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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Monday, March 16, 2015

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.


Health Insurance
County that Administered Health Insurance Benefits for Public Employees Was Immune from Tort Liability for Intentional Torts, Michigan Appeals Court Finds
An appellate court in Michigan, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that a Michigan county was immune from tort liability for any intentional torts it may have committed in its administration of health insurance benefits for public employees. Read More

Health Insurance

South Carolina Supreme: Statutory Requirement to Cover Diabetes Educational Training Applied to State Health Plan
The South Carolina Supreme Court, reversing an administrative decision, has ruled that a state health plan was subject to a state law mandating coverage for diabetes educational training. Read More

Workers Compensation
New York Court Finds that Federal Law Did Not Preempt State's Workers' Compensation Rules with Respect to Postdoctoral Fellow Whose Salary Was Funded by a Federal Grant
A New York court has affirmed a decision by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board that an employer-employee relationship existed between a postdoctoral fellow and New York University School of Medicine, ruling that federal law did not preempt the state's workers' compensation law even though the fellow's salary was funded by a federal grant. Read More

Predicting Kentucky Law, Federal Court in Subrogation Case Rules that Economic-Loss Doctrine Did Not Apply to Consumer Transactions
A federal district court, in a subrogation case brought by an insurance company and its insured against the manufacturer of a refrigerator, has ruled, on an issue of first impression, that the Kentucky Supreme Court would not apply the economic-loss doctrine to consumer transactions. Accordingly, the court denied the manufacturer's motion for summary judgment. Read More

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Health Insurance

Health Benefits Administrator Settles with New York Over Allegations of Wrongful Denial of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Beacon Health Options, formerly known as ValueOptions, has reached a settlement with New York regulators that requires the managed care company – which administers behavioral health benefits for approximately 2.7 million New Yorkers in fully funded or state and local government health insurance plans – to reform its claims review process and pay a $900,000 penalty. Read More

Insurance Fraud

Former Insurance Broker for Publicly Funded Social Services Group Sentenced to Jail
Joseph Ross, the former insurance broker for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail. Read More

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Professional Services Plans Launches Cyber Liability Insurance for Law Firms Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Launches New Insurance Task Force 
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CEO Dan Neary to Retire from Mutual of Omaha; James Blackledge Named New Chief Executive
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FC&S Legal Publishes "Harmonizing Risk Transfer: Avoiding Pitfalls with Additional Insured Provisions" 
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Progressive Names Pat Callahan President of Personal Lines; Tricia Griffith Appointed Personal Lines COO Read More

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Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
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Friedman LLP
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