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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, December 18, 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.


Trial Strategy
How to Challenge a Felon as a Prospective Juror in a Coverage Case
A decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island can serve as a roadmap for parties in an insurance coverage case to use to challenge a prospective juror who has been convicted of a felony. Read More

Life Insurance
In Alleged "Slayer Rule" Case, Court Orders Life Insurance Proceeds Paid to Deceased's Son Rather than the Beneficiary – the Deceased's Widow
A federal district court in Louisiana has granted a default judgment against the widow of a murdered man in favor of his son, who had invoked the "Slayer Rule" in his effort to obtain life insurance benefits payable on his father's death. Read More

Vermont Supreme Court Again Applies Pollution Exclusion to Preclude Coverage
The Vermont Supreme Court, for the second time this year, has applied a pollution exclusion in an insurance policy to preclude coverage for a claim. This time, it ruled that damage to an insured home and personal property resulting from the spraying within the home of a pesticide known as chlorpyrifos was not covered by a homeowners' insurance policy. Read More

Uber's Bad Faith Claim Against Excess Carrier Withstands Motion to Dismiss
A federal district court in California has refused to dismiss a bad faith claim brought by Uber Technologies, Inc., against Evanston Insurance Company, which had issued an excess policy to Uber. Read More

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In the States

Tax Credits Awarded to Insurers Investing in California's Underserved Communities
Over $9.3 million in tax credits have been awarded to insurance companies and other investors that made more than $46.6 million in capital investments into California's underserved communities through the second round of the 2015 California Organized Investment Network Community Development Financial Institution tax credit cycle. Read More

Federal Actions
FAA Announces Small Drone Registration Rule
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration has announced a web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approximately 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras. Read More

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New Study Finds that Teens Are Engaging in Aggressive Driving Behaviors, Neglecting Driving Basics Read More

SMEs' Concerns Over Cybercrime Have Doubled, Zurich Survey Reveals 
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Nearly Half of Insured U.S. Adults Do Not Know They Should Have an Annual Check-Up, Cigna Survey Shows 
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With Its Leader Reportedly Missing, Fosun International Claims He is Assisting in Mainland Authority Investigations 
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Melody Health Insurance, a Startup Health Insurance Carrier, Raises $3.8 Million 
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Director, FC&S Legal
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