British insurance firms are flouting European rules aimed at safeguarding consumers, the Financial Conduct Authority has said, warning that it will take action against insurers that fail to identify the needs of their customers.
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Insurance Firms ‘Falling Short’ On EU Rules, FCA Warns

British insurance firms are flouting European rules aimed at safeguarding consumers, the Financial Conduct Authority has said, warning that it will take action against insurers that fail to identify the needs of their customers.

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Insurers Settle $323K Fishing Death Coverage Fight

Insurers Dual Australia and QBE Insurance have settled a £253,000 ($323,000) dispute over the cost of indemnifying an Australian fishing company following an investigation into the death of a sailor on the high seas seven years ago, according to court documents. 

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Zurich Can Seek Prison Sentence For Lying Rock Singer

Swiss insurance giant Zurich can ask a criminal court to imprison an ageing rock-and-roll singer for lying about the underlying causes of his hearing loss in a claim for damages, a London appeals court said Friday.

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LITIGATION

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

This past week has seen a Kazakhstan lender file fraud claims against a dissolved London-based business, a Dubai airport security equipment company sue Barclays, and Yamaha's motorcycle business file claims against a German insurer. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Pensions Watchdog Shows Teeth On Protecting Schemes

Britain’s pensions regulator has said it will focus over the next three years on ensuring that workplace schemes are protecting their members' funds, after a year of sanctions against rogue companies that have dodged their responsibilities for safeguarding retirement savings.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Caldwell Cassady's Brad Caldwell

If Apple could send people back in time, it would likely make them steer Brad Caldwell away from law school. It probably wouldn’t have even been that hard: He’d studied to be an engineer, even worked as one for the CIA, before applying for law school on a whim. There was a very real future in which he didn’t become a lawyer, and in that future, Apple might have kept the $1 billion Caldwell bled from it in court.

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4 Blunders Law Firms Make On Social Media

Social media presents law firms with ample opportunity to build their reputation and attract the attention of new clients, but all too often firms end up stumbling in their online marketing strategies, falling face first into social media mediocrity.

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Analysis

30K Attys In Calif. In Trouble Over Their Fingerprints

Nearly 30,000 attorneys in California face escalating penalties this month for missing a deadline to submit new fingerprints to the State Bar in an unpopular push to discover attorneys convicted of crimes.

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The Law Firms Making Millions Off The PG&E Cases

The nation's largest utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric, has paid at least $89 million in the past year in legal fees to firms directly involved with its bankruptcy, civil, criminal and regulatory cases stemming from California wildfires — and the vast majority of that sum has gone to Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

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Group Got $17M Secret Donation Ahead Of Kavanaugh Fight

The Judicial Crisis Network received $17 million from an anonymous donor shortly before the fight to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to two government watchdog groups that obtained the conservative judicial group's latest tax returns.

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FEC Chair Rips Peers For Nixing Thornton Donation Inquiry

The Federal Election Commission came up two votes shy of moving forward with an investigation into whether Boston-based Thornton Law illegally reimbursed partners for campaign donations, frustrating the commission's chair who worried that FEC inaction could spawn more unlawful activity.

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NJ District Chief Judge Joins McCarter & English

McCarter & English LLP on Friday welcomed retired U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares, the former chief of New Jersey’s federal court, as a partner who will lead the firm’s alternative dispute resolution practice in its Newark, New Jersey, headquarters.

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Robinson Bradshaw Liable For Diversity Promises, Atty Says

Law firms should be held liable for deceptive advertising when they lure minority and female attorneys by talking up their diversity and inclusion efforts and then fail to live up to their promises, according to a Thursday filing in a race bias suit against Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

General counsel said they think legal operations departments might make lasting progress on diversity and inclusion where others so far haven't succeeded, and the Federal Trade Commission said it's cracking down on companies that buy consumer data gathered through scammers. These are some of the stories in legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Kavanaugh V. Gorsuch

President Donald Trump’s two U.S. Supreme Court appointees have found themselves at odds in a surprising number of cases, most recently in a big ruling this week backing iPhone owners who want to sue Apple. Reporter Jimmy Hoover joins us on the Pro Say podcast to discuss the Apple case and the rift between the court’s newest justices.

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Pierce Bainbridge Ends Partnership With Funder Pravati

Litigation boutique Pierce Bainbridge has concluded its partnership with litigation funder Pravati Capital, whose investment helped fuel the young firm's rapid national expansion over the past two years, the parties confirmed Friday.

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Analysis

Constitutional Crisis? Not Quite, But Courts Could Be Tested

Legal and political scholars agree we are not in a constitutional crisis … yet. But as tensions mount between the president and Congress, the role of the third branch of government could be both crucial and perilous.

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Top NJ Federal Judge Bemoans Court's Workload Upon Exit

New Jersey's federal court system outpaced all other district courts in civil case filings over the past year, further burdening a short-staffed bench that’s riddled with six vacancies, U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares said Friday in announcing his departure for private practice.

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ABA Raises Bar For Law School Accreditation On Third Vote

The American Bar Association on Friday adopted a new standard requiring ABA-accredited law schools to show that at least 75% of graduates pass the bar exam within two years of getting their diplomas, a tightened standard that the organization had rejected twice before.

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Helping Manafort's Kid Get Skadden Gig No Crime, Craig Says

Former Skadden partner Gregory Craig urged a D.C. federal court Friday to bar the government from introducing evidence that he helped line up a job at Skadden for the daughter of the now-jailed former chairman of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort.

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