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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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.


Homeowner's Insurance
Fifth Circuit Voids 2 Policies after Jury's Finding that Insured Had Violated Their Concealment Clauses
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that because a jury found that the insured had violated two insurance policies' concealment clauses, the policies were void as a matter of Mississippi law and the insurers were entitled to be reimbursed amounts they had previously paid. Read More

Commercial General Liability

CGL Policies' Supplementary Payments Provision Did Not Cover Attorney's Fees and Administrative Costs Awarded in a Class Action, Appellate Court Holds
A Massachusetts appellate court has ruled that common fund attorney's fees and administrative costs awarded in a class action were not "costs" within the meaning of the supplementary payments provision of commercial general liability insurance policies that were associated with the defense of the class action but were more akin to a damage award. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Trial Practice: Insurer May Intervene in Personal Injury Action against Its Insureds to Challenge Protective Order
A Colorado appeals court has reversed a trial court's decision and has ruled that an insurance carrier was entitled to intervene in a personal injury action against its insureds to challenge a protective order entered by the trial court that, it asserted, conflicted with its duties under state and federal law. Read More

Claims Resolution
Appeals Court Explains How Trial Court Should Determine When Insurer Must Pay Penalty Interest under Michigan's Unfair Trade Practices Act
A Michigan appeals court has explained how a trial court should determine when an insured is entitled to penalty interest under Michigan's Unfair Trade Practices Act on a first party insurance claim. Read More

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Insurance Fraud

5 Week Insurance Fraud Trial in New York Leads to Conviction on 22 Counts
Raja Ishtiaq has been convicted for his role in what New York prosecutors said was a "massive scheme" to fraudulently obtain commercial car insurance policies and New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission licenses. Read More

In the States

Minnesota Agencies Issue Bulletin to Insurers on Same-Sex Insurance Benefit Coverage
With same-sex marriage now law in Minnesota, the state's Department of Commerce and Department of Health have issued a joint bulletin to all insurers to provide guidance related to insurance coverage for dependents. Read More

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Meadowbrook Insurance Group Reaches Agreement with State National Insurance to Support a Portion of Its Business Read More

Employers See More Worker's Compensation Claims in August than Any Other Month, Travelers Reports 
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Critical Illness Coverage Available Nationwide from Prudential Group Insurance 
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Aite Group Hires New Research Director to Lead Its Insurance Practice 
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Third Point Reinsurance Launches Initial Public Offering 
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Coverage Analysis
Cyber Risks: New Focus for Directors


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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Donald S. Malecki, Malecki, Deimling, Nielander &
Associates, LLC
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Joseph P. Monteleone, Tressler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
Jerold Oshinsky, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres &
Friedman LLP
Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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