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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, April 11, 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.


Commercial Property
Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Iowa Appeals Court Has, and Rules that Rainwater in a Drain Pipe that Burst Was Not Rain
What is the meaning of “rain”? An Iowa appellate court had to answer that question in an insurance coverage dispute between Amish Connection, Inc., and its insurance carrier, State Farm Fire & Casualty Company. Read More

Employee Benefits

The Life of a Big Law Partner, Brought Low by Eye Disease, and Her Successful Battle for Long Term Disability Benefits
A federal district court in Illinois has ruled that a partner at an international law firm in Chicago who suffered from eye disease was entitled to receive long term disability benefits, reversing the insurance company’s decision. Read More

Trial Strategy
NFPA 921 and Expert Testimony in Fire Insurance Cases Where Insurers Suspect Arson
Should a court only allow an expert’s opinion as to the cause of a fire in a fire insurance coverage case where that expert followed National Fire Protection Association 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations? Read More

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

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Automobile Insurance

National Insurance Crime Bureau Finds that Florida’s No-Fault Reform is “Trending in the Right Direction”
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released a new report revealing a decline in Florida’s personal injury protection questionable claims. Read More

Life Insurance

13 Charged and, Now, 13 Guilty in $1.25 Billion Viatical and Life Settlement Fraud
Now, all 13 who had been charged in what prosecutors have characterized as a $1 billion scheme to defraud 30,000 investors in Mutual Benefits Corporation stand convicted. Read More

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Amalgamated’s David Walsh and Noel Beasley Honored with Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial’s Clara Lemlich Public Service Award Read More

Canadian Drivers Are Receptive to Usage-Based Auto Insurance, Towers Watson Survey Finds 
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FC&S Legal Publishes Nelson Levine De Luca & Hamilton’s Bad Faith Compendium: New York 
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ACE Appoints David Charlton as Division President of Property & Casualty and Micro-Business for ACE Commercial Risk Services 
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Companies Offering Accident and Disability Insurance Experience Reductions in Workers’ Compensation Claims, Aflac Survey Finds 
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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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