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Illinois Union Insurance Co. must cover a nearly $50 million class action settlement that resolved claims that US Coachways Inc. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with text message blasts to potential customers, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday, holding that multiple sections of the insurer’s policy clearly extend coverage for the claims.
A bankrupt IT consultancy can’t use insurance policies with two Chubb units to pay for a suit over a “worthless” software system it built for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, a Colorado federal court has ruled, finding that the underlying suit’s allegations are strictly digital and therefore not “property damage.”
A Texas federal court Thursday let Gray Insurance Co. out of defending a generator supplier from a suit over a fatal electrocution, saying the survivors’ agreement not to seek judgment from the supplier is as good as a settlement for policy exhaustion purposes.
An Illinois federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss claims by insurance brokerage Aon Corp. against the former CEO of two Bolivian subsidiaries, saying public interest indicates that the case should remain in the American court.
POLICY & REGULATION
The Trump administration on Thursday balked at Idaho’s closely watched proposal to allow sales of health insurance policies that don’t meet Affordable Care Act standards, signaling a limit to the administration’s openness to relaxing the law’s requirements.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge rejected a request Thursday for a short-notice hearing on certification of a shareholder claim class in Patriot National Inc.’s Chapter 11, saying the issue was complex and the risks from following regular timetables were limited.
A former medical data contractor worker accusing Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net and other insurers of violating the False Claims Act told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that the companies knowingly submitted exaggerated health assessment data to the government, while the defendants said the suit fails to give specifics about their alleged wrongdoing.
Cigna on Thursday revealed a $67 billion, including debt, acquisition of pharmacy benefit management services company Express Scripts, marking the latest tie-up in the health care space as the industry looks to reshape itself.
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and private equity firm Blackstone have reportedly teamed up to make a joint offer for assets from BHP, China Resources Beer is mulling a deal for the Chinese business of Heineken, and Prudential’s Malaysian unit is in talks to sell a 30 percent stake.
Policyholders should look to the Rhode Island district court’s decision in Moses v. Sentinel as a bellwether on coverage for business interruption and lost income claims associated with ransomware attacks, say Catherine Doyle and Jan Larson of Jenner & Block LLP.
Meditation and mindfulness hold the potential to help law firm leaders do their jobs better, according to a pair of speakers at the American Bar Association’s TechShow in Chicago on Thursday.
While progress has been made on gender equality in the legal profession over the last five years, perception is skewed, according to data released by the Law Society of England and Wales on Thursday.
Law firms in Texas are optimistic in their outlook for 2018, a survey released Thursday said, but an increasing number of firms are being approached about combinations and many are considering making a move as competition ramps up in the state’s legal market.
A civil rights and employment attorney tops this week’s list of legal lions after her work on closing the gender gap in Hollywood got an unexpected boost before a global audience on Oscar night, while the lambs list is stacked with a host of attorneys embroiled in legal and ethical hot water, starting with a former Akin Gump partner sentenced this week to 30 months in prison.
Pro Bono Spotlight
The Eleventh Circuit last month barred the racial segregation of an Alabama county’s public schools in a personally meaningful win for a Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP associate who worked on the case pro bono for more than two years.
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