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  • January 16, 2024

    5th Circ. Revives Southwest Airlines' Cyber Coverage Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday revived Southwest Airlines' coverage fight against Liberty Insurance over costs stemming from a 2016 computer network failure, saying the district court was wrong in finding that the costs fall outside the coverage range of an excess cyber risk insurance policy.

  • January 16, 2024

    Insurance Adjuster Says Ex-Employees Stole Clients, Intel

    An insurance adjuster accused five ex-employees of colluding with a competitor to steal the company's clients, telling a Mississippi federal court that the employees breached their agreements with the company — including noncompetes — to benefit the competitor.

  • January 16, 2024

    Widow Targets Buchanan Ingersoll Atty In $7.5M Policy Spat

    The widow of a Pittsburgh entrepreneur says the manager of her late husband's limited partnership worked with a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney attorney to undermine her claim to a $7.5 million life insurance policy, according to a suit she filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • January 16, 2024

    Trump Gag Order Not Constitutional Issue, NY Top Court Says

    New York's top appellate court on Tuesday rejected Donald Trump's initial challenge to gag orders issued during the state attorney general's civil fraud case that limited his ability to comment on court staff, ruling that the former president failed to raise a "substantial constitutional question."

  • January 12, 2024

    Axis Capital Promotes Two In-House Legal Leaders

    Insurance and reinsurance company Axis Capital has promoted one of its longtime in-house attorneys to serve as its chief administrative and legal officer and named another to succeed him as general counsel.

  • January 12, 2024

    Mich. Panel Revives Trucker's Fire Damage Coverage Dispute

    A Michigan state appeals court has revived a truck driver's lawsuit over the loss of nearly $1 million in personal property during a fire, saying he was not the "operator" of a parked vehicle that he alleges started the blaze for purposes of the state's property protection insurance benefits statute.

  • January 12, 2024

    No-Fault Crash Suit Doesn't Bar Negligence Claim, Panel Says

    The estate of a man who was injured in a vehicle crash involving a Detroit city bus can sue the city and driver for negligence, a Michigan appeals court ruled, saying the claims did not have to be joined to an earlier no-fault suit stemming from the same crash.

  • January 11, 2024

    For Employers, Healthcare Costs Are A 'Black Box,' Reps. Told

    Amid rising drug prices and medical premiums, industry experts told U.S. House representatives in a hearing Thursday that employers who sponsor health insurance are critical to efforts to make healthcare more affordable for Americans — but they need more federal support.

  • January 11, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood Adds 2 Partners In Hong Kong Office

    Stephenson Harwood has added two new partners to the law firm's Hong Kong office, saying it has strengthened its greater China commercial litigation practice as well as its Asia-Pacific mergers and acquisitions practice with the addition of the two lawyers.

  • January 11, 2024

    Consolidated Return Tax Regs May Be Paired, Officials Say

    The U.S. Treasury Department is actively working on two consolidated return regulations — one on group continuation and the other on redetermination of unrealized gain or loss — that were recently revived and may publish them together or close to their release dates, officials said Thursday.

  • January 11, 2024

    Divorce Pauses Husband, Wife IP Row Over Insurance Co.

    The North Carolina Business Court halted a lawsuit alleging the husband of an insurance agency owner stole her business records to benefit his newly formed company while keeping $3 million meant for her, reasoning the case will be affected by divorce proceedings the two are going through.

  • January 11, 2024

    Judge Upholds IRS Guidance On Abusive Benefit Trusts

    Guidance from the Internal Revenue Service that requires disclosure of potentially abusive benefit plans is not unlawfully vague, an Arizona federal court ruled, rejecting arguments from a recruiting firm that claimed the guidance was confusing and wrongly labeled transactions as abusive.

  • January 11, 2024

    Doctor, Insurers Agree To End Wiretap Coverage Suit

    A former University of Pittsburgh Medical Center surgeon has settled with his insurers in a suit seeking coverage for defense in a fellow surgeon's wiretapping and defamation action against him, according to a stipulation of dismissal filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 11, 2024

    Nationwide Wins Dismissal After Pruning Billing Class Action

    Nationwide defeated a proposed class action brought by a Pennsylvania man who was seeking confirmation that the insurer was wrongly denying medical benefits related to vehicle crash injuries, with a Pennsylvania federal judge ruling that his breach of contract allegations were insufficient to survive dismissal.

