatigue experienced by a claimant. Unfortunately, pain and fatigue are the principle disabling symptoms caused by…
  • May 22

    Social Security Disability Benefits in Jeopardy

    Social Security Disability Benefits in Jeopardy
    Social Security is obviously a hot political topic. As the number of beneficiaries expands for demographic reasons, politicians have warned us repeatedly that Social Security’s programs are getting too expensive and that we may soon…
  • May 20

    May is Lupus Awareness Month

    May is Lupus Awareness Month
    Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus,…
Rank this Week: 1605

Comitz Beethe's Disability…

Comitz Beethe's Disability Insurance Claim Blog

Covers disability insurance claims, claim tips, insurer profiles, insurance industry news, and case studies.

http://www.disabilitycounsel.net/blog/
  • May 25

    What Is A Discretionary Clause?

    What Is A Discretionary Clause?
    Discretionary clauses grant your insurance company substantial discretionary authority to interpret your policy and determine your eligibility for disability benefits.  If your disability policy contains a discretionary clause and your…
  • May 18

    Disability Insurer Profiles: Great-West

    Disability Insurer Profiles: Great-West
    Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company (“Great-West”) is the final disability insurance provider we will look at in our series profiling insurance companies that specifically market to physicians and dentists. See our…
  • May 11

    Disability Insurer Profiles: Standard

    Disability Insurer Profiles: Standard
    Standard is another disability insurer we will look at that specifically markets its policies to physicians and dentists. See our profiles of MassMutual, MetLife, Northwestern Mutual, Guardian, and Hartford. StanCorp Financial Group…
Rank this Week: 1979

Vermont Workers Compensation Law…

Vermont Workers Compensation Law Blog

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

http://www.vermontworkerscompensationlawblog.com/
  • May 22

    Employee or Independent Contractor: Important Question for VT Workers’ Comp

    Employee or Independent Contractor: Important Question for VT Workers’ Comp
    Have you ever had an employer tell you you’re not an “employee,” but rather an “independent contractor”? More importantly, do you know that independent contractors generally aren’t entitled to…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2305

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/
  • May 20

    SEC Charges California Firm With Lying About Life Settlement

    SEC Charges California Firm With Lying About Life Settlement
    The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a California retirement planning firm with falsely telling investors that interests in life settlements the company sold were “guaranteed” and “federally…
  • May 19

    Ban Litigation Funding of Divorce Lawsuits, Says Law Review Article’s Author

    Ban Litigation Funding of Divorce Lawsuits, Says Law Review Article’s Author
    The May 2015 issue of the Michigan Law Review includes a note entitled “Eliminating Financiers From the Equation: A Call For Court-Mandated Fee Shifting in Divorces” by Bibeane Metsch-Garcia, which calls for a prohibition against…
  • May 15

    Report: Life Partners Decision Breathes New Life into Securities Lawsuit

    Report: Life Partners Decision Breathes New Life into Securities Lawsuit
    The Texas Supreme Court decision in Life Partners, Inc. v. Arnold No. 14-0122, 2015 Tex. LEXIS 440 (Tex. May 8, 2015) – described here, here and here – has also received some media attention. In the decision, the highest…
Rank this Week: 225

Boston ERISA & Insurance…

Boston ERISA & Insurance Litigation Blog

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

http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/
  • May 19

    Initial Thoughts on the Supreme Court's Opinion in Tibble v. Edison

    Initial Thoughts on the Supreme Court's Opinion in Tibble v. Edison
    So what does it mean if you are an ERISA litigator who writes a blog and you are too busy litigating to write a post on Tibble v. Edison (even though you have published a widely read article on the case) right after the Supreme Court issues…
  • May 4

    Will Church Plan Litigation Lead to an Attack on Governmental Plan Exemptions?

