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InsureBlog

Covers insurance news.

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  • Nov 27

    Helpful Thanksgiving ICD-10 Code

    Helpful Thanksgiving ICD-10 Code
    As co-blogger Kelley last mentioned a couple of months ago, the "new and improved" ICD-10 codes are on the way (maybe). And just in time, too; the folks at Health Data Management have helpfully compiled a list of handy dandy ICD-10 codes…
  • Nov 26

    "I forgot"

    "I forgot"
    It's hard to beat this Steve Martin excuse:"You.. can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You say.. "Steve.. how can I be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes?" First.. get a million dollars.…
  • Nov 26

    Cavalcade of Risk #222: Gratefully risky

    Cavalcade of Risk #222: Gratefully risky
    Van Mayhall hosts the pre-Thanksgiving round-up of risk-related posts. As usual,Van does a terrific job of tying together seemingly unrelated items, providing a fantastic narrative.Thanks, Van! Original content copyright © InsureBlog
Rank this Week: 16

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/
Rank this Week: 249

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: 242

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: 286

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
  • Nov 26

    Declaratory judgment action and Special proceeding are identical – dismissal denied

    Declaratory judgment action and Special proceeding are identical – dismissal denied
    Mordini Estates, Inc. v Punto Zero, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op 51661(U) “In support of the branch of tenant’s motion seeking to dismiss the petition pursuant to CPLR 3211 (a) (4), tenant failed to demonstrate that the relief sought in…
  • Nov 26

    The conclusory statement of non receipt will not non-suit a 45-day case

    The conclusory statement of non receipt will not non-suit a 45-day case
    Easy Care Acupuncture PC v MVAIC, 2014 NY Slip Op 51645(U)(App. Term 1st Dept. 2014) “The action, seeking recovery of assigned first-party no-fault benefits, is not ripe for summary dismissal. The vague and conclusory assertion by…
  • Nov 26

    New Jersey fee schedule is proper as a matter of law

    New Jersey fee schedule is proper as a matter of law
    Surgicare Surgical v National Interstate Ins. Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 24362 (Civ. Ct. Bronx Co. 2014) The quick synopsis of this case is that were the services are performed in a state where there is a fee schedule for these types of service,…
Rank this Week: 605

Boston ERISA & Insurance…

Boston ERISA & Insurance Litigation Blog

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

http://www.bostonerisalaw.com/
  • 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…
  • Nov 21

    The Wall Street Journal on Increased Oversight of ESOP Transaction

    The Wall Street Journal on Increased Oversight of ESOP Transaction
    The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting, if superficial, story on tougher scrutiny of ESOP transactions and how that is impacting smaller companies with ESOP programs. As the article pointed out, ESOPs in that context are very much a tool…
  • Nov 20

    Three for Thursday

    Three for Thursday
    Well, some of you may recall that when I joined Twitter, I originally did it so that I would have an additional outlet to point out and comment on the various interesting articles and commentaries that cross my desk.  Twitter, though,…
Rank this Week: 298

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 …
Rank this Week: 442

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/
  • 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? …
  • Oct 14

    ILIA Launches Website

    ILIA Launches Website
    I’m pleased to announce that the Insurance Litigation Institute of America has launched a new website: www.insurancelitigationinstitute.org. ILIA, an institute of the Litigation Counsel of America, was founded by Diane Polscer, Julia…
Rank this Week: 590

Coverage Counsel

Coverage Counsel

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

http://nycoveragecounsel.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 439

Disability & Bad Faith…

Disability & Bad Faith Attorney Blog

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

http://disabilityinsurancelawyers.com/blog/
  • Sep 9

    Diagnosis Does Not Equal Disability; an Important Message to HIV/AIDS Victims to Document Your Restrictions and Limitation

    Diagnosis Does Not Equal Disability; an Important Message to HIV/AIDS Victims to Document Your Restrictions and Limitation
    Long Term Disability Insurance Companies typically say “diagnosis does not equal disability.” This phrase is normally among the first words spoken by a long term disability insurance company attorney to a judge in cases where the…
  • Aug 27

    How Insurance Companies “Push Poll” Your Physicians to Turn Against You

    How Insurance Companies “Push Poll” Your Physicians to Turn Against You
    “Push Polling” is a device most frequently employed in political campaigns where a political party attempts to poison the opinions of voters against the opposing candidate under the guise of conducting a poll. Masquerading as…
  • Aug 21

