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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, January 21, 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
Septage Is "Unambiguously" a Pollutant within Meanings of Policies' Absolute and Total Pollution Exclusions, Appeals Court Holds
An appellate court in Wisconsin has ruled that "septage" was unambiguously a pollutant within the meaning of absolute and total pollution exclusions in commercial general liability insurance policies. Read More

Workers Compensation

Mexico Company Is Subject to Arizona's Workers' Compensation Laws for Injury to Employee that Occurred in Arizona, Court Rules
An Arizona state court has ruled that a Mexico company was subject to Arizona's workers' compensation statutes in effect at the time of an injury that occurred to one of its employees in Arizona, and that application of the state's workers' compensation laws did not violate federal law. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Court Denies Motion to Certify Class in Case Involving Insurer's Inadequate UIM Waiver Forms
A federal district court in Pennsylvania has denied a motion for class certification in a case concerning the adequacy of certain waiver forms that Discovery Property & Casualty Insurance Company had supplied to policyholders when those policyholders had the option to accept or reject underinsured motorist benefits. The court denied the motion even though it recognized that the insurer's forms were inadequate under applicable Pennsylvania law. Read More

Commercial Auto
Circuit Finds Coverage for Tractor-Trailer that Was Not Owned By the Insured
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, reversing a district court decision, has found coverage for a Freightliner listed as a "Covered Auto" even though it was not owned by the insured. Read More

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In the States

NAIC Now Accepting Applications for 2014 SERFF Advisory Board
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners now is accepting applications for industry and consumer positions on the System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing Advisory Board. Read More

Alternative Risk and Captives

Debbie Walker Named Director of Captive Insurance for North Carolina
Debbie Walker has been named the director of captive insurance for the North Carolina Department of Insurance. Read More

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ING U.S. Announces Retirement of Life Insurance Industry Veteran Butch Britton and Succession Plans Read More

Liberty Mutual Insurance to Insure Team USA Medals Won by 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
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Natural Disasters Produced $192 Billion Global Economic Loss in 2013, While Insurers Faced $45 Billion Bill, According to Impact Forecasting
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ACE to Acquire Majority Stake in Siam Commercial Samaggi Insurance in Thailand
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National Life Group Promotes Three Executives to Senior Vice President
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