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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, July 16, 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.


Workers Compensation
Retired Justice Souter, Writing for the First Circuit, Upholds Award of Death Benefits to Widow of Man Who Died in Tbilisi, Georgia, While Traveling to Shop for Groceries
Retired Associate Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, sitting by designation and writing for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, has upheld a decision by the Benefits Review Board applying the "zone of special danger" principle under the Defense Base Act ("DBA") to award death benefits to the widow of a covered employee stationed in Tbilisi, Georgia, who died in an auto accident while traveling by taxi to shop for groceries. Read More

Automobile Insurance

Chapter 13 Debtor's Failure to Disclose Prepetition Insurance Claim Against Her Auto Insurer Dooms Her Ability to Recover After Exiting Bankruptcy, Georgia Court Rules
A federal district court in Georgia has decided that judicial estoppel barred an insured from collecting on a claim against her automobile insurance carrier after she exited bankruptcy where she had not disclosed the claim in her bankruptcy case. Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Plaintiff in Slip and Fall Case Awarded $392,000 for Permanent Knee Injury
A man who alleged that he had permanently injured his knee falling on water in a store on a rainy day has been awarded $392,000 in damages. Read More

Eye on the Experts
First Circuit's Revival of Lost Policy Case Demonstrates that Policyholders Should Not Be So Quick to Give Up on Coverage
This Eye on the Experts article discusses a recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which held that the policyholder sufficiently pled a plausible case that an insurance policy had been issued by New Hampshire Insurance Company for the period 1967-1968, even though neither party could locate the policy. Read More

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In the States

If You Want to Join the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's Board of Directors, Now is the Time to Act
The Texas Department of Insurance is accepting applications for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's board of directors after the makeup of the board was changed by the 84th Legislature. Read More

Insurance Agent Who Defrauded NFL and NBA Players About Umbrella Insurance Policies Sentenced to 21 Months for Wire Fraud
Kevin D. Webster, of Pensacola, Florida, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for wire fraud. Restitution was ordered in the amount of $144,229.07. Read More

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Berkshire Hathaway's MedPro Group to Acquire PLICO Insurance Read More

Nautilus Insurance Enhances Contractors Program 
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FC&S Legal Publishes "Can Missing Quotation Marks Make 'Occurrence' Ambiguous?" in its Flagship Publication, the Insurance Coverage Law Report  Read More

Ironshore Yacht Division Collaborates on New Program with National Boat Owners Association 
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Affiliated Workers Association Launches New Accident and Short Term Medical Insurance Plans Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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