Scammers are shifting away from lucrative "crash-for-cash" insurance fraud following a series of successful convictions, closer ties between police and insurers and the emerging threat of jail sentences for contempt of court, police and attorneys say.
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Reforms Slam Brakes On Crash-For-Cash Insurance Fraud

Scammers are shifting away from lucrative "crash-for-cash" insurance fraud following a series of successful convictions, closer ties between police and insurers and the emerging threat of jail sentences for contempt of court, police and attorneys say. Read full article »

Broker Says Extra Work Entitles It To Fees In Loan Deal

An intermediary suing a subsidiary of financial services group Close Brothers Group PLC at a London court has claimed it is entitled to payments from a premium finance broker agreement because it carried out extra work arranging loan advances from the lender to its clients. Read full article »

Don't Blame Motorist If Driverless Car Crashes, Insurers Say

Motorists behind the wheel of driverless cars should not be held liable if they crash while the technology is in control of their vehicle, the insurance industry warned on Thursday, claiming that it would be unfair to expect drivers to intervene if the system fails. Read full article »

COMPLIANCE

FCA Sues Financial Consultant Over Unauthorized Advice

A financial adviser has been sued by Britain's Financial Conduct Authority for allegedly providing unauthorized pension advice on investments in a bioethanol investment scheme that left savers approximately £1.2 million ($1.6 million) out of pocket when it collapsed. Read full article »

Investor Body To Shame Cos. With Pension, Diversity Issues

An investment trade group vowed Thursday to name and shame companies that are failing to diversify their boardrooms or are paying directors disproportionately high pensions compared with other employees, in a bid to encourage businesses to abide by corporate governance rules. Read full article »

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

What 2019 Has In Store For UK Data Protection

Many of the big data protection compliance themes of 2018 will continue on this year, including even General Data Protection Regulation preparation, but the possibility of a no-deal Brexit may complicate matters, says Stewart Room of PwC LLP. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

Harvard Law Student Gets Landmark Win At Mass. Top Court

While many attorneys go their entire careers without arguing a case before a top state appellate court, Liz Soltan managed the feat before even graduating from Harvard Law School, and without missing a single class. Read full article »

Tesla GC Departs After 2 Months, Replaced By VP Of Legal

In yet another executive departure in what has turned out to be a year fraught with upheaval for Tesla Inc., veteran trial lawyer Dane Butswinkas will leave his post as the electric automaker's general counsel after just two months on the job, the company announced Wednesday. Read full article »

Analysis

Trump Pick For Deputy AG Facing Heat On Policy, Experience

Jeffrey Rosen's track record as a fierce promoter of deregulation and his lack of prosecutorial experience are already major points of contention as senators consider the U.S. Department of Transportation official and longtime Kirkland & Ellis litigator's nomination to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. Read full article »

Feature

Plaintiffs Bar Finds Booming Biz In Strip Club Suits

Plaintiffs lawyers are pairing up with former Playboy Playmates and reality television stars to file dozens of suits against strip clubs over the use of their images in ads, a potentially lucrative cottage industry given how hard the claims are to fight — and how easy they are to settle. Read full article »

Ex-Yukos Shareholders Can't Nab White & Case Docs

A New York federal magistrate judge has determined that White & Case LLP needn't cough up documents that former Yukos shareholders sought for their efforts to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia, saying it's unclear whether the disclosures would comply with that country's laws. Read full article »

After Canceling Once, Ex-Trump Atty Cohen To Testify Publicly

President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen has agreed to testify publicly before a Congressional panel on a slew of issues, from reports of payoffs to campaign finance law violations, after previously canceling his appearance, officials said Wednesday. Read full article »

Law Firm Leaders: Neal Gerber & Eisenberg's Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher, managing partner of Chicago's Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, speaks to Law360 about how the single-office firm stays competitive with larger organizations, consolidation in the legal industry and how firms can support more diverse leaders. Read full article »

Q&A

A Chat With McDermott COO John Yoshimura

In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature John Yoshimura, chief operating officer at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Read full article »

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