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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, July 14, 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.


Attorney's Fees
Insured's Former Law Firm Ordered to Release Files to Insured Despite Unpaid Legal Bills
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 a law firm that formerly represented an insured in coverage litigation with its insurance carrier must turn over case-related files to its former client, even before receiving payment of its unpaid legal bills and notwithstanding its retaining lien under Illinois common law. Read More


Tennessee Appeals Court Rules that Arson Did Not Fall within Policy's "Vandalism and Malicious Mischief" Exclusion
In a case of first impression, an appellate court in Tennessee has ruled that arson did not fall within an insurance policy's exclusion for vandalism and malicious mischief. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Ninth Circuit Asks California Supreme Court to Decide Test for Determining "Use" of Vehicle
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is seeking the California Supreme Court's determination as to the proper test to apply in determining whether an injury arose out of the "use" of an automobile for purposes of determining the coverage of an automobile insurance policy and an insurer's duty to defend an insured. Read More

Insurance Agent Liability
Georgia Appeals Court Permits Insureds' Suit to Proceed against Agents
An appellate court in Georgia, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an action by insureds against their insurance agents could proceed to trial where the insureds had presented "at least some evidence" that they had relied on their agents to assess their insurance needs. Read More

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Insurance Fraud

45 Years in Prison for Doctor Who Provided Medically Unnecessary Chemotherapy to Patients to Defraud Medicare and Private Insurers of $34 Million
A Detroit area hematologist-oncologist has been sentenced to serve 45 years in prison for his role in a health care fraud scheme that included administering medically unnecessary infusions or injections to 553 individual patients and submitting to Medicare and private insurance companies approximately $34 million in fraudulent claims. Read More

Life Insurance
Palm Beach County Insurance Agent Charged with Falsifying $3 Million Worth of Life Insurance Policies
A licensed insurance agent in Florida has been charged with grand theft and insurance fraud for allegedly selling fraudulent life insurance policies. Read More

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FC&S Legal Publishes "Recent IRS and Congressional Focus on Micro-Captives" in its Flagship Publication, the Insurance Coverage Law Report Read More

Lloyd's Study Highlights Wide Ranging Implications of Cyber Attacks 
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Allied World Promotes Kim Delaney to Healthcare Management Liability Practice Lead for North America Read More

Phoenix Executes Intercompany Reinsurance Treaty and Announces De-Stacking of Insurance Company Subsidiaries 
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ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section to Honor South Carolina Attorney Timothy W. Bouch, Chicago Judge Timothy C. Evans, and Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi Read More

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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
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
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.
Richard 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
Thomas F. Segalla, Goldberg Segalla
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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