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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, February 14, 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.


Homeowners Insurance
A Fire, and "Good Reason to Suspect Arson," Doomed Insureds' Bad Faith Claim
An appellate court in Arizona, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an insurance company had not acted in bad faith by unreasonably delaying an investigation of its insureds' fire loss claim because it had "good reason to suspect arson." Read More

Commercial Property
A Fire the Day After Policy Was Canceled for Nonpayment Was Not Covered, Even Where Insured Then Electronically Paid Premium
An appellate court in New Jersey has ruled that a commercial property policy had been effectively canceled prior to a fire and that an electronic payment on the insurer's web-based portal did not estop the insurer from rejecting the claim. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
A Fire Followed by an Alford Plea to Insurance Fraud Led to a Canceled Homeowner's Insurance Policy, and No Coverage
A Georgia homeowner who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud after a fire at her home could not recover under her homeowner's insurance policy, which was canceled as a result of her plea, a federal district court in Georgia has ruled. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
A Fire, and Coverage After a Jury Finds That Home Actually Was the Insured's Residence
A federal district court in Indiana has refused to overturn a jury verdict finding that the insured used a home as his "residence" and that, as a result, he could recover for the damage caused by a fire there — notwithstanding "competing sets of evidence" on that issue.  Read More

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In the States

Former AIG CEO Maurice R. Greenberg and Former AIG CFO Howard I. Smith Settle Action with New York Attorney General
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has reached a settlement of his office's securities fraud lawsuit under the New York State Martin Act against Maurice R. ("Hank") Greenberg, the former chief executive officer of American International Group, Inc., and Howard I. Smith, the company's former chief financial officer. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Franklin Insurance Agent Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Over $100,000 from Elderly Client
Scott Rolin, a former Tennessee insurance agent, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing over $100,000 from an elderly client. Read More

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Neon Bermuda Appoints Nick Pritchard as Head of Property Reinsurance  Read More

Top Youth Volunteers of 2017 Honored Nationwide by Prudential  
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XL Catlin's Bermuda Professional Lines Insurance Business Launches D&O Coverage for Corporate Misconduct Investigations  
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FC&S Legal Publishes "Four-Corners Rule Carries the Day for Policyholders on Hurricane Claim"  
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U.S. Weather Losses Exceeded $1 Billion in January, Aon Reports  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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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
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Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
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