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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Friday, January 27, 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.


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2016's Top 25 Supreme Court Insurance Coverage Case Law Developments from FC&S Legal
Here are the Top 25 Supreme Court Insurance Coverage Case Law Developments from FC&S Legal for 2016. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Minnesota Supreme Court Rules That Auto Policy's Anti-Assignment Clause Precluded Insureds' Assignments to Medical Provider
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that an anti-assignment clause in an automobile insurance policy precluded the assignment of the policy's basic economic loss benefits by policyholders injured in automobile accidents to their medical provider to obtain medical treatment. Medical providers "unsettle[d]" by the ruling, the court said, should look to the legislature for relief. Read More

Life Insurance
Utah Supreme: Divorce Revoked Wife's Beneficiary Status in Absence of Contrary Language in Divorce Decree or Life Insurance Policy Itself
The Utah Supreme Court, affirming a trial court's decision, has ruled that a couple's divorce revoked the beneficiary status of the wife under a life insurance policy where neither the divorce decree nor the policy specifically provided otherwise. Read More

Automobile Insurance
Tractor Was a Motor Vehicle, and Covered Under State Farm Policy, Colorado Appeals Court Rules
An appellate court in Colorado, reversing a trial court's decision, has ruled that a tractor was a covered "motor vehicle" under the underinsured motorist provision of an automobile insurance policy that did not define the term "motor vehicle." Read More

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Health Insurance

New York Requires Health Insurers to Cover All Contraceptives and Medically-Necessary Abortion Services Without Co-Pays, Coinsurance, or Deductibles
The New York State Department of Financial Services has mandated that commercial health insurers cover contraceptive drugs and devices without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles regardless of the future of the Affordable Care Act, and that all medically necessary abortion services be covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles. Read More

FEMA Secures Reinsurance for NFIP
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has secured reinsurance for the National Flood Insurance Program effective January 1, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Read More

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Businesses Increasingly Fear Impact of Non-Physical Damages, Market Uncertainties, and Political Perils, Allianz Finds  Read More

Flood Most Damaging 2016 Peril, Causing Nearly One-Third of $210 Billion Global Economic Losses, Aon Benfield Reports  
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Allianz's Christoph Lauterwasser Explains How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Insurance  
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Two of Three Consumers Would Switch Insurers to Get Discounts for Smart Home Devices, Study Finds  
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BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr, DAC Beachcroft, Wilson Elser and Wotton + Kearney Form Insurance Law Alliance  
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
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Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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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
Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.
Richard D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Joseph P. Monteleone, Rivkin Radler LLP
Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP
Jerold Oshinsky, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP
Thomas F. Segalla, Goldberg Segalla
David D. Thamann, The National Underwriter Company

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