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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, March 7, 2017  

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.


Workers Compensation
Oklahoma Supreme Court, in Case Involving Insurer's "Appalling Conduct," Expands Ability to Bring Bad Faith Claims
The Oklahoma Supreme Court — in a case involving what a concurring justice referred to as an insurer's "appalling conduct" — has expanded the ability to bring bad faith claims against workers compensation insurance carriers.  Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Rule 9(b)'s Heightened Pleading Standard Did Not Extend to First-Party Bad Faith Insurance Claims, South Dakota District Court Rules
A federal district court in South Dakota has ruled that a South Dakota first-party bad faith claim was not subject to the heightened pleading requirements of Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure but, rather, to the much less stringent notice pleading standards of Rule 8(a)(2). Read More

Case Study
How an Insurer's "Thorough and Adequate" Claim Investigation Can Help to Doom a Bad Faith Claim
A decision by a federal district court in Pennsylvania dismissing an insured's bad faith claim against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company highlights the kind of claim investigation that can lead to a bad faith claim being dismissed — and suggests that the absence of such an investigation might help to allow a bad faith claim to withstand a dismissal motion.  Read More

Case Study
How a Complaint's Inadequate Allegations Can Doom Bad Faith (and Fraud) Claims Against an Insurer
A decision by a federal district court in Kentucky rejecting bad faith and fraud claims brought against a homeowner's insurance carrier highlights the kinds of allegations that, if absent, can help to doom a bad faith action against an insurance company — but that, if present, might permit bad faith claims to withstand an insurer's motion to dismiss.  Read More

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In the States

Meet the 14 Women Who Run State Insurance Departments
Here are the 14 women who currently lead state insurance departments. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Haiti Citizen Admits Role in Connecticut Insurance Fraud
Jacques Fleurijeune has pleaded guilty in a federal district court in Connecticut to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud stemming from his involvement in an insurance fraud scheme. Read More

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Top 10 Eye on the Experts Articles from FC&S Legal for February  Read More

Validus Specialty Appoints Cyber Team  
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FC&S Legal Publishes "The Time Has Come for the Court of Appeals to Resolve Reinsurance Issue"  
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Ironshore Specialty Casualty Offers Campus Secure Endorsement for Higher Education Sector  
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ABA Begins Offering Cyber Liability Insurance to Lawyers and Law Firms of All Sizes  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.
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Joseph P. Monteleone, Rivkin Radler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
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