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In recently holding that a construction manager doesn’t qualify as an additional insured under a contractor’s policy because the two companies don’t have a direct contract, a split New York high court has compounded uncertainty among builders about the requirements to secure the critical coverage, attorneys say.
A California federal judge has ruled that Axis Reinsurance Co.’s bid to recoup a portion of what it paid to help settle an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit against Northrop Grumman Corp. will not be transferred to Delaware, saying there is an insufficient basis to grant the Northrop’s request.
Impax Laboratories Inc. on Thursday reached a $20 million midtrial settlement with a class of consumers and insurers, ending a suit in Massachusetts federal court that claimed the lab delayed the launch of a generic acne medicine in exchange for a $40 million payment.
A New York federal judge on Wednesday awarded $1.2 million to an insurer that provided a defense against two actions accusing a trucking company of delivering contaminated milk to a dairy plant, finding that another insurer should have covered the legal fees and settlement instead.
The Eleventh Circuit sided with MetLife on Thursday in a dispute over the proceeds of a late doctor’s life insurance policy, affirming a decision that said the appropriate policy payout was $635,000, not the $5.1 million the doctor’s widow demanded.
An Indiana federal judge on Wednesday found that a dry cleaner’s insurers, not the dry cleaner, have the right to pick a consultant to assist in defending the cleaner against chemical dumping claims.
A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday dismissed, for now, a putative class action claiming Quest Diagnostics Inc. overcharges its customers for tests not covered by insurance, finding that their claims, as currently alleged, don’t amount to deceptive trade practices.
Walmart is in preliminary talks to buy insurer Humana, a Volkswagen board could reportedly OK plans to list its trucks and buses unit in the coming weeks, and SoftBank is considering buying a sizable portion of reinsurer Swiss Re.
The current draft of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law on Liability Insurance contains a proposed rule on allocation that neither reflects the law as it presently stands nor reflects the flexibility and capacity for development and growth of the common law, say David Cox and Gerald Konkel of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
As recently demonstrated by a Georgia federal court’s decision in Polk Medical Center v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia, identifying Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims up front not only avoids unnecessary motions practice, but provides all involved parties a solid starting point for settlement discussions, says Larisa Vaysman of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Credit unions have seen a wave of litigation claiming their websites are inaccessible to blind or low-vision plaintiffs, allegedly in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. While two credit unions recently succeeded in defending against such claims, it does not appear they are going away anytime soon, says Nancy Rigby of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC.
Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Despite the Trump administration’s desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP said in an internal communication Thursday that after reviewing its policies in response to the #MeToo movement, the firm will drop forced arbitration agreements for nonpartners, making Skadden the third firm to do so this week.
A female Proskauer Rose LLP partner who brought a $50 million gender bias suit against the firm will have the chance to show she is an employee covered by employment discrimination laws and not an owner as the firm claims, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has so far proved a crucial ally in President Donald Trump’s historic push to reshape the federal bench. But Trump’s nomination of conservative Oregon prosecutor Ryan Bounds to the Ninth Circuit could test how far the Iowa senator is willing to go in stretching confirmation norms, with the pick opposed by both homestate senators.
U.S. Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt has died at age 87, a Ninth Circuit court spokesperson confirmed Thursday, bringing an end to the 38-year appellate court career of a liberal lion who made a name for himself authoring key opinions on topics ranging from gay marriage to immigration.
Linklaters LLP on Thursday released new gender pay gap data incorporating new information about U.K. partners’ compensation, revealing a far wider firmwide pay gap than was initially disclosed in February.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration earlier this month, tapped the crowdfunding site GoFundMe on Thursday to raise money for his legal defense as he faces government investigations and other fallout over his work at the agency.
Goodwin Procter rose to the top of this week’s legal lions list after a federal judge released client Teva from a $235 million patent verdict over its generic version of a heart medication, while Keker Van Nest & Peters and King & Spalding ended up on the legal lambs list after the Federal Circuit revived Oracle’s billion-dollar copyright lawsuit against their client, Google.
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