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  • May 24, 2022

    Ex-Celtic Davis Has 'Fouled Out,' Judge Says In Bail Review

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday scolded retired Boston Celtics center Glen "Big Baby" Davis for repeatedly violating his bail conditions in the $4 million NBA health plan fraud case, threatening him with pretrial detention if he commits another "foul."

  • May 24, 2022

    DC Atty Set Up $19M 'Captive' Insurance Swindle, Suit Claims

    A Washington, D.C., corporate tax lawyer played a "meaningful role" in a $19 million insurance trap sprung on a Wyoming company and its owner, according to a federal complaint filed in Maryland federal court.

  • May 24, 2022

    Disbarred Atty's Past Keeps Him Out Of Insurance Field In NJ

    The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance was right to deny an attorney's bid for an insurance producer license due to the misappropriation of client funds that led to his disbarment in the Garden State, a state appeals court said Tuesday.

  • May 24, 2022

    9th Circ. Reverses State Farm's Win Over Injured Worker

    A Ninth Circuit panel overturned a lower court's ruling awarding summary judgment to a State Farm unit, finding there is a genuine dispute whether an employee exclusion applies to bar coverage for an individual's suit over a work injury.

  • May 23, 2022

    $7M Cut From Atty Award In John Hancock Overcharging Suit

    Attorneys who helped a class of John Hancock life insurance policyholders score a $123 million settlement will now take home $27 million for their work, after a New York federal judge trimmed about $7 million from Susman Godfrey LLP's initial award to reflect settlement opt-outs.

  • May 20, 2022

    Supreme Court Told UnitedHealth Wants A 'Free Pass'

    The solicitor general's office has laid out its defense of the Medicare Advantage overpayment rule at the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the rule stops insurers like UnitedHealth from getting a "free pass" for refunding overpayments.

  • May 20, 2022

    Insurance Agency Wants Out Of Clemente Family's Bias Suit

    A Pittsburgh insurance agency wants to be dismissed from a discrimination lawsuit brought by a rival agency operated by the family of late Puerto Rican baseball legend Roberto Clemente, telling a federal court Friday that it had nothing to do with Allstate's allegedly discriminatory termination of the Clemente agency's contract.

  • May 20, 2022

    Trucker's Disability Can't Back 'Bad Faith' Insurance Claim

    A Pennsylvania trucking company's allegations that a Progressive Insurance subsidiary canceled its policy because of the company owner's disability should be a breach of contract claim, not a bad faith one, a federal magistrate judge ruled Friday.

  • May 20, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen footwear giant Sketchers step into an IP dispute with a British discount store, a cryptocurrency ATM operator go after its former director, and a coalition of major English soccer clubs sue insurers over COVID-19 disruption. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 19, 2022

    Ex-Celtic Davis Faces Bail Review In NBA Health Fraud Case

    A Manhattan federal judge said Thursday she will review a bail package for retired Boston Celtics center Glen "Big Baby" Davis after he allegedly violated his conditions of release yet again in the NBA health plan fraud case.

  • May 19, 2022

    Insurer Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Suit Over Stolen Cargo

    An insurer told the Eleventh Circuit that a lower court incorrectly held that its negligence claim against a transportation broker was preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, arguing that allowing dismissal of its claim permits brokers to operate without any standard of care with impunity.

  • May 19, 2022

    Cigna Can't Evade NJ Lab's $1.5M COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    A New Jersey federal court refused to toss a Garden State radiology lab's lawsuit claiming Cigna unlawfully refused to reimburse the lab for nearly $1.5 million in COVID-19-related care, ruling the lab could sue under federal benefits law.

  • May 18, 2022

    Ex-Maine Assistant US Atty Rejoins Wiley's Insurance Group

    Washington, D.C., firm Wiley Rein LLP announced that it has rehired a former insurance attorney as of counsel who spent a little under three and a half years working as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maine.

  • May 17, 2022

    Texas Insurance Dept. Data Breach Exposes Info Of 1.8 Million

    A cybersecurity breach at the Texas Department of Insurance resulted in the personal information of about 1.8 million workers' compensation claimants being publicly exposed for close to three years, according to the results of a recent audit.

  • May 16, 2022

    More Ex-NFL Players Plead Guilty in Health Care Scheme

    Two more former NFL players this month pled guilty to their involvement in a scheme to defraud the league's player health reimbursement plan, the Texas Department of Insurance announced.

  • May 13, 2022

    Surety Cos. Say Trump-Era Bond Policy Is Unlawful

    Immigration court bond servicers asked a California federal court for a second time to toss a Trump-era policy that made appealing bond breach determinations more difficult, claiming that the policy was issued by an unlawfully appointed U.S. Department of Homeland Security official.

  • May 12, 2022

    Miss. Justices Say Geico Has No Duty In Worker Crash Suit

    An employee cannot gain coverage under their auto policy's uninsured motorist provisions if their at-fault employer has immunity under the state's workers' compensation law, the Mississippi Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday, declining to overturn precedent first established in 1993.