  • January 11, 2024

    Trump Speech Caps Chaotic NY Trial: 'I Am An Innocent Man'

    Former President Donald Trump spoke directly to the judge during closing statements in the New York attorney general's civil fraud trial Thursday, proclaiming his innocence and arguing that the state should pay him back for what he called a political "persecution."

  • January 11, 2024

    NY Judge In Trump's Fraud Trial Receives Bomb Threat

    The New York state judge presiding over former President Donald Trump's civil fraud trial was targeted with a bomb threat Thursday morning before hearing closing arguments in the case, according to law enforcement and court officials.

  • January 10, 2024

    Allstate Owes $10M For Conn. Gunshot Injury, Victim Claims

    A Connecticut gunshot victim claims Allstate Insurance Co. must pay him $10 million, plus punitive unfair trade practices damages, after he settled an earlier state court personal injury lawsuit with an insured woman whose weapon discharged and severely wounded him in 2017.

  • January 10, 2024

    Judge Axes Bellwether Cases In 'Frankenstein' BCBS Fight

    A Texas federal judge has handed Blue Cross Blue Shield a win in 182 bellwether claims set for a February jury trial in litigation over unpaid medical coverage, comparing the litigation to "Frankenstein's monster" while also invoking Monty Python in observing that the case is not "dead yet."

  • January 10, 2024

    Trump Can't Give Own Closing Argument In NY Fraud Trial

    Donald Trump failed to respond by a court-mandated deadline Wednesday to accept conditions under which he would be allowed to speak during closing arguments in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case.

  • January 09, 2024

    Lloyd's Loan Fight Over Ex-MLB Pitcher Sent To Arbitration

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that a $3.16 million dispute between loan service provider RockFence Baseball LLC and Lloyd's of London underwriters must go to arbitration over certain questions related to the coverage of a former Minnesota Twins pitcher.

  • January 09, 2024

    Hinshaw Adds 6-Atty Insurance Team In LA, San Francisco

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced Tuesday that it has brought on six insurance attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including three partners and three senior counsel, from now-closed Coddington Hicks & Danforth.

  • January 09, 2024

    Car Care Provider Wants 'Fact-Phobic' Class Action Tossed

    A vehicle care protection provider and its insurer urged a Washington state federal court to toss a "fact-phobic" proposed class action accusing the provider of illegally selling noncompliant service contracts, saying the agreement at issue is not a service contract.

  • January 09, 2024

    Insurance Boutique Co-Founder Joins McGuireWoods

    A founding partner of insurance boutique Pasich LLP and former adviser at consultancy AECOM is joining McGuireWoods LLP's national insurance recovery team, the firm said Monday.

  • January 08, 2024

    Claims Against LA Ad Firm Trimmed In $10M Fraud Row

    An Ohio federal judge trimmed claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and conversion against a Los Angeles-based advertising firm and its chief executive officer, leaving intact seven other counts in an insurer's $10 million racketeering fraud suit against an ex-executive and, the suit says, his co-conspirators.

  • January 08, 2024

    Store Says Insurers Owe $2.7M In Jewelry Heist Coverage Row

    A California jewelry store that won a $2.7 million judgment against a security company it accused of negligence after the store was burglarized said the security company's insurers must pay the judgment, arguing the insurers wrongly denied coverage for the security company.

Expert Analysis

  • Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • 10th Circ. ERISA Ruling Is Promising For Self-Funded Plans

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    Though some recent appellate decisions have seemingly narrowed application of Employee Retirement Income Security Act preemption, which generally helps protect self-funded health plans from state regulation, the Tenth Circuit's decision in PCMA v. Mulready takes a big step toward reaffirming preemption, say attorneys at Bass Berry.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Okla. Workers' Comp Case Could Mean Huge Shift In Claims

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    An Oklahoma appeals court's recent opinion in Prewitt v. Quiktrip Corp. may expand the scope of continuing medical maintenance orders in workers' compensation cases to unprecedented levels — with potentially major consequences for employers and insurers, says Steven Hanna at Gilson Daub.

  • How Reps And Warranties Insurance Can Aid Sellers In M&A

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    Amid the current slowdown in the M&A climate, representation and warranty insurance offers sellers a number of advantages, including protection against fraud and possible leverage to insist on a no-seller-indemnity deal, say Alex Leibowitz and Eric Jesse at Lowenstein Sandler.

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