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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, February 12, 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.


Law Firm’s Claim for Loss in Forged Check Scam Found Barred by Policy’s “Voluntary Parting” Exclusion
A federal district court in New York has rejected a law firm’s contention that its insurance carrier was obligated to cover it for its loss in a forged check scam. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

“Business Exclusion” Bars Coverage for Claim that Home Daycare Operator’s Dog Bit a Child
An Iowa appellate court has affirmed a trial court’s decision that the “business exclusion” in a homeowner’s insurance policy precluded coverage of a claim that the homeowner’s dog bit and injured a child at a daycare center the homeowner was operating in her home. Read More

Commercial Property
Jury Decision that Policy Was Void from Its Inception Due to Insured’s Misrepresentations in Policy Application is Upheld on Appeal
A California appeals court has upheld a jury decision that an insurance policy on a rental property was void from its inception due to misrepresentations by the insured during the application process. Read More

Eye on the Experts
California Court of Appeal Analyzes Insurer’s Duty to Defend Where Self-Insured Retention Has Not Been Met
An appellate court decision in California instructs that insureds have the right to insist that their insurer provide an immediate and full defense, even if the policy self-insured retention has not been paid, unless the terms of policy clearly and explicitly provide otherwise. Read More

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In the States

Texas Insurance Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Two to Texas Life and Health Guaranty Association Board
Texas Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed Evelyn Miller and Barrie Stokes to the board of directors of the Texas Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association. Read More

Federal Actions

Disaster Savings Accounts Bill Introduced in Congress
Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would establish a new tax-preferred savings account that homeowners could use specifically for the purpose of natural disaster mitigation and recovery. Read More

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United Insurance Holdings Appoints Kimberly A. Salmon General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer  Read More

North Shore-LIJ Appoints Laura S. Peabody Chief Legal Officer and Andrew Schulz General Counsel  
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Health Insurance Litigators D. Brian Hufford and Jason S. Cowart Join Zuckerman Spaeder in New York  
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Insurance Coverage Attorney G. Edward Rudloff Jr. Elected President of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff  
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MetLife Introduces New Term Life Insurance Product  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Friedman LLP
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