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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: Wed, 17 Dec 2014
Attorney Dan Raab from the Daniel W. Raab, P.A. law firm in Miami, Florida discusses a recent case on limitation liability on motor carriers and the impact on legal counsel and insurance companies.

Posted: Tue, 09 Dec 2014
Attorney Kay Fuller from the law firm of Martin & Seibert, L.C. discusses medical protective orders and the challenges they raise for defense counsel and insurance companies.

Posted: Wed, 02 Dec 2014
Attorney Brian Barr from the law firm of Cooper Levenson, P.A., discusses the practice, pointers and pitfalls of third-party bad faith claims in New Jersey.
Posted: Tue, 18 Nov 2014
Attorneys Jared Schure and Vivian Lekkas from the law firm of Methfessel & Werbel in Edison, New Jersey discuss liability under the New Jersey law against discrimination.

Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014
Attorney Geoff Haddad of Martin & Seibert, L.C., discusses faulty workmanship as an occurrence under commercial general liability policies.

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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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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:
Montana courtesy of Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson of Butte, MT
In Metro Aviation, Inc. v. U.S., 371 Mont. 64, 305 P.3d 832 (2013), the court answered a certified question as to whether Montana's comparative negligence statute authorizes a tortfeasor to settle with a claimant or litigant and subsequently pursue contribution from a joint tortfeasor. The Court held that a subsequent claim for contribution is barred under the statute. This impacts insurers by discouraging settlement in any matter where a third party's negligence is at issue. The third party must be brought into the matter before the insurer settles with the claimant or plaintiff if the insurer wishes to attempt to obtain contribution from the third party.
Oregon courtesy of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC of Portland, OR
New precedents have been set with regard to cooperation of insured. An insured cannot condition its obligation to cooperate with its insurer after a loss on requiring the insurer to enter into a confidentiality agreement. Safeco Ins. Co. of Oregon v. Masood, 264 Or App 173, 2014 WL 2978311 (2014).
Ontario courtesy of McMillan LLP of Toronto, ON
The following sections have been significantly expanded: Accidental Means; Bad Faith Claims; Fraud; Limitation of Rights and Time for Commencement of Action (Limitation Periods); Privileged Communications; and Waiver and Estoppel.  A new section entitled "Damages" has been added containing information in respect of compensatory damages, damages for mental distress, aggravated damages, and punitive damages.  Smaller supplements appear in the sections entitled "Disability", "Fire Insurance", and "Liability Insurance".
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Title Firm Location/Date/Firm Name
Miller Elected Stockholder at Henderson Franklin (Fort Myers, FL) December 17, 2014
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
Secrest Wardle Partner Supports Operation Give Foundation (Troy, MI) Dec. 16, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Henderson Franklin Elects Barritt as Stockholder (Fort Myers, FL) December 15, 2014
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
Secrest Wardle Paralegal Receives American Numismatic Association Presidential Award (Troy, MI) Dec. 11, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Employment Lawyer Suzanne Boy Elected President of Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida (Fort Myers, FL) December 11, 2014
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
Secrest Wardle Featured in 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition (Troy, MI) Dec. 1, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Recent News from Ropers Majeski (Redwood City, CA) Nov. 2014
Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley
Jablonski Receives AV Rating from Peers (Fort Myers, FL) Nov. 12, 2014
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
Secrest Wardle Selected Among Top Workplaces for 2014! (Troy, MI) Nov. 11, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Recognized as 2015 Top Law Firm by US News - Best Lawyers (Charleston, SC) Nov. 8, 2014
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Corso to Discuss the "Rise of the Drones" at Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fort Myers, FL) Nov. 4, 2014
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
The McKay Firm Named to Best Law Firm in America Listing
Midlands Law Firm Recognized for Workers' Compensation Law
(Columbia, SC) Nov. 3, 2014
McKay, Cauthen, Settana & Stubley, P.A.
Secrest Wardle Named to List of 2015 "Best Law Firms" (Troy, MI) Nov. 3, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder ranked in 2015 "Best Law Firms" (Cleveland, OH) Nov. 3, 2014
Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.

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