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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, January 25, 2017  

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.


FC&S Legal Quiz 3: Answers
FC&S Legal Insurance Coverage Law Quiz 3: Answers to Baby You Can Drive My Car. Or Not
Here are the answers to FC&S Legal's third Insurance Coverage Law Quiz: Baby You Can Drive My Car. Or Not. The answers follow the summaries, repeated below for your convenience. Our next quiz appears Thursday. Read More

Life Insurance
Utah Supreme: Divorce Revoked Wife's Beneficiary Status in Absence of Contrary Language in Divorce Decree or Life Insurance Policy Itself
The Utah Supreme Court, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a couple's divorce revoked the beneficiary status of the wife under a life insurance policy where neither the divorce decree nor the policy specifically provided otherwise. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
N.Y. Appeals Court Finds Duty to Defend Insured Against Complaint Alleging "Intentional and Criminal" Shooting
An appellate court in New York, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an insurer had a duty to defend its insured in connection with a lawsuit claiming that the insured had engaged in "intentional and criminal" actions when he had "assault[ed]" the underlying plaintiff by shooting him in the abdomen. Read More

Environmental Liability
How Fundamental Is California's Common Law Notice-Prejudice Rule? We May Soon Find Out
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has asked the California Supreme Court to determine whether California's common law notice-prejudice rule is a fundamental public policy for purposes of the state's choice-of-law analysis. Read More

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Health Insurance

Anthem Agrees to Discontinue Pre-Authorization for Opioid Addiction Treatment Drugs
Anthem has reached an agreement with New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to end its policy of requiring prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Read More

In the States
Texas Insurance Commissioner Selects Michael Nored to Head Legal Division
Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has selected Michael Nored to head the agency's legal division. Read More

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FC&S Legal Publishes "Is That Claim Covered?"  Read More

BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr, DAC Beachcroft, Wilson Elser and Wotton + Kearney Form Insurance Law Alliance  
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AIG Partners with Berkshire Hathaway Unit on Reinsurance Agreement  
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Endurance Insurance Introduces New Cyber Extortion Response Service  
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Businesses Increasingly Fear Impact of Non-Physical Damages, Market Uncertainties, and Political Perils, Allianz Finds  
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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
Associate Director, FC&S Legal
FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Carrie Cope, Cope Ehlers, 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
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.
Richard 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
Thomas F. Segalla, Goldberg Segalla
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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