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An Ace Ltd. insurer told New York’s highest court on Tuesday it shouldn’t be required to pay a National Grid PLC unit’s costs to clean up contamination at manufactured gas plants attributed to years when no pollution liability insurance was available in the marketplace, saying a ruling to the contrary would violate the clear terms of its policies.
MassMutual has breached its contracts with 300 term life insurance policyholders by refusing to pay them a total of $717,000 in dividends even as the company’s bank account swelled, counsel for a certified class of policyholders told a California jury during Tuesday opening statements.
Apple and Cisco are teaming up with a pair of insurers to offer discounted cyber insurance policies for companies that submit to a risk assessment and use certain of the tech giants’ products to help guard against threats such as ransomware and malware attacks, the companies said Monday.
A former CIA general counsel is leaving Gibson Dunn after helping launch its national security practice group last year to join American International Group Inc. as general counsel of the company’s general insurance unit.
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Congress took a step toward avoiding a government shutdown this week, with a House vote Tuesday to keep the government open through mid-March and with top lawmakers saying a long-term spending deal was nigh.
The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday revived a lawyer’s coverage suit against a malpractice carrier in connection with a real estate deal, saying the underlying claim brought against the lawyer was not “reasonably foreseeable” after he investigated and decided there would likely not be a claim against him.
Cigna and others cannot challenge an arbitral decision forcing them to attend a hearing in a dispute over a $25 million class settlement’s distribution because the arbitration is still happening, a health care providers group told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday.
A drilling contractor on Monday asked a Texas federal court for $4.8 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses from the owner of an offshore gas drilling platform after the court ruled the owner was required to cover the contractor’s costs in a dispute over liability for a fire that destroyed the rig.
Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.
The quiet dismantling Monday of a sexual harassment investigation into former U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, which was prompted by his resignation from the Ninth Circuit, came as no surprise to many judiciary experts, who say the case highlights a need for significant rule reforms by both judicial officials and Congress.
Arnold & Porter Chairman Richard Alexander said Tuesday that while his law firm is offering its U.S. legal secretaries voluntary buyout packages in an effort to streamline its support services, with the expectation that the initiative will pare back the cohort of 140 by approximately 20 people, the buyouts do not mean layoffs are coming.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience Tuesday afternoon at New York Law School that she is troubled by the relatively recent trend of partisan wrangling over nominees to the high court but expects it will not stay that way forever.
The American Bar Association’s policy-making arm on the last day of its midyear meeting Monday passed a trove of resolutions, including a policy change aimed at how sexual harassment and retaliation claims are handled at legal industry employers.
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