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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Tuesday, October 20, 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.


Automobile Insurance
Florida Supreme: “Collateral Source Rule” Applies to Future Benefits Provided by Social Legislation Such as Medicare
The Florida Supreme Court, reversing an intermediate appellate court’s decision, has ruled that a trial court in an insured’s lawsuit against his automobile insurance carrier had properly excluded evidence of the insured’s son’s eligibility for future benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, and other social legislation as collateral sources. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Louisiana Supreme: Plaintiffs’ Individual Claims against Homeowners’ Insurer Were Barred by Previously-Filed Class Actions
The Louisiana Supreme Court, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that the doctrine of lis pendens applied to the plaintiffs’ individual actions against their homeowners’ insurance carrier even though the plaintiffs were not named parties and had not joined in the first-filed class actions against the insurer, which stemmed from losses suffered as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Read More

Commercial Property
Court’s Ruling Is a Roadmap for Insurers to Limit “Bad Faith” Risk
A decision by a federal district court in Pennsylvania amounts to a roadmap of steps that insurance companies can take to limit their “bad faith” risk. Read More

Life Insurance
No AD&D Benefits Where Decedent Was Stabbed Twice; Court Rejects His Dying Statement that He Accidentally Fell on His Knife
A federal district court in South Carolina has upheld an insurance company’s decision denying payment of benefits under an accidental death and dismemberment (“AD&D”) insurance policy, determining that the insured’s death – which occurred after he was stabbed twice – was a result of the “[c]ommission of or attempt to commit an assault or felony” and was not accidental. Read More

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In the States

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin Announces Bid for Third Term
Wayne Goodwin, the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner who has been elected to two four-year terms, has announced that he is running for re-election in 2016. Read More

Health Insurance
North Carolina Expands Autism Insurance Coverage
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed the Autism Health Insurance Coverage Act into law, expanding insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read More

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AIG Appoints Madhu Tadikonda Commercial Chief Underwriting Officer, Announces Other Commercial Leadership Appointments  Read More

Chris Cox Named President of Old Dominion Insurance Company 
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Third Point Reinsurance Appoints Janice Weidenborner Group General Counsel  
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Argo Pro Introduces Professional and Management Liability Coverage for Investment Advisers and Mutual Funds  
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Nassau Reinsurance Group to Acquire Insurance Business from Universal American  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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