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In a published opinion Tuesday, the Eleventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of a proposed class action against an air ambulance provider on the ground that the Airline Deregulation Act preempted enforcement of a limit in Florida insurance law regarding collection of the unpaid portion of its bill.
A Delaware state court judge on Monday granted final judgment to Verizon and GTE in their suit seeking coverage for the $48 million they spent defending themselves against a $14 billion shareholder suit, saying the time for the insurers to object to the claimed defense costs is past.
A Missouri federal judge on Tuesday retracted an order releasing Insurance Co. of North America from a suit brought by Zurich American Insurance Co. over coverage for a $1.5 million mesothelioma settlement with Anheuser-Busch, saying new Missouri case law demands a switch in the legal standard applied to the case.
Harvey Weinstein on Monday filed a counterclaim in New York federal court against the Chubb Group, alleging its refusal to defend or indemnify him for nearly a dozen sexual assault and harassment suits in the U.S. and abroad is a breach of contract.
A California judge on Tuesday rejected Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s bid to escape self-help company Landmark Worldwide’s $2.6 million malpractice suit, saying a jury must decide whether Seyfarth or its former client is at fault for missing the deadline to report an underlying employee discrimination suit to Landmark’s insurer.
Whether they’re committed to construction law or also engaged in other practice areas, lawyers will go to the mat for the relative merits of their chosen path, but the key to a healthy construction practice likely comes from a willingness to admit one’s weaknesses and seek help from others in times of need.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to pay $1.87 million to the California Department of Insurance to settle allegations it didn’t prevent specialty pharmacy Philidor Rx Services LLC from submitting fraudulent claims for reimbursements of Valeant products, the agency’s commissioner announced Monday, building on a multiyear controversy over the companies’ relationship.
A proposed class of investors on Monday hit auto insurer Infinity Property and Casualty Corp. and its board of directors in Ohio federal court with a suit accusing them of omitting financial projections from a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing relating to a proposed merger with Chicago-based Kemper Corp.
An insurer’s claim that its policy with a Houston apartment building owner doesn’t cover damages resulting from litigation filed by the families of two men a building security guard stabbed to death is based on extrinsic evidence and only partial facts, the building’s owners are arguing in Texas federal court.
A doctors’ group announced Tuesday that it will consider mounting another legal challenge to a U.S. Department of Labor payment rule after the agency brushed off the group’s concerns that the rule gives insurers free rein to underpay for out-of-network emergency health care services.
Insurers often claim that only the named insured can satisfy a policy’s self-insured retention, but insurers do not always get their way. Courts are reluctant to relieve insurers of their obligations due to a named insured’s insolvency and often look for reasons to allow other parties to satisfy the self-insured retention, says Blake Dillion of Payne & Fears LLP.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC’s Steven Toll racked up a series of multimillion-dollar settlements in 2017, including a $175 million shareholder deal with BP over the Deepwater Horizon spill and $165 million in a mortgage-backed securities class action, landing him among Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance railed against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision Tuesday to relieve him and assign a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation into domestic violence allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — a move that victims’ advocates had called for earlier in the day.
Female in-house counsel earn 84 percent of what their male counterparts earn on average, with the gender pay gap growing steeper still at the general counsel level, a report released Tuesday said.
The American Bar Association has been accused of negligence related to its role in certifying the now-closed Charlotte School of Law, with a former professor and an alumnus adding the association to their suit against the for-profit school and its parent company.
Pro Bono Spotlight
A young Honduran man’s six-year fight to remain in the United States ended recently with an Arlington, Virginia, immigration court ruling that he was a target for violent reprisal if he returned to his home country and granting him asylum, thanks partly to the pro bono advocacy of Eversheds Sutherland US LLP.
Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann on Tuesday called attention to the dearth of available counsel for immigrants facing court proceedings, arguing that immigration attorneys serve a critical purpose of promoting and realizing access to justice.
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