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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, October 18, 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.


Life Insurance
Utah Court Denies Insurer’s Request for Attorneys’ Fees in Interpleader Action Involving Life Insurance Benefits Brought Against Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Insured’s Estate
A federal district court in Utah has allowed a life insurance company that brought an interpleader action to deposit life insurance proceeds with the court – but has refused to award the insurer its attorneys’ fees from the fund given that the insurer was “in the business of administering claims for life insurance benefits.”  Read More

Automobile Insurance
Insurance ID Card Alone Was Not Proof of Insurance Coverage, Pennsylvania Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Pennsylvania, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that an insurance identification card alone did “not constitute clear and convincing evidence of insurance coverage.” Read More

Louisiana District Court Dismisses Direct Action Against Insurer Where Accident Had Not Occurred There and Policy Had Not Been Issued or Delivered There
A federal district court in Louisiana has dismissed a direct action against an insurance company where the underlying automobile accident had not occurred in Louisiana and the applicable insurance policy had not been issued or delivered in Louisiana. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
“Occasional Basis” Exception to “Rental” Exclusion Did Not Apply Where Owner Had No Intention of Returning to Her Home, Georgia Appeals Court Says
An appellate court in Georgia, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a “rental” exclusion in a homeowner’s insurance policy precluded coverage for claims brought by tenants of her second home where the owner had not rented it on only an “occasional” basis. Read More

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Health Insurance

California Physician and Chiropractor Allegedly Overbilled Insurers by Nearly $400,000
Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, M.D., Chiropractor Jon Brunelle, D.C., and Alejandra Brunelle have been arrested in California on felony insurance fraud charges for allegedly conspiring to submit more than 165 fraudulent bills to several health insurers totaling at least $380,000 over a three-year period. Read More

In the States
Maryland Insurance Administration Associate Commissioner Named to Maryland Commission on Aging 
Joy Hatchette, the associate commissioner for consumer education and advocacy for the Maryland Insurance Administration, has been appointed to the Maryland Commission on Aging by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Read More

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William F. Murray Is Named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Church Insurance Companies  Read More

Claudia Merkle Named Chief Operating Officer of National Mortgage Insurance  
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Hiscox Expands Allied Healthcare Coverage with Pharmacy Product  
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Demand for Customized Reinsurance and Insurance Solutions Is Growing, Swiss Re Says  
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AIG to Sell Stake in Ascot Lloyd’s Syndicate  
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