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Featured in This Issue:
Special Report: U.S. P/C Industry Posts First Underwriting Profit Since 2009; Policyholders' Surplus Sets Record
The U.S. property/casualty industry posted its first annual underwriting profit since 2009 as continued growth in premiums, moderate weather, catastrophe losses and improved core underwriting results produced a combined ratio of 96.2 for calendar year 2013
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Also in This Issue:
Michael Young, a partner in the St. Louis office of HeplerBroom LLC whose practice focuses on insurance law and civil appellate matters, recently published an article on the DRI Today Web site about whether new exclusion endorsements filed by the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) will end the debate over CGL coverage for cyber liability and data breach claims. Read more...
Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P. partnered with Allstate Staff Counsel in Houston and Street Law, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating diverse youth about law, democracy and human rights, to administer a weeklong introduction-to-law program for AP U.S. Government students at a local high school. Read more...
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Directors and Officers Liability - How to Establish Policies, Procedures that Will Protect your Company by Nicole S. Healy
Running a business can be very complex, and it's a good idea to set clear policies and procedures for what should and shouldn't be done. Read more...
It's the Law - Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry
In Alabama, coverage was allowed for damage to an insured's "work" performed on the insured's behalf by subcontractors that is within the products-completed operation hazard. Read more...
In Brief: Most Insurers Preparing Response to Climate-Change Risk, NAIC Survey Finds
Climate risk disclosure surveys find most insurers have plans to respond to climate-change risks. The 2013 risk disclosure data on climate change regulatory activity based on 2012 data was collected in five states last year. Read more...

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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: Tue, 03 Jun 2014
Attorney Charles C. Lemley at the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C. discusses bad faith liability in the state of Florida and what insurers should be aware of.
Posted: Mon, 24 Mar 2014
Attorney David Dodge with the McCathern, PLLC law firm in Dallas, Texas discusses Oklahoma's new workers' compensation legislation, how it compares to states like Texas and the odds of similar legislation being enacted around the country.
Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2014
Attorney Sid Degan with the law firm of Degan, Blanchard & Nash in Louisiana on the complex "tri-partite relationship" that exists between attorneys, insurers and insureds and how it impacts the insurance industry.

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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.

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Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry within the Past Year:
British Columbia courtesy of Dolden Wallace Folick LLP of Vancouver, BC
Most sections of Insurance Act, SBC 2012, are now in force. Changes to the act have made it clearer and more organized. The new Limitations Act allows longer limitation on life and disability policies, but shortens the "ultimate" limitation period.
Alabama courtesy of Spain & Gillon, L.L.C. of Birmingham
In a recent case, coverage was allowed for damage to an insured's "work" performed on the insured's behalf by subcontractors that is within the products-completed operations hazard. Owners Ins. Co. v. Jim Carr Home-builder, 2014 Ala. Lexis 44, __So. 3d__ (Ala. March 28, 2014).

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