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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, April 22, 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.


Homeowners Insurance
A Suicide Attempt, a Change of Mind, and a Fire-Damaged Home. Coverage? No
A federal district court in Washington has concluded that neither a homeowner's insurance policy nor her automobile insurance policy covered losses after the insured intentionally set fire to her car and garage in a suicide attempt that she subsequently abandoned. Read More

Trial Strategy

Contesting Venue in the Context of an Insurance Policy's Forum-Selection Clause
A recent decision by a federal district court in Texas provides guidance on the application of forum non conveniens rules in insurance coverage litigation. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Rhode Island Supreme: No Coverage Where Oil Leak Had Not Been Sudden and, In Any Event, Had Been Caused by Corrosion
The Rhode Island Supreme Court, affirming a lower court decision, has ruled that homeowners were not entitled to coverage for losses resulting from a leak to a feed line to their boiler where the leak was not "sudden" and was not due to "a tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging," but rather had been caused by corrosion. Read More

Commercial Property
Water, Water, Every Where, and Though the Sump Pump Failed; Water, Water Every Where, and the Insurer Prevailed
A Massachusetts appellate court, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an insurance carrier was not obligated to cover losses suffered by an insured dentist to her office after water from a weekend rainstorm flowed under her door when a sump pump malfunctioned. Read More

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Health Insurance

Autism and Insurance Coverage in the United States–State Updates
Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Georgia recently have taken steps toward mandating insurance coverage for autism therapies. Read More

Alternative Risk and Captives

Vermont's New Captive Insurance Legislation Becomes Law
Vermont has passed new legislation updating the state's captive law. The new law, which takes effect immediately, amends the reciprocal insurer section and creates a new "dormant" status for captives. Read More

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Joseph P. Monteleone Joins Rivkin Radler Read More

Insurance Coverage Litigator Anna M. Piazza Is Named Shareholder at Anderson Kill 
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Adrian Brown Resigns from RSA 
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In Effort to Deter Proposed Takeover, Aspen Insurance Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan; Endurance Specialty Says It Is Not Deterred 
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FC&S Legal Publishes Nelson Levine De Luca & Hamilton's Bad Faith Compendium: Ohio 
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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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