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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, April 27, 2015

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
Mississippi Attorney General Sues State Farm for Alleged Katrina Scheme Involving Homeowner Assistance Program
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, alleging that the State of Mississippi suffered losses as a result of a scheme by State Farm to mischaracterize wind damage as flood damage when adjusting the homeowner insurance claims of thousands of Mississippians in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Read More


Georgia Supreme: Insured Could Not Pursue Bad Faith Action Where Insurer Had Not Consented to Insured’s Settlement of Underlying Action
The Supreme Court of Georgia, in response to questions certified by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, has ruled that an insured was precluded from pursuing a bad faith action against its excess insurance carrier where the insured had settled an underlying action without the insurer’s consent. Read More

Commercial Property
Bankruptcy Court Rules that Insurers Were Entitled to Jury Trial on Chapter 11 Debtor’s Declaratory Judgment Action
A federal bankruptcy court in Kansas has ruled that insurance companies were entitled to a jury trial in an adversary proceeding brought by a Chapter 11 debtor seeking a declaration of coverage under the insurance policy the carriers had issued to the debtor. Read More

Employee Benefits
AD&D Policy Provided Benefits Only for Insured’s Death, Not for His Amputated Foot, Court Rules
A federal district court in Louisiana has ruled, in a case where an insured was injured, had his foot amputated, and later died from his injuries, that the beneficiaries under an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy were entitled only to death benefits and not also to benefits for the insured’s loss of his foot. Read More

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Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senate Banking Committee to Investigate Allegations of Superstorm Sandy Fraud
The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee has agreed to investigate fraud allegations relating to engineering reports prepared with respect to homeowners’ Superstorm Sandy claims. Read More

Federal Actions

EEOC Sues Maryland Insurance Administration for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination
The Maryland Insurance Administration, an independent state agency that regulates Maryland’s insurance industry and enforces insurance laws, violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than men, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged in a lawsuit it filed against the MIA. Read More

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AIG Invests in K2 Intelligence to Deepen Cyber, Other Risk Mitigation Capabilities Read More

XL Group Launches New Standalone Automotive Parts Recall Policy 
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Colonial Life Offers New Dental Insurance Coverage Read More

Aspen Insurance and Starr Companies Enter into Joint Underwriting Initiative 
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W. R. Berkley Names Roger M. Nulton President of Riverport Insurance Services Read More

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NAMIC Property Casualty Conference Claim Arbitration Service


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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.

Richard D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Joseph P. Monteleone, Rivkin Radler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
Jerold Oshinsky, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
Thomas F. Segalla, Goldberg Segalla
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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