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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, October 7, 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.


In Decision Highlighting Circuit Split, Court Finds State Law Claims against Flood Insurer and Agent Are Not Preempted
A federal district court in Mississippi has ruled that, under applicable Fifth Circuit precedent, insureds' claims against a "Write Your Own" flood insurer and its agents that related to procurement of a flood policy rather than claims handling under the policy were not preempted by federal law. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

Bar. Fight. Lawsuit. Coverage? No
An appellate court in California has affirmed a trial court's decision that an insurance policy did not cover personal injuries that occurred during a bar fight. Read More

Professional Liability Insurance
Policy's Prior Knowledge Provision Dooms Coverage Action by Lawyer and His Firm Against Malpractice Carrier
A federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a professional liability insurance policy's prior knowledge provision barred coverage of a malpractice action against a lawyer and his firm where a disciplinary complaint against the lawyer had been initiated prior to the policy's effective date. Read More

Professional Liability Insurance
Appeals Court Upholds Denial of Law Firm's Bid to Dismiss Malpractice Suit Alleging it Failed to Investigate and Notify Client of Available Insurance
An appellate court in New York has affirmed a trial court's decision denying a law firm's motion to dismiss a legal malpractice action against it based on the firm's alleged failure to investigate and notify its client of available insurance. Read More

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N.Y. and N.J. Legal Aid Groups Receive Grants to Service Superstorm Sandy Claimants
The Legal Services Corporation has announced grants to four legal aid organizations in New York and New Jersey that it said were intended to provide mobile resources, technology, pro bono assistance, and other services to help low income people in these areas address civil legal issues resulting from Superstorm Sandy. Read More


FEMA Continuing to Operate Despite Government Shutdown
Despite the federal government shutdown, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to operate. Read More

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Swiss Re Sets up a Branch in Singapore Read More

AXA Financial Completes the Sale of the Closed MONY Portfolio to Protective for US$1.06 Billion 
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Tower Group International Enters into Agreements with Three Reinsurers 
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B&B Protector Plans and Aspen US Insurance Partner for Lawyers Professional Liability 
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Is There Coverage for Fraudulent Foreign Checks under a Banker's Blanket Bond? 
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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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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, Tressler 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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