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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, April 20, 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.


Superstorm Sandy
Even Third Parties' Tort-Based Claims Against Flood Insurer Were Preempted, N.J. District Court Rules in Superstorm Sandy Case
A federal district court in New Jersey has ruled that federal law preempted tort-based claims against a flood insurer asserted in a Superstorm Sandy coverage case by third parties, not only those claims brought by insureds.  Read More

Superstorm Sandy
5 Reasons a Jury Will Have to Decide Whether Emails Settled a Superstorm Sandy Claim Before Insured Brought Suit
A federal district court in New Jersey has ruled that a jury would have to decide whether an insured and its insurer had reached a settlement of the insured's Superstorm Sandy claim for wind damage to its property before the insured had filed its lawsuit.   Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Guest Who Sought Damages for Bedbug Bites Settled with Motel for $42,500
A woman who claimed that bedbugs had bitten her 152 times while she was staying at an Illinois motel has settled her claim for $42,500.  Read More

Commercial General Liability
No "Bodily Injury" Coverage for Suit Alleging Harm from Insured's False and Misleading Ads, Massachusetts District Court Says
A federal district court in Massachusetts has ruled that allegations that the insureds had made false and misleading statements in advertising concerning the efficacy of their product did not seek damages for bodily injury and, therefore, were outside the scope of coverage of the insureds' commercial general liability insurance policy.  Read More

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Superstorm Sandy

FEMA to Pay 90 Percent of Costs to Repair Damage to Holland Tunnel Caused by Superstorm Sandy
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $229,627,041.30 in new federal funding to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to make repairs to 22 sites on the Holland Tunnel damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy.  Read More

In the States
Carrie Haughawout Named Deputy Director of Ohio Insurance Department
Carrie Haughawout, who joined the Ohio Department of Insurance in 2011, has been appointed deputy director of the department by its newly named director, Jillian Froment.  Read More

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FC&S Legal Publishes "For Big-Number Settlement Negotiations, Excess Insurers Cannot Take a Back Seat"   Read More

FC&S Legal Publishes "Insurers Using Technology to Fight Insurance Fraud"   
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Brad Buechler to Lead New Mutual of Omaha Senior Health Solutions Business Unit   
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Ironshore Environmental Appoints Chief Claims Officer   
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Four Law Firms Launch Insurance Law Global Network   
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Bodily Injury and Property Damage from Suicide Attempt is Not Covered


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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
Carrie Cope, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
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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