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    3rd Circ. Punts On Santander Disability Benefits Appeal

    The Third Circuit ruled Monday that it can't weigh in on a dispute over disability benefits between Santander Holding USA Inc. and a former employee because a federal judge's order remanding the employee's claims to benefits plan administrator Liberty Mutual isn't a final decision.

    Sanctions Threatened Over Delayed Sandy Insurance Deals

    A New York federal judge has had enough of the foot-dragging in 25 Federal Emergency Management Agency "Write Your Own" insurance policy suits stemming from flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, threatening sanctions for settlement delays in an order Friday.

    Humana Must Fight Hospital's Payment Suit In State Court

    A Florida federal judge has remanded a suit alleging Humana Health Insurance Co. of Florida Inc. underpaid services and excluded a Miami-area hospital group from the state health care exchange's provider network, finding Humana had not been acting as a federal officer.

    Calif. AG Seeks Death Knell For Scan Health FCA Suit

    California’s top prosecutor on Friday sought to kill a fraud suit over Medicare and Medi-Cal overpayments at Scan Health Plan, denying the would-be whistleblower a cut of a $322 million settlement, saying that he shouldn’t be allowed to amend his claims because they mirrored a state audit report.

    Insurer Rips Beach Club's 'Collapse' Claim In Sandy Suit

    Evanston Insurance Co. on Friday urged a New Jersey federal court to reject a beach club's bid for coverage for the alleged collapse of some of its cabanas during Hurricane Sandy, asserting that the club crafted its collapse argument in order to dodge its policy's flood exclusion.

    Atty Feud Prompts Ethics Charges Against Mazie Slater Partners

    The feud between two New Jersey attorneys and a former partner has led to ethics complaints accusing one lawyer of stalling a settlement to hash out a fee dispute, the other of insulting the former partner’s firm in court and both of improperly suing a class action plaintiff.

    Travelers Says Anchorage Port Claims Aren't Covered

    A group of Travelers Indemnity Co. units claimed in Alaska federal court on Saturday their policies don’t cover subcontractors that the city of Anchorage has accused of bungling work on a $340 million port project, arguing that design and construction defects can’t be considered “property damage.”

    Multicause Loss Standard Takes Spotlight In Fla. High Court

    The Florida Supreme Court is set to consider the standard for how to evaluate insurance coverage in instances where a policyholder's loss is caused by a combination of covered and excluded factors in a case that may resolve a conflict on the issue among the state's appellate courts. Here, Law360 examines the case in anticipation of oral arguments set for Sept. 2.

    Ill. Court Clears Cigna In Wellness Plan Trade Secrets Row

    An Illinois appeals court on Monday affirmed Cigna Corp. didn't misappropriate health insurance product company Destiny Health Inc.'s trade secrets when developing a points-based wellness program for employers, finding that Destiny failed to show any evidence that Cigna had incorporated its secrets into the program.

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB's Invalidation Of Progressive's IP

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld the U.S. Patent and Trial Appeal Board’s decision to invalidate Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.’s patents for its “Snapshot” driver monitoring system and online rate adjustments, rejecting the insurer’s claim that the PTAB made procedural errors by considering a Japanese patent application.

    Solera Tried To Undermine Car Data Contract, Suit Says

    A Canadian company that provides vehicle history reports sued automotive insurance data giant Solera Holdings Inc. for “millions” of dollars in Illinois federal court Friday, accusing it of interfering with a contract to share collision data because of displeasure with the contract’s cost.

    OIG Says Certain Free Drug Starter Programs May Be Okay

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's recent advisory opinion on a program that provides a drug at no cost for a limited time to patients experiencing insurance approval delays confirms an important principle that, under the right circumstances, free product starter programs can be a legitimate mechanism to facilitate patient access, say Joseph Metro and Jacquelyn Godin at Reed Smith LLP.

