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20 05, 2022

Insurers Too Late for Subrogation in Auto Parts Price-Fixing Case, Court Rules

By | May 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Insurers Too Late for Subrogation in Auto Parts Price-Fixing Case, Court Rules

Insurers waited too long to intervene in anti-trust litigation that brought settlements requiring dozens of auto parts manufacturers to pay a total of $1.2 billion to resolve price-fixing allegations, a panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled …

17 05, 2022

Kansas Court: More Fact-Finding Required in Air Ambulance Case

By | May 17th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kansas Court: More Fact-Finding Required in Air Ambulance Case

Federal law may prohibit states from regulating prices charged to insurers by air ambulance providers, but that doesn’t absolve the Workers’ Compensation Board of its responsibility to determine whether the billed charges are “usual and customary,” a split Kansas Supreme …

29 04, 2022

TPA’s Quick Denials of First Responders’ Workers’ Comp Claims Draws Penalty

By | April 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on TPA’s Quick Denials of First Responders’ Workers’ Comp Claims Draws Penalty

A workers’ compensation insurer must pay $100,000 under an agreement with Vermont state regulators because its claims administrator gave short shrift to claims for post-traumatic stress disorder and other occupational diseases. Acadia Insurance Co. on April 18 reached an agreement …

14 04, 2022

Carolina Supreme Court Says Insurers Owe in Aging Fertilizer Pollution Case

By | April 14th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Carolina Supreme Court Says Insurers Owe in Aging Fertilizer Pollution Case

The carriers that insured a Charleston fertilizer plant more than 30 years ago are liable for contamination at the site even though the former property owner who bought the policies did not ask their permission to transfer its right to …

2 03, 2022

7th Circuit: Liberty Must Defend USA Gymnastics in Nassar Lawsuits; Coverage May Be Limited

By | March 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 7th Circuit: Liberty Must Defend USA Gymnastics in Nassar Lawsuits; Coverage May Be Limited

Larry Nassar is accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and young women while working with USA Gymnastics, resulting in his criminal conviction and hundreds of lawsuits that forced the organization into bankruptcy. Liberty Mutual Underwriters must defend USAG against …

23 02, 2022

8th Circuit: Insurer Owes Nothing to Arkansas Man Who Lied on Proof of Loss Statement

By | February 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 8th Circuit: Insurer Owes Nothing to Arkansas Man Who Lied on Proof of Loss Statement

After his house burned down in 2015, Rick Merechka turned in a sworn proof of loss statement telling his insurance company that the replacement value of his household goods was $607,640. But in December 2010, Merechka and his wife at …

15 10, 2021

Workers’ Compensation Insurers Find That as Opioid Cost Slows, Marijuana Grows

By | October 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Workers’ Compensation Insurers Find That as Opioid Cost Slows, Marijuana Grows

Workers’ compensation insurers have slashed spending on opioids, reducing the risk of addiction and delayed recovery, but now they are under increasing pressure to reimburse injured workers for a new kind of elixir. Six states now allow or require insurers …

8 10, 2021

Insurers Could Owe $80M to Investors Suing Over 2016 Willis Merger With Towers Watson

By | October 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Insurers Could Owe $80M to Investors Suing Over 2016 Willis Merger With Towers Watson

Seven insurers that shared the risk for directors and officers policies sold to Towers Watson may have to pay up to $80 million for settlements with shareholders who cried foul after learning that the brokerage’s 2016 merger with Willis included …

24 09, 2021

Judge Clears Kansas City COVID Business Interruption Claim for Trial

By | September 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Judge Clears Kansas City COVID Business Interruption Claim for Trial

A federal judge in Kansas City has cleared a restaurant group’s COVID-related business interruption claim for jury trial, finding that an 8th Circuit Court decision that found no coverage was owed in a separate case does not apply to a …

10 08, 2021

5th Circuit: Texas May Not Regulate Air Ambulance Fees

By | August 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5th Circuit: Texas May Not Regulate Air Ambulance Fees

A federal appellate court ruled on Aug. 4 that the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation may not enforce a law that regulates fees charged by air ambulance companies that transport injured workers from accident scenes. The panel …