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TODAY'S TOP DEVELOPMENTS Wednesday, July 26, 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.


Life Insurance
Case of Hallucinating Alcoholic Shows It's Not Easy to Prove That Undue Influence Led to Insurance Beneficiary Being Changed
A recent decision in a case involving allegations that a decedent's modifications to his life insurance beneficiary were invalid due to undue influence illustrates the difficulty in challenging a beneficiary change made by an insured shortly before dying.  Read More

Commercial General Liability
Second Circuit Case Shows Why It's Important If Exclusion Says "The," "A," or "Any" Named Insured
A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, interpreting an employer's liability exclusion in a commercial general liability insurance policy, highlights the significance of an exclusion's use of the words "the," "a," and "any" in connection with the term "Named Insured."  Read More

Restitution in DUI Case Cannot Include Amount Victim Received from Its Insurer, Arizona Appeals Court Says
An appellate court in Arizona has affirmed a trial court's decision ordering a criminal defendant who pleaded guilty to endangerment and driving under the influence to pay restitution to his victim in an amount that did not include what the victim had recovered from its insurance company.  Read More

Absolute Pollution Exclusion Precluded Coverage for Claims That FDA-Regulated Medication Had Contaminated Pork Producer's Feed
A federal district court in Minnesota has ruled that a pollution exclusion in a commercial general liability insurance policy precluded coverage of claims that a medication regulated by the Food and Drug Administration had contaminated feed for a pork producer's swine.  Read More

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Automobile Insurance

Farmers Insurance Settles with Minnesota for Charging Higher Auto Insurance Rates to Renters
An insurance company has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty and to refund $315,000 to more than 1,600 Minnesota drivers who were charged higher auto insurance rates solely because they were renters rather than homeowners.  Read More

Insurance Fraud
Social Security Disability Lawyer Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Role in $550 Million Social Security Fraud Scheme. He's Still Missing
A Social Security disability lawyer has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $550 million in federal disability payments from the Social Security Administration for thousands of claimants. He wasn't there to hear the news.  Read More

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AIG Appoints Seraina Macia as CEO of Planned Technology-Focused Subsidiary   Read More

XL Catlin Opens New Office in Washington, D.C., Focusing on Political Risk, Credit, and Bond Insurance   
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Argo Pro Hires Mary Henderson as Head of Financial Institutions and Dan Gmelin as A&E Underwriting President   
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James DeSimone Joins AXIS Insurance to Lead Primary Casualty Business in Northeast and Midwest Regions   
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FC&S Legal Publishes "SEC Disgorgement: Is It Insurable?"   
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Director, FC&S Legal
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Associate Director, FC&S Legal
FC&S Legal Editorial Advisory Board
Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Carrie Cope, Cope Ehlers, 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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