    Will Church Plan Litigation Lead to an Attack on Governmental Plan Exemptions?
    Dismayed at the attention her father was receiving from her teenage friends over dinner in a Chinese restaurant, Sally Draper remarked to the table that her father’s joke about stray cats and slow restaurant service was one he had been…
  • Apr 30

    Should Company Officers Run Retirement and Other Benefit Plans?

    Should Company Officers Run Retirement and Other Benefit Plans?
    This is great – I loved the idea of this Bloomberg BNA webinar the minute it popped up in my in-box, just from the title: “Just Say No: Why Directors Should Avoid Duties That Will Subject Them to ERISA.” I have written…
Rank this Week: 3375

First Party Property Insurance…

First Party Property Insurance Blog

Covers first party property insurance claims. By Todd Legal.

http://firstpartyproperty.com/blog/
  • May 17

    To Hail and Back: The Four Problems with Hail Claims and the Six Tools You Need to Solve Them

    To Hail and Back: The Four Problems with Hail Claims and the Six Tools You Need to Solve Them
    Coming to a Roof Near You As you know, the water extraction assignment of benefits (AOB) issue has had the insurance industry’s center stage for the last couple of months. As a result, we have not heard that much about another trending…
  • Apr 15

    AOBs … Nothing But the Fact

    AOBs … Nothing But the Fact
    There has been a flood of analysis of the assignment of benefits (AOB) issue lately. Throughout the debates over new AOB legislation, a lot of facts have been revealed. For those of us who are too busy to collect all these updates, we wanted…
  • Mar 31

    Listen Up First Party Property Insurance Blog Community

    Listen Up First Party Property Insurance Blog Community
    I hope you have been enjoying some of the recent posts about insurance claims litigation innovation. In response to these articles, I know that a lot of you have reached out to me, so this article is for you – the First Party Property…
Rank this Week: 2808

CyberInquirer

CyberInquirer

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

http://cyberinquirer.com
  • May 16

    Will Your Tech E&O Insurance Cover Your Retention of Someone Else’s Electronic Data?

    Will Your Tech E&O Insurance Cover Your Retention of Someone Else’s Electronic Data?
      The following was written by my good friend Scott Godes. While Scott may be intellectually dishonest, he is an effective advocate and counselor to his policyholder clients. Thanks Scott. Court Offers Narrow Interpretation of…
  • May 15

    SCOTUS TO DECIDE STANDING: WILL CYBER BREACH PLAINTIFFS BE TOLD TO TAKE A SEAT?

    SCOTUS TO DECIDE STANDING: WILL CYBER BREACH PLAINTIFFS BE TOLD TO TAKE A SEAT?
    On April 27, 2015, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari on the seminal question of whether a putative class of consumers’ allegations of statutory violations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”),…
  • May 3

    Insurers: Assert Your Subrogation Right

    Insurers: Assert Your Subrogation Right
    The following column was first published in 2012. It is as fresh today as it was then. Its time to take it to heart. Rick It is axiomatic to say that insurance products evolve. Indeed, like virtually every organic structure, its development,…
Rank this Week: 1188

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/
  • May 15

    Random and contrasting thoughts on attitudes and justice

    Random and contrasting thoughts on attitudes and justice
    Not every post is about what cases we’re winning, losing, or simply struggling with.  This past week I’ve spent a good deal of time simply ruminating about two opposite but telling things I’ve read.  Let me share…
  • May 3

    Mortgage Servicer

    Mortgage Servicer
    We have been involved, for some time now, in two class action cases against a company that was formerly known as “American Home Mortgage Servicing”, they changed their name to “Homeward” (hah!), and they were…
  • Apr 24

    Do the Regulators really regulate?

