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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, September 2, 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.


Commercial General Liability
Attorneys' Fees That Arbitrator Ordered Association to Pay Apartment Owners Were Damages, Hawaii District Court Finds
A federal district court in Hawaii has ruled that an arbitrator's award in favor of two apartment owners and against their association that required the association to pay the owners' attorneys' fees were "damages because of" the property damage to the owners' unit and, therefore, were covered by the association's commercial general liability insurance policy.  Read More

Environmental Liability
Missouri Supreme Court Rules That Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund Could Not Be Sued — But That Its Board Could Be
The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund was not a legal entity that could be sued for compensatory or punitive damages — but that the board of trustees charged with the administration and operation of the Fund could be sued for the actions of its agents. Read More

Commercial General Liability
California Supreme Court Asked to Decide If There Was "Occurrence" When Insured Employer Was Sued for Negligence
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has certified the following question of law to the Supreme Court of California: Whether there is an "occurrence" under an employer's commercial general liability policy when an injured third party brings claims against the employer for the negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of the employee who intentionally injured the third party. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Wisconsin Appeals Court Refuses Insurer's Request to Reject Settlement Agreement Signed by Insured's Attorney
An appellate court in Wisconsin, affirming a trial court's decision, has rejected an insured's efforts to overturn a settlement agreement that had been reached in a coverage dispute where the agreement had been signed by the insured's attorney, the insurer, and a mediator. Read More

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Federal Actions

FEMA Appoints National Advisory Council Members
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate has appointed five new members and reappointed seven current members to FEMA's National Advisory Council. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Former Insurance Agent Headed to Prison for Federal Arson and Witness Tampering Crimes
A former West Virginia insurance agent has been sentenced to a total of nine years in federal prison: seven years for a federal arson crime followed by a consecutive sentence of two years for an unrelated federal witness tampering crime. Read More

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Motor Vehicle Fatalities Up 9 Percent with No Sign of Decrease in 2016, National Safety Council Says  Read More

The Cities with the Safest Drivers Are…  
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U.S. Cyber Insurance Premiums Total $1 Billion, Fitch Reports  
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Employers Are Looking to Outsource Benefit Administration, Prudential Survey Finds  
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Private Health Insurance in China Will Surge Fivefold to RMB 1.1 Trillion by 2020, Study Finds  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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