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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, April 18, 2016  

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.


Vandalism Exclusion Precluded Coverage for Intentionally Set Fire, N.Y. Appeals Court Declares
An appellate court in New York, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a vandalism exclusion in a landlords insurance policy was unambiguous and, therefore, that the policy did not cover claims arising from a fire that had been intentionally set. Read More

Professional Liability Insurance
Insurer Was Not Estopped from Denying Coverage for Claims Omitted from Reservation of Rights Letter, Massachusetts District Court Decides
The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has ruled that an insurer was not estopped from denying coverage for claims it did not reference in the reservation of rights letter it sent to its insured. Read More

Commercial Lines
Missouri Supreme: Insurance Policy Did Not Waive City's Sovereign Immunity
The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance policy purchased by a city in Missouri did not waive its sovereign immunity with respect to an underlying action filed against the city and four police officers alleging wrongful arrest, among other causes of action. Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Settlement Reached by Hotel Guest Who Claimed Indoor Pond Was Dangerously Located
A hotel guest who claimed that he had tripped over an indoor pond's brick wall has reached a $30,000 settlement with the defendants. Read More

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Automobile Insurance

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Launches Investigation into Allstate Auto Rate Increases
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has directed his staff to initiate a professional level examination of a filing by the Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company that would raise statewide automobile rates by an average of 25 percent to determine if the rate increase is defendable under state law. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Doctor Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Prison for Filing Fraudulent Insurance Claims
Dr. Paramjit Singh Ajrawat of Potomac, Maryland, has been sentenced to 111 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for health care fraud, two counts of making a false statement related to a health care program, one count of obstruction of justice, four counts of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft related to a health care fraud scheme in connection with the pain clinic he owned and operated with his wife. Read More

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Paul Nobile Named President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin  Read More

ISO Introduces Drone Insurance Coverage Options for Commercial Inland Marine Market 
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Mark Howard Joins Nationwide as Chief Legal Officer 
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Sue A. Erhart Promoted to General Counsel and Eve Cutler Rosen Named Executive Counsel of Great American Insurance 
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FC&S Legal Publishes "2015 Excess and Surplus Lines Laws: New York" 
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Director, FC&S Legal
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