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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, September 1, 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.


Los Angeles Lakers Lose Bid for Insurance Coverage of Lawsuit Over Team's Text Messages
The Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team was not entitled to insurance coverage of a lawsuit alleging that the team had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it sent automated text messages to fans attending a game at the Staples Center, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled.  Read More

Suit Alleging Spa's Foot Bath Injured Customer Was Not Covered by Insurance
An appellate court in Pennsylvania, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that the professional service exclusion in a spa's insurance policy precluded coverage for claims that a customer had been injured after receiving a foot bath.   Read More

Automobile Insurance
Although Jury Only Awarded Nominal Damages of $2, GEICO Must Pay $450,000 in Punitives
The Alaska Supreme Court has rejected an insurer's appeal of a $450,000 punitive damages award in a case in which the jury awarded the plaintiff nominal damages of only $2.  Read More

Commercial General Liability
Subcontractor's Allegedly Faulty Work Was "Occurrence," South Dakota Supreme Court Holds
The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a subcontractor's allegedly faulty work, which allegedly resulted in property damage that was neither expected nor intended by the insured, was an accident and thus an occurrence under a commercial general liability insurance policy.   Read More

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Superstorm Sandy

Citing Superstorm Sandy, Senators Ask FEMA to Extend Proof of Loss Deadline for Louisiana Flood Victims
U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the September 1, 2017 deadline for National Flood Insurance Program policyholders to file a proof of loss for claims due to the Louisiana Great Flood of 2016.  Read More

In the States
N.Y. Health Insurers Settle State's Allegations That They Improperly Denied Claims and Charged Co-Pays and Deductibles
MVP Health Plan Inc. and MVP Health Insurance Company have settled charges by the New York State Department of Financial Services that the insurers incorrectly applied cost-sharing to members' claims and improperly denied some claims for preventative health care services.  Read More

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As Fifth Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy Approaches, U.S. Utility Companies Still Feel Underprepared for Weather-Related Outages, Survey Finds   Read More

Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection Help Drivers Avoid Trouble, According to New Research   
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The Institutes RiskBlock Alliance Conducts Workshop to Promote Blockchain in Insurance   
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Northwell Health to Withdraw CareConnect from New York State Insurance Market   
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Claim Lines with Diagnoses of Anaphylactic Food Reactions Climbed 377 Percent from 2007 to 2016, Report Says   
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Director, FC&S Legal
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