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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, May 8, 2017  

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 General Liability
N.J. Supreme Court Ruling of No Help to Insured Where First Circuit Applies Pennsylvania Law to Definition of "Occurrence"
A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit highlights the significant practical implications of applying Pennsylvania law rather than New Jersey law to an insurance coverage dispute over a subcontractor's allegedly faulty workmanship.  Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Insurer Needn't Defend Homeowner's Son Who Recorded Sex Act with College Student, Pennsylvania Court Says
A federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a homeowner's insurance company did not have to defend its insured's son against a lawsuit alleging that he recorded a college student performing a sexual act on him without her knowledge or consent and then shared the recording with friends and classmates.   Read More

Commercial General Liability
Pouch Manufacturer Was in Food Processing Business for Purposes of Exception to Microbe Exclusion, Massachusetts District Court Rules
A federal district court in Massachusetts has ruled that an exception to a microbe exclusion in a commercial general liability insurance policy was ambiguous and that a manufacturer of flexible pouches was in the business of "food processing" for purposes of the exception and, therefore, was entitled to a defense in litigation concerning food contamination allegedly caused by the failure of its pouches.   Read More

Commercial General Liability
Builder's Allegedly Infringing House Plans Were Not "Advertisements" Entitling It to Insurer's Indemnity, 11th Circuit Decides
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, affirming a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, has ruled that an insurance company was not obligated to indemnify its insured for the amount it paid to settle claims that its house plans had infringed another's copyrights. Read More

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Insurance Fraud

Florida Man Sentenced in Connection with "PIP" Scheme to Defraud Automobile Insurance Companies
Wisler Cyrius has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering.  Read More

In the States
New State Law Mandates Fertility Coverage for Same-Sex Couples
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation, spurred by a federal civil rights lawsuit, that will require insurance carriers contracting with the state to cover fertility treatments to women in same-sex relationships, and those in other nontraditional relationships.  Read More

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Completes Acquisition of Ironshore from Fosun International   Read More

FC&S Legal Publishes "4 Reasons Law Firms Change Insurers"   
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Special Olympics and MetLife Foundation Announce International Partnership   
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Insurance Partner Kevin D. Szczepanski Joins Barclay Damon   
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Leadership Transition at Alliance for Health Reform   
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Attorney Receives Sanctions as a Result of Inadequate Investigation


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Director, FC&S Legal
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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