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A slew of suits against a North Carolina engineering design firm over two pedestrian bridge collapses at a Raleigh college in 2014 are “related claims” under a professional liability policy issued by a CNA Financial Ltd. unit, restricting the firm’s coverage to a single $3 million limit, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.
Rail supply company Varlen Corp. asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to revive its bid for more than $10 million in coverage from Liberty Mutual to cover the costs of remediating groundwater contamination at a pair of industrial sites, arguing that a lower court improperly barred expert testimony that would have defeated a pollution exclusion in its policies.
A Texas federal judge on Tuesday denied summary judgment to insurance broker Hays Group in a suit over coverage for an oil services contractor whose worker died in a terrorist massacre, adopting the recommendation of a magistrate judge who said there were factual issues in dispute.
Validus Holdings Ltd. investors have hit AIG and its board with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court demanding to see more information ahead of a proposed $5.56 billion acquisition by the insurer, alleging “insiders are the primary beneficiaries” of the deal, rather than the company’s public stockholders.
A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday granted whistleblowers acting on behalf of the government a partial win in a civil suit against a convicted administrative law judge, who was found guilty of conspiring with a local attorney to approve Social Security claims, regardless of the merits.
A $147 million Canadian dollar ($114 million) reinsurance dispute stemming from a devastating 2016 wildfire in Alberta has been referred to arbitration by a province judge who scolded the parties for their “cavalier approach” to an ambiguously worded arbitration clause.
Because Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims inherently exist at the nexus between multiple lines of coverage, the landscape of TCPA insurance coverage law is complex. Recent questions include whether TCPA claims inherently arise from invasions of privacy and whether damages awarded are remedial or punitive, say Cort Malone and Nicholas Maxwell of Anderson Kill PC.
The Corpus Christi Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Halferty v. Flextronics America is important because it confirms that the higher participants in the usual construction contractual chain cannot merely push workers’ compensation requirements down to the lowest-tier subcontractors and still enjoy the exclusivity defense, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.
Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.
The Tuesday resignation of Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge amid a sexual misconduct scandal investigated by Law360 showcases how personal behavior can become a professional liability for attorneys, but experts say it falls well short of a #MeToo reckoning for BigLaw.
The Tuesday resignation of Latham & Watkins Chair Bill Voge was the culmination of a monthslong association with a woman unconnected to the firm that began last September, when Voge volunteered to broker a “Christian reconciliation” between her and a member of a nonprofit where Voge sat on the board.
Any attorney can slip up online, as a slew of recent ethical flubs have shown, but millennial attorneys are especially susceptible because of their prolific posting and tweeting. Law360 looks at five of the worst mistakes attorneys can make on social media and how to avoid them.
Skadden partner Michael Y. Scudder Jr. and U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve sailed through their confirmation hearing Wednesday for two Seventh Circuit spots, including one vacated by Richard Posner, answering questions from a handful of senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The ex-Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for trying to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint said the government gave him back a hard drive full of stolen lawsuits, according to his renewed bid Wednesday to get into a prison-time-shaving drug rehab program.
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Knowing the California Supreme Court’s decision would have broad ramifications for the legal industry, attorneys for Jones Day and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP beat a clawback bid by the bankruptcy trustee of Heller Ehrman by arguing a core principle: A defunct law firm doesn’t have a property interest in hourly matters continued by a dissolved firm’s former partners.
Ten law schools urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of federal antitrust and racketeering claims from a bar exam preparation company’s $50 million suit alleging they conspired to stifle competition for classes targeting foreign Master of Laws graduates, saying the claims weren’t factually supported.
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