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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, December 31, 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
Mississippi Supreme: No Coverage for Accident Where Policy Was Void Due to Insured’s Misrepresentation
The Mississippi Supreme Court, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that an automobile insurance policy was void as a result of the insured’s failure to list her boyfriend as a regular, frequent driver of her car, and that as a result the insurer was not obligated to provide any liability coverage for an accident in which he was involved. 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

Florida Appeals Court Reverses Judgment Against Insurer in Case Involving a “Named” Storm System
An appellate court in Florida, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that a Hurricane Coverage Endorsement in policies issued to condominium owners limited their recovery for losses they suffered from Hurricane Jeanne, a storm system “named” by the National Hurricane Center. Read More

Employee Exclusion Barred Coverage Even if Truck Driver Was Independent Contractor, 11th Circuit Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, affirming a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, has ruled that an employee exclusion in a commercial auto insurance policy precluded coverage for claims stemming from alleged injuries to the insured’s driver even if the driver was an independent contractor. Read More

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Fire Insurance

International Association of Arson Investigators Recognizes Texas State Fire Marshal’s Review of Arson Cases
The International Association of Arson Investigators has recognized the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office for its approach to reviewing fire science used in past arson convictions to make sure it meets current standards and is calling on other states to follow the Texas model. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Jeffrey Cohen Sentenced to 37 Years in Prison in Massive Insurance Fraud
Jeffrey Brian Cohen, of Reisterstown, Maryland, has been sentenced to 37 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, making false statements to an insurance regulator, and obstruction of justice. Read More

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With Its Leader Reportedly Missing, Fosun International Claims He is Assisting in Mainland Authority Investigations Read More

Allied World Elects Patricia L. Guinn and Fiona E. Luck to Board of Directors 
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Anthem Names President and CEO Joseph R. Swedish as Chairman of the Board 
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New Jersey Insurance Fraud Watchdog Ronald Chillemi Joins New York Office of Robins Kaplan 
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FC&S Legal Publishes “Second Circuit Refuses to Reconsider Important Decision on Single Versus Multiple Occurrences under General Liability Policy” 
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Ordinary Payroll Deduction and the Payroll Limitation or Exclusion Endorsement


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Director, FC&S Legal
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John F. Finnegan, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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Joseph P. Monteleone, Rivkin Radler LLP
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