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  • March 27, 2024

    Justices Grapple With Complex $3M Estate Tax Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court confronted a complicated dispute Wednesday over whether the estate of a deceased building supply company owner should be taxed on $3 million in life insurance proceeds the company used to buy his shares after his death, with two justices seeming to take opposing sides.

  • March 27, 2024

    Feds Say Murdaugh Lied, Broke Plea Deal Over $9M Fraud

    Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina attorney serving a life sentence for killing his wife and son, was dishonest with the government and should potentially face a harsher prison sentence than the one proposed in a plea agreement on federal charges of stealing at least $9 million from clients, prosecutors said. 

  • March 27, 2024

    Insurer Ducks Coverage Of Florida Law Firm Dispute

    A personal injury law firm involved in a joint venture dispute has no insurance coverage for the litigation, a Florida federal judge has ruled, finding its policy only provided professional services liability, not anything else.

  • March 27, 2024

    Advice-Of-Counsel Defense Curbed From NC Tax Fraud Trial

    Two St. Louis attorneys and a North Carolina insurance agent can't fall back on advice-of-counsel defenses during their upcoming tax fraud trial after a federal judge found that they had failed to follow court orders requiring them to hand over information about the advice they sought.

  • March 27, 2024

    Embattled Law Firm Can't Escape Hurricane Ad Suit

    A Texas federal judge has agreed with a magistrate judge's recommendation in refusing to toss a suit seeking class damages over a troubled Houston law firm's allegedly illegal efforts to solicit clients in hurricane-related property damage cases.

  • March 27, 2024

    BCBS Can't Escape Therapy Coverage Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge refused to throw out a proposed class action accusing Blue Cross Blue Shield of unlawfully refusing to cover proton beam therapy to treat prostate cancer, saying the case could remain in court if a state worker health plan is added as a defendant.

  • March 26, 2024

    Alcoa Retirees Score Partial Win In Life Insurance Fight

    Alcoa USA Corp. violated its collectively bargained obligations when it unilaterally cut off company-provided life insurance benefits, but was within its rights to pay retirees to waive their claims to benefits, an Indiana federal judge ruled.

  • March 26, 2024

    Insurance Mogul's Ex-Political Consultant Wants Own Retrial

    A former political consultant charged alongside embattled insurance mogul Greg Lindberg wants their criminal retrial on wire fraud and bribery charges severed, telling a federal court that Lindberg's potential plan to throw him under the bus will destroy any defenses against the government's accusations.

  • March 26, 2024

    Geico Alleges $5.6M Billing Scam Targeted NY Insurance Cos.

    The insurance giant Geico has sued a New Jersey man and three medical imaging companies in New York federal court, accusing them of a $5.6 million scheme to submit fraudulent bills for unnecessary or otherwise useless tests on auto accident victims.

  • March 26, 2024

    $4.5M Microcaptive Insurance Deduction Nixed By Tax Court

    An eye doctor can't deduct more than $4.5 million in insurance premiums that he paid to two microcaptive companies because the payments don't qualify as valid insurance purchases for federal income tax purposes, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday.

  • March 26, 2024

    Gender Pay Bias Claims Against MetLife Allowed To Proceed

    A New York federal judge in Manhattan trimmed hostile work environment and biased firing claims Tuesday from a gender discrimination lawsuit a fired female executive brought against insurance company MetLife, but said there was enough evidence the insurance giant paid her less than her male co-workers and denied her promotions.

  • March 26, 2024

    Meet The Calif. Atty Taking On Health Insurers' Use Of AI

    With the health insurance industry under scrutiny over its use of algorithms and artificial intelligence in the patient coverage review process, California appellate attorney Glenn Danas saw an opening for litigation with what he calls a "high outrage factor."

  • March 25, 2024

    Judge Probes If $54M Deal Will Affect Tehum Care Ch. 11 Plan

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Monday mulled if approving a settlement for prison health care company Tehum Care Services Inc. will lock in releases for a future Chapter 11 plan at the third day of a trial asking him to confirm the deal or toss the "Texas two-step" bankruptcy.

  • March 25, 2024

    Berkshire Hathaway Unit's Patent Must Undergo 3 PGRs

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has instituted three post-grant reviews challenging a single Columbia Insurance Co. fire wall hanger patent, following petitions from Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.

  • March 25, 2024

    Creditor Says Fruit Grower Can't Cover Ch. 11 Expenses

    A creditor of fruit producer Prima Wawona is asking a Delaware bankruptcy court to reject the company's Chapter 11 plan, saying it does not provide for the payment of nearly $5.3 million in workers' compensation expenses and other post-bankruptcy debts.

  • March 25, 2024

    Ex-Root Exec Gets 51 Months In Prison For $10.2M Theft

    The former chief marketing officer for Columbus, Ohio-based car insurer Root Inc. has been sentenced to 51 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for embezzling more than $10.2 million from his employer and spending it on plastic surgery, a yacht, a plane, and other personal expenses.

