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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, March 17, 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.


Insurance Fraud
A Criminal Insurance Fraud Case Over a $360 Claim Dragged on in California for More Than Four Years Until It Was Dismissed in "Furtherance of Justice." It Then Took Another 15 Months for the Dismissal to be Affirmed
The California Court of Appeal has affirmed a decision by a San Francisco trial court dismissing, "in the furtherance of justice," three felony and three misdemeanor criminal charges against an individual arising out of his alleged submission of a single false insurance claim in the amount of $360, after the case had been pending for over four years.  Read More

Commercial Property
A Shooting at a Night Club, an Injured Woman Asserts Negligence, and a Court Permits Her Bid for Insurance Coverage to Proceed
A federal district court in South Carolina has ruled that a plaintiff's complaint against a night club asserting that she had been shot in both legs created a "possibility" that the plaintiff's alleged injury was not excluded from coverage by the assault and battery exclusion in the insurance policy that had been issued to the night club. Read More

Commercial General Liability
West Virginia's Top Court Limits Enforceability of Assigned Bad Faith Claims
West Virginia's top court, the Supreme Court of Appeals, has reversed a $1,000,000 judgment against an insurance company and limited the enforceability of assigned bad faith claims against insurers.  Read More

Automobile Insurance
Assets Forfeitable for Impaired Driving Did Not Include Insurance Proceeds, Minnesota Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Minnesota has ruled that the state's impaired-driver forfeiture statute permitted a police department to seek to forfeit a totaled vehicle — but not the insurance proceeds for that vehicle.  Read More

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Insurance Fraud

Preet Bharara, Fired as Manhattan U.S. Attorney, Battled Wall Street, Government Corruption — and Insurance Fraud
Preet Bharara, who was fired as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, fought Wall Street and government corruption — and insurance fraud and other insurance-related crimes. His work and prominence led Mr. Bharara to appear in FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center more often over the years than any other federal prosecutor. Read More

In the States
N.Y. Bill Would Require Gun Owners to Obtain $250,000 in Liability Insurance
New York State Assemblyman Félix W. Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) has introduced legislation that, if enacted, would require New York gun owners to obtain a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance. Read More

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Intel to Acquire Mobileye in Bid to "Accelerate the Future of Autonomous Driving"  Read More

The Hartford Identifies 100 U.S. Cities with Highest Fire Risk  
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Auto Insurance Rates Following One Claim Continue to Spike, Report Finds  
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Atidot Launches Big Data Platform Intended to Optimize Business Decision-Making in Life Insurance Sector  
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Aetna President Karen Lynch and AHIP President Marilyn Tavenner Named to "Top 25 Women in Healthcare"  
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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.
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Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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Thomas F. Segalla, Goldberg Segalla
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