    Disability Considerations for Solo Practitioner

    Disability Considerations for Solo Practitioner
    If you are the sole practitioner in your legal, medical, chiropractic or dental practice, and you know that you are going to be unable to practice due to your disability, there are a multiple issues you should address prior to your last day…
Rank this Week: 473

Declarations and Exclusions

Declarations and Exclusions

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

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

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

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

    Blawg Review #315

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

    Marc Randazza: The Mark of Excellence

    Marc Randazza: The Mark of Excellence
    You will recall, perhaps, that I am a defendant in The Litigation Commonly Known as Rakofsky v. Internet. I have not posted updates on the case since last October, principally because the case was subject to a stay order. With the stay in…
Rank this Week: 344

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/
  • 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…
  • Nov 25

    Deadline Extended For Reinsurance Enrollment Information

    Deadline Extended For Reinsurance Enrollment Information
    The Affordable Care Act, among other things, established a reinsurance program, which is a three-year transitional program designed to stabilize premiums in the individual market. Because insurers can no longer charge a higher premium for…
  • Nov 25

    CMS Extends Deadline For Annual Reinsurance Enrollment

    CMS Extends Deadline For Annual Reinsurance Enrollment
    The Affordable Care Act, among other things, established a reinsurance program, which is a three-year transitional program designed to stabilize premiums in the individual market. Because insurers can no longer charge a higher premium for…
Rank this Week: 1852

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers personal injury law. By Brod Law Firm.

http://www.sanfranciscoinjurylawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 28

    A Warning About the Danger of Falling Furniture from Our California Child Injury Law Office

    A Warning About the Danger of Falling Furniture from Our California Child Injury Law Office
    Throughout the year and especially in the holiday season, there is little we are more thankful for than family. As parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and family of the heart, the team at the Brod Law Firm knows that protecting our…
  • Nov 26

    Blackout Wednesday and the Danger of Thanksgiving Weekend DUI Accident

    Blackout Wednesday and the Danger of Thanksgiving Weekend DUI Accident
    The grocery store lines are growing, the highway traffic is picking up, and the holiday sale advertisements are taking over the airways, all signs that the Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching. Like many of you, we are looking forward to…
  • Nov 25

    Tour Bus Accidents & Liability Under California Law

    Tour Bus Accidents &amp; Liability Under California Law
    Whether getting an overview of one city or enjoying a trip that incorporates multiple stops, tour buses can be a great option. By relieving tourists of the responsibility of driving, tour buses can allow people to truly appreciate the sights…
Rank this Week: 2818

Property Insurance Coverage Law…

Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog

Covers property insurance coverage matters. By Merlin Law Group.

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

    Texas Public Adjusters Accused of Being Runners for Unethical Attorney

    Texas Public Adjusters Accused of Being Runners for Unethical Attorney
    Are some Texas public adjusters criminally and unethically running for some lawyers in Texas? This was the accusation made by an insurance company defense firm in Keeping Pace With Texas Hail Claim 'Case-Runners'. The post noted: There are…
  • Nov 27

    Happy Thanksgiving From Merlin Law Group

    Happy Thanksgiving From Merlin Law Group
    Merlin Law Group would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! .
  • Nov 26

    In Memory of Hal Arnold

    In Memory of Hal Arnold
    (Note: This guest blog is by Bruce Kabat, a public adjuster and COO of Adjusters International Colorado) In the spirit of Thanksgiving, many of us are thankful for the memories we’ll forever have of a true professional named Hal…
Rank this Week: 4707

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Nov 28

    FDIC: Banks Prosper, Problem Institutions Remain

    FDIC: Banks Prosper, Problem Institutions Remain
    The banking industry had a “positive quarter” in the third quarter of 2014, according to the FDIC”s latest Quarterly Banking Profile. Banks continue to improve and are performing  better than during the same period a…
  • Nov 26

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

    Guest Post: Cyber Security Indeed: Derivative Action Dismissed Where Board Proactively Addressed Cyber Risks and Exposure
    The derivative lawsuit filed against the board of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation in connection with the series of cyber breaches the company had experienced was being closely watched as possibly representative of a potential new area liability…
  • Nov 25

