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An AIG unit must pick up the tab for half of the $13.2 million that American States Insurance Co. paid to defend Sierra Pacific Industries in litigation over a 2007 California wildfire, a federal judge ruled on Friday, finding that an equal division between the two insurers is appropriate because they shared the primary duty to defend Sierra.
Ice cream maker Hershey Creamery Co. sued a pair of Liberty Mutual insurers in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday, alleging the insurer wrongly ceased defending the creamery in a trademark infringement battle with a competitor even though the underlying suit includes potentially covered claims of slogan infringement.
Former Patriot National Inc. directors and officers hit back late Thursday at objections to their bid for greater access to company liability insurance benefits, in advance of a Delaware bankruptcy court-mandated mediation over multiple claims to the coverage.
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday that it may not put out new rules for incentivizing workplace wellness programs until Congress confirms outstanding nominees for two seats on the commission, including the chair.
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the toss of a putative class action accusing a quality assurance survey provider of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly calling a medical group’s patients, ruling that the plaintiff’s signed enrollment form with her health insurance plan meant she had consented to the calls.
Scottsdale Insurance told a Texas federal judge Thursday that it should be reimbursed for covering a masonry company in a state court suit over the purportedly defective construction of a condo complex, while American Mercury countered that the property damage is outside the scope of its policies.
The last week has seen more than a dozen former professional soccer players sue several financial advisers, the former owner of now-insolvent British fashion chain Jaeger lodge a contract dispute against Lloyds Bank and a private equity fund that bought him out, and Denmark’s tax authority lodge an action against Barclays and other firms. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu discusses his interest in constitutional law, the transition from academia to judgeship, and the challenges that Asian-Americans currently face in the legal industry, as well as some of his personal hobbies.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s revisions to its Employee Retirement Income Security Act raise questions about how courts will interpret them. Insurers looking for clues as to how the plaintiffs’ bar will used the regulations moving forward should look to the comments submitted by the bar, say Caitlin Strauss and Albert Moran of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.
Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.
Whether it’s a desire to be part of a cohesive team working toward a common goal or to apply a passion for business, there are a variety of reasons for both new and experienced lawyers to consider an in-house position. Here, Law360 looks at five indicators that can help attorneys decide whether in-house jobs are suitable for their lifestyles and professional goals.
Illinois-based McDermott Will & Emery LLP has hired approximately 50 DLA Piper attorneys across the country for its real estate finance, employment and litigation groups and has plans to open a new office in San Francisco this year, according to an internal memo Law360 obtained Friday.
Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP said Friday they have agreed to combine, giving Foley a significant presence in the growing legal hot spot of Texas and pushing the new firm up to the top tier of BigLaw with a combined $830 million in revenue.
Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC announced on Friday that it will represent President Donald Trump in a Maryland federal lawsuit alleging his undivested business interests violate the U.S. Constitution, specifically emoluments clauses that bar gifts or payments from foreign powers.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., defended her state’s bipartisan judicial nomination process Friday in the wake of the death of U.S. Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, saying she would defend the Ninth Circuit from a “partisan attack” by President Donald Trump.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, we discuss how Munger Tolles dropping mandatory arbitration agreements may be the start of BigLaw’s #MeToo reckoning; Oracle’s billion-dollar copyright case against Google; associates held in contempt for following partners’ orders; and a famous drummer-turned-doctor who rushed to the aid of a juror during his own medical malpractice trial.
More than a dozen attorneys have attained all-star recognition among corporate counsel for at least the second consecutive year for commitment to their clients, a report found that leaders of businesses’ legal departments value unmatched client focus and experience from their outside counsel above all other traits, and Vimeo General Counsel Michael Cheah spoke to Law360 about why he’s on the front lines of the fight over the future of net neutrality. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
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