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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, March 25, 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.


Workers Compensation
Montana Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of Workers' Comp Insurer's Claim against Competitors for Their Allegedly Derogatory Comments to Its Prospective Customers
The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a trial court's decision dismissing a claim for intentional interference with prospective economic advantage brought by one workers' compensation insurance company against a number of competitors, finding that the insurer had not established any actual damages. Read More

Commercial General Liability

Although Policies Covered Intentional Defamation, They Excluded Claim that Internet Defamation Had Intended to Injure, Eighth Circuit Decides
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, has ruled that insurance policies covered claims of intentional defamation but excluded coverage for defamation allegedly committed with an intent to injure. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Arizona Supreme: Insurers Did Not Have to Specify Cost of UIM Coverage in Notices Offering It to Insureds
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that Arizona law did not require that insurance companies include, in their written notices offering underinsured motorist coverage to their insureds, a premium quote for the coverage. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Appellate Court Rejects Buckminster Fuller's Estate's Contention that Intellectual Property Exclusion in CGL Insurance Policy Did Not Bar Coverage of "Buckyball" Infringement Action
A California appellate court, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an intellectual property exclusion in a commercial general liability insurance policy precluded coverage of claims asserted in an infringement action brought by the estate of Buckminster Fuller against a company that allegedly had manufactured and distributed several products under the "Buckyball" and related trademarks without the estate's permission or payment to the estate. Read More

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Federal Actions

House Committee Is Investigating Railroad Retirement Board's Occupational Disability Program, Including Possible Use of Non-Official E-Mail Accounts”
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has informed the chairman of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board that the committee is investigating whether the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board occupational disability program is "still at risk of being defrauded." Read More

Insurance Fraud

Jury Convicts in "Largest Single No-Fault Automobile Insurance Fraud Scheme Ever Charged"
Mikhail Zemlyansky has been found guilty on racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud charges following a four week jury trial before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in the Southern District of New York. Read More

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Nautilus Insurance Group Announces Changes to Management Read More

The Hartford Offers Customizable Liability Coverage for Educational Institutions 
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Shipping Losses Lowest for 10 Years, But Mega-Ships and Cyber-Attacks Pose New Threats for Maritime Sector, Allianz Reports 
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Willis Appoints Marc Paasch, from Marsh, as Global Head of Alternative Risk Transfer 
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FC&S Legal Publishes "N.J. Supreme Court Issues Companion Decisions That Impact Insurers' Handling of UM/UIM Matters and Address New Jersey's 'Fairly Debatable' Bad Faith Standard" 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
Donald S. Malecki, Malecki, Deimling, Nielander &
Associates, LLC
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill & Olick, 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
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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