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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, June 24, 2016  

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
Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Workers' Comp Law That Cut Off Benefits After 104 Weeks
The Florida Supreme Court has struck down, as unconstitutional, part of the state's workers' compensation law that cut off disability benefits after 104 weeks to a worker who was totally disabled and incapable of working but who had not yet reached maximum medical improvement. Read More

Employment Practices Liability
Massachusetts Top Court Asked to Decide If Insurer Must Pay for Counsel to Prosecute Insured's Counterclaim
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has asked the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to determine whether an insurer, as part of its defense of a claim against its insured, must provide and pay for counsel to prosecute its insured's counterclaim against the claimant. Read More

Where There's Smoke ... There's Coverage for an Open-Air Theatre
A federal district court in Oregon has ruled that a theatre's claim for losses suffered when wildfire smoke infiltrated its open-air theatre was covered under its insurance policy because the theatre sustained "physical loss or damage to property." Read More

Automobile Insurance
"Innocent Third-Party" Rule Did Not Prevent Insurer from Rescinding Policy Ab Initio, Michigan Appeals Court Decides
An appeals court in Michigan has decided that the "innocent third-party" rule no longer was effective and that, as a result, an insurance company could rescind a policy ab initio due to alleged fraud by its insured even after an accident in which an innocent third-party claimed that he had been injured. Read More

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Health Insurance

California Insurance Commissioner Urges U.S. Justice Department to Block Anthem/Cigna Merger
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has urged the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed merger between Anthem, Inc., and Cigna Corporation. Read More

Insurance Fraud
Superstorm Sandy Scammer Sentenced
Caterina M. Curatolo, who obtained more than $87,000 in benefits from New York City and the American Red Cross by falsely claiming to have been a victim of Superstorm Sandy, has pleaded guilty to a felony and has been sentenced. Read More

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Nearly Half of Organizations Unsure if Cyber Insurance Will Pay for Evolving Email Attacks, New Mimecast Research Shows Read More

Adoption of Telematics Insurance Will Boost Global Motor Vehicle Insurance Market, Technavio Report Finds 
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Small Businesses Bearing the Brunt of Cyber Crime, New Report Shows 
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Rising Drug Costs Attract Seniors to Illegal Online Pharmacies: ASOP Global, CSIP, and NCL Join Forces in Effort to Keep Older Americans Safe Online 
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MassMutual Foundation and UMass Amherst Seek to Enrich Data Science and Cybersecurity Programs 
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