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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, October 1, 2015

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
Insurer May Not Cancel Auto Policy Based on License Suspension Imposed for Underage Alcohol Consumption, Pennsylvania Court Rules
A Pennsylvania court has ruled that Pennsylvania law prohibits an insurance company from cancelling an automobile insurance policy based on a license suspension imposed for underage alcohol consumption. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Florida Appeals Court Affirms Trial Court’s Judgment in Favor of Insurer in Chinese Drywall Case
An appellate court in Florida has affirmed a trial court’s judgment in favor of a homeowner’s insurance carrier in a case in which homeowners sought to recover for damage caused to their home by Chinese drywall that had been used in its construction. Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Jury Finds Defendant Was Not Negligent in Case Where She Argued Accident Had Not Happened as Plaintiff Claimed
A jury in Illinois has rejected a plaintiff’s argument that an auto accident was caused by the defendant’s negligence. Read More

In 9/11 Case, 2d Circuit Affirms that Policies Entitled Insureds to Share in Subrogation Proceeds Obtained by Insurers If Insureds’ Recoverable Damages Exceeded $4.1 Billion
In litigation stemming from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed decisions by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York insofar as they held that insurance policies entitled World Trade Center Properties LLC, 1 World Trade Center LLC, 2 World Trade Center LLC, 3 World Trade Center LLC, and 4 World Trade Center LLC (collectively, “WTCP”) to a share of the subrogation proceeds recovered by the insurers from airlines and affiliated companies only if WTCP had “uncompensated legally recoverable tort damages.” Read More

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In the States

Pennsylvania Insurance Department Prohibits “Widow’s Penalty
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller has announced that she will not approve auto insurance rate filings that contain the so-called “widow’s penalty,” under which a widow or widower is charged a higher rate solely based on the change in his or her marital status. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Three Californians Sentenced to Prison for Decades-Long Unemployment and Disability Benefits Fraud Scheme
Three residents of Sutter County, California, have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a $14 million unemployment and disability benefits fraud scheme based out of Yuba City and Live Oak, California. Read More

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Insurance Recovery Litigator Nicholas A. Thede Joins Ball Janik Read More

ACE Introduces $100 Million Global Cyber Facility 
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Swiss Re’s Business Unit to Buy Guardian Financial Services for £1.6 Billion 
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MetLife Increases Share Repurchase Authorization to $1 Billion 
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Zurich Supports First Tests of Automated Transport Systems with Self-Driving Buses Across Europe 
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