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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, September 26, 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.


Automobile Insurance
“Loading and Unloading” Exception Did Not Apply to Teen Injured While Unloading Groceries from Car, Michigan Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Michigan, affirming a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a teenager who was hit by a car while he was unloading groceries from a parked car was not entitled to recover personal injury protection benefits from the insurer of the parked car because he had not been injured during the “loading and unloading” process as provided in the state’s no-fault law. Read More

Commercial General Liability
“Your Work” Exclusion Precluded Coverage for Insured’s Damage to Transformer, Missouri Court Decides
A federal district court in Missouri has ruled that a commercial general liability insurance policy did not cover an insured’s claim for damage that had occurred to a transformer while the insured was working on it. Read More

Life Insurance
Inadequate Power of Attorney Doomed Efforts to Change Life Insurance Beneficiary, Louisiana Appeals Court Decides
An appellate court in Louisiana, affirming a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a change in the beneficiary of a life insurance policy was ineffective where it was made pursuant to a power of attorney that did not specifically grant authority to change the beneficiary under the policy. Read More

Life Insurance
Ex-Wife Found Entitled to Life Insurance Proceeds Where Decedent Had Not Changed Beneficiary and Separation Agreement Had Not “Clearly” Divested Her of Beneficiary Status
A federal district court in Ohio, applying Kentucky law, has ruled that a divorced spouse was entitled to the proceeds of a life insurance policy on her former husband where he had not changed the beneficiary on the policy and their separation agreement had not “clearly and unambiguously” divested her of her beneficiary status under the policy. Read More

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Insurance Fraud

Pharmacist Sentenced in Connection with $150 Million Medicaid Fraud Scam
Licensed pharmacist Glenn Schabel, of Melville, Long Island, and his company, Glenn Schabel, Inc., have been sentenced in connection with a nationwide scheme to sell diverted HIV medication to unsuspecting New Yorkers. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Prosecutors Allege Ex-Los Angeles Insurance Broker Was Involved in Decade-Long Auto Insurance Fraud
Rosie Villegas has been charged with one misdemeanor count of transacting insurance without a license after an investigation by the California Department of Insurance revealed that she allegedly misrepresented client information on insurance applications. Read More

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XL Catlin Promotes Jeffrey Loechner to Gulf Coast Territorial Manager for U.S. Marine Business Read More

Year Ahead for Health Care Systems Will Bring Emerging Risks, Complex Workers’ Compensation Claims, According to Aon Global Risk Consulting 
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Average Annual Workplace Family Health Premiums Rose Three Percent in 2016; More Workers Enroll in High-Deductible Plans with Savings Option, Kaiser Reports  
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Crosswinds Forms Crosswinds Re and Appoints Paul Markey as Independent Director  
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Insurance Industry Veteran Jim Porcari Joins National Truck Protection’s Board of Directors  
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