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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, July 11, 2013

Industry news, expert analysis, and daily updates on the most significant insurance coverage legal developments—from the insurance and legal experts of The National Underwriter Company.


Health Care
Medicaid Act Bars California’s Elimination of Coverage for Certain Health Care Services Provided by Publicly-Funded Health Clinics, 9th Circuit Holds
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Medicaid Act prohibits California from eliminating coverage for adult dental, podiatry, optometry, and chiropractic health care services provided by publicly-funded health clinics and therefore California legislation to that effect was invalid. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Plaintiff’s Bad Faith Claim against Insurer Made Breach of Fiduciary Claim Redundant, Court Rules
A federal district court in Florida has ruled that a bad faith claim asserted by a plaintiff against an insurer made her breach of fiduciary claim against the insurer redundant. Read More

Homeowner’s Insurance
Reversing $122,036.86 Judgment against Insurer, Appeals Court Rules that Insurer’s Motion to Amend Its Answer to Assert New Affirmative Defenses Should Have Been Granted
An intermediate appeals court in New York has reversed a $122,036.86 judgment against an insurer and ruled that its motion to amend its answer to add new affirmative defenses should have been granted. Read More

4th Circuit Affirms Finding of No Coverage for Claims Alleging Car Dealers Had Collected Illegal “Administrative Fees” from Buyers
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a district court’s decision that an insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify an insured car dealer in a case asserting that it had engaged in the practice of collecting illegal “administrative fees” from buyers. Read More

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In the States

David Thomas Named CEO of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance
David Thomas has been named the new chief executive officer of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the state’s market of last resort for property insurance. Read More

Insurance-Related Crime
Ex-Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Company Director Brent Cassity Guilty of Fraud and Money Laundering
Brent Douglas Cassity, who had served as a director of Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Company, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton to participating in a fraudulent scheme involving the sale of prearranged funeral contracts and monetary transactions involving the proceeds of that scheme. Read More

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Arch Insurance Group Announces New Liability Insurance for Bloggers Read More

Tower Group International Enters Marine and Energy Market
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Driverless Cars: More on Their Likely Impact
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New York’s ‘K2’ Ruling on Insurer Refusal to Defend Fits within Established Law, Lawyers Assert
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Lloyds’ Landmark London Building Sold to Chinese Insurer
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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
Associate Director, FC&S Legal
FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Carrie Cope, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
Anjali C. Das, Wilson Elser
John F. Finnegan, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Donald S. Malecki, Malecki, Deimling, Nielander &
Associates, LLC
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Joseph P. Monteleone, Tressler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
Jerold Oshinsky, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres &
Friedman LLP
Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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