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Title Firm Location/Date/Firm Name
Margaret A. Scott to Present at International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Annual Training Seminar (Troy, MI) April 8, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Henderson Franklin Announces Launch of Business and IP Blog (Fort Myers, FL) April 8, 2015
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
Miller Meets US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts (Fort Myers, FL) April 6, 2015
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt
Three Special Counsel Litigation Attorneys Join Hall & Evans (Denver, CO) April 3, 2015
Hall & Evans, L.L.C.
Dickie McCamey Welcomes Two New Attorneys (Pittsburgh, PA) March 30, 2015
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Basista Elected Leader of NAMSAP (Pittsburgh, PA) March, 2015
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Clark, Suddeth and Zeigler Receive the 2015 Leadership in Law Award
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Honors Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Lawyers
(Charleston, SC) March 23, 2014
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A
Jean Saint-Onge Named Fellow of The International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Montreal, QC) March 23, 2015
Lavery, de Billy L.L.P.
Secrest Wardle Supports National MS Society, Michigan Chapter, During National MS Awareness Week (Troy, MI) March 13, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Mark E. Morley Honored for an Outstanding Legal Career (Troy, MI) March 12, 2015
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
TLSS Expands to South Florida, Opening a New Office in Palm Beach Gardens (Hawthorne, NY) March 11, 2015
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
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Special Report: U.S. P/C Industry Expected to Produce 2nd Consecutive Underwriting Profit
The U.S. property/casualty industry is expected to post a second consecutive year of underwriting profitability in 2014, despite increased catastrophe losses and reduced benefit from favorable development of prior years' loss reserves
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We are pleased to feature Daniel W. Raab, P.A. in this issue's Member Spotlight. Daniel, an attorney in South Florida for more than 20 years, provides legal services for various commercial enterprises and has a wide range of knowledge in the areas of admiralty and transportation. He recently participated in an A.M. Best insurance law podcast and discussed a case on limitation liability on motor carriers and the impact on legal counsel and insurance companies. Read More...
 
 
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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 Utah, employee status is no longer limited to categories explicitly listed under the Governmental Immunity Act. Recent cases in Arizona define "direct primary care provider plan," address the definition of "managing general agent" and add licensing requirements for navigators and certified application counselors. In Idaho, failure to use a seat belt is admissible as evidence under certain circumstances. Read More...

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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: Mon, 16 Mar 2015
Attorney Mark Vanneste from the law firm of Secrest Wardle in Michigan, discusses the state's PIP and no-fault law pertaining to automobile accidents.

Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Attorney Ted Schaer from the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., discusses cyber liability and implementing a proper action plan when a data breach has been identified.

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015
Attorneys Eric Harrison and Caitlin Lundquist from the law firm of Methfessel & Werbel in Edison, New Jersey, discuss the exhaustion defense and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Posted: Thu, 05 Feb 2015
Attorney Charlie Lemley, from the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., discusses factors insurers should consider in deciding whether to offer independent counsel when defending an insured under a reservation of rights.

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Law DigestThe 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:
 
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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