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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, September 17, 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.


Trial Court May Not for Equitable Reasons Refuse to Enforce Crop Insurance Policy's Arbitration Clause, Washington Supreme Court Holds
A trial court purporting to act in equity may not refuse to compel arbitration pursuant to a valid arbitration clause in a federally mandated crop insurance contract, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled. Read More

Homeowners Insurance

One Dog, Two Bites, Two People, and Two Separate Occurrences, Florida Appeals Court Rules
A Florida appeals court has reversed a trial court's decision in favor of a homeowner's insurance company and ruled that there were two occurrences where a suit against the homeowner alleged that his dog bit a child and then the child's mother. Read More

Tax-Funded 911 Call Center Loses Bid to Reform Policy to Include Endorsement that Policy's Purchase Did Not Waive Its Sovereign Immunity
A federal district court in Missouri has rejected efforts by the Audrain County Joint Communications ("ACJC"), a tax-funded 911 call center that is a political subdivision of the State of Missouri, to reform its general liability insurance policy on the ground of mutual mistake to include an endorsement that the purchase of the insurance did not waive ACJC's sovereign immunity for tort liability provided for by Missouri law. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Hospital that Treated Injured Boy after Accident Had No Claim to Insurance Settlement Proceeds, Mississippi Supreme Court Rules
The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that a hospital that treated a young boy for injuries he suffered in a car accident was not entitled to any proceeds payable to him from insurance companies to settle his claims, finding that the hospital had "no assignment, lien, or other legal right to payment from the settlement proceeds." Read More

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Connecticut Amends Credit for Reinsurance Regulations Based on NAIC Model
The Connecticut Insurance Department has amended its credit for reinsurance regulations based on the revised National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Credit for Reinsurance Model Regulation. Read More

Workers Compensation

Wife Charged with Cashing $500,000 in Husband's Worker's Comp Checks after His Death
A woman has been arrested in California and charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly cashing her husband's worker's compensation checks after his death. Read More

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Sun Life Financial Launches Group Voluntary Accident Insurance Read More

Guardian Launches Alternative to Traditional Long Term Care Insurance
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Enstar Group Limited Acquires Arden Reinsurance
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Global Insurance IT Spending Set to Top $100 Billion by 2017, According to Ovum
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XL Group Offers Enhanced Pollution Protection for Municipalities
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60px_newMeyerowitz Steven A. Meyerowitz, ESQ.
Director, FC&S Legal
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60px_newSpears Victoria Prussen Spears, ESQ.
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
Jerold Oshinsky, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres &
Friedman LLP
Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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