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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Thursday, July 9, 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.


Commercial General Liability
Hunt Club’s Policy Did Not Cover Member Sued for Allegedly Shooting Person While Hunting, Fourth Circuit Decides
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, affirming a magistrate judge’s decision, has ruled that a member of a hunt club who allegedly shot someone while hunting at the club was not entitled to coverage under an endorsement to the club’s commercial general liability insurance policy affording coverage to club members “with respect to [member] liability for [the club’s] activities.” Read More

Automobile Insurance

Police Vehicle Is Not “Motor Vehicle” Covered by SUM Endorsement, N.Y.’s Top Court Rules
New York’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, reversing an intermediate appellate court’s decision, has ruled that a police vehicle is not a “motor vehicle” covered by a supplementary uninsured/underinsured motorist endorsement mandated for all “motor vehicle” insurance policies by New York Insurance Law § 3420(f)(2)(a). Read More

Verdicts & Settlements
Jury Finds Plaintiff Did Not Suffer “Serious Injury” Under New York’s No-Fault Insurance Law
After a New York state court judge ruled that the defendant was liable for an auto accident, a jury trial was held on damages. The jury awarded no damages to the plaintiff, however, finding that the plaintiff had not suffered a “serious injury” for purposes of New York’s no-fault insurance law. Read More

Homeowners Insurance
Finding Insureds Had Engaged in Fraud and Bad Faith, Court Voids Policy and Enters $4.1 Million Judgment in Insurer’s Favor
A federal district court in Missouri, after a bench trial, has ruled that two homeowners had violated their insurance policy’s “Concealment or Fraud” provision and that, as a result, their policy was void. The court also entered judgment against the homeowners in the amount of $4,076,806.61. Read More

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In the States

Vermont Department of Financial Regulation Warns Insurers About Price Optimization in Personal Lines Ratemaking, and Seeks Data
The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has issued a bulletin regarding price optimization in personal lines ratemaking. Read More

In the States
Richard J. Badolato Replaces Ken Kobylowski as New Jersey Insurance Chief
Richard J. Badolato has been named by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to replace Ken Kobylowski as Commissioner of Banking and Insurance. Read More

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Wind and Hail Policies for Churches to be Written by Maison Insurance in Alliance with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Read More

Howden and Insurisx Announce Cyber Insurance Offering 
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Allstate Foundation Report Finds Parents Unaware of Teens’ Dangerous Driving Habits Read More

XL Catlin’s Cyber Insurance Business Expands Data Breach Response Specialists Network 
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More U.K. Families Have Pet Insurance than Critical Illness and Income Protection Cover Combined, Aviva Reports Read More

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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP
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