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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, September 4, 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.


Life Insurance
Insurer May Recover Attorney's Fees and Costs Incurred in Interpleader Action It Filed after Insured Wife Was Murdered, Appeals Court Rules
A California appellate court has affirmed a trial court's decision awarding attorney's fees and costs incurred by a life insurance company in an interpleader action it commenced to determine whether a husband was entitled to the life insurance benefits payable on the life of his wife, who had been murdered. Read More


95 Cats - and 2 Dogs - in 1 Rental House: Is Damage Excluded as Caused by Domestic Animals?
A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Oregon has ruled that owners of a home were not entitled to coverage for damage caused by a renter who maintained 95 cats and two dogs in a manner that resulted in physical damage to the house. Read More

Employee Benefits
Insured Was "Made Whole" Where He Accepted a Settlement of Less Than Policy Limits, Washington Appeals Court Rules
A Washington appellate court has ruled that an insured was "made whole" when he accepted a settlement of less than policy limits and, as a result, a self-funded government medical benefits program was entitled to reimbursement for medical payments it previously made on his behalf. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Adult Son of Divorced Parents Was a Resident of Both Households, Appellate Court Affirms
A New Jersey appellate court has affirmed a trial court's decision that an adult son of divorced parents was a resident of both his mother's and his father's household, and, therefore, was covered by his mother's automobile insurance policy. Read More

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NAIC Adopts Process for Developing and Maintaining NAIC List of Qualified Jurisdiction
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has adopted the Process for Developing and Maintaining the NAIC List of Qualified Jurisdictions, which is a process to evaluate the reinsurance supervisory systems of non-U.S. jurisdictions for reinsurance collateral reduction purposes. Read More

Worker's Compensation

Troy Wilson Appointed Chair Oklahoma Worker's Compensation Commission
Troy Wilson, Sr., has been appointed chairman of the Oklahoma Worker's Compensation Commission. Read More

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Aspen US Insurance Appoints Jude DiBattista as New Chief Underwriting Officer for Excess Casualty Read More

MetLife Subsidiary Makes Cash Tender Offer for AFP Provida S.A. 
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In Wake of Apparent Suicide of Zurich CFO Pierre Wauthier, Chair Josef Ackermann Resigns 
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Western Financial Appoints Jeff Burke as President and CEO 
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Randall & Quilter Acquires Woodcroft Insurance Company 
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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
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60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
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.
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Joseph P. Monteleone, Tressler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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Friedman LLP
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David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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