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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, 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.

Posted: Wed, 5 Nov 2014
Attorney Chris Nadeau, from the law firm of Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP discusses a recent ruling that a primary insurer must provide its insured with independent counsel when there is a potential for an excess verdict and how those rulings impact the way an adjuster handles a claim.

Posted: Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Attorney Irwin Kramer from the law firm of Kramer & Connolly in Baltimore, Maryland, discusses the flaws with billing by the hour and suggests alternate fee arrangements between insurance companies and law firms.

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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:
 
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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Special Report: U.S. M&A Activity for P/C & Reinsurance Focuses on Global Diversification
Global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the property/casualty (P/C) and reinsurance industries continued at a steady pace in the first half of 2014. Based on A.M. Best research, 35 P/C and reinsurance deals were announced globally during the first six months of 2014
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Also in This Issue:
We are pleased to feature Ronald L. Richman in this edition's Member Spotlight. Mr. Richman is a partner in the San Francisco office of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC. Recently, the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section honored Mr. Richman with its Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award. Read This Issue Now.
 
Zarwin Baum is dedicated to serving the community through charitable and philanthropic activities. For over 50 years, the firm and its members have contributed their time, energy and economic resources to improve the quality of life in their community and its residents. Read This Issue Now.
 
For the Record - What our Listees are Writing:
Accelerated Settlement Solutions by Blackburn Group, Inc.
In this age of "instant" communication and expectations, many claim practitioners feel the added pressure of finding solutions that often are out of their immediate control. Read This Issue Now.
 
It's the Law - Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry
In Nebraska, the five-year statute of limitations for underinsured motorists begins to run at the date the UIM claim is denied by the carrier. In New York, the Court of Appeals held that a post-modification that rendered a safe product unsafe created an issue of fact on a motion for summary judgment in a design defect claim case. Read This Issue Now.
 

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