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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, April 10, 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.


Professional Liability Insurance
Siblings’ Assertions that Financial Advisor Misrepresented Investments and Sold Unsuitable Investments Amounted to a Single Claim, Eighth Circuit Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, reversing a district court’s decision, has determined that claims brought by four siblings that their former financial advisor had misrepresented investments and had sold them unsuitable investments amounted to a single claim under the advisor’s professional liability insurance policy. Read More

Automobile Insurance

South Carolina Supreme Court “Reluctantly” Enforces Family Member Exclusion in Florida Policy
The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled, “[r]eluctantly,” that a family member exclusion in a Florida automobile insurance policy was enforceable in South Carolina courts and that it did not offend South Carolina public policy. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Families of Double Homicide Victims Lose Bid to Recover Damages from Policy Insuring Auto Involved in Transporting the Dead Bodies
A Delaware trial court has ruled against a claim for coverage by families of two homicide victims seeking to reach the insurance policy of one of the cars they alleged was involved in driving the bodies to be buried. Read More

Environmental Liability
New York’s Top Court Rejects Claim that Personal Injuries Were Caused by Indoor Exposure to Mold
New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has rejected the claim of a resident in a New York City apartment building that her alleged personal injuries were caused by indoor exposure to dampness and mold. The court found that the plaintiff had not established that the relevant scientific community generally accepted that mold caused the adverse health effects complained of by the plaintiff. Read More

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In the States

Following His Guilty Plea, Gregory Wren Leaves Alabama House of Representatives – and Presidency of NCOIL
Gregory David Wren, a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, has pleaded guilty to violating the Alabama Ethics Law and has resigned his position in the Alabama legislature. As a result, Mr. Wren, a Republican, also has lost his position as president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators. Read More

Health Insurance

New Utah Law Requires Insurance Coverage for Autism
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed S.B. 57 into law, mandating insurance coverage for children with autism. Read More

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Foresters Appoints Anthony Garcia as its New President and Chief Executive Officer Read More

Pacific Life Re Promotes Ian Rowe to Claims Manager and Appoints Leighton Freeman Senior Life and Disability Underwriter 
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Enstar Group and Stone Point Capital Acquire Torus Insurance Holdings 
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Amalgamated’s David Walsh and Noel Beasley Honored with Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial’s Clara Lemlich Public Service Award 
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Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Appoints Ryan Krueger to Lead Life Insurance Sector Research 
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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
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, Tressler 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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