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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, January 21, 2016

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.


Automobile Insurance
Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Policyholders’ Argument that Insurer Must Process All PIP Claims within 30 Days
The Delaware Supreme Court, affirming a trial court’s decision, has rejected two policyholders’ contention that Delaware law required their automobile insurance company to process all personal injury protection (“PIP”) claims within 30 days. Read More

Claims Resolution
Iowa Supreme: Final Judgment in Insured’s Breach-of-Contract Suit Against Insurer for Policy Benefits Barred Insured’s Later Bad-Faith Action
The Iowa Supreme Court, reversing an appellate court’s decision, has ruled that a final judgment in a breach-of-contract suit between an insured and an insurer for policy benefits barred a later tort action for bad faith alleging that the insurer had lacked an objectively reasonable basis for denying the claim. Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Jury Finds Defendant’s Negligence, If Any, Did Not Proximately Cause Accident in Which She Rear-Ended Plaintiff
A Texas jury has found that the negligence of a defendant, if any, had not proximately caused an auto accident in which the plaintiff had been rear-ended.  Read More

Life Insurance
Children Listed as Annuity’s Beneficiaries, Not Their Father’s Widow, Were Entitled to Proceeds, Louisiana District Court Determines
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has ruled that the children of the owner of an annuity who were listed as the annuity’s beneficiaries were entitled to its proceeds, rejecting claims that the owner’s widow should receive them as a co-owner or co-purchaser. Read More

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Insurance Fraud

Brokers Accused of Stealing Over $150,000 by Falsely Inflating Premiums, Failing to Remit Refunds, and Forging Alliance Agreements
Gary and Bonnie Gubiotti have been charged with defrauding clients of their Rochester, New York, insurance brokerage. Read More

Federal Actions
FAA Approves Acuity’s Request to Use Drones in Insurance Operations
The Federal Aviation Administration has given approval to ACUITY to use unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, in its insurance operations. Read More

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Ty Sagalow, AIG’s Former President of Product Development, Is Now Lemonade’s Chief Insurance Officer  Read More

Leadership Changes in Aviva General Insurance; Maurice Tulloch to Focus on Global General Insurance; New CEO for U.K. General Insurance to be Appointed  
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Colonial Life Offers Enhanced Gunshot Wound Policy for Public Sector Employees  
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XL Catlin and RPS/Plus Companies Enhance Title and Escrow Agents’ Professional Liability Insurance Program with Data Breach and Theft Protection  
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FC&S Legal Publishes “Mind the Gaps: Path to Privacy and Cyber Related Insurance Coverage Remains Uncertain” in its Flagship Publication, the Insurance Coverage Law Report  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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