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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., Sept. 26, 2016
Attorney Tim Crawley from the law firm, Anderson Crawley & Burke in Ridgeland, Mississippi discusses the most recent developments pertaining to drone use and the latest on Federal Government regulation.
Posted:  Mon., Sept. 12, 2016
Attorneys Aaron French and Phil Graham of the firm of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. discuss why Missouri is quickly becoming a risk state for handling third party claims, and what this means for the future for insurers in the state.
Posted: Thur., Aug. 11, 2016
Attorneys Jason Taylor and Jeremy Macklin from the law firm of Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsbury LLP discuss the current status of marijuana legalization and why the issue is important to insurance carriers.

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The September 2016 Issue Is Now Available

Featured in This Issue:
Special Report: Resurgent Catastrophe Losses and Declining Investment Income Impact U.S. P/C First Quarter Results
Driven by the highest level of first quarter catastrophe losses since 2011, the underwriting results of the U.S. Property/Casualty (P/C) industry deteriorated from the prior year. The industry posted an underwriting gain of $2.1 billing for the quarter, down from $3.9 billion in the first quarter of 2015. The resulting combined ratio of 97.4 was 1.6 points than the 95.8 posted last year. Read More...

Also in This Issue:
Irwin R. Kramer of Kramer & Connolly is our Member Spotlight
Mr. Kramer is a frequent contributor to A.M. Best's Insurance Law Podcasts and recently wrote an article regarding a Maryland decision that creates a limited form of dram shop liability. Read More...

Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC Raises Thousands for MS Society
Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC (PFF) and Commercial Insurance Company recently sponsored the Second Annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament, in the firm's continuing and longstanding support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Read More...
 
For the Record - What Our Qualified Members Are Writing
"Do UIM Carriers Owe Pre-Trial Duties to their Insured?" Attorney Kevin Kennedy discusses the confusion surrounding pre-trial duties owed by a UIM carrier to a plaintiff and how to avoid potential bad faith claims when a carrier is adverse to a policyholder who has brought a UIM claim.
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Webinars - The Legal and Insurance Ramifications of Lead Injuries
A panel of legal and insurance professionals explore the sources of lead injury claims, developing liability issues, and the industry impact of lead-based claims. Read More...

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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:

Washington courtesy of Lee Smart, P.S., Inc. of Seattle
Uninsured and underinsured motorists - coverage: a causal connection exists "when the events leading up to an injury involve vehicle use, unless the vehicle is merely the coincidental location of the accident." Cert. from U.S.D.C. Kroeber v. Geico, 184 Wn.2d 925, 934, 366 P.3d 1237 (2016). Substantial revisions have also been made to the Attorney section of this digest including an explanation of the Attorney Judgment Rule as well as the Malpractice section.
North Carolina courtesy of Bailey & Dixon, LLP of Raleigh
Under N.C. Gen. Stat. §97-25.6(c)(2), an employer may communicate with the employee's authorized health care provider in writing, without the express authorization of the employee, to obtain relevant medical information not available in the employee's medical records. Hardison v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., ___N.C. App.___, 776 S.E.2d 898 (2015).
Maryland courtesy of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes of Baltimore
Spangler v. McQuitty has significantly increased the value of personal injury claims in Maryland. Until now, it was commonly believed that personal injuries would result in only one lawsuit: (1) a personal injury claim during the injured party's life; or (2) if the injury was severe enough, a wrongful death action due to the death of the injured party. It is now clear, however, that the injured party and his decedents have the right to bring both lawsuits.

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