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The November 2017 Issue Is Now Available

Featured in This Issue:

Best Briefing: Hurricane Irma Tests Newer Participants in Florida Market
Hurricane Irma will be remembered as one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm was weaker than initial estimates, but will still test the infrastructure and the financial wherewithal of concentrated writers. Read More...

Member Spotlight - Young Moore and Henderson Shareholder Named President of a National Trucking Association
Dana H. Hoffman was recently elected President of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). She assumed the role on October 26, 2017, at the association's 25th Annual Seminar in Las Vegas.  Read More...

For the Record - What Our Qualified Members Are Writing
"Quantifying Losses after a Hurricane," by Robbye Mohn of RGL Forensics; "Proposals for Settlement are Powerful Weapons, But Make Sure You Don't Shoot Yourself (and Your Client) in the Foot," by Karen Vallejo of Luks & Santaniello LLC. Read More...

Webinars - What This Year's Catastrophes Revealed About Real-World Claims Handling Adjusters and other claims professionals examine the claims response to recent storms, including the role of drones, sensors, new data sources and other tools to gather data, investigate cases and adjust claims. Read More...

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.
 

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.
Posted: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017
Attorneys Jennifer Parrott and Melody Kiella of the law firm Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP in Atlanta, GA address the impact of electronic data devices on defense litigation and their effect on future trucking cases.

Posted: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Attorney Al Goldberger discusses active areas of risk in interscholastic sports and how carriers are responding to claims involving injuries resulting from assaults and other intentional acts.

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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:
 
 
Kansas courtesy of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A. of Kansas City
Assumption of risk as a complete bar to recovery is no longer sound as an affirmative defense. Simmons v. Porter, 298 Kan. 299, 312 P.3d 345 (2013). Adoption of comparative fault doctrine abrogates assumption of risk doctrine. K.S.A. 60-258a.
Alabama courtesy of Gray & Associates, L.L.C. of Birmingham
Hospitals - In Ex parte Alfa, No. 1141343, 2017 WL 1533374 (Ala. Apr. 28, 2017), the Alabama Supreme Court, overruling a prior precedent, ruled that hospitals are not entitled to an automatic recovery of the full amount of a lien resulting from impairment of any magnitude. Instead, a party that impairs a hospital lien is responsible only for the amount of the impairment.
Washington courtesy of Lee Smart, P.S., Inc. of Seattle
In a recent decision, adjusters are subject to liability for negligence to insureds under the third-party beneficiary of contract theory. Merriman v. Amer. Guarantee, 198 Wn. App. 594, 396 P.3d 351 (2017).

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