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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, May 16, 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.


Automobile Insurance
New York's Top Court Upholds License Limits on Recidivist Drunk Drivers, Citing "Carnage" They Cause
New York's highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, has upheld limits imposed by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles on the ability of recidivist drunk drivers to regain their driver's license.  Read More

Automobile Insurance
Rhode Island Supreme Court Applies "Strict Interpretation" to "Occupying" Vehicle
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has issued a decision "strictly" interpreting the term "occupying" in an automobile insurance contract in the context of two collisions — and where, it said, the policy was "designed to exclude an owner from the protections of his policy."   Read More

Workers Compensation
Idaho Supreme: Workers Comp Claimant Not Entitled to Attorneys' Fee Award Despite Insurer's "Unreasonable Conduct"
The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that although a workers compensation claimant had been given "the runaround" about her claim by an insurance company, and although the insurer had acted "unreasonably" by delaying its decision on her claim and/or refusing to communicate with her, the claimant was not entitled to recover her attorneys' fees.   Read More

Fire Insurance
West Virginia Supreme: Fire Policy's Pollutant Cleanup Provision Did Not Apply to Asbestos in Fire-Damaged Building
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has ruled that a pollutant cleanup and removal provision in a fire insurance policy, which covered the expense of extracting pollutants from "land or water" at the insured premises, did not apply to asbestos testing and removal where the asbestos was in the fire-damaged structure. Read More

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Insurance Fraud

Retired Judge Pleads Guilty for Role in Alleged $550 Million Social Security Disability Fraud
A former administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration has pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $550 million in Social Security disability payments for thousands of claimants.  Read More

In the States
State Farm Issues $13.3 Million in Refunds to Californians
State Farm has issued refunds totaling $13,335,701 for overcharged premiums to 241,356 California consumers, complying with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' rate reduction order after losing twice in court.   Read More

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Top Wedding Insurance Claims for 2016, According to Aon   Read More

Systemic Cyber Attacks Likely in 2017, with Financial Services, Power/Energy, and International Cyber Conflicts Key Concerns, AIG Study Finds   
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Lincoln Financial and Munich Re Partner for Life Insurance for People with Hepatitis C   
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Leigh Ann Pusey Is Stepping Down as AIA's President and CEO   
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FC&S Legal Publishes "How False Water-Damage Claims Are Reaching Crisis Levels in Florida"   
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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