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A once-obscure Texas federal judge who rocketed to prominence after being handpicked to hear lawsuits against the Obama administration is now overseeing his biggest case yet: an existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act. In an interview with Law360, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor explained how he’s approaching the momentous legal battle.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday decided it will hear a dispute between the city of Dickinson, Texas, and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association over benefits paid out after 2008’s Hurricane Ike, in a case that asks the court to determine to what extent the attorney-client privilege applies to discovery documents.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday ruled that CorVel Corp. can’t force its insurer to cover a nearly $1.4 million arbitration award it was ordered to pay to Hartford Fire Insurance Co. in a dispute over alleged flaws in CorVel’s medical bill review system, finding that a policy exclusion for claims arising from software problems bars coverage.
The Pacific Seafood Group told an Oregon federal court Thursday that bad advice from Wells Fargo’s insurance brokerage division left it on the hook for more than $27 million after it lost a processing plant in a 2013 fire.
A Louisiana insurance company asked the Fifth Circuit to hear arguments that it should not be on the hook for damages, saying that two immigrants who were injured while working at a sugarcane farm it insures should have been barred under state employment law from bringing claims looking to hold the farm liable.
An Alabama federal judge ruled Friday that a case against Prudential Insurance Co. of America over its alleged wrongful denial of disability benefits can be updated, rejecting arguments by the insurer that Charles M. Davis hadn’t exhausted the internal appeals process before suing.
The last week has seen a group of shippers bring a commercial fraud claim against the Bank of Scotland, the head of a Syrian laminate group sue United Insurance, and a dispute involving RBS and the failed Caterham Formula One Team. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
Fourteen firms will steer 12 initial public offerings that could surpass $2.5 billion in proceeds during the coming week, representing notable companies like private equity-backed BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. and several life science, technology and e-commerce issuers, potentially closing the busiest month for IPOs in three years.
Morguard Management has reportedly bought 125 Florida condos for $19 million, real estate investment trust Starwood Property is said to have loaned $213 million for a Los Angeles project that includes hotel and retail components, and Aetna has reportedly leased 85,000 square feet in Florida.
Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court recently confirmed an arbitration award in favor of the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner against General Reinsurance Corporation. This decision rejects reinsurers’ long-maintained argument that the acceleration of payment obligations by a cedent has no bearing on their own payment obligations, say Andrew Rothseid of RunOff Re.Solve LLC and Joseph Donley of Clark Hill PLC.
It’s the rare law firm that is consistently ahead of the pack on hiring and promoting women and minorities, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey. Here are the firms leading the way in building a more diverse attorney workforce.
As part of our recent Satisfaction Survey, we asked our readers whether they’d faced harassment or discrimination based on race or sex, and many of the responses were jarring. Here’s what they had to say.
Preparing for trials or oral arguments can be the busiest and most stressful times of attorneys’ careers. Here, some of the industry’s most successful litigators share how they get ready to face a judge or jury.
At least seven law firms ended the week by sharing their plans to raise associate base salaries to match the top-of-the-market pay scale recently set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
The Trump administration suggested combining the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education as part of a broader reorganization of federal agencies, a judge deemed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as unlawfully structured and the Federal Trade Commission’s newly minted chairman said the agency will conduct hearings to refocus its enforcement mission.
Immigrant families have been separated by the thousands along the Southern border under a Trump administration zero-tolerance policy. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we discuss the complex legal dynamics at play, as well as the executive order signed by President Donald Trump that may not provide the relief it promises.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.