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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, February 20, 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.


Product Liability Coverage
First Circuit Rules that Asbestos Manufacturer's Bankruptcy Plan Did Not Extend Limitations Period for Claimants to Sue and Recover under Its Insurance Policy — Potentially Leaving Thousands with No Recourse
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, affirming a district court's decision, has ruled that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan for an asbestos manufacturer did not extend the limitations period for claimants to assert claims against the reorganized debtor and its insurance company — potentially leaving thousands of claimants with no recourse. Read More

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

Product Liability Coverage
Food Manufacturer's Contamination Products Policy Did Not Cover Recall of Supplier's Ground Beef, California Appeals Court Rules
A California appeals court, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a contamination products insurance policy issued to a company that manufactured frozen food products using a supplier's ground beef did not cover a recall of the supplier's ground beef, given the absence of any contamination or tampering with the manufacturer's product during or after its manufacture. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Court Orders Insured to Reimburse Insurer for Amount It Paid to Settle Case Before It Was Decided that Insurer Had No Duty to Defend or Indemnify
A federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that an insurance company was entitled to be reimbursed by its insured for the amount that the insurer paid to settle a slip and fall case against the insured before it was determined that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the insured. Read More

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Superstorm Sandy

FEMA Seeks Superstorm Sandy Settlement Meetings as Federal Court Hearing Approaches on Engineering Reports
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has told federal magistrate judges that it is acting to set settlement meetings between insurers and homeowners with Superstorm Sandy claims who allege that engineering reports had been improperly altered. Read More

Automobile Insurance

Following Court Rulings, New York Insurance Regulator Provides Guidance for No-Fault Insurers on Notice/Proof of Claim
The New York Department of Financial Services has issued guidance to no-fault insurers clarifying various insurance regulations that concern notice/proof of claim, in light of recent appellate court holdings. Read More

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Ex-DLA Piper Partner Will Harrison Joins Minter Ellison as Head of Insurance & Corporate Risk in Asia and Western Australia Read More

GEICO Launches Ridesharing Product in Virginia Read More

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Names Amanda Sorsak to Lead Canadian Property and Energy Claims Operations 
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Fairfax to Acquire Brit PLC for $1.88 Billion in Cash 
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Coverys Hires Sam Mezzich and Edward Lyons to Lead New Venture Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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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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