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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, October 19, 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.


Superstorm Sandy
SFIP Covered Flood-Related Erosion Involving Soil Settlement or Other Earth Movement, N.J. District Court Rules in Superstorm Sandy Case
A federal district court in New Jersey, in a Superstorm Sandy case, has ruled that a standard flood insurance policy covered flood-related erosion involving soil settlement or other earth movement. Read More

Superstorm Sandy
SFIP Preempted Insureds' RICO Claim, and Their State Law Claims, N.Y. District Court Finds in Superstorm Sandy Case
A federal district court in New York has ruled that a standard flood insurance policy issued under the National Flood Insurance Program preempted claims by insureds under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and under state law. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Inadequate Disclaimer Leads N.Y. Appeals Court to Uphold $1 Million Judgment Against Insurer
An appellate court in New York, affirming a trial court's decision, has upheld a $1 million judgment against an insurance company, finding that its disclaimer had been inadequate. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
You Can Call It Negligence, But Intentional Shooting That Led to Third-Degree Murder Conviction Was Not Covered by Insured's Policy
A federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that an insurance company was not obligated to defend or indemnify its insured in a "negligence" lawsuit alleging that he had shot and killed a man, where he had been convicted of third-degree murder and had intentionally drawn and shot his gun. Read More

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United Nations, World Bank Group, and Insurance Industry Partnership Endorses G7 InsuResilience Target and Approves Framework for More Resilient Societies
The Insurance Development Forum, a new public-private partnership between leaders of the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the insurance industry, has won support for an insurance-based risk management strategy to promote economic recovery and resilience to climate events and natural disasters in vulnerable regions.  Read More

In the States
Texas Department of Insurance Fines Zenefits $550,000  
The Texas Department of Insurance said that it has fined YourPeople, Inc., more commonly known as Zenefits, $550,000 for using unlicensed staff to sell and administer insurance plans from 2014 through late 2015. Read More

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Cybersecurity Both a Threat and Growth Opportunity for Law Firms, ALM Report Finds Read More

ALM's Webcast, "The Duty to Defend: Advanced, Challenging and Unique Issues," to Be Held on November 16, 2016 
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Todd Martin Joins Stinson Leonard Street's Health Law and Insurance Practice Group 
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Dentons Adds John Sarchio as Partner in Insurance Regulatory Practice  
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Penn Mutual and Vantis Life Insurance Companies to Combine  
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Climate Change and D&O Insurance


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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.
Richard D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Joseph P. Monteleone, Rivkin Radler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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