  • May 11, 2022

    Insurer Pushes To Void $10M Life Policy Held By US Bank

    A life insurer said it has no obligation to pay a claim by U.S. Bank for a policy's $10 million death benefit, telling a Delaware federal court that the policy was obtained through an illegal wager on the insured's life and never should have existed.

  • May 11, 2022

    Abuse Accusers Say Insurer Can't Appeal Exclusion Ruling

    Two individuals who allege they were sexually abused at an Atlanta-area Red Roof Inn have pushed back against an insurer's bid for an immediate appeal of an order denying its attempt to dodge responsibility.

  • May 10, 2022

    NY DA's Paralegal Accused Of Unemployment Insurance Theft

    A paralegal for the Brooklyn prosecutor's office was indicted Monday on charges of receiving New Jersey unemployment insurance while holding a full-time job, according to New Jersey state prosecutors.

  • May 09, 2022

    Alleged NBA Fraud Ringleader Jailed After Bail Violation

    A retired Boston Celtics player accused of masterminding a scheme to pilfer $4 million from the National Basketball Association's health plan was sent to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center Friday after purportedly running afoul of bail conditions.

  • May 06, 2022

    US Asks Court Not To Pause Tax Probe Summons Case

    A Florida federal court shouldn't grant an insurance company that the Internal Revenue Service is investigating for possible tax shelter promotion penalties an additional six months to prepare for a hearing, the U.S. government said Friday.

  • May 06, 2022

    Anthem Gets Spinal Device Coverage Denial Suit Tossed

    A California federal judge threw out a patient's proposed class action against Anthem Inc. that claimed it violated federal benefits law when it refused to cover a device that treated her spinal condition, but left the door open for her to refile her complaint.

  • May 05, 2022

    1st Circ. Doubts Insurer Can Skirt $1M Award To Exec's Widow

    Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. ran into stiff headwinds at the First Circuit on Thursday as it asked the court to vacate a $1 million award to the widow of a former AECOM Technology Corp. vice president who died after the insurer says his coverage had expired.

  • May 04, 2022

    Balwani Can't Use Giant Spreadsheet In Theranos Defense

    The California federal judge overseeing ex-Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani's criminal fraud trial denied the defense's request Wednesday to introduce a 2,000-page spreadsheet Walgreens purportedly sent to Theranos, part of Balwani's effort to show he was truthful in telling investors that the companies were serious about expanding their partnership.

Expert Analysis

  • Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Enviro Assessment Rule May Help Lower Buyers' PFAS Risks

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rule incorporating the latest American Society for Testing and Materials standard for Phase I environmental site assessments should be helpful for purchasers of real property seeking greater protection against liability for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • 1 Year Shows Ford Ruling Didn't Change Personal Jurisdiction

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    Federal decisions issued in the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's Ford Motor v. Montana opinion support Justice Elena Kagan's insistence that the ruling simply applied precedent and did not create a new standard for evaluating specific personal jurisdiction as some feared, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • What Ohio's 'Surprise Billing' Ban Means For Providers

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    Ohio's new law prohibiting certain out-of-network billing practices presents some difficult issues for providers — especially rural providers — to navigate, and likely will lead to inconsistent reimbursement rates and considerable administrative costs, say attorneys at Dinsmore.

  • Best Practices For Boards, Execs After SEC's Cyber Proposal

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently proposed cybersecurity disclosure rules signal that officers and directors, not just companies, may find themselves in the SEC's crosshairs over cyber incidents and disclosure failings, but several best practices and steps can help minimize their risk, says Matthew Dunn at Carter Ledyard.

  • Vehicle Service Contracts Present Opportunities For EV Cos.

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    As the electric vehicle market grows faster than ever, manufacturers, dealers and even aftermarket participants can use vehicle service contracts to open up new revenue streams and maintain a touchpoint with customers — but contract providers must be aware of applicable laws and regulations, says Matthew R. Wagner at Frost Brown.

  • How New AML Law Will Apply To Life Settlement Industry

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    Nonexempt life settlement entities should expect increased reporting obligations once the Corporate Transparency Act implementing regulations go into effect as the act brings the first application of anti-money laundering laws to the industry, say Brian Casey and Thomas Sherman at Locke Lord.

  • How Attorneys Can Reach Claimants In Today's Comms Era

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    Communicating with clients can be challenging for plaintiffs attorneys due to barriers posed by the current onslaught of unwanted calls, work schedules and other factors, but certain best practices can help, say Scott Heisman and Kimberly Lavin at Verus.

  • Cannabis Legalization's Effects On Insurance Industry

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    Resolution of the legal uncertainty presented by the dueling federal and state approaches to cannabis will pave the way for legal cannabis businesses to access the insurance protections the industry needs for everything from workers' compensation to auto insurance to general liability, says Christy Thiems at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.

  • Pitfalls For Out-Of-State Contractors In Texas Post-Disaster

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    In light of the extreme weather Texas saw in February, out-of-state construction contractors performing repairs in the state should understand certain post-disaster requirements, the process for recovering damages and litigation risks that can follow noncompliance, says Karalynn Cromeens at Cromeens Law Firm.