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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, July 27, 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.


Material Misrepresentation on Application Dooms Loss Payee Bank’s Coverage for Theft by Insured’s Employees
A federal district court in Connecticut has ruled that an insurer could properly rescind insurance policies as a matter of law where the insured had made a material misrepresentation in response to a question on the applications. Read More

Life Insurance
Michigan Entitled to 90 Percent of Life Insurance Proceeds Received by Inmate, Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Michigan, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that the state was entitled to 90 percent of the total life insurance proceeds received by an inmate following his grandmother’s death. Read More

Professional Liability Insurance
Coverage for Actions Against “Personal Genome Service” Provider Was Not Barred by Policy’s Contractual Liability Exclusion, California Court Decides
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that a contractual liability exclusion in a professional liability insurance policy issued to a company that provided a “personal genome service” to consumers did not preclude coverage for various legal and arbitration proceedings brought against the company. Read More

Eye on the Experts
Inclusive Communities One Year Later: What Does It Mean for Underwriting Policies and Procedures?
This Eye on the Experts article discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s Inclusive Communities decision, which held that plaintiffs may rely on a disparate impact theory to establish a violation of the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). Over the course of the past year, a new landscape has started to emerge that presents real challenges for plaintiffs who attempt to employ disparate impact allegations within the broad framework outlined by the Inclusive Communities Court.  Read More

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Federal Actions

Superstorm Sandy Magistrate Judge’s District Court Nomination Remains in Limbo
Nearly a year after U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Brown, one of three magistrate judges handling Superstorm Sandy cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, was nominated by President Obama for a seat on that district court, his nomination remains in limbo. Read More

Health Insurance
What 3 States Had to Say After Lawsuits Were Filed to Block Health Insurer Mergers
What’s happening now that the U.S. Department of Justice and a number of state attorneys general have filed lawsuits to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana? Three states’ responses are notable. Read More

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Ironshore Specialty Casualty Offers Third Party Product Recall Cost Endorsement  Read More

Markel to Lead Lloyd’s Livestock Consortium  
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Adelson, Testan Names Alison J. Schefer and Daniel J. Simpson as Partners in Fort Lauderdale  
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Aspen Insurance Appoints Head of U.S. Crisis Management and Launches New U.S. Product Contamination/Recall Line  
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Ryan Cantu Joins Kane Russell’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Group  
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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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