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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, January 15, 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.


Commercial General Liability
"Ordinance or Law Coverage" Endorsement Did Not Obligate Insurer to Completely Replace Insured's Damaged Piping to Comply with Health Department Directive
A federal district court in California has ruled that an "Ordinance or Law Coverage" endorsement to a commercial general liability insurance policy did not cover the obligation of the insured to completely replace piping that had been damaged in one spot in order to comply with a health department's directive. Read More

Automobile Insurance

For No-Fault Coverage, "Related by Marriage" Includes Stepparent Relationship Even After Death of Biological Parent, Michigan Appeals Court Rules
In a case in which an insurance policy afforded first-party no-fault coverage to "relatives&" residing with the insured, an appellate court in Michigan has ruled that a stepchild was "related by marriage" to her stepfather even after the child's mother had died. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Boyfriend Was Not an Insured under Homeowner's Policies Issued to Girlfriend and Her Ex-Husband, Washington Federal District Court Decides
A federal district court in Washington has ruled that the boyfriend of a woman who had a homeowner's insurance policy and a manufactured home policy with her ex-husband was not an insured under the policies because he was not related by blood or marriage to his girlfriend or her ex-husband. Read More

Attorney Sanctions
Appeals Court Upholds Sanction on Plaintiff's Lawyer Who Made "Surprise" Motion to Dismiss Insured While Continuing Case against Insurer
A Louisiana appellate court has upheld a trial court's decision to sanction a plaintiff's lawyer who made a "surprise" motion in open court to dismiss a defendant while continuing the case against the defendant's insurer. Read More

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Life Insurance

Allianz Reaches $4.7 Million Multi-State Settlement in Death Master File Investigation
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America and Allianz Life Insurance Company of New York have agreed to change business practices related to the payment of life insurance benefits and the use of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File. Read More

In the States

New Law in New Jersey Requires Health Insurers to Encrypt Certain Information
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill (Senate Bill 562) that requires health insurers to encrypt certain information. Read More

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Insurance Attorneys Michael Conlon and Todd M. Rowe Elected Partner at Tressler Read More

Christopher Swift Elected Chairman of The Hartford's Board of Directors 
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Annette Guarisco Fildes Appointed CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee 
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Adds Pollution Coverage, Names Chuck Hasselback Head of Environmental Business 
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Richard Cagney Joins Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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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
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Friedman LLP
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