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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, May 14, 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.


Commercial General Liability
Boy Scouts Volunteer Was Still Involved in an "Official Scouting Activity" When Auto Accident Occurred, Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Florida, reversing a trial court's decision, has decided that a Boy Scouts volunteer was still engaged in an "Official Scouting Activity" when he was involved in an automobile accident and thus was entitled to coverage under a policy issued to the Boy Scouts of America. Read More

Commercial General Liability

Indiana Supreme Court May Be Asked to Decide Insurability of Punitive Damages Awarded for Gross Negligence
A federal district court in Indiana has requested supplementary briefing from the parties in a declaratory judgment action as to whether the Indiana Supreme Court should be asked to decide the insurability of punitive damages awarded directly against a corporation on a theory of gross negligence. Read More

Crime Exclusion Bars Coverage for Woman Allegedly Injured in Car Fleeing from the Police - Even If She Was a Victim and Not an Accomplice
An appellate court in Louisiana, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a crime exclusion barred coverage of a woman's claim for damages she allegedly sustained in an automobile accident that occurred when the driver of the car in which she was a passenger was fleeing from law enforcement officers. Read More

Eye on the Experts
Bad Faith Compendium: Rhode Island
Insurance bad faith law is like a quilt, a patchwork that varies from square to square - in this instance, common law decisions, statutes and codes that differ widely from state to state. Insurer conduct that is benign in one jurisdiction may rise to the level of bad faith conduct in another. The 18th installment of the compendium reviews bad faith law in Rhode Island. Read More

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Automobile Insurance

New York Senate Approves Bills Intended to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud
The New York State Senate has passed legislation that it said was intended to crack down on criminals and scam artists who commit auto insurance fraud that costs New Yorkers billion of dollars in higher insurance premiums and that has caused serious injuries and death to innocent victims. Read More

In the States

Freestone Insurance Company Enters Rehabilitation
Freestone Insurance Company, formerly Dallas National Insurance Company, a Delaware domestic property and casualty insurance company, has been ordered into receivership for purposes of rehabilitation by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. Read More

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FC&S Legal Publishes "Florida Appellate Court Says Class Action 'Relates Back' To Earlier-Filed Suit, Thereby Triggering Claims-Made Coverage" Read More

Sunset Capital Assets is Forming a Captive Insurance Company: Sunset Capital Assurance, SPC 
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Farmers Insurance Company of Flemington Announces Officer Appointments 
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20 Years of Cigna's Disability Claims Data Reveal Absences Related to Obesity, Skin Cancer Treatment, and Herniated Disc Surgery Have Increased Significantly 
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Gregory J. Crabb Becomes President and CEO of Amerisure Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
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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, Rivkin Radler 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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