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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, September 8, 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
Claims That Day Care Center’s Workers Forced Toddlers to Fight, and Recorded It, Were Not Covered, Delaware Court Decides
A trial court in Delaware has ruled that an insurance company was not obligated to cover claims that a day care center’s workers had watched and had permitted – and perhaps had encouraged – toddlers to fight, and had recorded the fight on a cellphone. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Insurer Was Not Obligated to Indemnify Insured Who Had Struck and Injured Neighbor, Notwithstanding Self-Defense Claim, California Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in California, affirming a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a homeowner’s insurance carrier was not obligated to indemnify him for a $6.3 million civil verdict awarded to his neighbor for injuries he suffered when the homeowner struck him in the face, where the homeowner’s self-defense claim had been rejected by two juries – one criminal and one civil. Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Border Patrol Agent Allegedly Injured Chasing Suspects Near Texas Ranch Loses Bid for Damages
A state judge in Texas has issued a directed verdict on liability in favor of the defense in a case brought by a border patrol officer who alleged that he had been injured while pursuing suspects near a ranch in Laredo. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Two Sentence Judgment Certainly Was Succinct, But Louisiana Appeals Court Remands for Trial Court to Explain Exactly What It Meant
Unable to determine what a two sentence judgment issued by a trial court actually had resolved in a tort and insurance coverage case, an appellate court in Louisiana has remanded the case for the trial court to better explain its decision. Read More

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Life Insurance

New Illinois Law Creates Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 4633 into law. Read More

In the States
Florida Man Charged with Theft of Over $180,000 in New York State Pension Benefits
Robert J. Schusteritsch has been charged by New York prosecutors with stealing pension benefits issued by the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System to his deceased brother. Read More

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W. R. Berkley Names Richard M. Lowery Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer  Read More

The Standard Names Maggie Cormier Second Vice President and Associate Actuary in Individual Disability Insurance  
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Medicaid Market Heats Up, Consolidation Drives Growth Among Leading Insurers, AIS Research Shows  
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Navy Mutual Launches New Insurance Product: Flagship Whole Life  
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Baldwin & Lyons Appoints William C. Vens CFO, W. Randall Birchfield Company President  
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