    Do the Regulators really regulate?
    For many years, Florida has allowed health insurers to sell group policies within the state, that are not subject to much regulation in the state, under a statute known as the out-of-state group law, Fla. Stat. 627.6515:…
Rank this Week: 1746

Insurance Defense Blog

Insurance Defense Blog

Covers civil litigation and insurance defense in Washington, D.C. By David Stratton.

http://www.insurancedefenseblog.us/
  • May 8

    District of Columbia Legislative History - LIMS

    District of Columbia Legislative History - LIMS
    The District of Columbia government has upgraded its Legislative Information Management System ("LIMS"). As a result of the upgrades, the database covers all legislation passed by the D.C. Council from 1989 to the present, a total…
  • Aug 10

    Plaintiffs in DC cell phone litigation avoid knockout punch, for now

    Plaintiffs in DC cell phone litigation avoid knockout punch, for now
    "Can cell phones cause brain cancer?" With that question, which he did not answer, Judge Weisberg of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia began a 76-page discourse on the admissibility of the testimony of eight…
  • Aug 9

    Judicial estoppel based on bankruptcy filing affirmed in the District of Columbia

    Judicial estoppel based on bankruptcy filing affirmed in the District of Columbia
    I had previously written about judicial estoppel and lack of standing defenses that could arise from a plaintiff's prior bankruptcy filing. There is a recent decision in the District of Columbia in which judicial estoppel barred a plaintiff's…
Rank this Week: 3592

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: 4519

New Jersey Insurance Blog

New Jersey Insurance Blog

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

http://njinsuranceblog.com
Rank this Week: 2632

Canadian Insurance Blog

Canadian Insurance Blog

By Mike Thomas.

http://insuranceblog.harpergrey.com/
  • May 4

    Decision granting summary judgment…

    Decision granting summary judgment dismissing insured's action was upheld on basis that insured did not meet qualifying conditions of disability policy and commenced action more than two years after becoming aware of disability. Thompson v.…
  • May 4

    Commercial general liability insurer was…

    Commercial general liability insurer was under obligation to defend insured in respect to claims relating to allegedly defective valves in HVAC units, which resulted in flooding. Versa Fittings and Manufacturing Inc. v. Berkley Insurance Co.,…
  • May 4

    Commercial general liability insurers are…

    Commercial general liability insurers are under duty to defend insured in third party claims and to share the costs on a proportionate basis. UPS Supply Chain Solutions Inc. v. Airon HVAC Service Ltd., [2015] O.J. No. 1360, March 18, 2015,…
Rank this Week: 1207

Insurance Class Actions Insider

Insurance Class Actions Insider

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

http://www.insuranceclassactions.com/
  • May 4

    Rule 23 Subcommittee’s Proposed Amendment

    Rule 23 Subcommittee’s Proposed Amendment
    The Rule 23 Subcommittee of the federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules recently issued a report with proposed amendments to Rule 23. These are at an early stage and far from final recommendations. Here are some brief…
  • May 1

    Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Standing Issue

    Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Standing Issue
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339 (SCOTUSblog page), to decide whether a plaintiff who does not suffer any injury has Article III standing to sue for violation of a federal statute. The…
  • Apr 21

    Use of Expert Testimony at Class Certification Stage Addressed By Third Circuit

    Use of Expert Testimony at Class Certification Stage Addressed By Third Circuit
    The Third Circuit recently joined the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits in holding that, where a Daubert challenge is made to the use of expert testimony in support of class certification, the Daubert challenge must be resolved at that…
Rank this Week: 4246

Massachusetts Workers'…

Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Attorney Blog

Covers workers' compensation, injury and insurance law. By Troupe Law Offices.

http://www.massachusettsworkerscompensationattorneyblog.com/
  • Apr 28

    How Much Is My Workers Comp Case Worth?

    How Much Is My Workers Comp Case Worth?
    How Much Is My Workers Comp Case Worth? This is one of the most common questions asked of attorneys practicing in workers compensation, or any personal injury type of law.  For someone who has sustained a work-related injury, with…
  • Feb 20

    What to do when your Employer is uncooperative following an injury at work?

