• January 30, 2024

    Judge Nixes Cryptic Ch. 11 Disclosures For NY Diocese

    A New York bankruptcy judge shot down proposed disclosure statements in two competing Chapter 11 plans for the Diocese of Rochester on Tuesday, saying that since they were both unclear to him, they would likely be indecipherable for hundreds of sexual abuse survivors who need to vote on the reorganization plans.

  • January 30, 2024

    Tenn. Judge Hands Insurer Win In Collapse Coverage Trial

    A North Carolina-based insurance company isn't obligated to cover over $1 million in claimed damages and lost rental income connected to the restoration of a century-old building in Chattanooga, a Tennessee federal judge found in a trial ruling Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Pipeline Builder Says Insurer Owes Defense In Explosion Suit

    A pipeline construction company told a Texas federal court Tuesday that a subcontractor's insurer must defend the company in a personal injury suit stemming from a nitrogen gas explosion, asserting that it qualifies as an additional insured.

  • January 30, 2024

    Colo. Pizzeria Says Insurer Owes More Fire Coverage

    A Colorado pizzeria that was damaged by a fire in 2021 told a Colorado federal court its insurer still owes coverage for business losses and other expenses, arguing that the insurer is in part to blame for the restaurant being unable to complete its restorations required by its policy.

  • January 30, 2024

    Zurich, Mont. Mill Workers End Asbestos Liability Dispute

    Zurich and a group of former mill workers suffering from the effects of asbestos exposure agreed to end their legal dispute in which the workers accused Zurich of unfair claim settlement practices by entering into retroactive reinsurance agreements, the parties told a Montana federal court.

  • January 30, 2024

    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

  • January 30, 2024

    Full 4th Circ. Declines Atty's Coverage Case In Fraud Defense

    The full Fourth Circuit won't hear a Maryland attorney's arguments after a panel determined he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer concerning his indictment on charges that he defrauded financial institutions to gain control of $13 million in frozen Somali assets.

  • January 30, 2024

    Insurer Says Agent Caused Day Care's Coverage Denial

    The insurance agent for a Florida day care that was ordered to pay $21.6 million in damages after the death of a 4-month-old baby misrepresented material information that caused the facility's insurer to deny coverage of the underlying action, Markel Insurance Co. told a Florida federal court.

  • January 30, 2024

    Pa. Justices Revive 'Regular Use' Auto Policy Exclusion

    An auto policy exclusion barring underinsured motorist coverage for injuries involving a nonowned vehicle that an insured regularly uses does not violate a Pennsylvania law, the state's Supreme Court ruled, reversing an appeals court's decision against Erie Insurance Exchange.

  • January 29, 2024

    NJ Justices Ask If Scooter Rider Is A 'Pedestrian' In Crash Suit

    The definitions of "pedestrian," "vehicle" and "motor vehicle" took center stage Monday during extended oral arguments that tasked the New Jersey Supreme Court with determining whether the operator of a low-speed electric scooter who was struck by an automobile is entitled to personal injury protection benefits from the operator's insurance company.

  • January 29, 2024

    5 Floridians Sentenced For $67M Medicare Testing Scam

    A man accused of leading a $67 million healthcare fraud conspiracy involving unnecessary genetic testing for Medicare recipients was sentenced to 14 years in prison, along with four co-conspirators who received lesser sentences from a Florida federal judge as recently as Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    NC Court Pares Down Crop Insurance Coverage Row

    A North Carolina federal judge trimmed a crop insurance dispute brought by a farm alleging that its insurance agent didn’t properly submit the coverage application or inform the farm’s owners of coverage, dismissing all claims against the insurer but leaving several against the agent.

  • January 29, 2024

    Hearing Aid Co. Eargo Investors Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Suit

    Investors of Eargo Inc. have told the Ninth Circuit that a lower court erred in dismissing their class action against the hearing aid company since they sufficiently alleged the firm and its top brass acted with intent to commit insurance billing fraud.

  • January 29, 2024

    DOJ Says Wash. Hospital Had Role In Spinal Surgeon Scandal

    A Tacoma, Washington-based hospital operator failed to address red flags that one of its doctors was performing unnecessary surgeries, instead earning millions of dollars from the neurosurgeon's dangerous misconduct by fraudulently billing the government for his work, federal and state prosecutors have alleged. 

  • January 29, 2024

    Insurer-Backed Docs Must Show Tax Records For Bias Check

    A split Michigan appellate court panel has said a car crash victim seeking coverage for his injuries can force the medical examiners hired by his insurer to turn over tax documents, finding the records are relevant to determine potential bias that couldn't be discovered otherwise.

  • January 29, 2024

    Kidde-Fenwal Asks To Extend Ch. 11 Mediation Another Month

    Bankrupt fire-suppression system company Kidde-Fenwal Inc. asked a Delaware judge on Monday to extend ongoing mediation between the company, unsecured creditors and plaintiffs in litigation who say they were injured by so-called forever chemicals in firefighting foam and government claimants in its Chapter 11 case.

  • January 29, 2024

    Increase In Trafficking Reveals Hospitality Coverage Concerns

    As human trafficking continues to increase and travel returns to prepandemic levels, hospitality industry policyholders may see more direct trafficking exclusions and increased education requirements as the insurance industry works to address this growing risk, experts said.

