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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, March 20, 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.


Automobile Insurance
Ninth Circuit Reverses Bad Faith Award Against Insurer That, Due to Its Claims Adjuster’s Negligence, Had Not Accepted Reasonable Settlement Offer
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, has ruled that a bad faith “implied duty to settle” claim could not be based on an insurer’s negligence. Read More

Florida Coed, Allegedly Served Alcohol Despite Being Underage and Then Sexually Assaulted, Loses Bid to Recover Under Bar’s Insurance Policy
A federal district court in Florida has ruled that an “absolute” assault and battery exclusion in a liquor liability insurance policy issued to a bar precluded coverage for a claim brought by a college student who alleged that she had been served alcohol at the bar despite being underage, leading to her being sexually assaulted. Read More

Life Insurance
Insurer Could Rescind Policy Where Insured Failed to Disclose His Heart Attacks, Coronary Artery Stenting Surgeries, Coronary Artery Disease, Medications, and 30 Year History of Cigarette Smoking
A federal district court in California has ruled that a life insurance company could rescind a life insurance policy where the insured had failed to disclose material facts about his health. Read More

10 Top “Trial Strategy”
10 Top “Trial Strategy” Articles from FC&S Legal
Here are 10 Top “Trial Strategy” articles published in the Case Law Developments column of FC&S Legal. Read More

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In the States

Maryland Insurance Administration Joins International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ Information Exchange
The Maryland Insurance Administration has joined a worldwide supervisory cooperation and information exchange agreement with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. Read More

In the States
New York Encouraging Insurers to Offer Disaster Preparedness Courses to Consumers Seeking Homeowners and Renters Policy Discounts
The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) is encouraging property/casualty insurance companies to submit disaster preparedness courses for approval by the DFS so that homeowners and renters who enroll in such courses can seek appropriate DFS-approved policy discounts from their insurance providers. Read More

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FC&S Legal Publishes “The Occupational Disease Exclusion: Making New Law with an Underappreciated Policy Provision”  Read More

Carlton Fields Expands Property & Casualty Insurance Practice with Addition of Shareholder J. Robert MacAneney  
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Global Non-Life Insurance Market Will Surpass $2.7 Trillion by 2020, MarketLine Says  
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The Standard Names Brian Holman Assistant Vice President of Absence Management and Short Term Disability  
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FC&S Legal Publishes “Recurring Issues with Contract Indemnities”  
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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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