    Reps And Warranties Insurance Boom Reshaping PE Deals

    More buyers of private equity assets are embracing representations and warranties insurance to stand out in crowded auctions where sellers demand enhanced bids, marking the growth of a product that experts say is increasingly deemed a prerequisite toward sealing middle-market deals.

    UnitedHealth Asks 8th Circ. To Revive $350M Insurance Feud

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. on Friday fired the latest salvo before the Eighth Circuit in its 10-year bid for coverage of a $350 million settlement from its excess insurers, claiming that a Minnesota federal judge who granted the insurers’ motion for summary judgment erred by applying an allocation standard he created.

    Media Co. Seeks $280K In Sanctions From Navigators

    Navigators Specialty Insurance Co. engaged in “evasion and word play” while litigating a duty-to-defend suit related to an underlying escrow transaction claim, Doublevision Entertainment LLC said Thursday, asking a California federal judge to grant it $280,000 in sanctions.

    7th Circ. Revives Claims Against RBS In Securities Row

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday revived claims in CUNA Mutual Group’s suit accusing RBS Securities Inc. of misrepresenting loan-to-value ratios within mortgage pools backing mortgage-backed securities, although it refused to let the insurance company add more claims.

    Veolia Says Lloyd's Can't Duck $132M Crash Payout Coverage

    A Veolia Transportation Inc. subsidiary on Friday told a California judge that Lloyd's of London and other insurers can't deny coverage for a $132.5 million train crash settlement, saying an exclusion in its policy for intentional acts of employees doesn’t apply to a train conductor who was distracted by his cell phone.

    Law360 Pro Bono All Stars Show Dedication To Public Good

    A select group of law firms have demonstrated exceptionally stalwart commitment to pro bono work year after year, dedicating substantial resources over the past half-decade to impactful cases crucial to the public good, earning a spot on Law360’s 2015 list of Pro Bono All Stars.

    Storm Clouds Still Ahead As NJ Winds Down Sandy Suits

    As New Jersey approaches three years since Superstorm Sandy, state courts have cleared nearly 73 percent of storm-related suits thanks in part to extra judicial attention, but the system could still see new big-dollar claims from policyholders that tried to negotiate out of court, attorneys said.

    ACA Birth Control Opt-Out Not Religious Burden: 6th Circ.

    A unanimous Sixth Circuit on Friday ruled that an opt-out process for employers opposed to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate does not substantially burden religious freedom, rejecting arguments that the court must simply defer to claims that such a burden exists.

    20 Firms Show How To Win Big And Do Good

    Twenty law firms showed the same passion for taking on hard cases and scoring victories in pro bono matters as they displayed for corporate clients over the past year, while also dedicating a large number of hours to those in need, earning them a spot on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

    A Guide To Liberty's Texas CGL Coverage Showdown

    The Texas Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Sept. 2 in a case that will decide whether two terms common in commercial general liability policy exclusions are ambiguous as U.S. Metals Inc. seeks coverage from Liberty Mutual Group Inc. for a settlement over allegedly defective refinery equipment. Here, Law360 examines the history of the case and its potential effect on property damage coverage litigation.

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tesco, Novo Banco, Indian Oil Corp.

    Affinity Equity Partners and KKR & Co. LP are joining forces to bid for Tesco PLC’s $6 billion South Korean unit, Anbang Insurance Group is close to acquiring Portugal’s Novo Banco and a Monday auction will determine who buys a $1.5 billion stake in state-run Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.

    State Farm, Others Duck Car Repair Antitrust Suits

    A Florida federal judge has dismissed 14 complaints in multidistrict litigation accusing State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and other insurers of conspiring to manipulate car repair costs, although the plaintiffs will have a chance refile most claims.

    Little Sisters Receive Stay From ACA Birth Control Mandate

    The Tenth Circuit on Friday agreed to stay the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on whether to hear a challenge brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor, which argues that the opt-out process still violates the Catholic charity's religious freedom.