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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, September 23, 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.


Workers Compensation
Divided Washington Supreme Court Limits Employee’s Asbestos Exposure Claim to Workers’ Compensation
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled, 5-4, that a Boeing Company employee asserting that he had been injured by exposure to asbestos was limited to recovering under the state’s workers’ compensation law where he had not demonstrated that Boeing had actual knowledge that exposure to asbestos was certain to lead to his being injured. Read More

Professional Liability Insurance

LRRA – But Not the FAA – Preempts Law Banning Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Insurance Policies, Nebraska’s Top Court Rules
The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Liability Risk Retention Act of 1986, but not the Federal Arbitration Act, preempts a Nebraska law that prohibits mandatory arbitration clauses in insurance contracts. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Insurer May Be Required to Pay Interest Where It Had Not Paid – Within 30 Days – Amount It Had Agreed to Pay to Settle Claim against Its Insured
A Wisconsin appellate court has ruled that an insurance company that failed to pay within 30 days the amount it had agreed to pay to settle a personal injury claim against its insured could be required by the trial court to pay interest on the settlement amount, concluding that “a reasonable time for payment was ‘implied.’” Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Intentional Acts Exclusion Can Bar Coverage for Fire Set by Insane Insured
A federal district court in Florida has ruled that, under Florida law, an intentional acts exclusion in a homeowner’s insurance policy could bar coverage for damages resulting from a fire intentionally set by an insane insured if, at the time, he understood the physical nature and consequences of his actions. Read More

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Automobile Insurance

California’s Pioneering “Uber” Bill Signed into Law by Governor Brown; Establishes Insurance Requirements for Ridesharing Services
California Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. has signed AB 2293 into law, establishing minimum insurance requirements for ridesharing services (referred to in the law as “Transportation Network Companies” or “TNCs”). Read More

In the States

NAIC Appoints Adam Hamm to Financial Stability Oversight Council
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has appointed Adam Hamm, the president of the NAIC and the insurance commissioner of North Dakota, to a two year term as the state insurance commissioner representative on the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Read More

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Life Insurers Reevaluating Their Capital Management Strategies, Towers Watson Survey Shows Read More

Reinsurance Group of America Receives License from China Insurance Regulatory Commission to Operate Branch Office in Shanghai 
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Expands into Life Sciences, Names John Parente Head of New Life Sciences Business 
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Insurance Litigator Wendy Enerson Joins Cozen O’Connor from Dentons 
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Allianz Life Launches Fixed Index Universal Life Insurance Policy Read More

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Director, FC&S Legal
60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
Associate Director, FC&S Legal
FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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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