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9 04, 2021

Applied Analytics Isn’t Just for Insurers. Startups Help Claimants Get In On the Action

By | April 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Applied Analytics Isn’t Just for Insurers. Startups Help Claimants Get In On the Action

Lee Fogle reached down to save his 12-lb. Yorkshire terrier Nemo as a pit bull lunged forward. The attacking dog’s jaws clamped onto his left hand, sending him to a clinic for sutures and starting a 10-month-long insurance battle. “It …

22 03, 2021

N.H. Supreme Finds ‘Special Relationship,’ Affirms Jury Award Against Insurance Agency

By | March 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on N.H. Supreme Finds ‘Special Relationship,’ Affirms Jury Award Against Insurance Agency

A split decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court released Friday offers a lesson to insurance agents about the importance of checklists. Three justices overruled two dissenters to affirm a Superior Court jury’s verdict that Foy Insurance Group was negligent …

16 03, 2021

7th Circuit Finds Insurer Has No Duty to Defend Mortgage Servicer Against Robocall Lawsuit

By | March 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 7th Circuit Finds Insurer Has No Duty to Defend Mortgage Servicer Against Robocall Lawsuit

A liability insurance carrier that excluded any violation of telecommunications laws from coverage had no duty to defend a loan servicer from a class-action lawsuit that accused it of making harassing robocalls to more than 1 million cell phones. The …

15 03, 2021

Nevada Supreme: Insurer Entitled to Reimbursement for Defense Costs if No Coverage Owed

By | March 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nevada Supreme: Insurer Entitled to Reimbursement for Defense Costs if No Coverage Owed

An insurer that paid to defend a policyholder against a lawsuit, but determined later that no coverage was owed, is entitled to reimbursement for its costs, a divided Nevada Supreme Court said. In a 4-3 decision on Thursday, the high …

15 03, 2021

5th Circuit Rejects ‘Legal Gotcha’; Says Insurer Must Pay for Harvey Damage

By | March 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5th Circuit Rejects ‘Legal Gotcha’; Says Insurer Must Pay for Harvey Damage

While Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain on the Houston area in August 2017, the authority that operates the Lake Conroe Dam opened the floodgates to release water at a rate almost equal to the flow over Niagara Falls. …

12 03, 2021

Carrier Can’t Subrogate Against Students Who Caused Dartmouth Dormitory Fire

By | March 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Carrier Can’t Subrogate Against Students Who Caused Dartmouth Dormitory Fire

An insurer that paid $4.5 million to Dartmouth College to restore a dormitory that was damaged by fire can’t seek recovery from two students whose negligence started the blaze, the New Hampshire Supreme Court decided. The high court ruled 3-0 …

4 03, 2021

D&O Insurer Ordered to Pay $12M in Dole Corp. Stockholder Flap

By | March 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on D&O Insurer Ordered to Pay $12M in Dole Corp. Stockholder Flap

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that RSUI Indemnity Co. must pay $12,321,096 to Dole Corp. toward the cost of a legal settlement with former shareholders who alleged they were cheated out of potential profits when executives manipulated the stock …

10 02, 2021

Plaintiffs in Some States Defy Insurer Winning Streak in COVID Lawsuits

By | February 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Plaintiffs in Some States Defy Insurer Winning Streak in COVID Lawsuits

To anyone keeping score, it appears that insurers are crushing policyholders who sued for business income lost because of COVID-19 restrictions. As of Tuesday, insurers had won 147 motions for dismal or summary judgment in state and federal courts, according …

8 02, 2021

Illinois Supreme: Medical Providers May Not Attach Injured Workers’ Awards in Bankruptcy Court

By | February 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Illinois Supreme: Medical Providers May Not Attach Injured Workers’ Awards in Bankruptcy Court

Medical providers cannot use bankruptcy court to collect unpaid bills owed by bankrupt injured workers, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in a decision published Thursday. A three-judge panel of the high court, answering a certified question by the 7th Circuit …

5 02, 2021

As Criminals Innovate, ATM Thefts Becoming a Growing Source of Insurer Loss

By | February 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on As Criminals Innovate, ATM Thefts Becoming a Growing Source of Insurer Loss

Convicted bank robber Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks, famously said, “because that’s where the money is.” In today’s socially distanced world, criminals increasingly are turning their attention to the money inside automated teller machines — whether outside …