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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.
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Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Attorney Ted Schaer from the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., discusses cyber liability and implementing a proper action plan when a data breach has been identified.

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015
Attorneys Eric Harrison and Caitlin Lundquist from the law firm of Methfessel & Werbel in Edison, New Jersey, discuss the exhaustion defense and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Posted: Thu, 05 Feb 2015
Attorney Charlie Lemley, from the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., discusses factors insurers should consider in deciding whether to offer independent counsel when defending an insured under a reservation of rights.
Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2015
Attorneys Edward Radzik and Lori Quinn, from the law firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, discuss the American Rule on the allocation of attorneys' fees and how it applies in maritime cases.

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Title Firm Location/Date/Firm Name
Vernis & Bowling of Broward Obtains Important 4th DCA Victory Regarding Social Media Discovery (North Palm Beach, FL) Feb. 25, 2015
Vernis & Bowling of Palm Beach, P.A.
Five Secrest Wardle Partners Named to Hour Detroit 2015 List of "The Top Women Attorneys in Michigan" (Troy, MI) February 26, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Clausen Miller P.C. Names Three Attorneys to Partner and Two New Shareholders (Chicago, IL) February 26, 2015
Clausen Miller P.C.
Dickie McCamey Welcomes Back Real Estate and Energy Attorney (Pittsburgh, PA) February 19, 2015
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Fort Myers Litigation Attorney Bruce Stanley Achieves 30 Year Milestone of Legal Expertise (Fort Myers, FL) February 18, 2015
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
News from Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley - Wrangling with Whether and When Actual Trial Begins (Redwood City, CA) February 2015
Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley
Jazwinski and Warhola to Lead Dickie McCamey's Real Estate Practice Group (Pittsburgh, PA) February 12, 2015
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson Attorneys Receive Recognition by Best Lawyers,  Louisiana Super Lawyers and The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC)
(Baton Rouge, LA) February 11, 2015
Zarwin Baum March Madness Takes Place, Thursday, March 19th (Philadelphia, PA) February 4, 2015
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C.
Dickie McCamey Strengthens Its Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Practice (Pittsburgh, PA) February 4, 2015
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Dickie McCamey Continues to Build Its South Carolina Legal Team /
Dickie McCamey Begins the New Year by Expanding Its Real Estate Practice Group
(Pittsburgh, PA) February 2, 2015
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Executive Partner James R. Bradley to Speak at Michigan Chapter Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Event (Troy, MI) January 28, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Medicare Compliance Online Referral Form /
Newest Member of DMC's Medicare Compliance Team
(Pittsburgh, PA) January 28, 2015
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Secrest Wardle Senior Partner and Co-Managing Partner Mark E. Morley Featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly Article (Troy, MI) January 27, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Partner Sarah L. Walburn Contributes Chapter to ICLE Michigan Law of Damages and Other Remedies, Third Edition (Troy, MI) January 26, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.

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Law DigestThe Law Digest serves as a summary of the insurance laws for each state and the Canadian Provinces. Our aim is to provide a reference source for each state and province that covers some of the general insurance principles in leading case decisions. We search for law firms that are of excellent reputation and sufficient size to undertake and fulfill the responsibility of revising the laws.

Law Digest Tables
Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry within the Past Year:
Utah courtesy of Plant, Christensen & Kanell, P.C. of Salt Lake City
Employee status is no longer limited to categories explicitly listed under Governmental Immunity Act. More agents of governmental agencies may be entitled to governmental immunity. Mallory v. BYU, 2014 UT 27. Injuries can be apportioned to all pre-existing conditions, but the defendant bears burden of proof. Harris v. Shopko Stores, 2013 UT 34, 308 P.3d 449..
Arizona courtesy of Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. of Phoenix, AZ
Accident and Health Insurance -- A.R.S. §§20-123, 44-1799.91 et seq. Defines "direct primary care provider plan" and clarifies it is not insurance; Adjusters -- A.R.S. §20-321 - Changes the definition and licensing requirement of adjusters; Agents and Brokers -- A.R.S. §§20-311, 20-336 et seq. - Changes the definition of managing general agent and adds licensing requirements for navigators and certified application counselors; Delivery -- A.R.S. §20-239 - Permits electronic delivery of notices and documents required in transaction or evidencing coverage; Privileged Communications -- A.R.S. §§20-3301, -3302 - Creates privilege for insurance self-evaluative audit documents.
Idaho courtesy of Elam & Burke, P.A. of Boise, ID
Failure to use a seat belt is admissible as evidence if the defendant can show by clear and convincing evidence that the claimant's failure to wear a safety restraint was a contributing cause of the particular injury or damage sustained by the claimant. I.C. § 6–1608.
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Special Report: U.S. Workers' Compensation Results Sustain Recent Improvement
The workers' compensation industry's results continued a favorable trend in 2013, marking the third consecutive year of improvement in underwriting performance. The industry's combined ratio declined to 98.6, an 11.7-point decrease from 2012 and the lowest calendar-year combined ratio since 2006
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We are pleased to feature the firm Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP in this issue's Member Spotlight. Chris Nadeau, an associate in the Chicago office, recently participated in an A.M. Best insurance law podcast and discussed the expanding duties of a primary insurer when there is a potential for an excess verdict. Read More....
Krystal D. Hermiz, a partner with the firm Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C. in Troy, MI, recently attended the In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit. Secrest Wardle sponsored Ms. Hermiz in her participation at the summit. Ms. Hermiz, a first-generation Chaldean American, is actively involved in community efforts to help Christians in Iraq who are displaced by the present violence. Read More...
For the Record - What our Listees are Writing:
Browse recent articles by our listees on what's hot in workers' comp, updates on insurance, construction defect and commercial auto law, potential issues related to manual door closers and other topics. Read More...
It's the Law - Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry
In Montana, the court answered a certified question on whether the state's comparative negligence statute authorizes a tortfeasor to settle with a claimant or litigant and subsequently pursue contribution from a joint tortfeasor. In Oregon, new precedents have been set with regard to cooperation of insured. In Ontario, several sections have been significantly expanded. Read More....

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