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A Wisconsin appeals court on Wednesday nixed an order putting two excess insurance companies on the hook for nearly $68 million in defense and remediation costs incurred by Johnson Controls Inc. in environmental contamination cleanup actions, finding that the insurers’ policies did not impose a duty to defend.
Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. can’t put a pollution liability insurer on the hook for the $2.8 million it paid to cover shipper Genesis Marine LLC’s costs to salvage two oil barges that ran aground in 2014, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the pollution coverage doesn’t apply because there was no “substantial threat” of an oil spill.
A chiropractor found liable for $6 million in a civil RICO suit brought by Allstate Insurance Co. has sued his former defense counsel at Sayles Werbner PC in Texas state court, alleging his lawyer “strong-armed” him into paying a $300,000 flat fee on the eve of trial.
A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday upheld a state health plan board’s decision limiting out-of-network reimbursement rates for chiropractic and acupuncture services, rejecting a trade group’s claims that the measure discriminated against chiropractors in violation of state law and the Affordable Care Act.
AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. asked the Second Circuit on Tuesday for an en banc rehearing on its decision to revive a putative class action after finding the suit’s claims of AXA’s alleged deception about variable annuities were not a federal matter, saying the ruling conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
A special master on Tuesday recommended knocking 25 percent off the $37.95 million in fees requested by 53 law firms in the Anthem Inc. data breach litigation, saying the contract attorney rates were too high and there was duplicated work between the firms.
A New Jersey state judge on Tuesday rejected Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.’s bid to hold two separate bench trials over three hospitals’ claims that the insurer’s tiered health coverage plan leaves them competitively disadvantaged.
Because Texas floodplain maps have recently been demonstrated to be unreliable, insurers should not rely exclusively upon these designations in underwriting risks. Instead, insurers should reassess the risk for flooding in areas known to have heavy rainfall records, heavy development, aged infrastructure systems and unexpected flood losses, says Shannon O’Malley of Zelle LLP.
BigLaw partners are often exceptionally good at practicing the law and serving clients, but when it comes to selling themselves to potential suitors while contemplating a lateral move, they’re not always so skilled.
A recent push in two states to remove judges over controversial decisions and efforts to limit court authority through legislation in more than a dozen others represent a kind of Catch-22 for courts looking to publicly defend their independence while trying to remain out of the political fray, experts said.
A corporate law department is expected to be at the forefront of the changes a business needs to make, not acting passively and waiting to be engaged, which historically was the case, a panel of general counsel from three technology companies said on Wednesday.
A proposed California court rules change released Tuesday by a group convened by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye would mandate public disclosure of settlements resolving sexual harassment or discrimination complaints against judges or other court employees, but it doesn’t require agreements to identify the accused judicial officer.
Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday grilled Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s general counsel Andrew S. Oldham, nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, over his record defending the state.
A group of North Dakota farmers accused a Texas law firm and co-counsel of tricking 60,000 farmers into signing a 40 percent contingency fee agreement in underlying multidistrict litigation over Syngenta AG’s genetically modified corn seed before secretly excluding them from other suits, in a putative class action filed in Minnesota federal court Tuesday.
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