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The Third Quarter Issue Is Now Available
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Featured in This Issue:
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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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 more...
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 more...
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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 more...
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 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.

Law Digest Tables
Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry within the Past Year:
Nebraska courtesy of Lamson, Dugan and Murray, LLP of Omaha, NE
In Shada v. Farmers Ins., 286 Neb, 444, 840 N.W.2d 856 (2013) the five year statute of limitations for underinsured motorists begins to run at the date the UIM claim is denied by the carrier. This case establishes a long statute of limitations for uninsured motorists.
New York courtesy of London Fischer LLP of New York, NY
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.   Hoover v. New Holland North America, Inc., 23 N.Y.3d 41, 11 N.E.3d 693 (2014).  This case appears to modify a long standing precedent which afforded a manufacturer a defense when a subsequent modification substantially alters a product and the modification is the proximate cause of plaintiffs injuries and relieves manufacturer of liability.
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, 04 Sep 2014
Attorney Jeffrey Rapattoni, shareholder in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, discusses the burden of Medical Provider Fraud on the Insurance Industry.
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.

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