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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, April 3, 2014

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.


Criminal Acts Exclusion Bars Coverage for Decontamination of "Meth" House, Kentucky Appeals Court Rules
An insurance policy's criminal acts exclusion barred coverage of costs the insured would have to incur to clean-up a house contaminated by the tenant's manufacturing of methamphetamine, a Kentucky appeals court has decided. Read More

Automobile Insurance

Premium Price Quote Is Not Required for Written Offer of UIM Coverage to be Valid, Arizona Appeals Court Finds
An Arizona court of appeals has ruled that an insurance carrier is not required to include a premium price for a written offer of underinsured motorist coverage to be valid. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Nevada Supreme: Medpay "Must Offer" Law Does Not Require Written Rejection of Medical Payment Coverage
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the Nevada law that provides that a motor vehicle insurer must offer its insured the option of purchasing medical payment coverage does not require that the insurer obtain from its insured a written rejection of medical payment coverage for the insurer to be found in compliance with the law. Read More

Eye on the Experts
Ongoing or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty to Defend Contractor under Additional Insured Endorsement
A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Mississippi law to interpret "completed operations" versus "ongoing operations," demonstrates the importance of the specific wording of the additional insured endorsement on the insurer's duty to defend. Read More

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In the States

Bette Brown Appointed to Citizens Property's Board of Governors
Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Bette Brown to the Board of Governors of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Read More

Health Insurance

Texas Insurance Commissioner Appoints Health Form Advisory Committee
Texas Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed a committee of health care professionals to advise her on the technical, operational, and practical aspects of developing a standard form for requesting prior authorization of health care services. Read More

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Watford Re Ltd. Completes a $1.13 Billion Capital Raise and Names Executive Officers Read More

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Names Stephen M. Dunn Vice President of Health Care Professional Liability  
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Pacific Specialty Insurance Names John Chu President and CEO 
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Marsh Report Says Interest in Cyber Insurance is Growing 
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J. Scott Davison Named CEO of OneAmerica 
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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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, Tressler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
Jerold Oshinsky, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres &
Friedman LLP
Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
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