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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, February 19, 2015

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.


Commercial Property
Finding Policy Ambiguous, Court Rules that Insurer Must Pay to Match Church’s Damaged Exterior Limestone Panels
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that a church, which had suffered damage to its exterior limestone panels in an earthquake, was entitled to have its insurance company pay to create a matching facade. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

For Purposes of Coverage under Homeowner’s Policy, Insured’s Mother-in-Law Was Still His “Relative” Even after His Wife’s Death
A federal district court in Georgia has ruled that an insured’s mother-in-law was his relative for purposes of an exclusion in his homeowner’s insurance policy, notwithstanding that his wife had died a decade earlier, where the insured and his wife had three children together. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Court Certifies Class to Pursue Claims Over Insurer’s Cancellation of “Payback” Policy
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has certified a plaintiff class who had an Indiana auto insurance policy with Sentra Insurance that included a “Payback Agreement endorsement.”. Read More

Eye on the Experts
Wisconsin Supreme Court: Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage for Well Contamination Resulting from the Application of Manure and Septage as Fertilizer
This Eye on the Experts article explains a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that rejected categorically defining manure and septage as “pollutants.” Instead, the court determined that such fertilizing excrement unambiguously falls within the applicable policy’s definition of “pollutants” once the manure and/or septage has contaminated a water supply. Read More

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Health Insurance

Connecticut Bill Would Require Health Insurers to Encrypt Customers’ Personal Data
Days after Anthem announced that the company’s IT systems had been hacked in a major data breach, Connecticut legislators have put forward a proposal to require insurance companies operating in Connecticut to encrypt all personal information records stored and transmitted by the companies. Read More

Life Insurance

Midland National Life Insurance Settles with California Regulator Over Annuity Sales Issues
Midland National Life Insurance Company has agreed to pay a $1.3 million settlement and to reform its business practices after the California Department of Insurance said that it found that the insurer was taking advantage of seniors in the sale of inappropriate annuities by using deceptive and misleading tactics. Read More

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FC&S Legal Publishes “IMO Industries Tackles New Jersey Law on Host of Insurance Coverage Issues” in Its Flagship Publication, the Insurance Coverage Law Report Read More

Fairfax to Acquire Brit PLC for $1.88 Billion in Cash Read More

The Hartford Mourns Former CEO Liam E. McGee 
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Mark Wachholz Elected New Officer at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America 
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Sixty Percent of Renters Lack Renter’s Insurance, Survey Shows Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.

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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