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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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.


New Jersey Does Not Recognize Cause of Action for Bad Faith Breach of Surety Bond, District Court Rules
A federal district court in New Jersey has ruled that no cause of action for bad faith breach of a surety bond existed in New Jersey, rejecting a 15 year old federal district court decision to the contrary. Read More

Health Insurance

Texas Court Finds that MDMA (Ecstasy) Is a Narcotic, Dooming Stroke Victim's Claim for Health Benefits
A federal district court in Texas has ruled that a health insurer was not obligated to pay benefits to its insured, who had suffered a stroke, after demonstrating that his stroke was "due to" his ingestion of MDMA (ecstasy) and that MDMA was a narcotic for purposes of the policy. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Work Completed In Allegedly Negligent Fashion Was Not "Uncompleted Work," Florida Court Finds
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has ruled that the Products-Completed Operations Hazard Exclusion in a commercial general liability insurance policy barred coverage of claims that the insured was negligent, ruling that work completed in an allegedly negligent fashion was "not the same as uncompleted work." Read More

Eye on the Experts
Eleventh Circuit Rejects Insurer's Application of "Manifestation Trigger" in Property Damage Case
This Eye on the Experts article discusses a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decision rejecting an insurer's attempt to apply a manifestation trigger to a claim for damage to property, confirming instead that coverage for property damage is triggered when the damage actually occurs. Read More

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In the States

Delaware Joins International Insurance Information Exchange
Delaware has joined an international insurance supervisory cooperation and information exchange agreement. Read More

In the States
George Mueller to Head California Department of Insurance Enforcement Branch
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has appointed George Mueller deputy commissioner of the enforcement branch of the California Department of Insurance. Mr. Mueller will lead the department's law enforcement and criminal investigative functions. Read More

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Hannover Re Completes New ILS Transactions Read More

Aspen Insurance Makes Two Senior Management Appointments 
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Names Head of Contractors' Professional Liability Insurance Read More

Liberty International Underwriters Appoints Jessica Rogin Chief Claims Officer 
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Affordability Drives Buying Patterns for Long Term Care Insurance, Association Confirms Read More

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Exclusion—Unmanned Aircraft


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