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The Insurance Law Podcast Series examines timely and important legal issues affecting the insurance industry, from an attorney's point of view. Past topics have included regulatory compliance, sports law, negligent security and more. Subscribe to the Insurance Law Podcast series to receive an e-mail alert of our most recently posted Insurance Law Podcast.
 
   Defense Strategies against Expert Business Valuation Tactics
Posted: Tue., Jan., 23, 2018
CPAs Derek Royster and Matthew Curtis from RGL Forensics address valuation testimony, including the application of the Daubert standard in cases and the impact on claims.
Posted: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017
Attorneys Jan Simonsen and Tracy Scott from the law firm of Carr Maloney in Washington, D.C. discuss differences between negligent security and premises liability claims, and the legal standards that apply in these cases.

Posted: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017
Attorney John J. Cloherty III from the law firm of Pierce Davis & Perritano discusses how schools can defend bullying claims and the steps to take to prevent claims of this nature.

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The January 2018 Issue Is Now Available

Featured in This Issue:

Special Report: Disaster Relief Package Provides Temporary Help for the NFIP; Will Private Insurance Be Part of a Long-Term Fix?
With the NFIP already $26 billion in debt, the bill’s erasure of the $16 billion the program owes provides a temporary reprieve for its rapidly depleting emergency disaster accounts and keeps it from running out of money to pay for the anticipated deluge of claims from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Read More...

Member Spotlight - Dickinson Wright Attorney Publishes in DRI Newsletter
In September 2017, Kimberly Ruppel published an article entitled, Rejection of “Objective Evidence” of Disability as Defined by the Plan Was Arbitrary and Capricious, in the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Life, Health and Disability Newsletter.  Read More...

In the Press:  What Our Qualified Members Are Doing
Dana H. Hoffman, of the firm Young Moore and Henderson, has been named president of a National Trucking Association. Secrest Wardle partner Drew Broaddus has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section Council. Read More... 

For the Record - What Our Qualified Members Are Writing
"Carmack v. CMR – a Comparison" by Kennedys CMK attorneys Richard Furman and Christopher Chatfield provides a detailed overview of the legal position in the US for all parties with an interest in the interstate movement of cargo. Read More...

The Insurance Law Digest, updated yearly by qualified law firms, presents insurance laws for each U.S. state and several Canadian provinces. This free resource puts general insurance principles in leading case decisions at your fingertips, plus offers convenient tables summarizing parts of six popular subjects.
 
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Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry within the Past Year:
 
 
Rhode Island courtesy of Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C. of Providence
Agents and Brokers' licensing under R.I. Gen. Laws §§27-3-36 has been repealed. Licensing procedures for agents, solicitors and producers of insurance is now governed by R.I. Gen. Laws §27-2.4-1.  However, this section does not apply to surplus lines agents or brokers licensed pursuant to §27-3-38.
Kentucky courtesy of Landrum & Shouse LLP of Lexington
With regard to hospitals, the Kentucky General Assembly has waived immunity up to $250,000, exclusive of interest and costs, per claim for negligence actions filed before the Claims Commission. KRS 49.040, 49.070.
West Virginia courtesy of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC of Bridgeport
Effective January 1, 2018, insurers domiciled in West Virginia must complete an own risk and solvency assessment (ORSA) and file an ORSA summary report with the Insurance Commissioner, unless otherwise exempt. W. Va. Code §33-40B-1. An ORSA must be conducted annually as well as when there are significant risk changes involving the insurer's insurance group. W. Va. Code §33-40B-4

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