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Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge announced his immediate resignation Tuesday afternoon following an admission that he had engaged in communications of a sexual nature with a person not connected to the firm.
Maryland Casualty Co. is entitled to reimbursement from Mid-Continent Casualty Co. for a portion of the money it paid to defend a general contractor in a condominium defect lawsuit, a split Tenth Circuit panel affirmed Tuesday, finding Maryland’s action was timely and the underlying claims weren’t clearly excluded by Mid-Continent’s policies.
A New York federal judge ruled Tuesday that Sentinel Insurance Co. doesn’t have to cover business financing company BF Advance LLC’s costs to defend a lawsuit accusing it of infringing copyrighted software for a “web spokesperson” video, holding that the underlying action falls squarely within a policy exclusion for claims relating to software use.
Texas Supreme Court justices on Tuesday questioned whether a crop insurance policy’s arbitration provision extends far enough to force arbitration of a farm’s allegation that mistakes by its insurance agent caused the farm to be denied a crop damage claim under the policy.
Selective Insurance Co. of America has urged the Ninth Circuit to see through T-Mobile’s “transparent attempt to distract” the court “from the most basic elements” of a coverage dispute, saying that it denied the telecom’s claim for a very simple reason: It was never listed as an insured.
European Union governments finally signed off a landmark trans-Atlantic insurance deal between the U.S. and the EU on Tuesday, leaving it up to U.S state insurance regulators to start tackling key questions on how to implement a pact.
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Monday applauded the governor’s proposal to up trial court budgets by $123 million, saying the money will be used to speed civil dockets amid an “onslaught of cases waiting to be filed,” like $12 billion in anticipated insurance claims stemming from recent wildfires.
POLICY & REGULATION
Concerns that the U.S. Department of Labor’s plan to make it easier for businesses to offer so-called association health plans will send costs surging for sicker workers are overblown, business advocates told a House of Representatives subcommittee Tuesday.
Humana Inc. will pay $2.5 million in back wages and interest to settle the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ accusations that the insurer paid hundreds of women working at its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, less than their male counterparts, the agency announced Monday.
A proposed class of beneficiaries accusing UnitedHealth Group Inc. and two subsidiaries of improperly denying claims for prosthetic devices urged a California federal court on Monday to reject the parent company’s bid to exit the suit, arguing that it exerted control over its units’ claims handling process.
The Internal Revenue Service cannot assess tax against a Colorado limited liability company that it accused of entering into a sham transaction to avoid taxes after the U.S. Tax Court ruled on Tuesday that the agency was too late in making adjustments to the partnership’s tax return.
Geico has been hit with a second proposed class action by Florida health care providers for alleged under-reimbursement of their services based on language in its standard auto insurance policy that a federal judge has found another Geico entity was interpreting incorrectly.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana on Monday urged a Connecticut federal judge to nix a sanctions bid from Boehringer Ingelheim and Teva in multidistrict litigation over an alleged pay-for-delay scheme for a generic of Aggrenox, saying the motion has “lost urgency and importance” as a result of recent schedule changes.
Morrison & Foerster LLP represented ING Capital in connection with its $155 million loan to a DLA Piper-counseled subsidiary of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. for a rental apartment property on West 42nd Street in Manhattan that’s also home to a theater, according to records made public in New York on Tuesday.
Insurers should watch the proposed State Insurance Regulation Preservation Act closely as they navigate shifting regulatory waters. This bill would essentially cede major aspects of group regulation to state regulators and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, says Daniel Rabinowitz of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.
Given the current #MeToo environment, a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment can seem like the best way to go, but legal experts speaking at an industry panel in New York City on Tuesday argued that such an approach can be rife with potential to backfire.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP is paying more than half of its associates bonuses higher than the bar set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, exceeding the market rate for young attorney pay by $60,000 or more in some cases, according to a report on Tuesday.
Justice Anthony Kennedy chided Justice Sonia Sotomayor during Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched abortion case after she discussed what she found on the website of one of the anti-abortion petitioners, scoffing that he himself didn’t “go beyond the record to look on the internet because I don’t think we should do that.”
The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at four recent developments.
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