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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, December 7, 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.


Workers Compensation
The Holiday Party Problem: Workers Comp Coverage, or Not, For a Manager's Fall?
An appellate court in Maryland, reversing a lower court's decision, has ruled that a manager was entitled to receive workers compensation benefits for injuries she suffered from a slip-and-fall that occurred shortly after she left an off-site holiday party held by her employer. Read More

Automobile Insurance
The Pizza Hut Driver Case: Coverage, or Not, Under the Driver's Dad's Policy?
An appellate court in Michigan, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that an exclusion in a personal automobile insurance policy precluded coverage for damages allegedly arising from use of the automobile to deliver pizzas for a Pizza Hut restaurant. Read More

Commercial Auto
Applying Iowa Law to Interpret Installment Purchase Agreement, Wyoming Supreme Court Finds Coverage for Trailer Buyer under Policy Issued to Seller
The Wyoming Supreme Court, applying Iowa law, has ruled that the buyer of refrigerated trailers was entitled to coverage under an insurance policy issued to the seller where the buyer had signed an installment purchase agreement and had not fully paid for the trailers at the time one was involved in an accident. Read More

Life Insurance
California Appeals Court Permits Action Against Insurance Agent to Proceed Over Allegations He Negligently Misinterpreted Policy
An appellate court in California, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that the beneficiaries of a lapsed life insurance policy could continue their negligence action against an insurance agent in which they alleged that he had elected to respond substantively to the insured's policy inquiry before her death and, by his voluntary actions, had created a special duty to or a special relationship with the insured to use reasonable care giving advice to her and for the benefit of the beneficiaries. Read More

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In the States

District of Columbia Department of Insurance is Re-Accredited by the NAIC
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking has received accreditation for another five years by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Former Texas Insurance Agent Guilty in $5.4 Million Fraud Scheme
A 64-year-old former insurance agent has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in the Eastern District of Texas. Read More

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New Appointments at SCOR Global Life  Read More

Allianz Establishes Digital Transformation Unit, Names Solmaz Altın Chief Digital Officer, and Makes Executive Changes  
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Kemper Appoints Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., as President and CEO and Robert J. Joyce as Chairman  
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FC&S Legal Publishes "2015 Excess and Surplus Lines Laws: Indiana"  
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Many Organizations Find Employee Benefits Fail to Alter Employee Lifestyles, Towers Watson Survey Finds  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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