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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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.


Surety Bond Issued to Car Dealer Did Not Cover Business Investor's Claims, California Appellate Court Decides
An appellate court in California, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a surety bond issued to a car dealer did not cover claims against the dealer brought by a business investor who had never actually purchased any cars.  Read More

Contracting Exclusion Precluded Coverage for Claim Stemming from Condo Owner's Renovations
A federal district court in California has ruled that a "contracting" exclusion in an umbrella insurance policy precluded coverage for claims that a subcontractor renovating a condominium owner's unit had damaged a neighboring property. Read More

Appeals Court Orders Arbitration of Actions Against Insurers Alleging They Failed to Supervise or Audit Their Agent
An appellate court in South Carolina, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that three insurance companies were entitled to arbitration of claims asserting that they had failed to supervise or audit their agent. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Step-Grandchild Was Not Insured's "Relative," Michigan Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Michigan, reversing a trial court's decision, has concluded that the plaintiff was not "related" to her step-grandmother for purposes of the definition of "relative" in the step-grandmother's automobile insurance policy. Read More

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In the States

Insurer Fined for Allegedly Denying Health Insurance to Medicaid-Eligible Consumers
The Washington Insurance Department has fined Regence BlueShield $40,000 after Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler determined that Regence was denying health insurance coverage to Washington consumers who indicated they were eligible for Medicaid coverage or who previously had been enrolled in Medicaid. Read More

Workers Compensation
Construction Company and Owner Charged with Workers' Comp Fraud
Michael Cholowsky and Sky Materials Corp. have been charged in Manhattan with concealing information about payroll and submitting false information about the number of workers employed by the company. Read More

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Citadel Risk Purchases Majority Share of Cedar Management Limited Read More

Medical Mutual of Ohio Acquires HealthSpan Insurance Business 
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Establishes U.S. Medical Stop Loss Division 
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Gordon & Rees Hires Insurance Coverage Attorney Michael Cawley as Partner in its Philadelphia Office 
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Insurance Litigator Darlene Alt Joins Sedgwick as Partner 
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