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  • March 15, 2024

    Camden Diocese Gets OK For Ch. 11 Plan On 4th Attempt

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden has won approval from a New Jersey bankruptcy judge for its plan to settle sexual abuse claims for $87.5 million after three prior versions of the plan were rejected over insurance carrier objections.

  • March 14, 2024

    GM, LexisNexis Sued For Sharing Driving Data With Insurers

    A Florida driver claims his insurance rate doubled because General Motors and its OnStar unit collected driving data through his Cadillac without permission and shared the information with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which created a vague driving behavior report that insurance companies use to determine coverage, according to a putative federal class action.

  • March 14, 2024

    Exxon Beats Insurers' Bid To Arbitrate Over MTBE Claims

    A Texas appeals court sided with Exxon Mobil Corp. in the energy giant's attempt to forestall arbitration with an insurer over claims and lawsuits over exposure to methyl tertiary-butyl ether, ruling Wednesday that the trial court was right not to compel arbitration.

  • March 14, 2024

    Insurance Litigation Week In Review

    A divided Colorado Supreme Court expanded application of the state's notice-prejudice rule, the Fourth Circuit tossed a COVID-19 coverage class action and the Eighth Circuit considered whether insurers' billing agreements with healthcare providers violated Minnesota's No-Fault Act. Here, Law360 takes a look at this week's top insurance news.

  • March 14, 2024

    Insurance Mogul Drops NC Counsel Before Retrial

    Embattled insurance mogul Greg Lindberg has dropped Aaron Zachary Tobin of Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton Nerenberg PLLC from his legal team ahead of his retrial on a charge of trying to bribe North Carolina's insurance commissioner.

  • March 14, 2024

    PE-Backed Latin American Healthcare Firm Prices $420M IPO

    Private equity-backed Latin American hospital operator Auna SA on Thursday set a price range on an estimated $420 million U.S. initial public offering, with plans to use the proceeds to repay debt and financing agreements.

  • March 14, 2024

    Longtime La. Insurance Commish Joins McGlinchey Stafford

    McGlinchey Stafford PLLC has hired the former commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Insurance, who also served in the state legislature, as a member in the firm's Baton Rouge and New Orleans offices, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2024

    An Insurance Attorney's Call To Military Service

    Jeffrey Bristol of Parrish Law PA is a self-described "later-in-life lawyer" wearing many hats because he has dedicated more than a decade to serving in multiple branches of the U.S. armed forces.

  • March 14, 2024

    Feds Seek 20 Mos. For Aegerion Fraud 'Puppet Master'

    A pharmaceutical sales representative who gloated about being a "puppet master" for false insurance claims for Aegerion's cholesterol drug should serve 20 months in prison, the U.S. government has told a Boston federal judge.

  • March 13, 2024

    Judge Says COVID Test Suit Depends On Conn. Justices

     A Connecticut federal judge trimmed several claims from a $783,000 suit over a COVID-19 testing bill that a health plan administrator allegedly failed to pay, but declined to rule on certain state law issues until the state's highest court can shed light on the statutes in an upcoming ruling.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-Agent Drops 'Toxic' Claims Against Insurer At Arbitration

    A former employee of a Pittsburgh-area insurance agency dropped her claims against her ex-employer the night before the case was scheduled to go to arbitration, and the insurer asked a federal court Wednesday to affirm the arbitrators' ruling dismissing the suit.

  • March 13, 2024

    Wash. Law Firm, Travelers Settle $136K Theft Coverage Fight

    A Seattle law firm and Travelers settled their coverage dispute over an employee's nearly $136,000 worth of unauthorized charges on a credit card, the parties told a Washington federal court.

