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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, January 22, 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.


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

Commercial General Liability

“Earth Movement” Exclusion Bars Coverage of Claim Seeking Damages for Condo Association’s Alleged Failure to Prevent Soil Movement
An appellate court in California, affirming a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a commercial general liability insurance policy’s earth movement exclusion barred coverage of claims by condominium owners that the insured homeowners’ association had been negligent by failing to prevent soil movement that damaged their homes. 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

Professional Liability Insurance
Insurers Must Reimburse Bank that Settled Overdraft Fees Class Actions
A federal district court in Minnesota has ruled that two insurance companies had to reimburse a bank for $30 million out of a $55 million settlement payment and related defense costs in an overdraft-fee dispute. Read More

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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

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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Ironshore Appoints Leslie Bomford to Lead Upstream Energy Lines in U.S. Read More

AIG Acquires Ageas Protect 
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Island Insurance Appoints John Schapperle Chief Executive Officer 
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ISO Prepares for Rise of Commercial Drones with New Coverage Options 
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Progressive to Acquire Controlling Interest in American Strategic Insurance’s Parent Company, ARX Holding Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
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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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