    Calculating Damages in Securities Class Action Lawsuit

    Calculating Damages in Securities Class Action Lawsuit
    Because securities class action lawsuits under Section 10 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 so rarely go to trial (a topic I addressed in a recent post, here), questions about how damages are calculated are not often…
Rank this Week: 822

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: 2590

Massachusetts Social Security…

Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyers Blog

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

http://www.massachusettssocialsecuritydisabilitylawyersblog.com/
  • Nov 27

    SSDI Benefit Vetting Process Scrutinized

    SSDI Benefit Vetting Process Scrutinized
    Disabled individuals applying for Social Security Disability benefits face myriad problems if their initial benefits claim is denied. Appealing becomes necessary, and it can take a year or so to even get a hearing. Once you finally get…
  • Nov 23

    Understanding Your Social Security Disability Benefit Statement

    Understanding Your Social Security Disability Benefit Statement
    In 2011 as part of a cost-saving measure, the Social Security Administration (SSA) discontinued mailing out annual benefits statements letting people know what they were entitled to receive from the SSA. Instead of mailing out the hard…
  • Nov 18

    Social Security Disability a Lifeline for Boston Children Too

    Social Security Disability a Lifeline for Boston Children Too
    Many people attack the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits program because they claim too many people get benefits or take advantage of the program because they don't want to work. A Boston disability lawyer knows this is untrue…
Rank this Week: 1932

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/
  • Nov 27

    Cancellation For Nonpayment And Notice

    Cancellation For Nonpayment And Notice
    Insurance attorneys in Dallas will see situations where a policy is cancelled due to nonpayment of premiums. The Texas Insurance Code, Sections 551.101 thru 551.113 deal with policy cancellations. But what about specific situations. Here is a…
  • Nov 25

    Insurance And Intent

    Insurance And Intent
    Garland insurance attorneys need to understand when coverage under an insurance policy is going to be provided and when it is not, due to the intent of the policyholder. A 1998, Amarillo Court of Appeals case is a good case...
  • Nov 23

    Dallas Insurance Attorneys Need To Know What An Insurable Interest Is Defined

    Dallas Insurance Attorneys Need To Know What An Insurable Interest Is Defined
    Dallas insurance lawyers need to be able to discuss with a client when insurance is going to cover a loss. This may seem easy at first but that is not always the case. The Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion...
Rank this Week: 3944

Insurance Class Actions Insider

Insurance Class Actions Insider

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

http://www.insuranceclassactions.com/
  • Nov 26

    Class Action Settlement: Judge Posner Strikes Again At Excessive Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ Fee

    Class Action Settlement: Judge Posner Strikes Again At Excessive Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ Fee
    Judge Posner of the Seventh Circuit continues to be prolific in authoring class action-related opinions. I enjoy blogging about these decisions because they are entertaining to read and usually relatively short and to the point, making them…
  • Nov 9

    Total Loss Valuations: Class Certified By Louisiana Federal Court

    Total Loss Valuations: Class Certified By Louisiana Federal Court
    Insurers or their vendors generally use software to perform valuations of vehicles for total losses on auto insurance claims. This software will typically use databases of recent sales or prices offered for comparable vehicles in the area to…
  • Oct 9

    Supreme Court Oral Argument in Dart Cherokee Basin v. Owen

    Supreme Court Oral Argument in Dart Cherokee Basin v. Owen
    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens, No. 13-719 (SCOTUSblog page) (transcript). This case involves whether a defendant must provide evidence with its notice of removal under the…
Rank this Week: 2738

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: 2246

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: 997

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…
Rank this Week: 1208

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/
  • Nov 20

    Is Self-Insuring the Answer? It Depends on the Question

    Is Self-Insuring the Answer? It Depends on the Question
    As we bear down on the first date of compliance with the ACA, much has been written about the benefit of shifting coverage to a self-funded plan because self-funded plans are not subject to many of the requirements of the ACA.  The…
  • Nov 13

    Can I Have A “Skinny” Plan? ACA and the Minimum Value Plan

    Can I Have A “Skinny” Plan? ACA and the Minimum Value Plan
    No question that employers have been struggling with how to satisfy the ACA requirements of offering coverage while still avoiding what is perceived to be a heavy burned financially of offering full coverage.  Some employers in this…
  • Nov 7

    Can Employers Pay for Employees in Exchanges? No.

