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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. Subscribe to the Insurance Law Podcast series to receive an e-mail alert of our most recently posted Insurance Law Podcast.
 
Posted:  Thur., February 16, 2017
Attorneys Drew Broaddus and Nathan Edmonds from the Secrest Wardle firm with offices in Troy, Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan discuss recent motor vehicle litigation and how it's impacting transportation network companies, autonomous vehicles and insurance claims in their state.

Posted: Fri., January 13, 2017
Dan Thompson, certified life care planner, vocational expert and president of DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies, Ltd., discusses anticipated changes to health care and how they might affect planners' work with courts and attorneys to construct life plans for injured plaintiffs.

Posted: Mon., November 14, 2016
Dan Finn, Owner of Finn Financial Group discusses a nonphysical injury and how this type of structured settlement differs from a traditional structured settlement in claims resolutions.

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The 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:
 
 
California courtesy of Smith Smith & Feeley LLP of Newport Beach
New sections have been added to this digest. "Commercial Insurance" includes discussion of cancellation and limitation where insured a nonprofit organization. "Cyber/Internet Law covers requirements of notification of security breach. "Electronic Insurance Documents" also discussed.
Florida courtesy of Colodny Fass of Fort Lauderdale
In Castellanos v. Next Door, 192 So.3d 431 (Fla. 2016) the Florida Supreme Court ruled the statutory worker's compensation cap is unconstitutional. This means that courts now have the discretion to determine on a case-by-case basis whether the attorney fee is reasonable. A 14% rate increase is expected to go into effect as a result.
New York courtesy of London Fischer LLP of New York
Labor Law §§240(1), and 241(6), have been impacted by Albino v. 221-23 West 82 Owners Corp., 142 A.D.3d 799 (1st Dep't 2016) with respect to defeating a summary judgment. This case supports insurers that issue commercial general liability policies to contractors and property owners that have construction work being performed. It also provides guidance to contractors on how to minimize exposure in cases that arise from alleged gravity related risks.

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The January 2017 Issue Is Now Available

Featured in This Issue:

Special Report: A.M. Best Increases Estimate for Net Ultimate Asbestos Losses to $100 Billion
A.M. Best has raised its estimate of net ultimate asbestos losses for the U.S. property/casualty (P/C) industry to $100 billion, an increase of $15 billion over the previous estimate. Continuing historical trend, the industry has paid out more losses than incurred since 2006. Read More...

Member Spotlight - Greenberg Traurig P.A.
Recently, two Greenberg Traurig shareholders, Fred E. Karlinsky and Lori S. Nugent, participated in an A.M. Best webinar, "Understanding the Changing Legal Implications of Cyber Liability." Read More...

For the Record - What Our Qualified Members Are Writing
"Florida's Claims Administration Statute—How to Successfully Assert a Coverage Defense," by Vicki Lambert of Luks & Santaniello LLC. Read More...

Webinars - Hammering on Construction Liability
Register for our February 1 webinar, in which a panel of industry experts will examine the increasing complexity of the building industry. Building is up across the nation, but jobs have gotten more complex, with more of the work being outsourced and compartmentalized. This has led to a mesh of claims and cross-claims involving subcontractors, engineering firms, consulting firms and others. The panel will discuss how to head off misunderstandings and what court decisions are saying about the future of construction liability. Read More...


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