  • March 13, 2024

    Insurance Firm Lavin Rindner Duffield Adds Wiley Rein Vets

    Lavin Rindner Duffield LLC has added two attorneys to its growing boutique insurance team, bringing on a former Washington, D.C., assistant U.S. attorney who is also a Wiley Rein LLP vet, and a former partner at Wiley who will enhance its offerings, the firm said Wednesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Boy Scout Can Seek $120M Award From Insurers

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has ruled that a former Boy Scout can keep suing the organization's insurers to collect a $120 million abuse judgment against his ex-Scoutmaster, even though the court entered an injunction barring similar lawsuits.

  • March 12, 2024

    UnitedHealth Can't Get Early Win In Workers' ERISA Suit

    A Minnesota federal court denied most of UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s bid for a pretrial win in a lawsuit alleging mismanagement of an employee 401(k) plan, finding Tuesday that allegations the company refused to ax underperforming funds to preserve a business relationship with Wells Fargo should go to trial.

  • March 12, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Multistate Online Insurance Tax Filing

    Insurance companies in Colorado would be required to pay some taxes through a multistate third-party online application under legislation approved by the state Senate.

  • March 11, 2024

    Biden Proposes More Mental Health Expansion In 2025 Budget

    The Biden administration's $7.3 trillion fiscal year 2025 spending blueprint unveiled Monday maintains a pledge to transform the nation's mental health system, but contains the least ambitious discretionary budget ask for the U.S. Department of Labor in four years.

  • March 11, 2024

    Injured Bus Rider Gave Up Right To Sue, Mich. Justices Told

    A Detroit public transit authority told the Michigan Supreme Court to affirm that an injured passenger can't pursue the authority for personal injury protection benefits under the state's no-fault law after assigning her right to the benefits to her medical providers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Prejudice Rule Applies To Property Claims, Colo. Justices Say

    A rule excusing some policyholders for filing late claims applies to occurrence-based, first-party homeowners' property policies, a divided Colorado Supreme Court held Monday, reversing two insurers' wins in a pair of coverage disputes over hail damage.

  • March 11, 2024

    Prudential Investors' $35M Settlement Gets Initial OK

    Prudential Financial Inc. shareholders have gotten an initial nod from a New Jersey federal judge for their $35 million deal to settle claims that the insurer hurt investors by allegedly misrepresenting certain trends affecting its life insurance reserves.

  • March 11, 2024

    NC Judge Scraps $8M Verdict In AXA Life Insurance Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge wiped out an $8 million jury award for historian and investment firm founder Malcolm Wiener in his lawsuit accusing AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. of sabotaging his insurability with inaccurate health information reporting, finding Wiener had "no baseline" to support the award beyond $1 in nominal damages.

  • March 11, 2024

    Urologist Seeks Coverage For Defective Penile Implants Suit

    A urologist's medical device company told a California federal court that two insurers must cover it, the doctor and his practice in an underlying class action alleging that a silicone implant invented for penile enlargement, and the procedure that went with it, left patients with permanent damage.

  • March 11, 2024

    12 Attys Depart Plunkett Cooney For Own Firm

    A dozen Plunkett Cooney PC attorneys based in Michigan have broken away to create their own firm focused on auto insurance liability defense.

  • March 11, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery became a hot topic in New Orleans last week as litigators and judges at an annual convention acknowledged the First State's corporate law preeminence is under scrutiny. Back home, the court moved ahead on disputes involving Meta Platforms, Abercrombie & Fitch and Donald Trump.

  • March 11, 2024

    DOL Sends Fiduciary Rule Rewrite To White House

    The U.S. Department of Labor transmitted its retirement security proposal that would broaden the definition of who qualifies as a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to a White House office for final review over the weekend.

Expert Analysis

  • 6th Circ. Judge Correctly ID'd ERISA Civil Procedure Conflict

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    While the Sixth Circuit in Tranbarger v. Lincoln Life & Annuity recently affirmed a ruling that denied the plaintiff's disability benefits, one judge's concurrence should be commended for arguing that adjudication of such Employee Retirement Income Security Act cases fundamentally contradicts the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Prepping Your Business Ahead Of Affirmative Action Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on whether race should play a role in college admissions could potentially end affirmative action, and companies will need a considered approach to these circumstances that protects their brand power and future profits, and be prepared to answer tough questions, say Nadine Blackburn at United Minds and Eric Blankenbaker at Weber Shandwick.

