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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, July 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.


Professional Liability Insurance
Finding It Unclear Whether a Conversion Had Occurred, N.J. District Court Permits Insured's Claim for Funds Lost to Hacker to Proceed
A federal district court in New Jersey has denied an insurance company's motion to dismiss a coverage action based on a "conversion" exclusion in its policy in a case where a hacker allegedly obtained funds to which it was not entitled, concluding that it was not yet clear whether a "conversion" had occurred. Read More

Commercial Auto
Long-Haul Trucker Allegedly Injured While Sleeping in His Semi-Truck Was Not Entitled to PIP Benefits, Michigan District Court Decides
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled that a long-haul trucker who allegedly was injured as a result of a fire in the living quarters of his semi-truck that began while he was sleeping could not recover personal injury protection ("PIP") benefits from his insurer. Read More

Professional Liability Insurance
Indiana Appeals Court Orders Arbitration of Coverage Dispute, Including Whether Insurer Had Waived Its Right to Demand Arbitration
An appellate court in Indiana, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that a clause in a malpractice/professional liability insurance policy "unambiguously" reserved questions of arbitrability for the arbitrator — including whether the insurer had waived its right to arbitrate the coverage dispute on the ground that its demand to arbitrate had been untimely. Read More

Life Insurance
Widow's Bid for Life Insurance Benefits for Deceased Husband Failed Because He Was an Active-Duty Soldier — Even Though He Died While Off Base and Off Duty
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, affirming a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, has ruled that the widow of an active-duty soldier who died in a weekend motorcycle accident while off base and not on duty was not entitled to recover insurance benefits under a policy that excluded coverage for active members of the military. Read More

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Federal Actions

President Obama Nominating Three to NARAB Board
President Barack Obama is nominating John M. Huff, Robert Suglia, and Lori Wing-Heier to the board of directors of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Former NFL Player Charged in Alleged Staged Collision Scheme
Former Kansas City Chiefs' wide receiver Jeffrey Leon Webb, of Indio, California, has been arrested on multiple felony counts for allegedly orchestrating four staged collisions resulting in a total loss exceeding $139,000. Read More

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Aspen Insurance Appoints Sean McPhillips Head of U.S. Primary Casualty  Read More

Ironshore International Names Dr. Jörg Eickstädt to Global Property Team  
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PPG Enters Into Pension Buyout Agreement with MetLife and MassMutual  
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Berkley Life Sciences Introduces Political Risk Insurance for Life Science Companies  
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FC&S Legal Publishes "Second Circuit Reminds Consumer Product Companies That Insurance Options Exist for Big Data Blunders and Privacy Faux Pas"  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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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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