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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, February 13, 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.


Directors & Officers
Colorado Supreme Asked to Decide Whether Notice-Prejudice Rule Applies to Claims-Made Policies or Only Occurrence Policies
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has asked the Colorado Supreme Court to determine whether Colorado’s notice-prejudice rule for liability insurance policies applies to claims-made policies or whether it applies only to occurrence policies. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

Feral Cat Protectors Were Properly Denied a Defense for Suit Alleging “Deliberate Conduct,” Appeals Court Decides
An appellate court in California, affirming a trial court’s decision, has ruled that two people who protect the feral cat population at a college were not entitled to a defense under their homeowners’ insurance policy of a lawsuit that alleged causes of action for invasion of privacy, stalking, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Kansas Supreme Court Permits Non-Renewal in Absence of Proper Substantive Basis – Although Insurer Could Be Subject to Suit and Penalties
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that notice to non-renew an insurance policy that complies with the procedure set out in K.S.A.2012 Supp. 40-3118(b) and the policy is sufficient to force a lapse of coverage, regardless of whether a proper substantive basis for nonrenewal exists under K.S.A.2012 Supp. 40-276a(a) and the policy. Read More

Commercial Auto
Applying New York’s “Center of Gravity” Approach, Second Circuit Finds that New Jersey Law Governed Policies Although Accident Occurred in New York
After an accident in New York gave rise to a personal injury lawsuit, a federal district court in New York denied the summary judgment motion of two insurance carriers in the coverage dispute that followed. They appealed, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had to determine whether, applying New York’s choice-of-law principles, New York or New Jersey law governed the policies. Read More

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Life Insurance

USAA Does Not Have to Settle States’ Death Master File Claims – They Found It Used the DMF Appropriately
One insurance carrier that will not have to reach a settlement with state regulators over the use, or non-use, of the Social Security Death Master File to identify deceased life policyholders and annuitants is United Services Automobile Association Group and its affiliated companies (excluding USAA Life Insurance Company of New York). Read More

In the States

Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Drops Below 1 Million Policies for the First Time Since 2006
The policy count of Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has dropped below one million for the first time since 2006, marking a significant milestone in Citizens’ announced effort to return to its role as an insurer of last resort. Read More

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Eugene Wollan, Name Partner at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, Dies  Read More

NORCAL Mutual Acquires Renewal Rights from Pennsylvania Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers  
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Health Reform Brings Munich Re to Minnesota  
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Favorable US Insurance Market Conditions Expected in 2014, Report Finds  
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Appoints Mary K. Nolan Vice President of Health Care Professional Liability  
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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
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60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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, Tressler 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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