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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Industry news, expert analysis, and daily updates on the most significant insurance coverage legal developments—from the insurance and legal experts of The National Underwriter Company.


Life Insurance
Missed Payments Led Life Insurance Policy to Lapse before Insured's Death, Court Rules
A federal district court in South Carolina has ruled that an insured's failure to make payments on his life insurance policy led it to lapse before his death, rejecting the insured's widow's contentions that the insurer had not properly notified the insured of the lapse and had not acted in good faith. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Circuit Affirms Ruling for Insurers in Cases Alleging Bribes to Judges
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed that insurance companies had no duty to defend or indemnify insureds in cases alleging that they had paid bribes to judges to sentence juveniles to specific detention facilities. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Insureds May Recover Car's Post-Repair Diminished Value under Policy's Uninsured Motorist Provisions
Reversing a trial court's decision in favor of an automobile insurer, a Texas appellate court has ruled that insureds were entitled to recover under their policy's uninsured motorist provisions for the cost of repairs and for loss of use - and for the car's post-repair diminished value. Read More

Commercial General Liability
Temporary Worker (and Coverage) or Leased Worker (and No Coverage)? Massachusetts Appeals Court Decides for Coverage
An appellate court in Massachusetts has affirmed a trial court's decision that a worker supplied to an insured by a labor leasing firm was "furnished ... to meet ... short-term workload conditions" such that she was a "temporary worker" within the meaning of the commercial general liability insurance policy issued by the insurer to the insured. Read More

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In the States

Texas Attorney General: State Has No Obligation to Pay Unfunded Losses in Excess of Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's Ability to Pay
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has opined that the State of Texas has no legal obligation to pay unfunded losses that exceed the ability of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to pay. Read More

Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over $300,000 from Elderly Couple
A former insurance agent in Saratoga County, New York, has pleaded guilty to defrauding an elderly Dutchess County couple and stealing more than $300,000 from them during a nearly eight year period.  Read More

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Insurance Tax Lawyer Susan Seabrook Joins Bingham Read More

AARP Extends Contract with New York Life as Exclusive Life Insurance Provider
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Walgreens and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Launch Joint Consumer Education Campaign in Preparation for New Health Insurance Marketplace
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United Insurance Appoints Deepak Menon as Vice President of Operations and Business Development
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Prudential Lets Policyholders Use Life Insurance Benefits to Pay for Chronic or Terminal Illness
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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Anjali C. Das, Wilson Elser
John F. Finnegan, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Donald S. Malecki, Malecki, Deimling, Nielander &
Associates, LLC
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Joseph P. Monteleone, Tressler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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Friedman LLP
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David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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