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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, August 26, 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.


Automobile Insurance
South Carolina Supreme Court Finds that Family “Step-Down” Provision Violated Public Policy
The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that a family “step-down” provision in an automobile insurance policy violated public policy and was unenforceable. Read More

Commercial General Liability

Washington Supreme Court Asked to Define “Collapse”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has asked the Washington Supreme Court to explain what constitutes “collapse” when the term was otherwise undefined in an insurance policy. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Landlord, as Additional Insured on Tenant’s Policy, Found Entitled to Coverage for Claims Arising Outside the Leased Premises
An appellate court in New Jersey, affirming a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a landlord named as an additional insured on its tenant’s insurance policy was entitled to coverage for a personal injury claim brought by a person who allegedly was injured on the stairs outside the store leased by the tenant. Read More

Exception to Exclusion for Named Insured Did Not Result in Coverage for Additional Insured, Fifth Circuit Decides
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Louisiana law and affirming a district court’s decision, has ruled that an exception to a watercraft exclusion in a general marine liability insurance policy only applied to liability that the named insured had assumed under an insured contract and, therefore, did not result in coverage where an additional insured sought coverage under the policy. Read More

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In the States

Kaj Samsom to Lead Insurance Division at Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation
Susan L. Donegan, commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation, has appointed Kaj Samsom as deputy commissioner of the Insurance Division. Read More

Life Insurance

Three Insurance Agents Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Elaborate Multimillion-Dollar Life Insurance Scheme
Michael Binday, the president and owner of a Scarsdale-based insurance agency, James Kevin Kergil, an insurance agent based in Peekskill, New York, and Mark Resnick, an insurance agent based in Orlando, Florida, have been sentenced to prison terms of 12 years, nine years, and six years, respectively, for their involvement in what federal prosecutors have characterized as a massive scheme to defraud life insurance companies in connection with the issuance of stranger-originated life insurance policies. Read More

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Susan Swails Joins Houston International Insurance as President and Chief Underwriting Officer of its Global Energy Division Read More

Riverport Insurance Announces Special Events Coverage Program 
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Allied World to Acquire the Hong Kong and Singapore Operations of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance 
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Insurance Regulatory Attorney Nate “Wes” Strickland Joins Colodny, Fass Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb 
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U.S. Employers Expect Health Care Costs to Rise Four Percent in 2015, Towers Watson Survey Finds Read More

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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
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, Rivkin Radler 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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