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Subpoena Defense Cost Ruling Gets Insurance Law Wrong

A Connecticut federal court's recent decision that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh didn't need to ... (more story)

Nursing Homes May See Litigation Spike After 7th Circ. Ruling

The Seventh Circuit’s recent Federal Nursing Home Reform Act ruling in Talevski v. Health and Hospital Corp. opens... (more story)

No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary ... (more story)

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Calif. Swim Club Sues Hartford Unit Over Virus Coverage

A California swim club filed a putative class action Monday against a Hartford insurance unit, arguing that the club's temporary closure was a direct physical loss that would qualify it for coverage.

Commercial Insurance Market To Grow By $1T, Report Says

The global commercial insurance market is expected to grow by almost $1 trillion in the next 10 years, the research firm Allied Market Research said in a report released Tuesday, with the market for liability ... (more story)

A Virginia federal judge found that a virus exclusion in a hair salon's insurance policy with a Hartford unit barred coverage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Hair Salon's COVID-19 Losses Not Covered, Judge Says

A Virginia federal judge dismissed a hair salon's claim seeking $150,000 from a Hartford unit for business losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that the policy's virus exclusion unambiguously barred coverage.

Tri-State Hospitals Lose Virus Coverage Fight With Zurich

A tri-state area hospital system lost its bid for coverage from Zurich American Insurance Co. for pandemic losses, with a New Jersey state court finding the system failed to show physical damage to its propert... (more story)

Wash. Insurance Chief Moving Forward With Credit Score Ban

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is moving ahead with his plan to issue a three-year ban to stop insurance companies from using credit scoring to price personal lines policies, after a state cou... (more story)

Hartford Ducks Coverage For Trade Show Biz's Virus Losses

A Tennessee trade show business' cancellation of conferences and events due to the coronavirus pandemic and related government restrictions aren't covered by its insurance policy with a Hartford unit, a Califo... (more story)

Fla. High Court Punts On Case Over Disinterested Appraisers

The Florida Supreme Court reversed course Monday, opting to not entertain the appeal of a ruling that allows insureds to select an appraiser with a financial stake in the appraisal award despite hearing oral a... (more story)

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Ga. Justices Leery That Insurance Waives Immunity For Cities

Justices on the Supreme Court of Georgia appeared skeptical Tuesday of a lower court ruling that Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. can't cap its liability coverage for the City of College Park at $700,000 for a... (more story)

Insurers Owe Drivers For Crash Value Dip, Mass. Justices Say

Massachusetts' top court ruled on Tuesday that insurers have to make drivers whole for any dip in their vehicle's value following a crash, upending a lower court's decision and decades of regulatory practice.

Boy Scouts of America, facing a rising number of sexual assault claims, has been in bankruptcy proceedings since February 2020. (gloch / iStock)
Boy Scouts Judge Mulls If Mediation Talks Shielded In Ch. 11

A Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday told parties in the Boy Scouts of America's Chapter 11 case that she would delay ruling on whether to shield mediation communications from discovery while she wrestled with ... (more story)

New Excess Insurance Co. To Land In Richmond, Va.

Excess and surplus insurer Richmond National Group Inc. is forming a new insurance company focusing on the property and casualty insurance market, the insurer announced.

Truck Driver's Estate Loses Subrogation Action Appeal

The Georgia Court of Appeals has knocked down an attempt by the estate of a worker injured in a truck collision to claim a piece of an insurance settlement secured through a subrogation action.

Judge Says Eaton Far From Extra Insurance In Asbestos Suits

Energy giant Eaton Corp. failed to show that several of its excess insurers could soon be responsible for asbestos claims connected to a predecessor company, a Wisconsin federal court found, saying it was too ... (more story)

Safeco Doesn't Owe $3M To Motorcyclist's Kin, 8th Circ. Says

The family of a motorcyclist killed by an uninsured driver cannot recover the $3 million it sought from Safeco Insurance because the policy specifically excluded uninsured motorist coverage for bodily injuries... (more story)

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Insurer Asks To Combine Billabong Ransomware Suits

An insurer of Billabong's parent company on Tuesday asked to consolidate two cases stemming from a 2019 cyberattack, with one suit brought by the company seeking more payments from the insurer and one brought ... (more story)

Clinic Tells 11th Circ. AIG Must Cover $9M Abuse Settlement

A mental health clinic asked the Eleventh Circuit to force an AIG insurance unit to cover its $9 million settlement after three patients suffered physical abuse and one died, saying the Alabama district court ... (more story)

A lawsuit brought by two excess insurers that want out of covering a 3M unit's shareholder settlement can move forward, a judge ruled Tuesday. (iStock)
3M Unit Can't Sink Excess Insurers' Suit Over Investor Deal

A Delaware federal judge said Tuesday that a lawsuit brought by two excess insurers that want out of covering a 3M unit's shareholder settlement can proceed, finding that the suit was not filed prematurely.

Therapy Co. Seeks Partial Quick Win In Fraud Coverage Row

A defunct child therapy practice told a Virginia federal judge that on its insurance application, it correctly didn't list as a psychotherapist one of its employees who is now accused in multiple lawsuits of f... (more story)

Insurer Atty's 'Disastrous' Defense Cost Millions, 9th Circ. Told

A claims handler urged the Ninth Circuit Monday to vacate an insurer's $5.5 million award to recoup defense costs in underlying litigation over a car crash, arguing that the insurer hired an incompetent attorn... (more story)

Reinsurers Ask DC Circ. To Toss $22M Arbitration Award Bid

A group of reinsurance units of Hannover Re, AXA XL and Liberty Mutual urged the D.C. Circuit to reject a financial consulting company's coverage bid for a $22 million arbitration award, saying the lower court... (more story)

Nursing Home Seeks Coverage Of $396K Wire Fraud Loss

 A nursing home asked an Idaho federal court to find Beazley Insurance Co. Inc. must cover nearly $396,000 in losses it suffered when a criminal impersonating a company executive directed a funds transfer to a... (more story)