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Delaware’s high court will hear arguments Wednesday in three insurers’ appeal of a judgment requiring them to cover TIAA’s costs to defend and settle class actions alleging that the retirement services giant profited from fund-transfer delays, and attorneys say a ruling affirming the award could help policyholders secure coverage of suits seeking disgorgement of illicit gains.
An Illinois federal judge declined to hand a quick win to an insurer accused of bad faith after it declined to settle a medical malpractice case for $1 million and wound up with a jury verdict of $5.2 million, saying Tuesday that material issues of fact remain over how the insurance company assessed the case and the damage it caused the surgery center it had insured.
Allstate urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to toss a magistrate judge’s imposition of nearly $14,000 in sanctions against it and its Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP attorney in a medical billing case, arguing the magistrate wanted to sanction Allstate for its settlement position and searched out minor violations to justify doing so.
A New Jersey attorney accused of insurance fraud cannot remain in a diversionary program because a judge improperly reconsidered another judge’s rejection of the lawyer’s application and then interfered in plea talks, a state appeals court said Tuesday in remanding the case for trial.
POLICY & REGULATION
The White House picked at the edges of Congress’ proposed spending cuts Tuesday, making some changes to, but mostly standing by, a plan to pull back $15 billion in already authorized spending for health care, car technology research and other areas.
Grant & Eisenhofer PA and Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP won a closely matched lead counsel contest Tuesday for a Delaware Chancery Court suit alleging fiduciary duty breaches in Towers Watson & Co.’s $18 billion merger with insurance brokerage Willis Group Holdings PLC.
Travelers Indemnity slapped a general contractor with a suit in federal court on Tuesday, seeking a refund for the money the insurer spent defending Colorado Structures Inc. in a construction defect suit before learning it had no duty to.
United States Fire Insurance Co. sued policyholders including the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association and others Monday in Hawaii federal court, saying it doesn’t have to cover underlying personal injury claims they face after a racer was severely and life-alteringly hurt by an escort boat’s propeller just before an annual canoe race.
The class counsel for nearly 200 children diagnosed with autism asked an Indiana federal judge Monday for more than $500,000 in attorneys’ fees after securing a $1.6 million settlement with Anthem over claims that the insurer’s coverage policy flouted federal benefits law.
Title insurance giant Fidelity National Financial Inc. said in a regulatory filing Monday that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued a second request for information about its planned $1.2 billion purchase of real estate services provider Stewart Information Services Corp.
In U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. United Health Programs of America, a Brooklyn federal jury recently found that the company’s use of a practice called “Onionhead” amounted to religious discrimination. Details from the case show employers how the EEOC and courts may treat religious discrimination claims going forward, say Barbara Hoey and Alyssa Smilowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP’s announcement on Monday that it would increase associates’ salaries signals the beginning of another race to match a new, higher pay scale, but not all firms may follow, leading to further stratification between the most profitable firms and everyone else.
Winston & Strawn LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP on Tuesday said they will match the new pay scale put forth by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP a day earlier that raises associates’ compensation by $10,000 to $15,000.
The Senate Tuesday confirmed new federal trial judges for the first time in weeks by approving President Donald Trump’s choices for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Southern District of Texas.
Pro Bono Spotlight
It doesn’t take a large law firm or high-powered partner to win a big pro bono victory, as two associates from litigation boutique Sher Tremonte LLP made clear earlier this month by securing a precedential Second Circuit decision finding prisoners have the right to refuse to become government informants.
Everything I saw through the glass walls of Dan Abrams’ office shouted new media. But after an hour with the ABC News chief legal affairs anchor, discussing his new book about Abraham Lincoln’s career as a lawyer and a wealth of other topics, I came away realizing the secret of his success. And there’s nothing new about it at all, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.