    Can Employers Pay for Employees in Exchanges? No.
    On November 6, the DOL issued FAQ Part 22, which directly addresses some recent efforts by employers to reimburse employees for participation in the exchange through Code Section 105, or through some type of other arrangement.  Here are…
Rank this Week: 899

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.californiainsurancelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 711

CyberInquirer

CyberInquirer

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

http://cyberinquirer.com
  • 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…
  • Nov 17

    Cyber Insurance Primer – An Overview of Coverage

    Cyber Insurance Primer – An Overview of Coverage
    The most common form of third party-liability protection in the typical cyber insurance policy arises in the form of “privacy” or “network security” liability coverage. “Privacy liability” affords coverage…
  • Nov 9

    ALJ Denies LabMD’s Motion for Sanctions Against the FTC

    ALJ Denies LabMD’s Motion for Sanctions Against the FTC
    Although the litigation between LabMD and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues in the Eleventh Circuit, an administrative law judge has resolved one battle between the two entities. Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell…
Rank this Week: 4064

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…
Rank this Week: 1480

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: 712

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…
Rank this Week: 4266

Insurance Policyholder Law Blog

Insurance Policyholder Law Blog

Covers legal developments affecting policyholders. By Neal Gerber Eisenberg.

http://www.policyholderinsurancelaw.com/
  • 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…
  • Nov 4

    Angela Elbert Speaking at Aon's 2014 D&O and Cyber Risk Forum

    Angela Elbert Speaking at Aon's 2014 D&amp;O and Cyber Risk Forum
    On November 5, 2014, from 2-4 p.m., Angela R. Elbert, a partner in the Insurance Policyholder practice group, will speak at Aon's 2014 Directors & Officers (D&O) and Cyber Risk Forum in Chicago.   The expert…
Rank this Week: 3485

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/
  • 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…
  • Oct 7

    Selling an Agency – E&O Insurance

    Selling an Agency &ndash; E&amp;O Insurance
    Properly structuring insurance agents/brokers E&O (errors & omissions) insurance coverage is critical when buying or selling an agency. There is no one best E&O coverage structure when an agency transaction takes place, but…
Rank this Week: 2245

New Jersey Insurance Coverage…

New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation

By Eugene Killian, Jr.

http://www.newjerseyinsurancecoveragelitigation.com
  • 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…
  • Oct 15

    The Allocation of Defense Costs in Long-Tail Claim

    The Allocation of Defense Costs in Long-Tail Claim
    The great CLE instructor Jim McElhaney, a Professor Emeritus at Case Western, used to tell the story of a “professional expert” testifying at trial on cross-examination.  The guy was apparently a kindly old gentleman with an…
  • Sep 17

    The Appraisal Provision in First-Party Property Policie

    The Appraisal Provision in First-Party Property Policie
    I’m not a big fan of arbitration.  I think it costs too much (which kind of goes against its main marketing point), and I don’t particularly like the fact that there’s no right of appeal absent the arbitrator committing…
Rank this Week: 770

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: 4264

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&amp;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)…
Rank this Week: 889

Vermont Workers Compensation Law…

Vermont Workers Compensation Law Blog

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

http://www.vermontworkerscompensationlawblog.com/
  • Oct 21

    Room & Board = Wages in Workers’ Comp

    Room &amp; Board = Wages in Workers&rsquo; 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…
  • Sep 4

    Labor Day Reflection

    Labor Day Reflection
    Over the Labor Day weekend, I was reading Ken Follett’s, Fall of Giants, when I came upon a horrible description of a turn of the century coal mine explosion and its aftermath. The families of the miners killed in the explosion were…
Rank this Week: 1371

Reinsurance Law Blog

Reinsurance Law Blog

Covers insurance bad faith. By Stauffer Nathan.

http://reinsurance.staufferlaw.com/
  • Oct 21

    Tenth Circuit rules pollution exclusion unambiguous (applying Utah law)

    Tenth Circuit rules pollution exclusion unambiguous (applying Utah law)
    In Headwaters Resources v. Illinois Union Insurance Co., the insured used fly ash to construct a golf course in a residential area.  Neighbors complained the fly ash polluted the groundwater and the dust from the fly ash was an…
  • Oct 14

