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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, January 17, 2014

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
No Coverage for Complaint Alleging Insured Corporation and Its Director Had Sent Unsolicited Fax Ads, Third Circuit Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed a district court’s decision that a commercial general liability insurance policy did not provide coverage for a complaint alleging that the insured corporation and its director had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited facsimile advertisements. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

A Round of Golf, Spoiled By a Fight. No Coverage, Circuit Holds
Golf, it has been said, is a “good walk spoiled.” A round of golf is spoiled even more when it leads to a fight. And it may be worse, still (at least for the golfers), when a federal circuit court of appeals concludes that a homeowner’s insurance company did not have to defend its insured against a civil suit alleging bodily injury and property damage arising out of that fight. Read More

Trial Strategy
Insurers as Intervenors in Suits Against Their Insureds in Federal Court
When a plaintiff in an underlying suit against an insured defendant has reached a settlement agreement with the insured, the last thing the plaintiff probably wants is to have the insurers intervene and prolong the litigation. Plaintiffs should recognize, however, that the standard for intervention in federal court is not difficult to meet, as a recent decision by a federal district court in Kansas illustrates.  Read More

Eye on the Experts
Bad Faith Compendium: California
In this compendium, attorneys at Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton review more than a dozen states where bad faith issues most often arise and provide a synopsis of pre-litigation claims-handling standards, first- and third-party claim issues, insurance company defenses, procedural and discovery issues, and the scope of damages. The authors begin the series with a review of bad faith law in California, one of the country’s most volatile jurisdictions for insurance companies. Read More

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Congressman Introduces New Legislation to Repeal Biggert-Waters
U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) has introduced new legislation to “fully repeal” all policy aspects of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Read More

Federal Actions

Want to Advise the Federal Insurance Office? Here’s Your Chance!
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is seeking applicants for membership on the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance, which presents “advice and recommendations” to the Federal Insurance Office. Read More

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Nicolaides Group Leaves Bates Carey to Form New Insurance Coverage-Focused Law Firm with California Group Led by Former Gordon & Rees Partner Read More

Insurance Attorneys Sara J. Brundage and Scott D. Geromette Elected Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
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Prudential Enhances Its Permanent Life Insurance Product Portfolio
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Insurance Coverage Litigator Elizabeth F. Ahlstrand is Elected Partner at Seiger Gfeller Laurie
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NAIC Names 2014 Committee Leadership
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Friedman LLP
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