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An American International Group unit must cover WoodSpring Hotels LLC’s costs to defend a lawsuit alleging its former employee stole trade secrets from rival Extended Stay America Inc., a Delaware state judge ruled on Wednesday, finding that the insurer’s defense obligation was triggered because the underlying action included a potentially covered claim.
Opioid makers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma and McKesson Corp., were slapped with first-of-their-kind proposed class actions in five federal courts Wednesday alleging that by fueling the nation’s opioid crisis, they have made health care costs go up and health insurance premiums skyrocket.
An exasperated Alabama federal judge chastised the Blue Cross Blue Shield network and insurance providers over their discovery spats in antitrust litigation concerning BCBS’ alleged exclusivity agreements, taking the unusual step Tuesday of voicing his frustration through an animated GIF of Tom Hanks mouthing “Really?”
New York’s top financial regulator said Wednesday that insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC and affiliate Lockton Affinity LLC have agreed to a $7 million fine for serving as an administrator of a National Rifle Association-branded insurance program called “Carry Guard” in violation of state law.
Nine insurers heaved a sigh of relief Tuesday after a Pennsylvania federal court found they’re not obligated to cover the costs incurred by aluminum products manufacturer Sapa Extrusions Inc. in an underlying lawsuit and subsequent settlement over its sale of tens of millions of faulty windows.
Global insurer Beazley PLC has teamed up with a Lloyd’s of London coverholder to create the first blockchain-based register to help pay claims following crisis situations and political violence, the firms have said.
The Karolyi Ranch, which served as an official Olympic training center, has sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics Inc. in Texas state court for coverage of legal costs stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a pair of chemical companies accused of a price-fixing scheme with the generic-drug maker have come to an undisclosed settlement with most of the insurers fighting to hold on to a combined $67 million award contested at the D.C. Circuit.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan told the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday that there isn’t any reason to disturb a Michigan tribe’s reduced attorneys’ fees award in a case where a lower court found that the insurer owed the tribe millions for charging hidden fees while managing its employee benefit plan.
A 16-year-old asked a Washington federal court not to throw out his proposed class action that alleges Microsoft Corp’s health plan improperly denied coverage for mental health and addiction therapy called “wilderness programs,” saying the plan’s language forced it to cover medically necessary treatment from licensed providers.
The California Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Heckart v. A-1 shows that an informal opinion from the California Department of Insurance may not be honored by the department itself, and there is no guarantee that California courts will defer to it either, say Shawn Hanson and Nicholas Gregory of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
A Williams & Connolly LLP partner who served as an attorney to Bill Clinton during his impeachment is in line to replace Ty Cobb, the lead attorney for the president on the Russia investigation, as Cobb plans to retire at the end of the month, according to statements Wednesday from the White House and the firm.
Pinsent Masons LLP for the first time stole the top spot as the United Kingdom’s most distinct legal brand in a survey of corporate legal department leaders published on Wednesday by London research firm Acritas.
A former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP legal secretary has dropped a suit alleging a supervisor made various racist and homophobic comments about him and other African-American colleagues behind the scenes of an Apple v. Samsung patent trial, according to a New York federal court filing Tuesday.
Pro Bono Spotlight
The dispute between New York City and a coalition of New Jersey Muslims alleging the New York City Police Department illegally spied on them for years ended in a settlement in April, bringing to a close six years of litigation supported by the pro bono work of Gibbons PC.
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