    Default Judgment damages speculative — unsupported by the record. Arkansas Law

    Default Judgment damages speculative — unsupported by the record. Arkansas Law
    In MCSA, LLC v. Thurmon,  2014 Ark. App. 540,  the Thurmons got a default judgment against MCSA (Medical Center) for more than $645,000 after Mrs. Thurmon fell on the premises.  This amount was more than 20 times the medical…
  • Oct 1

    Arbitration agreement in nursing home contract unenforceable against family Ok law

    Arbitration agreement in nursing home contract unenforceable against family Ok law
    In Boler v. Security Health Care, the court affirmed the trial court's denial of arbitration of a wrongful death claim.  The issue is whether the trial court erred in denying the nursing home's motion to compel arbitration. The trial…
Rank this Week: 3706

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&amp;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…
Rank this Week: 4155

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

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

    Burden of Proof: The "What Changed?" Argument from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"
    Hegger v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28587 (N.D. Cal. 2013) Facts and holding: Plaintiff Tami Hegger (“Hegger”) was employed as a medical device sales representative until she left work in December…
Rank this Week: 4859

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…
Rank this Week: 1411

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
  • 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…
  • Sep 5

    Deepwater Horizon Ruling Places $18b Bull's-Eye on BP

    Deepwater Horizon Ruling Places $18b Bull's-Eye on BP
    Barger & Wolen partner David McMahon was quoted in a Law360 article, Deepwater Horizon Ruling Places $18b Bull's-Eye on BP subscription required), on September 4, 2014, about U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier’s ruling which found…
  • Sep 2

    Barger & Wolen and Hinshaw & Culbertson Announce Merger

    Barger &amp; Wolen and Hinshaw &amp; 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…
Rank this Week: 3526

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,…
Rank this Week: 3151

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…
Rank this Week: 3270

Canadian Insurance Blog

Canadian Insurance Blog

By Mike Thomas.

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

    After thoroughly reviewing the law on the…

    After thoroughly reviewing the law on the defintion of "accident", the court concluded the insured's foolish attempt to take-off with only one functioning engine in a two-engine aircraft, resulting in a crash, was still an accident. Van Berlo…
  • Oct 3

    A clause excluding coverage for damage…

    A clause excluding coverage for damage arising out of the operation of attached equipment did not apply where the equipment was in use but not being directly controlled at the time of the accident. Dadey v. Insurance Corp. of British…
  • Oct 3

    Contrary to the trend towards tolerancy in…

    Contrary to the trend towards tolerancy in setting aside default judgments, an insurer's motion to set aside default judgment was dismissed. Kisel v. Intact Insurance Co., [2014] O.J. No. 3812, August 18, 2014, Ontario Supreme Court of…
Rank this Week: 1072

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

The Mau Law Firm Law Blog

Covers construction, real estate, business and insurance law.

http://maulaw.wordpress.com
  • 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…
  • Mar 7

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

    9th Circuit Confirms that False Advertising is Distinct from Trademark Infringement
    In Wells Fargo Company USA v. v. ABD Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. (No. 13–15625) the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals found an abuse of discretion when a U.S. District Court denied a request for a preliminary injunction.…
Rank this Week: 4775

RandyWallace

RandyWallace

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

http://randywallace.wordpress.com/
  • Sep 18

    Is that a compliment?

    Is that a compliment?
    “The defendants in this case are wrong, and thus the arguments made by their counsel are wrong, but counsel are extremely honest.” Brief of Appellants at page 2 in Chapman v. Coca-Cola, et al.
  • Sep 11

    A little overkill?

    A little overkill?
    For the last couple of days a few signs have been in a yard I pass on the way to work.  By my count, there are 20 “No Trespassing” signs.  Seems just a bit much.  Neighbor dispute?  Overzealous girlscout…
  • Aug 13

    Do children have a claim for alienation of affection?

    Do children have a claim for alienation of affection?
    The traditional law of alienation of affection cases is somewhat straight forward.   The tort of alienation of affections was recognized in Mississippi as early as 1926 in McRae v. Robinson, 145 Miss. 191, 110 So. 504 (1926). In Camp v.…
Rank this Week: 853