    What to do when your Employer is uncooperative following an injury at work?
    What to do when your Employer is uncooperative following an injury at work? You’ve been injured at work. Your doctor says you’re disabled from working. You need to file a claim for workers’ comp benefits, and you need…
  • Jan 12

    DIA Reviewing Board in Boston rules that returning to work against a doctor’s advice does not satisfy Section 27

    DIA Reviewing Board in Boston rules that returning to work against a doctor’s advice does not satisfy Section 27
    The Department of Industrial Accidents Reviewing Board recently held that the standards M.G.L. chapter 152, section 27 were not met, thus affirming the decision of the Administrative Judge.  Click here for a link to the case. M.G.L.…
Rank this Week: 2574

Boston Workers Compensation…

Boston Workers Compensation Attorney Blog

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

http://www.bostonworkerscompensationattorney-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 3186

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/
  • Apr 16

    EEOC Wellness Incentive Rules: Damned If You Do, Maybe

    EEOC Wellness Incentive Rules: Damned If You Do, Maybe
    Almost two years ago, the ACA enforcement agencies jointly published a set of lengthy, detailed, final rules applying the ACA’s enhanced health status discrimination prohibition to employer-administered wellness incentives. On…
  • Apr 13

    12 ACA Compliance Boxes You Should Have Checked Already

    12 ACA Compliance Boxes You Should Have Checked Already
    For employers who have delayed ACA compliance this long, you have delayed too long. Even if things go your way this June in King v. Burwell, you’ll be unprepared for EBSA compliance audits and for IRS coverage offer reporting that is…
  • Apr 2

    Is Every State Agency and Instrumentality An Applicable Large Employer Member?

    Is Every State Agency and Instrumentality An Applicable Large Employer Member?
    Your board, commission or other state-created entity has ten employees and a budget that’s a Medicaid rounding error to four decimal places.   How could you possibly be an ACA “Applicable Large Employer”?…
Rank this Week: 1919

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/
  • Apr 15

    Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Rules: Expanding the Definition of Fiduciary

    Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Rules: Expanding the Definition of Fiduciary
    Yesterday the Department of Labor issued a number of proposed rules related to retirement plans, conflict of interest, providing investment advice and the definition of “fiduciary.”  Since the original proposed rule was…
  • Apr 8

    Is it a Perk or a Plan? Big “B” or Little “b”

    Is it a Perk or a Plan? Big “B” or Little “b”
    Earlier this week, Starbucks announced that it is expanding its tuition reimbursement program to include more employees.  One article I read actually referred to as it as a “tuition plan.”  I don’t pretend to…
  • Apr 1

    When the Intranet is Not Enough: Rules for Electronic Disclosure of Plan Document

    When the Intranet is Not Enough: Rules for Electronic Disclosure of Plan Document
    It seems that everyone has a smart phone or a tablet and I can’t think of anyone I know who does not have internet access at home.  Consequently, plan sponsors ask all the time if they can just e-mail plan documents to employees to…
Rank this Week: 610

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: 1183

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: 1173

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: 3425

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: 1264

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/
  • Mar 22

    Indiana Workers Compensation – Interview with George Patrick

    Indiana Workers Compensation – Interview with George Patrick
      We had the honor of having George Patrick, a workers compensation lawyer from Indiana, on the radio on Saturday, March 14, 2015, Pi day.  His interview is here.  This is especially interesting to me because I have heard so…
  • Feb 22

    Medical Records as Hearsay in Workers Compensation Claim

    Medical Records as Hearsay in Workers Compensation Claim
    In worker’s compensation claims employees and employers typically put medical records of the petitioner and evidence. The doctors are often not usually called as witnesses.  Recent changes to the Worker’s Compensation Act…
  • Jan 20

    Wage Loss and PPD Award in Consolidated Case

    Wage Loss and PPD Award in Consolidated Case
        If the petitioner has two cases the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission can award both a permanent partial disability award and a wage loss differential award. Go here to see a video of me discussing the case Deerfield case…
Rank this Week: 2664