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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, May 18, 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.


Claims Resolution
Missouri Federal Court Dismisses Co-Insured's Action Against Bank for Paying Insurer's Checks on One Signature
A federal district court in Missouri has dismissed a co-insured's action against a bank seeking damages resulting from the allegedly fraudulent indorsement and negotiation of checks that had been issued in payment of an insurance claim. Read More

Automobile Insurance
$500,000 Underinsured Motorist Coverage Limit Was Per Accident, Not Per Person, Seventh Circuit Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, affirming a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has ruled that the limit of underinsured motorist coverage under an automobile insurance policy was $500,000 per accident and not per person. Read More

Insured's Failure to Maintain $500,000 in Primary Coverage Doomed His Umbrella Claim
An appellate court in Illinois, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an insured who failed to maintain $500,000 in primary automobile liability insurance coverage as required by his umbrella policy was not entitled to defense or coverage under the umbrella policy until he incurred a loss exceeding $500,000. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Exclusions Precluded Coverage for Claims Asserted in Arbitration Demand, N.Y. Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in New York, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that claims asserted in an arbitration demand fell within the scope of exclusions in commercial general liability insurance policies. Read More

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In the States

Maryland Sues Access Funding, Alleging It Exploited Lead Paint and Other Injured Plaintiffs
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has filed a lawsuit against Access Funding, LLC, and other affiliated companies, alleging that they misled victims of lead paint poisoning and other injured Marylanders to convert future structured settlement payments into immediate cash. Read More

Federal Actions
HHS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Insurers from Discriminating on Basis of Gender Identity
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule declaring that individuals are protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping. Read More

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AIG Secures Approximately $300 Million of Indemnity Reinsurance Coverage for Mortgage Insurance Portfolio Read More

Great American Insurance Group Establishes Specialty Property & Casualty Business in Mexico 
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Erik Nikodem Joins Everest Insurance to Lead Its U.S. Property Division 
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Usage-Based Insurance Expected to Grow to 142 Million Subscribers Globally by 2023, IHS Says 
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Everest Insurance Launches Alternative Solution Group 
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.
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Joseph P. Monteleone, Rivkin Radler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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