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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, May 12, 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.


Homeowners Insurance
Criminal Acts Exclusion Precluded Coverage for Man Who Shot Child for Ringing His Doorbell and Running Away
An appellate court in Kentucky, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that the criminal acts exclusion in a homeowners' insurance policy precluded coverage for claims that the homeowner shot a child for ringing his doorbell and running away. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
No Coverage for Housing Discrimination Claims, Oregon District Court Decides
The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon has ruled that a homeowners insurance policy did not provide coverage for claims that the insured had discriminated against putative renters on the basis of their national origin and familial status in violation of Oregon law.  Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Machinist Who Asserted That Respirator Did Not Protect Him from Asbestos Awarded $32.8 Million
A jury in California has awarded $32.8 million in damages, including $10 million in punitive damages, to a machinist who claimed that he developed peritoneal mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos due to a faulty respirator. Read More

Commercial Auto
No Coverage for Accident Involving Business' ORV Used by Owner's Son for Non-Business Reasons
An appellate court in Michigan, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that there was no coverage under a business insurance policy for an accident involving an off-road vehicle owned by a sole proprietorship where the accident occurred while it was being driven by the business owner's son for non-business purposes. Read More

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Insurance Fraud

Former N.J. Lawyer Sentenced to Prison for Generating Phony Asbestos Lawsuits
A former attorney in the Haddonfield, New Jersey, office of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, a law firm specializing in toxic tort litigation, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for falsifying defendants' names in more than 100 asbestos lawsuits filed in New York state courts to increase business and his standing in the firm. Read More

In the States
California Bill Would Impose Further Insurance Disclosure Requirements on "Residential Hosting Platforms" Such as Airbnb
California's Senate Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill, SB 1092, that would increase the insurance disclosure requirements on "residential hosting platforms" such as Airbnb. Read More

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Raheila Nazir Named Head of International Cyber Risk at Aspen Insurance  Read More

Liberty International Underwriters Names Casey Hartley U.S. General Liability Product Line Leader  
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XL Catlin Appoints Jonathan Salter Head of Global Property Risk Engineering/GAPS  
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Resource for Comparing Workers Compensation Laws Across U.S. and Canada Is Now Available  
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FC&S Legal Publishes "2015 Excess and Surplus Lines Laws: Tennessee" 
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