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Title Firm Location/Date/Firm Name
Partner Sarah L. Walburn Contributes Chapter to ICLE Michigan Law of Damages and Other Remedies, Third Edition (Troy, MI) January 26, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Zarwin Baum Welcomes New Shareholder Alan Wohlstetter (Philadelphia, PA) January 23, 2015
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C.
Partner Sarah L. Walburn to Speak at Michigan Judicial Institute Judicial Seminar (Troy, MI) January 23, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
McKay Firm Partner Recognized for Leadership in Law
Partner Kelli Sullivan Selected as 2015 Honoree
(Columbia, SC) January 22, 2015
Enservio to Present Best Practices for Valuing Portable Power Tools (Needham, MA) January 20, 2015
17 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2014 Legal Elite (Norfolk, VA) January 13, 2015
Vandeventer Black LLP
Marshall Dennehey Expands Health Care Practice In Ohio (Philadelphia, PA) January 12, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Secrest Wardle 2014 "Casual Fridays" Charity Sponsorship Ends the Year on a Helpful Note! (Troy, MI) January 7, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Marshall Dennehey Announces New Leadership of Casualty Department (Philadelphia, PA) January 5, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Marshall Dennehey Announces New Shareholders, Senior Counsel & Special Counsel (Philadelphia, PA) January 5, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Secrest Wardle Welcomes Two Associate Attorneys (Troy, MI) Jan. 6, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.

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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:
Utah courtesy of Plant, Christensen & Kanell, P.C. of Salt Lake City
Employee status is no longer limited to categories explicitly listed under Governmental Immunity Act. More agents of governmental agencies may be entitled to governmental immunity. Mallory v. BYU, 2014 UT 27. Injuries can be apportioned to all pre-existing conditions, but the defendant bears burden of proof. Harris v. Shopko Stores, 2013 UT 34, 308 P.3d 449..
Arizona courtesy of Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. of Phoenix, AZ
Accident and Health Insurance -- A.R.S. §§20-123, 44-1799.91 et seq. Defines "direct primary care provider plan" and clarifies it is not insurance; Adjusters -- A.R.S. §20-321 - Changes the definition and licensing requirement of adjusters; Agents and Brokers -- A.R.S. §§20-311, 20-336 et seq. - Changes the definition of managing general agent and adds licensing requirements for navigators and certified application counselors; Delivery -- A.R.S. §20-239 - Permits electronic delivery of notices and documents required in transaction or evidencing coverage; Privileged Communications -- A.R.S. §§20-3301, -3302 - Creates privilege for insurance self-evaluative audit documents.
Idaho courtesy of Elam & Burke, P.A. of Boise, ID
Failure to use a seat belt is admissible as evidence if the defendant can show by clear and convincing evidence that the claimant's failure to wear a safety restraint was a contributing cause of the particular injury or damage sustained by the claimant. I.C. § 6–1608.
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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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Posted: Tue, 06 Jan 2015
Attorney Ed Thornton, from the law firm of Methfessel & Werbel in Edison, New Jersey, discusses the evolution of the mode of operation and the underwriting issues for insurance companies.

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.

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