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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, March 30, 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.


Homeowners Insurance
Insured's "Passing Comment" to Agent Was Insufficient to Alert Insurer to Change in Property's Use, N.Y. Court Decides
A New York court has ruled that an insured's "passing comment" to his insurance agent that he might rent out his home when he moved to Ohio was insufficient to put the insurer on notice of a change in the property's use. Read More

Attorney's Fees
Case Study: When the Governing State Law Is Key in Coverage Fight
It is well known that an insurance policy can be interpreted one way under one state's law, and a different way under a second state's law. That was illustrated recently in a decision by a federal district court in Georgia in a case in which an insured sought coverage for an alleged "malicious prosecution."  Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Insurer Pays $87,500 to Settle Suit Alleging That Improper Placement of Snow Pile Led to Slip and Fall
An insurance company has agreed to pay $87,500 to settle a plaintiff's lawsuit that she was injured after slipping and falling on ice that had resulted from an improperly placed snow pile. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Insurance Adjuster May Not Be Held Liable for Negligence to Insured's Assignee for Work Performed on Insurer's Behalf, N.Y. Court Rules
A trial court in New York has ruled that an auto repair shop, as an insured's assignee, could not seek to hold an insurance adjuster employed by an insurance company liable for negligence for work the adjuster performed on behalf of the insurer. Read More

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In the States

N.Y. Insurance Regulator Directs Insurers to Submit Disaster Response and Recovery Plans
All insurance companies licensed to conduct business in New York State must submit updated disaster response and recovery plans and responses to online questionnaires to the New York State Department of Financial Services. Read More

Insurance Fraud
"Mr. Social Security" Pleads Guilty for Role in What Prosecutors Call a $550 Million Fraud
A Social Security disability lawyer who referred to himself as "Mr. Social Security" has pleaded guilty in federal court in Kentucky for his role in what prosecutors characterized as a scheme to fraudulently obtain $550 million in federal disability payments from the Social Security Administration for thousands of claimants. Read More

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The Hanover Launches Professional Liability Risk Management Portal  Read More

Liberty Mutual Acquires Assets of Medical Stop Loss Provider TRU Services  
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Chinese Insurance Giant Ping An and Bank Leumi to Cooperate in Promoting Israeli High-Tech in China  
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Great American Insurance Launches Program to Insure Child and Spousal Support During Qualifying Periods of Unemployment  
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FC&S Legal Publishes "Survey Finds Insurers Not Fully Realizing Benefits of Analytics"  
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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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