  • January 29, 2024

    Nevada Recycler Denied Redo For SEC Suit Coverage

    A Nevada federal court will not reconsider its ruling that a recycling company does not have coverage for costs stemming from a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud action, saying that the company's arguments didn't fit the criteria for a redo.

  • January 29, 2024

    Protein Bar Co.'s Insurer Says Supplier Ruined $3M In Product

    An insurer for a Pittsburgh-based protein-bar maker said the company lost $3 million due to plastic and paper contaminants found in collagen supplied by a Michigan-based company, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court Friday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Murdaugh Denied Retrial Despite Clerk's 'Foolish' Jury Chats

    Disgraced ex-lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh was denied a new trial Monday after a judge ruled that a court clerk made "fleeting and foolish comments" to the jury but that there was insufficient evidence that the panel was improperly swayed.

  • January 29, 2024

    Judge Won't Pause Ohio Trafficking Case For Centralization

    An Ohio federal judge denied a woman's bid to pause her sex trafficking lawsuit while she awaits a decision to have her case centralized with other trafficking cases because it would delay efficient resolution.

  • January 29, 2024

    Escrow Agent Not Covered For Fraud Suits, Court Told

    An escrow agent no longer has coverage for four underlying suits accusing it of unlawfully withholding funds or distributing them to third parties who had no valid claim to the money, an insurer told a Florida federal court, saying its theft coverage extension endorsement has been exhausted.

  • January 29, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A transportation services company and cryptocurrency fund both exited litigation, a grill maker and EV-charging company fired up new cases, and biotechs bandaged old wounds while judges fast-tracked a musical power struggle and unwound a REIT deal. All told, a typical week for Delaware's court of equity.

  • January 29, 2024

    Fla. Law Firm Escapes Contractor's Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal judge has agreed to toss a storm damage contractor's more than $1 million lawsuit centering on an acrimonious breakup with its former law firm, but allowed the contractor a chance at refiling its legal malpractice claims.

  • January 29, 2024

    Trump Assails Fraud Monitor For 'Misleading' Final Report

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump denounced the independent monitor overseeing his businesses on Monday, accusing her of seeking to extend her term and get more money by bolstering the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as a decision looms.

Expert Analysis

  • Extreme Weather And Renewable Project Insurance Coverage

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    The regularity and severity of extreme weather events driven by climate change are putting renewable energy projects increasingly at risk — so project owners, contractors and investors should understand the issues that can arise in these situations when seeking recovery under a builder's risk insurance policy, say Paul Ferland and Joshua Tumen at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    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.

  • Why Standing Analysis Is Key In Data Breach Mediation

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    Amid a growing wave of data breach class action litigation, recent legal developments show shifting criteria for Article III standing based on an increased risk of future identity theft, meaning parties must integrate assessments of standing into mediation discussions to substantiate their settlement demands in data breach class actions, says Abe Melamed at Signature Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • Assessing D&O Coverage Amid Challenges To DEI Policies

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    As the recent backlash against corporate diversity, equity and inclusion policies leads to shareholder litigation and other legal challenges, companies bolstering their DEI efforts should ensure that their directors and officers and employment practices' liability insurance policies provide sufficient coverage for potential claims, say Peter Gillon and Patrick Blood at Pillsbury.

  • 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.

  • Potential Relief For Nevada Insureds Is On The Horizon

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    A proposed regulation recently issued by the Nevada Division of Insurance would severely restrict the state's new law prohibiting burning-limits policies, enacting welcome changes to address businesses' concerns that the law will make it harder to obtain cost-effective liability insurance, says Sheri Thome at Wilson Elser.

  • NY Co-Ops Must Avoid Pitfalls When Navigating Insurance

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    In light of skyrocketing premiums, tricky exclusions and dwindling options, New York cooperative corporations must carefully review potential contractors' insurance policies in order to secure full protection, as even seemingly minor contractor jobs can carry significant risk due to New York labor laws, says Eliot Zuckerman at Smith Gambrell.

  • Wilderness Therapy Ruling May Deter Broad Policy Exclusions

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    A Utah federal court's recent ruling in M.A. v. United Healthcare that an insurance policy exclusion for the adolescent behavioral health treatment known as wilderness therapy was ambiguous shows that blanket rejections can go too far, and may preclude new rationales for claim denials, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • 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.

  • Insurance Rulings Continue Expansion Of Appraisal's Ambit

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    Two recent Illinois insurance cases allowing property damage appraisers to determine causation — Wysoczan v. Cambridge in federal court and Shelter v. Morrow in state appellate court — perpetuate a judicial trend that will result in a slower, more expensive and cumbersome appraisal process that resembles litigation, says Matthew Fortin at BatesCarey.

  • Suits Likely Over Nevada Law Limiting Claimant Injury Exams

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    A new Nevada law placing barriers on the mental or physical examinations that defendants use to evaluate claimants' injuries will likely spur waves of litigation to reconcile it with existing rules and practice, says Michael Lowry at Wilson Elser.

  • Calif. Climate Disclosure Bills Promise Challenges For Cos.

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    Two novel climate disclosure bills recently passed by the California Legislature will pose challenges for many businesses — especially private companies that are less familiar with climate-related reporting obligations — and will require investments of significant time and effort in processes, procedures and personnel, say John Rousakis and Chris Bowman at O'Melveny.

  • 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.

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