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The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday overturned $13,000 in sanctions assessed against Allstate by a magistrate judge in a medical billing case but upheld the sanctions against the insurer’s Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP attorney, saying Allstate was not responsible for her conduct.
A Minnesota federal judge on Monday found National Union Fire Insurance Co. does not have to cover a window manufacturer for the cost of replacing allegedly defective glass, saying that putting the windows on a building does not change them from uncovered products to covered property.
The Texas federal judge presiding over the latest legal assault on the Affordable Care Act has a BigLaw background, Capitol Hill connections, deep roots in the Lone Star State and a judicial track record that could send ACA supporters reaching for bottles of Xanax.
Employers and insurers that want to avoid getting caught up in the recent wave of Employee Retirement Income Security Act class actions over wilderness therapy — a niche but increasingly popular method of rehabilitating troubled teenagers — should consider either covering it or ensuring their health plans have defensible treatment limitations that comply with federal mental health parity law, attorneys say.
POLICY & REGULATION
CVS Health Corp.’s planned $69 billion purchase of the insurance giant Aetna Inc. drew criticism from academics testifying Tuesday before the California Insurance Commission, with a Wharton School management professor calling the industry “full of BS” and saying the companies “deserve the Nobel Prize” if they deliver on the benefits they are claiming.
Scottsdale Insurance Co. cannot force a fellow insurer that paid $1 million toward a $6.5 million settlement over injuries in a parking garage accident to put in another $1 million, the Ninth Circuit said Monday in affirming that the policy language in question “could not be clearer.”
The Native Village of Chignik Lagoon hit Orion Marine Contractors Inc. and Liberty Mutual with a lawsuit in Alaska federal court Monday over the contractor’s allegedly late and deficient construction work on a hydroelectric project.
In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.
Because cyber insurance policies are not standardized, potential differences in language could affect coverage in the General Data Protection Regulation age. Special attention should be paid to insuring language, triggers, most favored venue and jurisdiction wording, and other clauses, says Joseph Fields of Offit Kurman PA.
While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP’s labor and employment group.
A former Jones Day partner sued the firm in California court Tuesday for allegedly treating women as “second-class citizens,” providing preferential treatment to men and firing her for speaking out against its alleged “fraternity culture.”
The recent race among law firms to raise salaries and bonuses for associates is likely to change the recruitment landscape for young lawyers and put further distance between an elite echelon of highly profitable firms that can attract the top talent and everyone else, but the upshot for clients is less clear.
As more law firms each day announce their decisions to raise associate pay to match new industry benchmarks set earlier this month by Milbank Tweed Hadley McCloy LLP and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, a few law firms have made it clear they plan to opt out.
Vinson & Elkins LLP and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP have both announced associate raises matching the new pay scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last week, according to internal memos made public over the past days.
A former professor and an alumnus of the now-closed Charlotte School of Law slammed it and its parent company, Infilaw Corp., in a filing in Florida federal court Monday, deriding their attempts to escape a False Claims Act suit over how the for-profit institution was operated.