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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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.


Professional Liability Insurance
Employment-Related Practices Exclusion in Law Firm's Policy Barred Coverage of One Partner's Defamation Claim against Her Partner (and Brother), Indiana Appeals Court Rules
An Indiana appellate court, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that a law firm partner's defamation claim against another partner – who also was her brother – was excluded from coverage under the law firm's insurance policy by its employment-related practices exclusion. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

California Politician's Allegedly Defamatory Campaign Statements Were Not Covered by Her Homeowner's Policy, Court Rules
A federal district court in California has ruled that a politician's homeowner's insurance policy did not cover claims arising out of allegedly defamatory statements made by the politician during a reelection campaign. Read More

Superstorm Sandy
Superstorm Sandy: District Court Upholds Magistrate Judge's Findings and Imposition of Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions on Insurer and Its Counsel
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has affirmed "in its entirety" an order issued by a magistrate judge in the Superstorm Sandy cases imposing evidentiary sanctions on the Wright National Flood Insurance Company and monetary sanctions on its counsel for failing to obey discovery orders and causing undue delay to the proceedings. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Connecticut Supreme Upholds Insurer's Right to Limit UIM Coverage by Any or All Settlement Payments Received by Insured
The Connecticut Supreme Court, affirming an intermediate appellate court's judgment, has ruled that an underinsured motorist ("UIM") insurance carrier was entitled to judgment as a matter of law when all alleged tortfeasors had settled the insured's claims against them for the injuries allegedly giving rise to the UIM claim in an aggregate sum that was in excess of the policy limits. Read More

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Flawed FEMA Insurance Reviews in Florida Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Millions in Losses, Federal Report Finds
Deficient insurance review processes used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency resulted in the agency overfunding its 2004-2005 Florida hurricane grants by more than $177 million and left the government liable for an estimated $1 billion in future disaster costs, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. Read More

Automobile Insurance

Florida Insurance Regulator Finds that No-Fault Fraud Is Dropping
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has released a report concluding that changes in 2012 to the state's no-fault insurance law have led to a decrease in personal injury protection fraud and staged automobile accidents. Read More

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USAA to Offer Insurance for Ridesharing Drivers in Colorado Read More

XL Group to Acquire Catlin Group in $4.1 Billion Deal 
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Ironshore Appoints Leslie Bomford to Lead Upstream Energy Lines in U.S. 
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Insurance Coverage Attorneys Michael J. Gridley and Mary Catherine Martin Promoted to Of Counsel at Wiley Rein 
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Richard J. Roberts Is Named 2015 President of RIMS Read More

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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, Rivkin Radler 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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