Insurance

Justices rule State Farm UIM policy ambiguous

July 26, 2016
Dave Stafford
A State Farm auto insurance policy’s language regarding uninsured motorist coverage is ambiguous, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, affirming a Lake Superior trial court’s denial of the insurer’s motion for summary judgment in a personal injury case.
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7th Circuit: Insurer must defend against pill mill lawsuit

July 25, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
An insurance company will have to defend its client pharmaceutical distributor in fending off a West Virginia lawsuit seeking restitution for the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
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COA: School’s insurance doesn’t cover student who injured teacher

July 20, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Although the Indiana Court of Appeals disagreed with parts of a trial court’s ruling in an insurance coverage dispute, the judges affirmed the ruling that the insurance policy of a school where a student injured her teacher during class is not the primary insurance in the teacher’s personal injury suit.
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COA: Law doesn’t require insurer to provide UIM coverage

July 14, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court erred by denying an insurance company’s motion for summary judgment regarding underinsured motorist coverage because a law change in 2005 no longer required it to provide that coverage.
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State Farm gets US high court hearing in Katrina billing case

June 1, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The case tests the U.S. False Claims Act, the law that lets whistle-blowers sue on behalf of the federal government and then collect a share of any funds recovered.
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Man loses home damage appeal that blamed neighbor’s watering

May 20, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man whose Monroe County home was lost to mold contamination lost his appeal of a jury verdict in favor of his neighbor. The homeowner had claimed his neighbor's excessive watering of her lawn caused water damage to the basement of his home.
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Surgery centers sue No.1 insurer UnitedHealthcare

May 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
Several Indiana surgery centers are suing the nation's largest health insurance company, claiming it violated state and federal law by failing to pay for services the centers' doctors provided to patients. In a similar lawsuit against the insurer, a key dispute is what the word "pay" means.
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Supreme Court grants transfer to insurance case

May 9, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court accepted one case out of the 24 cases up for transfer last week, a case involving a lawsuit seeking underinsured motorist coverage.
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Painkiller distributors face trials

April 20, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Insurer argues to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that it has no duty to defend in opioid prescription suit.
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Telamon suffers new setback in $5M insurance lawsuit

April 14, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
A judge has dismissed the final count in a lawsuit that Carmel-based Telamon Corp. filed against its insurers in an effort to recoup more than $5 million in losses caused by a former employee’s thievery.
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COA: Venue convenience does not trump precedence

April 13, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said convenience does not trump precedence and reversed and remanded a transfer of venue that would have taken an auto insurance complaint from Marion to Johnson County.
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Jury: Security firm not liable for $60M heist from Eli Lilly

April 5, 2016
 Associated Press
A security company isn't liable for the theft of more than $60 million worth of prescription drugs from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly's warehouse in Connecticut six years ago, a federal jury in Florida says.
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COA: Man has to abide by settlement

March 30, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man must abide with the agreement he settled on even though he had later second thoughts. The Indiana Court of Appeals found he breached a contract after he came to a settlement with an insurance company.
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Pence signs med-mal cap increase on final day

March 25, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Medical malpractice victims will be eligible for more compensation after Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill increasing the payment cap for the first time since the 1990s. The cap would increase from the current $1.25 million limit to $1.65 million next year and then to $1.8 million in 2019.
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COA: Neither party entitled to summary judgment in ‘household’ definition dispute

February 16, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals held summary judgment is inappropriate for either party in a lawsuit seeking to declare a woman who was renting a home as a member of the household of the homeowners for insurance purposes.
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Rental car insurance policy excludes UIM coverage

January 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the denial of an insurance company’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a customer injured in a car accident who had purchased optional supplemental liability protection when renting a car. The trial court incorrectly denied the company’s motion for summary judgment on the premise it did not provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage to the customer.
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Emmis sues insurer over $4M in legal fees

January 21, 2016
IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. has filed breach-of-contract suit against a New York-based insurance company for refusing to cover any of the more than $4 million in legal fees the media company accumulated in a long-running court battle with preferred shareholders.
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Driverless cars give lawyers bottomless list of defendants

December 22, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Imagine a robot car with no one behind the wheel hitting another driverless car. Who’s at fault?
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Should you get insurance on your kid's drone?

December 16, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The next wave of hobby drones will be wrapped in boxes underneath Christmas trees before they fill the skies. If industry sales projections come true, the holiday season will put tens of thousands of relative novices at the controls of small unmanned aerial vehicles in densely populated cities and suburbs. All that amateurish swooping over houses and cars, spooking pets and dodging humans, will invariably lead to cracked windows and more than a few bloody injuries.
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Insurance agents denied summary judgment in lawsuit filed after fire

December 2, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man’s lawsuit will continue against an insurance agent and his agency after they insured his rental property but then denied coverage after a fire, alleging the man misrepresented the property’s condition.
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HIP payments not negotiated; Stanley not applicable

November 19, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Medical payments made by the Healthy Indiana Plan for a woman involved in a car accident to reimburse her medical providers in full satisfaction of hospital bills were properly excluded at trial, the Court of Appeals held Thursday. The trial court correctly ruled that those payments are barred by the collateral source statute and that Stanley v. Walker does not apply.
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Heft not enough to justify insurer deals, top DOJ lawyer says

November 16, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Health companies saying they need to consolidate to preserve their heft when negotiating with service providers isn’t enough to justify mergers, a top U.S. antitrust enforcer said Friday in comments that could hint at the Justice Department’s thinking on two major health insurance deals.
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Prosecutors indict 36 in alleged insurance fraud scheme

November 11, 2015
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have indicted 36 people in an insurance fraud scheme alleging that they staged car crashes and filed false insurance claims.
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Woman failed to file lawsuit within 3-year period as required by contract

October 29, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A woman was required under her insurance policy to file a lawsuit to recover underinsured motorist coverage within three years of the car accident, and because she did not, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in her favor on the issue.
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Health law penalty on uninsured getting stiffer

October 19, 2015
 Associated Press
The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact to help drive its new pitch for health law sign-ups.
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  1. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

  4. And with a whimpering hissy fit the charade came to an end ... http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-against-all-remaining-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/ WHISTLEBLOWERS are needed more than ever in a time such as this ... when politics trump justice and emotions trump reason. Blue Lives Matter.

  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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