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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, October 28, 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
Delaware Supreme: Auto Insurers May Distinguish Among Beneficiaries Based on Relationship Status for PIP Benefits
The Delaware Supreme Court, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that an automobile insurance company can distinguish among beneficiaries based on relationship status under Delaware law for purposes of personal injury protection benefits. Read More

Commercial Auto
Delaware Supreme: Business Auto Policy May Provide UM Coverage Only to Certain Classes of Employees
The Delaware Supreme Court, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a business auto policy that provided uninsured motorists ("UM") coverage only to certain classes of employees was not contrary to public policy — and that the policy's reference to "directors" and "officers" was not ambiguous. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Vermont Supreme: Insured's Lack of Cooperation Relieved Insurer of Obligations to Defend and Indemnify
The Vermont Supreme Court, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an insured had breached his obligation to cooperate with his insurance company, which relieved the carrier of its obligations to defend and indemnify. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Louisiana Supreme: Plaintiffs' Individual Claims against Homeowners Insurer Were Barred by Previously—Filed Class Actions
The Louisiana Supreme Court, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that the doctrine of lis pendens applied to the plaintiffs' individual actions against their homeowners insurance carrier even though the plaintiffs were not named parties and had not joined in the first-filed class actions against the insurer, which stemmed from losses suffered as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Read More

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In the States

Oklahoma Requires Insurers to Clarify Earthquake Coverage
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has asked property and casualty insurers to send each policyholder a clarifying notice of earthquake coverage. Read More

In the States
Insurers Pay First Steps Program and Thompson Foundation for Autism After Reaching Settlement with Missouri Insurance Department
The Missouri Department of Insurance has reached a settlement with the Chesapeake Life Insurance Company, the Mega Life and Health Insurance Company, and Mid-West National Life Insurance Company of Tennessee over allegations that the health insurers failed to make required offers of autism insurance coverage. Read More

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Frankie Honeycutt Named Divisional President and Mark Conklin Named Divisional EVP of Great American Insurance  Read More

Kevin Koehler Joins OneBeacon as President of Financial Institutions Business  
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Nationwide Chief Legal and Governance Officer Patricia Hatler to Retire  
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Ironshore Acquires Reinsurance Renewal Rights to Novae Group's Global Agriculture Portfolio  
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Rupali Das Joins Zenith Insurance as California Medical Director  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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John F. Finnegan, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
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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Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
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David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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