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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.


Business Owners
Policy’s Exclusion for Splitting, Cracking, and Faulty Design Bars Coverage for 85-Year-Old Church’s Ceiling Collapse
A federal district court in Michigan has ruled that a ceiling collapse in an 85-year-old church was not covered by the congregation’s insurance policy because of the policy’s exclusion for splitting, cracking, and faulty design. Read More

Workers Compensation

Michigan Court Limits First Insurer’s Liability for Wage-Loss Benefits Attributable to Employee’s Second Disabling Injury
A Michigan court has ruled that, when a first injury partially disables an employee, that employee resumes working, but then suffers a second disabling injury, the first insurance carrier is not liable for wage-loss benefits attributable to the second disabling injury. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Health Care Provider with Perfected Lien Can Recover from Insurance Company – Even Where Insurer Already Had Paid Its Claims
An appellate court in Arizona, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a health care provider with a perfected lien for the costs of its having treated an insured could recover the amount it was owed from the insured’s carrier even though the carrier already had issued payment to the insured in a check payable to the insured and the health care provider. Read More

Workers Compensation
Benefit Unavailable to Worker When He Was Injured 40 Years Ago May Be Awarded Today, Georgia Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Georgia, reversing a lower court’s decision, has upheld a workers’ compensation board decision awarding a benefit – nurse case management services – to an employee who had been injured 40 years ago even though the benefit was not available to injured workers at the time of the employee’s injury. Read More

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Workers Compensation

Ryan Brannan Named Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation
Ryan Brannan has been appointed commissioner of workers’ compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance, effective August 1, 2014. Read More

In the States

California Department of Insurance Licenses MAC to Insure California Municipal Bonds
The California Department of Insurance has licensed bond insurer Municipal Assurance Corp., a member of the Assured Guaranty group of companies, to write financial guaranty insurance in the State of California. Read More

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Ironshore Health Offers Medicare Set-Aside Liability Policy Read More

Allied World North America Launches Architects and Engineers Professional Liability Coverage; Appoints Doug Hamilton Vice President 
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Moves into Fiduciary Liability Insurance, Appoints Rhonda Prussack Vice President of Fiduciary Liability 
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Business Insurance USA Announces General Liability Insurance for Tattoo Parlors 
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Les McPhearson Joins United Benefit Advisors as CEO Read More

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Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Donald S. Malecki, Malecki, Deimling, Nielander &
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Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
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Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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Friedman LLP
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