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    Homeowners Ask 11th Circ. To Revive Insurance Kickback Suit

    A group of homeowners on Friday asked the Eleventh Circuit to revive their putative class action alleging Caliber Home Loans Inc. and American Security Insurance Co. inflated their insurance rates via a kickback scheme, arguing that a doctrine barring challenges to rates approved by regulators doesn't defeat their claims.

    Gov't Must Produce Some Anthem Audit Docs In Breach MDL

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday granted a portion of a request by consumers suing insurer Anthem Inc. over its massive 2015 data breach for access to documents stemming from a government audit of the insurer’s systems in 2013, but found that some of the sought-after material was protected.

    Ex-NJ Atty, Father Plead Not Guilty In $13M Ponzi Scheme

    A former New Jersey attorney and his father potentially facing decades in prison for operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked dozens of the lawyer’s clients out of $13 million tendered not guilty pleas Tuesday in federal court in Camden.

    Calif. Consumers Reach Deal To End Dollar Thrifty Fraud Suit

    Customers accusing car rental giant Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. of tricking them into buying unnecessary add-on insurance agreed Tuesday to drop their suit after negotiating a settlement months after a California federal judge rejected their class certification bid, saying the proposed class was too broad.

    High Court Rejects Suit Over Speech Restriction Standards

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an appeal from a group of chiropractors seeking to overturn a Kentucky anti-solicitation law that prevents them from alerting car accident victims to their entitlement to medical benefits, upholding a Sixth Circuit refusal to apply strict scrutiny for content-based restrictions on commercial speech.

    7th Circ. Says Travelers Must Cover Some Of Airport's Costs

    The Seventh Circuit Friday partially reversed a district court decision denying the Indianapolis Airport Authority insurance coverage for construction delays, saying Travelers was liable for the expenses of rushing the project to try to meet the deadline.

    Ill. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Exempts Pastors, Judge Says

    A coalition of Illinois pastors is claiming victory in its suit over a state law banning conversion therapy for gay youth, saying even though a federal judge tossed the suit on Wednesday, the ruling more or less amounts to what they’d sought in the first place: an order declaring pastors exempt from the law.

    Selective Beats Bid For Coverage Of Sportswear IP Fight

    An Ohio federal judge on Monday ruled that Selective Insurance Co. of America has no duty to defend or indemnify sports apparel company H5G LLC in a trademark infringement action brought by a rival, concluding that the underlying suit doesn't allege a potentially covered personal or advertising injury.

    Savings Claim Couldn't Save Anthem-Cigna Deal, Judge Says

    Anthem Inc.'s argument that its now-abandoned $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp. would generate some $2 billion in savings was not supported by the record and could not salvage the deal, according to a redacted opinion released Monday by the D.C. federal judge who blocked the deal.

    Justices Won't Hear Appeal Of Zenith ERISA Verdict

    The Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear a pension fund’s appeal of the dismissal of its claims Zenith American Solutions mismanaged $2.4 million of its funds.

    A Reprieve From The Deluge Of Hail Litigation In Texas

    The Fourth Court of Appeals' ruling in Garcia v. State Farm is a definitive answer to one question commonly presented in hail disputes, holding that an insurer's payment of an appraisal award generally insulates the insurer from liability. This raises some ethical concerns, as hail lawyers continue to sign up insureds on a 40 percent contingency fee basis while knowing that their clients' disputes will likely be resolved by simple appraisal, say James Holbrook and Victoria Vish of Zelle LLP.

    High Court Urged Not To Revive Verizon ERISA Pension Suit

    Verizon Communications Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to disrupt a Fifth Circuit ruling that a class of defined benefit plan beneficiaries lack standing to sue over an alleged fiduciary breach, saying a circuit split the workers urged the high court to settle in their December cert petition doesn’t exist.

    High Court Won't Hear $400M Petrobras Suit Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review the question of whether the Fifth Circuit applied the wrong laws when it revived a $400 million suit against Vicinay Cadenas over the failure of an allegedly faulty marine chain at an offshore oil and gas facility.

    Healthcare.gov Deletions 'Trumpcare By Sabotage,' Dems Say

    Leading Democrats from the U.S. Senate committees on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Finance on Friday demanded answers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ newly confirmed secretary about why a breakdown of the Affordable Care Act's benefits was removed from Healthcare.gov.

    BREAKING: Norton Rose Fulbright Inks Deal With Chadbourne

    Norton Rose Fulbright and New York-based Chadbourne & Parke LLP will merge in the second quarter of this year, the firms announced Tuesday.

    Mealey's Insurance - Judge Approves Reinsurance Commutation Agreement For Insolvent Insurer

    CHICAGO - An Illinois judge on Feb. 16 approved the commutation of certain reinsurance contracts covering third-party construction defect claims in an agreement between a reinsurer and an insolvent insurer (In the matter of the liquidation of Legion Indemnity Co., No. 02 CH 06695, Ill. Cir., Cook Co., Chanc. Div.).

    Mealey's Insurance - 7th Circuit Reverses Ruling In Part In Airport Collapse Coverage Suit

    CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 17 partly reversed a lower federal court's ruling in favor of an insurer in a coverage dispute arising from the collapse of an airport terminal during construction (Indianapolis Airport Authority v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America, No. 16-2675, 7th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 2856).

    Insurer Can Depreciate Labor Costs, Neb. Justices Say

    The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that American Family Mutual Insurance Co. can depreciate labor costs when calculating actual cash value payments for property losses, answering a certified question from a federal court.

    DOL Notches Win Against Insurer's Fiduciary Rule Challenge

    A Kansas federal judge on Friday sided with the U.S. Department of Labor in upholding a new fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers related to fixed indexed annuity sales, finding the agency did not exceed its authority in ushering it in.

    Anthem Wins Rush On Cigna Merger Appeal

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted Anthem Inc.’s bid to speed up its appeal of a lower court’s ruling blocking its proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp. in a short order Friday, setting oral arguments for the case for March 24.

    Ex-NJ Atty, Dad Indicted For Roles In $13M Ponzi Scheme

    A former attorney and his father have been indicted on federal criminal charges in New Jersey for their roles in a Ponzi scheme that allegedly involved swindling more than 40 clients out of roughly $13 million over a three-year period, authorities announced on Friday.

    Steel Co. Can't Pick Attys In Construction Suit, Insurer Says

    A W.R. Berkley Corp. insurer told an Illinois federal court on Friday that an Illinois steel structure contractor shouldn't be permitted to choose its own attorneys in an underlying suit over a collapsed warehouse, while the contractor countered that it has a right to independent counsel due to the size of its potential liability.

    Broker Sued For Coverage Gap After Whipped Cream Explosion

    A food equipment manufacturer has hit its insurance broker with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court, alleging the agency caused a coverage gap by recommending the firm switch policies, which left it holding the bag in a subsequent lawsuit over an exploding whipped cream canister.

    Court Nixes Construction Worker’s Restaurant Injury Benefits

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday slapped down a state Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board finding that a construction worker was eligible for benefits for an injury that occurred while he was doing work for a new restaurant.

    Avis Says Insurer Owes Coverage For $23.5M Crash Verdict

    Avis has slapped its insurer with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court alleging that the business has improperly refused to provide coverage in two personal injury actions, including one case in which a jury recently returned a $23.5 million verdict against the car rental company.