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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, April 20, 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.


Workers Compensation
Worker's Comp Law Struck Down in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that the permanent partial disability deferral provision of 85A O.S. Supp. 2013 § 45(C)(5) was invalid as a violation of due process under the Oklahoma constitution. Read More

Workers Compensation
Worker's Comp Law Struck Down in New York
An appellate court in New York has ruled that a 2013 amendment to Workers' Compensation Law § 25–a that imposed liability on private insurance companies with respect to workers' compensation insurance policies issued in New York before October 1, 2013 impermissibly imposed on the insurers significant additional liability retroactively with respect to those past contracts and was unconstitutional. Read More

Workers Compensation
Worker's Comp Commission Finding on Notice Is Upheld by South Carolina Supreme Court, Although "Reasonable Minds" Could Differ
The South Carolina Supreme Court, reversing an appellate court's decision, has ruled that a finding by the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission that an employee had provided timely notice to his employer of his alleged injury was supported by sufficient evidence and had to be upheld, although "reasonable minds could have reached a different conclusion based on the record." Read More

Commercial General Liability
Asbestos: "Pro Rata" Approach Should Be Used to Allocate Insurers' Indemnification Obligations, Southern District of New York Says
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled in an asbestos coverage case that liability should be allocated among multiple insurance carriers under the "pro rata" approach and not the "all sums" approach. Read More

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U.N. Secretary-General Urges Insurance Industry to Take Leadership in Climate Change Response
The insurance industry is a key actor in forging new instruments to anticipate and manage climate risks, according to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He urged the industry to continue to work with the United Nations to manage and reduce such risks and ultimately ensure a more sustainable world for all. Read More

Federal Actions
FAA Approves HSB Request to Fly Drones for Inspections and Loss Prevention
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the application of Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, part of Munich Re, to fly drones to help customers identify exposures, manage risks, and prevent loss. Read More

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W.R. Berkley Appoints Kathleen M. Tierney Senior Vice President  Read More

The Hartford Launches Energy Practice; Names Ric Pena Energy VP 
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Minor Driving Infractions Will Hike Car Insurance Rates, insuranceQuotes Says 
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FC&S Legal Publishes "Florida Supreme Court: When It Comes to UM Damages Verdicts and Bad Faith, 'What is Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander'" 
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FC&S Legal Publishes "2015 Excess and Surplus Lines Laws: North Dakota" 
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