GAO Slams CMS Planning For Glitchy Healthcare.Gov Rollout

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office slammed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for poor planning and lax oversight in the $840 million development of the Affordable Care Act's online insurance marketplace, saying the contracting process was majorly flawed in a report released Wednesday. 

    NJ Accounting Firm Can't Duck Liberty's Declaratory Suit

    A New Jersey accounting firm has to face Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc.’s declaratory suit to end its defense of the firm in professional liability litigation since a New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday that diversity of citizenship exists even though both companies have executives in New York.

    Plantiffs Seek Consolidation Of 2 Fla. Gay Marriage Cases

    Plaintiffs who recently won challenges to Florida's same-sex marriage ban in parallel suits in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties are asking an appeals court to consolidate the cases and present the state's appeals to the Florida Supreme Court for immediate consideration.

    W.Va. Sues HHS Over ACA Policy Renewals

    West Virginia’s attorney general on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in D.C. federal court for letting Americans keep insurance policies that would have been canceled under the Affordable Care Act so long as their states allowed renewal, saying it impermissibly delegated a federal responsibility.

    Bank Subsidy Study Unlikely To Spur New Reforms

    A long-awaited government watchdog report expected to be released Thursday on the funding advantage the biggest banks enjoy from a public perception that they are 'too big to fail" will renew the debate over efforts to reform Wall Street, but few observers expect it to push regulators off their current course.

    Gauthier Fends Off Conflict Issue In Sandy Coverage Suits

    Three New York federal judges overseeing Sandy insurance litigation found Wednesday that policyholder firm Gauthier Houghtaling & Williams LLP's use of a third-party claims administrator with financial links to one of its senior partners did not pose a significant conflict of interest.

    Detroit Pensioners Face Moment Of Truth On Ch. 9 Appeals

    The Sixth Circuit late Tuesday gave retiree groups that have inched toward abandoning their fight against Detroit’s pension-cutting plan a Thursday deadline to make up their minds, saying the appeals must be resolved before the city’s blockbuster confirmation trial.

    House Grants Boehner Authority To Sue Obama Over ACA Delay

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a resolution authorizing legal action against President Barack Obama over the delay of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, in a sharply divided vote with no Democrat support.

    Med Exam Ruling Alters Case Against State Farm, Panel Says

    Based on the Florida Supreme Court's recent ruling that an insured's breach of a compulsory medical exam provision does not qualify to automatically terminate an insurance policy, a Florida appeals court Wednesday remanded a similar case back to the trial court.

    Endurance Nixes $3.2B Aspen Bid Amid Weak Investor Support

    Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. on Wednesday abandoned its $3.2 billion hostile offer for rival Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. along with a pitch to overhaul the company's board, blaming tepid investor support and stiff resistance from the target company.

    9th Circ. Lets Insurer Evade Priest Abuse Suit Coverage

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower court’s ruling that held an insurer liable for covering settlement costs in four sexual abuse suits against priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, finding an assault and battery exclusion in the policy barred coverage for the diocese.

    CUNA Mutual Drops RBS Securities Claims To Focus On Appeal

    CUNA Mutual Group has agreed to the dismissal of all remaining claims in its MBS suit against RBS Securities Inc., saying it wants to focus on a Seventh Circuit appeal as soon as possible.

    After Hobby Lobby, Business Revives Contraception Fight

    The Mennonite owners of a Pennsylvania furniture manufacturing company who unsuccessfully argued that the new federal mandate that they pay for contraceptive services violated their First Amendment rights asked a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to block the requirement, following the U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

    Ill. Court Lets Lloyd's Revive Additional-Insured Fight

    An Illinois appeals court on Monday backed a trial court's decision to set aside Pekin Insurance Co.'s victory in litigation over additional insured coverage for a general contractor targeted in an injury suit, paving the way for Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's of London to jump into the fight.

    Death Rattle For Unfinished Business Claims?

    In a departure from Jewel v. Boxer, the decisions in the cases of Thelen LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP reflect a shift in the manner by which courts treat trustees’ claims for post-dissolution fees, say Angelo Savino and Julie Moeller Albright of Cozen O'Connor.

    Chiquita To Pay Insurance Co. $13M Over War Crimes Claims

    An Ohio state judge has ordered Chiquita Brands International Inc. to pay $13 million to National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., as reimbursement of defense costs for thousands of tort claims alleging it paid off Colombian terrorists who killed thousands of people.

    Fla. Appeals Court Reverses Ruling On Medicaid Lien Formula

    A Florida appeals court on Monday reversed a decision in favor of the Agency for Health Care Administration in a dispute over a Medicaid lien and said the federal anti-lien provision preempts a state statutory formula for asserting a lien against a tort recovery settlement.

    Texas Doubles Down On Same-Sex Marriage Fight In 5th Circ.

    Texas’ attorney general on Monday told the Fifth Circuit its ban on same-sex marriage doesn’t violate federal due process and equal rights protections, in a brief asking the appellate court to overturn a federal decision that found the law unconstitutional.

    St. Paul Mercury's Win Upheld In Claim For Lawsuit Coverage

    The Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed a summary judgment for St. Paul Mercury Insurance Co. in a coverage battle over a credit union's $2 million lawsuit against its former directors, concluding that a trial court justifiably flipped its ruling in the dispute.

    Fla. Medical Association Backs Medicaid Expansion

    The Florida Medical Association officially threw a hat into the debate on Medicaid expansion in Florida with the passage of a resolution advocating the acceptance of federal money to support expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

    And Now A Word From The Panel: Top 10 Venue Arguments

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to the “Heart of America” for its July 31 hearing, this column will take a bit of a detour from its regular format and present a top 10 list of arguments — some strange, yet true — made in support of a particular MDL venue, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

    Highmark, Allcare Spar Over High Court Fee-Shifting Cases

    After U.S. Supreme Court rulings made it easier for courts to award fees in meritless patent suits, the parties in one of the cases, Highmark Inc. and Allcare Health Management Systems Inc., sparred at the Federal Circuit on Monday over how the decisions should impact a fee award against Allcare.

    Detroit Audit Finds City Was Insolvent Prior To Bankruptcy

    The City of Detroit released a long-overdue audit late Monday that found it was insolvent when it requested Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection last year in the face of its $18 billion debt pile and a $130 million budget deficit that forced a series of creditor defaults.

    NY's Aging Fraud Case Against Ex-AIG CEO Headed For Trial

    The nearly decade-old fraud action brought against a former American International Group Inc. CEO is finally headed for trial, after a New York judge on Tuesday set a firm start date to resolve allegations that Maurice “Hank” Greenberg engaged in sham financial transactions.

    Jackson Lewis Nabs Ex-Atkinson Andelson Employment Partner

    Jackson Lewis PC said on Tuesday it picked up a former partner of Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo PLC whose practice has focused on advising, representing and defending employers across a wide array of industries, including health care, insurance, finance, professional services, manufacturing and real estate.