  • March 25, 2024

    Trump Gets Late Reprieve After Failing To Post $465M Bond

    A New York appellate panel said Monday that Donald Trump can pause enforcement of the state attorney general's $465 million civil fraud judgment by posting just $175 million while he appeals, after the former president complained that he was unable to secure a bond for the entire amount.

  • March 22, 2024

    Kaiser's Ozempic Coverage Denial Is Discriminatory, Suit Says

    Two Kaiser plans' refusal to cover new prescription weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy is "without any medical or scientific basis," a Washington state resident told a state court, alleging disability discrimination.

  • March 22, 2024

    Ind. Factory Adds To Historic $112M Bad Faith Coverage Win

    A flooded factory building that was awarded $112 million in a historic bad faith win added to its victory Friday when an Indiana federal court denied its insurers' requests for a new trial and granted the factory more than $7 million in costs and interest.

  • March 22, 2024

    Ex-Ga. Insurance Head Cops To Healthcare Kickback Scheme

    Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine pled guilty Friday to working with an Atlanta-area doctor to run a multimillion-dollar medical testing kickback scheme just weeks before he was set to face trial in federal court.

  • March 22, 2024

    5th Circ. Asked For Do-Over In Hurricane Coverage Feud

    The owners of a New Orleans apartment complex urged the Fifth Circuit to rethink ordering them to arbitrate Hurricane Ida damage claims under New York law, arguing New York's choice-of-law clause would ordinarily be unenforceable under Louisiana law if it weren't couched within the arbitration provision.

  • March 22, 2024

    Colo. Mandates Multistate Online Insurance Tax Filing

    Insurance companies in Colorado will be required to pay certain taxes through multistate third-party web-based application under legislation that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    Congress Spares Employee Benefits From $400M DOL Cut

    A commitment from Congress to keep funding level for the U.S. Department of Labor's sub-agency that oversees employee benefits despite a $400 million agency-wide cut was one of the highlights for benefits attorneys in a new fiscal year 2024 spending deal. Here are three takeaways from attorneys on the funding agreement.

  • March 22, 2024

    Aflac Legal Chief's Total Pay Rose To $4M In 2023

    Aflac Inc. compensated its longtime top legal leader more than $4 million in 2023, marking the second year her pay increased since earning $3.6 million in 2021, according to the company's most recent securities filing. 

  • March 22, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Hires Lewis Brisbois Insurance Vet In Seattle

    Fox Rothschild LLP has hired an insurance litigator in Seattle who focuses her practice on a range of commercial and liability disputes and joins the firm after working for a decade at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, the firm has announced.

Expert Analysis

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • 10th Circ. ERISA Ruling Is Promising For Self-Funded Plans

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    Though some recent appellate decisions have seemingly narrowed application of Employee Retirement Income Security Act preemption, which generally helps protect self-funded health plans from state regulation, the Tenth Circuit's decision in PCMA v. Mulready takes a big step toward reaffirming preemption, say attorneys at Bass Berry.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Okla. Workers' Comp Case Could Mean Huge Shift In Claims

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    An Oklahoma appeals court's recent opinion in Prewitt v. Quiktrip Corp. may expand the scope of continuing medical maintenance orders in workers' compensation cases to unprecedented levels — with potentially major consequences for employers and insurers, says Steven Hanna at Gilson Daub.

  • How Reps And Warranties Insurance Can Aid Sellers In M&A

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    Amid the current slowdown in the M&A climate, representation and warranty insurance offers sellers a number of advantages, including protection against fraud and possible leverage to insist on a no-seller-indemnity deal, say Alex Leibowitz and Eric Jesse at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • ESG Around The World: Australia

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    Clive Cachia and Cathy Ma at K&L Gates detail ESG-reporting policies in Australia and explain how the country is starting to introduce mandatory requirements as ESG performance is increasingly seen as a key investment and corporate differentiator in the fight for global capital.

  • Ore. Warranty Ruling Complicates Insurance Classification

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    The Oregon Court of Appeals' recent TruNorth v. Department of Consumer and Business Services holding that a service contract — commonly referred to as an extended warranty — covering commercial property is subject to the state's consumer service contract laws raises regulatory questions for contract obligors, sellers and administrators, say attorneys at Locke Lord.

  • 9th Circ.'s Latest UBH Ruling Ignores Case's Core Issue

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision to vacate its earlier opinion in Wit v. United Behavioral Health frustratingly disregards the case’s key issue of benefits coverage for mental health treatment, and illogically elevates an insurer's discretionary authority over the medically necessary needs of patients, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Pickleball Makes Waves In Fla. Real Estate, With Risks In Play

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    Pickleball's burgeoning popularity in Florida is catalyzing a transformation in the state's commercial real estate market, but investors must take steps to navigate legal challenges related to noise, insurance and community dynamics, says Emmanuelle Litvinov at DarrowEverett.

  • Mass. Dispute Highlights R&W Insurance Considerations

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    The progression of the litigation in a Massachusetts state court between pH Beauty and its representations and warranties insurers to the summary judgment stage offers rare insight into coverage disputes that can arise under such policies, including takeaways for buyers and sellers looking to procure adequate coverage for future transactions, say attorneys at Hunton.

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