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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, September 3, 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.


Professional Liability Insurance
Med Mal Policy Did Not Cover Exonerated Death Row Inmate’s Claim Against Physician Who Had Testified at His Trial, Mississippi Supreme Court Decides
The Mississippi Supreme Court, affirming a lower court’s decision, has ruled that the “clear and unambiguous language” of a medical malpractice insurance policy did not provide coverage for a claim brought against the insured physician by an exonerated death row inmate against whom the physician had testified in his criminal trial. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

Texas Supreme Court: Vacancy Clause in Homeowner’s Policy Is Enforceable
The Texas Supreme Court, affirming an intermediate appellate court’s decision, has ruled that a vacancy clause in a homeowner’s insurance policy was enforceable by the insurer. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Government Pooled Funds Are Not Insurers and Are Not Subject to Tennessee’s Uninsured Motorist Rules, Tennessee Supreme Court Rules
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a governmental fund established in accordance with the Tennessee law that allows governmental entities to pool resources to address liabilities created under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act is statutorily exempt from Tennessee insurance law and the uninsured motorist coverage requirements of the Tennessee insurance law. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Florida District Court Dismisses Force-Placed Insurance Action
A federal district court in Florida has dismissed a complaint against an insurance company alleging that it participated in a nationwide force-placed insurance scheme involving kickbacks and other “unmerited charges.” Read More

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In the States

NAIC Seeking 2015 Consumer Liaison Reps
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is accepting applications for the 2015 Consumer Liaison Program. Read More

Insurance Fraud

Former Mutual Benefits Head Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for His Role in $1 Billion Insurance Fraud
Joel Steinger, a/k/a “Joel Steiner,” has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $15 million by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr. A restitution hearing is scheduled for November 24, 2014. Read More

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NORCAL Mutual Now Offers Medical Professional Liability Insurance Coverage in Delaware and Pennsylvania Read More

New LexisNexis Study: “More Data, Earlier: The Value of Incorporating Data and Analytics in Claims Handling” 
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United Security Life and Health Insurance Dental Plus Vision and Hearing Product Now Guarantees Coverage For Seniors Through the Age of 85 
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CIG Names Arne Chatterton as New President and CEO 
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GetMyBoat Offers Boat Rental Insurance Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
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Carrie Cope, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
Anjali C. Das, Wilson Elser
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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