  • What Banks Can Glean From FSB Climate Risk Report

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    Although a recent Financial Stability Board report doesn't aim to provide specific guidance to financial institutions on how to incorporate climate-related metrics into their frameworks, it may nonetheless be valuable given the general lack of comparative data on evolving climate-related compensation practices elsewhere, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Cannabis Supercenters: Key Benefits And Legal Issues

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    Barstow, California’s novel plan to convert an abandoned mall into a cannabis supercenter could offer a potential blueprint for cannabis companies to thrive in a saturated market and for communities to repurpose underutilized retail spaces — but certain financing, zoning and leasing issues will need to be assessed, says Christopher Gordon at Fox Rothschild.

  • Challenging Standing In Antitrust Class Actions: Injury-In-Fact

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    As demonstrated in recent cases, the classic injury-in-fact requirement for Article III standing claimed in most antitrust suits is economic harm — and while concrete harm satisfies the requirement, litigants may still be able to challenge whether economic injury has occurred, say Michael Hamburger and Holly Tao at White & Case.

  • What ACA Preventive Care Ruling Means For Employers

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    Though a Texas federal court's recent ruling in Braidwood v. Becerra paves the way for employers to reimpose cost-sharing requirements on preventive care, companies considering making these changes to their group health and welfare plans should first analyze the financial and social impacts, says Rachel Shim at Holland & Knight.

  • Seeking IRS Accountability For Faulty Microcaptive Notice

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    Like the taxpayers in Standard Insurances v. U.S. seeking to expand earlier wins in microcaptive insurance cases that limit IRS use of improperly obtained information, others should consider ways to hold the agency accountable and provide incentive for it to follow the law going forward, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

  • AmEx Ruling Proves A Double-Edged Sword In Labor Antitrust

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    Though the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Ohio v. American Express was a defense victory, both the plaintiff and defense bars have learned to use the case's holdings to their advantage, with particularly uncertain implications for labor antitrust cases, say Lauren Weinstein and Robert Chen at MoloLamken.

  • Ch. 11 Ruling Stresses 5th Circ. Courts' Asset Sale Deference

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    A Texas federal court recently rejected a challenge to Fieldwood Energy’s Chapter 11 plan by several surety bond companies, serving as a reminder that courts within the Fifth Circuit give deference to the finality of asset sales where a stay of the applicable order has not been obtained, say Jonathan Lozano and Mark Dendinger at Bracewell.

  • The Important Role Of Contra Proferentem In ERISA Cases

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    A Pennsylvania federal court's recent decision in Stein v. Paul Revere Life Insurance illustrates what happens when ERISA plan terms are unclear, and why the contra proferentem principle should be applied uniformly in all ERISA cases, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • No Surprises Act Gives Plan Sponsors Savings Opportunities

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    Under the No Surprises Act, the potential savings for an ERISA group health plan and its participants are significant, and sponsors should focus on the negotiation of third-party administrator service agreements to avoid exposure to breach of fiduciary claims for payment of excessive fees, say attorneys at Hall Benefits.

  • HHS Advisory Opinion Serves As Free Drug Program Guide

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    A careful review of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' recent advisory opinion and track record on free drug programs provides a rubric for manufacturers to ensure that similar programs are viewed favorably under the Anti-Kickback Statute, say Dominick DiSabatino and Cortney Inman at Sheppard Mullin.

  • ACA Anti-Discrimination Rules May Apply To 3rd-Party Admin

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    A Washington federal court's recent ruling in C.P. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield, where a third-party administrator applied plan rules that excluded gender-affirming care, potentially expands the scope of covered entities under the Affordable Care Act's anti-discrimination rule, say Kara Backus and Allison Jacobsen at Lane Powell.

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