The current winter weather season has already become the costliest year in the U.S. since 2011, with preliminary forecasts for January predicting insured losses of more than $1.6 billion. How a loss is characterized in communications with brokers and insurers may be used to deny coverage and involving counsel can ensure you are protected in the event of litigation over coverage, say attorneys at King & Spalding LLP.
Insurers that were targeted in more than 800 Superstorm Sandy lawsuits recently outlined their defenses to a New York federal court, including arguments that anti-concurrent causation clauses are enforceable, while insurance agents and brokers insisted their legal duties to clients were limited.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued the state of Florida on behalf of eight same-sex couples challenging the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.
There is still a tendency among business clients to seek out the male litigator first. Our ability to be effective rainmakers should improve as more women — and men who grew up as law students and lawyers with women in their midst — become the ones who select the legal service providers, says Louise Ing, a founder of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing.
My greatest challenge is to effectively mentor less senior women and particularly not to assume that the struggles I confronted are the same issues younger women are experiencing or that solutions that worked for me will work in today's environment, says Mary Braza, leader of Foley & Lardner LLP's sports industry team and a member of the firm's management committee.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday reversed a jury's finding that Life Partners Holdings Inc. and two of its executives are liable for fraud in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit alleging the company artificially inflated stock prices, ruling that there was insufficient evidence presented at trial to support that conclusion.
A jewelry store owner on Monday sued Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP and several of its lawyers in Texas state court, accusing it of using “bullying tactics” and breaking a confidentiality agreement while representing the retailer’s insurer following several robberies.
Increased regulatory scrutiny of New York's title insurance industry has paved the way for reforms addressing issues like pricing and licensing while also encouraging innovation that experts say could cut title agents out of the real estate deal process altogether.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday threatened to veto a U.S. House of Representatives bill that would pay for a fix to Medicare's widely criticized sustainable growth rate formula through a five-year delay of the penalty for people who don't comply with the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.
A New York appeals court on Tuesday ordered Vigilant Insurance Co. to cover more than $400,000 that a check-cashing agency lost to a criminal embezzlement scheme by its armored car contractor, reversing a lower court’s finding that the loss wasn’t covered under an insurance bond.
Citizens Property Insurance Corp. said Wednesday that it has settled with more than 300 policyholders to help pay for repairs for sinkhole damage, a move that the state-backed insurer says will save $30 million in litigation expenses.
A Maryland appeals court recently ordered two insurers to cover a lighting manufacturer's defense costs in a lawsuit accusing it of cheating a joint venture partner out of profits, holding that the underlying suit alleged advertising injuries.
The Supreme Court of Texas is poised to clarify the extent of “additional insured” insurance coverage in In re Deepwater Horizon regarding liabilities arising from oil pollution from Deepwater Horizon explosion. Whatever the court’s determination ends up being, it will have a significant impact on the drilling industry and additional insured coverage, says A. Hugh Scott and Samantha Krasner of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
A pay and workers' compensation crackdown on New York City car washes prompted city lawmakers Wednesday to propose tough licensing requirements for the industry including proof of insurance coverage and strong environmental safeguards.
An Illinois appeals court on Tuesday chastised the state’s Department of Employment Security for irrational legal reasoning used to collect back unemployment contributions from a religious school, but ultimately upheld the department’s decision on technical grounds.
A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday lambasted a Georgia personal injury attorney for “outrageous conduct” in not submitting to a district court’s contempt order, strongly suggesting that the lower court send Wednesday’s opinion to the U.S. Department of Justice and the state bar.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has bolstered its Jacksonville, Fla., office with the addition of two former Holland & Knight LLP attorneys and an ex-Smith Hulsey & Busey lawyer who have extensive experience in business and class action litigation, including the banking, insurance, product liability, real estate and technology sectors.
A Wisconsin appeals court ruled Wednesday that Chartis Specialty Insurance Co. has no duty under a contractors pollution liability policy to defend four lawsuits over injuries and property damage caused by a gas explosion.
In a ruling designed to guide future judges the Second Circuit on Tuesday reversed a federal judge who declined to award attorneys' fees to a lawyer who had won summary judgment for a client seeking disability from his insurer after a heart surgery complication.
The New York Court of Appeals' February decision in K2 Investment Group v. American Insurance affirmed that an insurance contract is still subject to the traditional notions of contract law. And maybe more importantly, in vacating its prior decision in the case, the court made an impactful proclamation of the power of stare decisis, say Kevin Mattessich and Todd Kremin of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck.
Europe’s insurance lobby on Tuesday threw cold water on a directive approved by European Union lawmakers that advances the bloc’s overhaul of insurance regulation, known as Solvency II, warning that draft rules implementing the new regime would unduly burden the industry.
When I was a young associate, a client told the partner on the deal team that he did not work with women. The deal team leader told the client that he didn’t have a choice. I then worked with the client for over 10 years, says Barbara Rummel, a member of Lindquist & Vennum LLP's management committee.
Promoting yourself is a bit uncomfortable and risky for women since we may be viewed as immodest and aggressive. I did it anyway, making sure that clients, potential clients and law firm management knew about successes. When I did, I was perceived as a leader. That was the real breakthrough, says Shannon Broome, head of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's air quality and climate change practice.
An Indiana state judge ruled Monday that the state is not responsible for defending production company Mid-America Sound Corp. in a consolidated lawsuit brought by victims of a fatal stage rigging collapse at the Indiana State Fair in 2011.
Two Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. units and the makers of caffeinated malt liquor beverage Four Loko reached a settlement with undisclosed terms, ending a second lawsuit over five deadly incidents, according to documents filed in Illinois federal court on Tuesday.