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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, August 5, 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.


Gunfight at the Paradise Lounge: Assault and Battery Exclusion Precluded Coverage
A federal district court in Alabama has ruled that an assault and battery exclusion precluded coverage for claims stemming from a gunfight at a lounge that left two dead. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Alcohol and a Gun: Two Exclusions Precluded Coverage for Shooting at Restaurant, Illinois District Court Decides
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has ruled that the total liquor liability exclusion and the assault and battery exclusion in a commercial general liability insurance policy issued to the owner of a building housing a restaurant precluded coverage for claims that a patron who had been drinking alcohol shot and killed one person and injured another. Read More

Life Insurance
"Suicide, While Sane or Insane" Barred Benefits for Insured Who Killed Himself While Severely Intoxicated, Puerto Rico District Court Decides
A federal district court in Puerto Rico has ruled that insurers did not have to pay death benefits where their policies precluded coverage for suicide committed "while sane or insane" within two years of the issue date, even if the insured had killed himself during that period while he was severely intoxicated. Read More

Business Owners
The Straw That Broke Coverage: Late Notice
A federal district court in Minnesota has ruled that a food marketing and distribution company was not entitled to insurance coverage for a suit brought by its former straw salesperson where the company had not provided timely notice, which was a "condition precedent of liability under the insurance contract." Read More

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Superstorm Sandy

N.Y. Brings 50-Count Indictment Alleging Forgery of Insurance Damage Reports in Wake of Superstorm Sandy
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has brought a 50-count indictment charging Matthew Pappalardo and his former employer, HiRise Engineering, P.C., with altering engineering reports prepared in connection with the assessment of structural damage of residential properties resulting from Superstorm Sandy. Read More

In the States
Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads to $30 Million Settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb
The California Insurance Department has reached a $30 million settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb over allegations of drug marketing fraud and physician kickbacks. Read More

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Global Economy Weathered $98 Billion Natural Hazard Loss in First Half of 2016, According to Aon Report; Insurers Liable for $30 Billion Read More

Insurance Subsidies Exacerbate Climate Change Risks, R Street Report Asserts 
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"Injury Compensation Culture" Blitzed Consumers with Nearly 720 Million Nuisance Calls and Texts, Aviva Claims 
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NICB's 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in America: Imports and Pickups Still Dominate 
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Nation on Autopilot: Over Half of U.K. Drivers Have Had a Near Miss or Accident Due to "Switching Off" During Routine Journeys, Aviva Study Reveals 
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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
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Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
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David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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