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Attorney's Fees
Claimants Who Sought Benefits from Insurers under ERISA May Rely on "Catalyst Theory" to Recover Attorneys' Fees, Third Circuit Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, reversing a district court's decision, has ruled that claimants who sought to recover benefits from insurance companies under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act were entitled to rely on the "catalyst theory" to determine whether they could recover their attorneys' fees and costs from the insurers. Read More

Automobile Insurance

Motorcyclist Loses Bid for UM Benefits When Appeals Court Holds that "Wind Shear" from Passing Semi Did Not Make Physical Contact with Him
An Illinois appellate court, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that wind shear from a passing semi-tractor trailer truck that allegedly propelled a motorcycle off the roadway did not constitute "physical contact" with the motorcycle under the owner's motor vehicle insurance policy and, therefore, that the owner was not entitled to uninsured motorist benefits. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
6th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Insurer's "Reverse Bad Faith" Claim under Kentucky Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky did not err when it dismissed a claim asserted by an insurance company against its insured for "reverse bad faith" because it had not been recognized in Kentucky. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Motorcycle Passenger's Status Did Not Change to "Pedestrian" After She Allegedly Was Ejected from Motorcycle and Injured, New York Appeals Court Decides
An appellate court in New York has affirmed a trial court's decision that a motorcycle passenger who allegedly was ejected from the motorcycle was not entitled to first-party benefits as a pedestrian for injuries she alleged she suffered when the motorcycle subsequently landed on top of her. Read More

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Federal Actions

DOJ Asks Court to Dismiss MetLife's SIFI Suit
The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss the action filed by MetLife, Inc., challenging its designation as a non-bank systemically important financial institution under the Dodd-Frank Act. Read More

Title Insurance

New York Regulator Approves Lower Title Insurance Rates for Refinancings
The New York State Department of Financial Services has approved new title insurance industry rates for mortgage refinancing transactions that are up to 65 percent lower than existing rates. Read More

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Insurance Coverage Attorney John Podesta Joins Wilson Elser's San Francisco Office Read More

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection Appoints Dean Sivley as President 
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Donald G. Southwell, Kemper's Chairman, President, and CEO, to Retire in May 2016 Read More

Michael Mulray Joins Everest as Chief Underwriting Officer in the U.S. 
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Grange Insurance Names John North President of Personal Lines Read More

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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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Thomas F. Segalla, Goldberg Segalla
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