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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, January 26, 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.


Automobile Insurance
Tractor Was a Motor Vehicle, and Covered Under State Farm Policy, Colorado Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Colorado, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that a tractor was a covered "motor vehicle" under the underinsured motorist provision of an automobile insurance policy that did not define the term "motor vehicle." Read More

Automobile Insurance
Motorcycle Was a Vehicle, and Excluded from State Farm Policy, Florida District Court Decides
A federal district court in Florida has ruled that a motorcycle was a vehicle under the terms of three automobile insurance policies and, therefore, that the motorcycle's owner was not entitled to uninsured or underinsured benefits under the policies for injuries he suffered in an accident. Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Bicyclist Who Insisted Opened Car Door Caused Serious Injuries Is Awarded $1,500
A jury has awarded a bicyclist $1,500 for injuries he suffered when he struck a car door that opened as he approached the car at a red light. Read More

Commercial Auto
Commercial Auto Policy on Septic Truck Excluded Coverage for Damage to Home, Louisiana Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Louisiana, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a commercial automobile insurance policy excluded coverage for damages allegedly caused when raw sewage was discharged from the insured septic truck into a home. Read More

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In the States

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Releases 3 Insurance Reports
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has released the Homeowners Insurance Report for 2014, the 2013-2014 Auto Insurance Database Report, and the Report on Profitability by Line by State in 2015. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Former Insurance and Annuities Salesman Sentenced to 36 Months in Federal Prison for Defrauding Elderly Investors
John Allen Morris, Jr., has been sentenced to serve 36 months in federal prison. He also was ordered to pay over $1.2 million in restitution to identified victims of his crimes. Read More

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Allianz's Christoph Lauterwasser Explains How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Insurance  Read More

Tressler Grows Coverage, Aviation, and Professional Liability Practices in Chicago  
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Unum Launches New Dental and Vision Coverage  
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FC&S Legal Publishes "Risks of Changing Professional Liability Insurers"  
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MassMutual Announces New General Counsel and Other Executive Leadership Changes  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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