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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, October 22, 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.


Modified Pollution Exclusion Did Not Bar Coverage for Claim that Plaintiff Had Been Injured by Legionella Bacteria in Foundry’s Cooling Towers
A Wisconsin appellate court, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a modified pollution exclusion did not bar coverage for claims that the underlying plaintiff had been injured as a result of his exposure to the Legionella bacteria that allegedly had been dispersed from cooling towers at the insured’s foundry. Read More

Professional Liability Insurance
Partner’s Knowledge of Associate’s Mishandling of Real Estate Matter Dooms Malpractice Coverage
A federal district court in Massachusetts has ruled that a lawyer knew or could have reasonably foreseen, prior to the effective date of his professional liability policy, that the mishandling of a client’s appeal by a former associate at the lawyer’s former firm might be expected to be the basis of a claim, dooming coverage under the policy. Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
$14 Million Judgment Against Materials Company in Asbestos Case
A South Carolina jury has ordered a company to pay $14 million in a case alleging that a worker died from mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos. Read More

Claims Resolution
Tennessee-Based Claims Examiner Did Not Have Minimum Contacts with Texas to be Sued in Texas for Violating Its Insurance Code, Texas Appeals Court Holds
An appellate court in Texas, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that an insurance company’s claims examiner, who was based in Tennessee, did not have sufficient minimum contacts with Texas to be subject to the jurisdiction of Texas courts in a lawsuit alleging that she had violated the Texas Insurance Code. Read More

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In the States

Farmers Settles Suit Alleging No-Call Violations with Missouri Attorney General for $575,000
California-based Farmers Insurance Exchange, Truck Insurance Exchange, and Fire Insurance Exchange have settled a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster for allegedly violating state telemarketing and no-call laws. Read More

Federal Actions
U.S. Transportation Department Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
A task force has been directed to develop recommendations for a registration process for unmanned aircraft systems. Read More

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Kiskadee Appoints Andrew Hughes as CCO and General Counsel Read More

First Rideshare Insurance Policy is Introduced in Kansas 
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FC&S Legal Publishes “The Iran Sanctions Program: Is There Relief in Sight for Reinsurers Under The Iran Nuclear Agreement?” 
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IronHealth Introduces Policy for Hospitals and Integrated Health Care Systems 
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Church Mutual to Acquire Pennsylvania School Boards Association Insurance Holdings 
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