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Fair warning, insurance defense specialists and appointed counsel: Bad faith claims are coming for you.
An Indiana federal judge on Thursday refused to rule that Westfield Insurance Co. breached its duty to defend a recycling plant in a pollution class action that resulted in a $50 million default judgment against the facility, saying there is insufficient evidence in the record to render a decision on the issue.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed claims that Westchester Fire Insurance Co. must pay building contractors for money lost over the installation of defective Chinese drywall, saying Westchester’s policy was only triggered by court-ordered judgments.
A Brooklyn federal jury delivered a $5.1 million verdict Wednesday against a Long Island, New York, health plan provider for forcing “Onionhead” religious practices on 10 workers and firing one who pushed back, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday.
Allstate incorrectly asserted that the state law claims of 14 former Allstate Insurance Co. employees were time-barred, the employees said in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday, fighting the company’s quick win bid in their suit alleging they lost retirement benefits when the insurer forced them to either be contractors or face termination.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday asked to participate in oral arguments for an Ohio-based doctor’s Sixth Circuit appeal of a finding that he lacked standing to sue a hospital health care plan for only partly paying the cost of air-ambulance transportation he arranged for his infant son.
Health insurer Aetna Inc. has accused medical group Mednax Inc. of exploiting its higher reimbursement rates by exaggerating the severity of the clinical condition of newborns and ordering unnecessary tests, resulting in $50 million in overbilling.
French insurance and financial giant AXA SA unveiled plans Thursday to raise roughly $3.5 billion with the initial public offering of U.S. unit AXA Equitable Holdings Inc., setting the stage for the largest American IPO in years.
Barclays has been tapped to advise Al Khalij Commercial Bank on the sale of its French and Emirati businesses, Zurich Insurance Group AG is laying the groundwork to sell a sizable stake in its Malaysian life insurance subsidiary, and Hormel Foods might be eyeing a Chinese condiment company.
Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor on Thursday announced that the firm had snagged a 14-attorney litigation team, including three partners, from crosstown rival Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to help launch a newly formed life insurance and annuities practice and a software industry group.
The Delaware Superior Court’s decision in Arch Insurance Co. v. David Murdock underscores the importance of the choice of law analysis in insurance coverage disputes and reaffirms a distinction previously recognized, but not always applied, between D&O and general liability policies, say Jennifer Wasson and Carla Jones of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP.
An Alabama federal court recently ruled that it is per se anti-competitive for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to grant licenses to member plans to use trademarks in exclusive geographic markets. If upheld, this decision represents a significant threat to the fundamental structure of the association, says Robert Craig of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.
The female partner suing Proskauer Rose LLP in a $50 million gender discrimination case identified herself in an amended complaint Wednesday as Washington, D.C.-based Connie Bertram and lodged new allegations that the firm has disparaged her and frozen her out of firm business because she filed suit.
Former federal judge Barbara Jones of Bracewell LLP was appointed special master Thursday to hear disputes among federal prosecutors, President Donald Trump and Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen over potentially privileged materials seized from Cohen by the FBI.
Slater & Gordon UK on Thursday announced that it has appointed to its senior management a pair of corporate leaders from the consumer business and private equity sectors as part of a round of leadership changes following the firm’s sale to hedge funds.
Policymakers at the American Bar Association are expected to consider a model law firm policy aimed at promoting lawyer well-being later this year, an ABA committee chair said Thursday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, sending the controversial measure to the full chamber, where it is opposed by the Senate’s leader and is likely to languish without coming to a final vote.
State and federal judges dominated the list of the administration’s nominees to federal courts announced Thursday, as President Donald Trump seeks to fill vacancies in the Fourth and Second Circuits, as well as courts in Florida and the Court of Federal Claims.
Jones Day clocked a lion’s win this week when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the law firm’s arguments and struck down partial decisions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, while an in-house attorney at Merck made it on the legal lambs list after a judge said his “dishonest and duplicitous” behavior doomed a $200 million patent win for the company.
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