The Illinois Supreme Court weighed Wednesday whether Zurich American Insurance Co. can recoup $3 million from a subcontractor for water damage repair costs the insurer paid to a general contractor despite Zurich filing suit on behalf of a different insured.
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Ill. Justices Weigh Zurich's Right To Recover $3M Flood Loss

By Jennifer Mandato

The Illinois Supreme Court weighed Wednesday whether Zurich American Insurance Co. can recoup $3 million from a subcontractor for water damage repair costs the insurer paid to a general contractor despite Zurich filing suit on behalf of a different insured.

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Fla. Judge Won't Pause Russian Planes Coverage Suit

By Carolina Bolado

A Florida judge on Wednesday refused to pause an aircraft leasing company's coverage suit for $700 million worth of airplanes reappropriated by Russian airlines after the Ukraine war began, denying a request by some of the company's insurers to wait until litigation in the U.K. is resolved.

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Calif. Justices Debate Time To Sue To Change Insurer's Practices

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California state attorney urged the California Supreme Court on Thursday to revive a policyholder's Unfair Competition Law claim against State Farm, saying the law's four-year statute of limitation applies over an insurance law's one-year period because the policyholder is seeking a change to its claim-handling practices, not damages.

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LITIGATION

3M Says Insurers Are Dodging Coverage Of $6B Earplug Deal

By Hope Patti

3M and its subsidiary Aearo Technologies have reported difficulties getting their insurers to pay out more than $1.5 billion in coverage after the companies reached a $6 billion deal to settle multidistrict litigation alleging their combat earplugs failed to protect the hearing of service members and veterans.

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Insurer Denied Win In Leaky Window Coverage Dispute

By Hope Patti

A Kansas federal court refused to rule that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify its policyholder in a defective window installation dispute with a county board of commissioners, saying granting the insurer's request would impact the board's rights as a third-party beneficiary.

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Insurance Co. Says Ex-Underwriter 'Lured' Away Colleagues

By Hayley Fowler

An insurance brokerage and its affiliate have accused a former high-ranking company official of decamping for a competitor and encouraging colleagues to follow suit, according to a complaint designated Wednesday to North Carolina Business Court.

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Conn. Judge Doubts Restaurant's Insurance Beef Is Stale

By Brian Steele

Connecticut's chief intermediate appellate court judge appeared skeptical Wednesday of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.'s position that a restaurant is barred from suing over the denial of coverage for a worker's hand injury, suggesting that previous litigation over the worker's compensation policy has no bearing on the current suit. 

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Seattle Sues Train Cos. Over Bike Track-Crossing Suits

By Greg Lamm

The city of Seattle says two short-line railroads have breached agreements to maintain liability insurance and indemnify the city in lawsuits from cyclists injured crossing tracks along a perilous stretch of a popular bike trail, according to a complaint filed in Washington state court.

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DEALS

Skadden, Latham Lead Specialty Insurer's Upsized $128M IPO

By Tom Zanki

Private equity-backed insurer Bowhead Specialty Holdings Inc. on Wednesday priced an upsized $128 million initial public offering above its planned price range, represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and underwriters' counsel Latham & Watkin LLP, marking the first sizable insurance IPO of 2024.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

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Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Ex-Shook Hardy IP Team Joins Boies Schiller In DC

By James Boyle

Boies Schiller Flexner has beefed up its intellectual property services in Washington, D.C., with the addition of a trio of attorneys who previously practiced together for nearly a decade at Shook Hardy & Bacon, the firm announced Thursday.

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Stryker Unit And Seyfarth Attys Hit With $275K Sanctions

By Emily Sawicki

A Colorado federal judge has imposed $275,000 in sanctions jointly and severally on Stryker-owned Howmedica Osteonics Corp., along with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, for witness coaching and discovery violations in a bitter breach-of-contract dispute, amounting to roughly one-eighth of what plaintiff ORP Surgical LLC had sought.

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Ex-Judge Pushed False Narrative On Atty Romance, Firm Says

By Jake Maher

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones of Texas, who resigned last year after his secret relationship with a Jackson Walker LLP partner was revealed, attempted to head off rumors about the relationship by asking the firm to file a false, partial disclosure in 2022, the firm alleged.

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Biden Names Judicial Nominees For 1st, 6th Circuits

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden announced four new judicial nominees on Thursday, including picks for the First Circuit and the Sixth Circuit.

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BakerHostetler Faces Suit Over Murdaugh Case Work

By Madison Arnold

BakerHostetler and one of its attorneys have been slammed with a lawsuit alleging they instructed an investigative agency to withhold information on the family of Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina attorney serving a life sentence for killing his wife and son, and then refused to pay the agency its related expenses.

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DC Judge Bars Giuliani From Defaming Ga. Poll Workers

By Ali Sullivan

A D.C. federal judge has entered an injunction barring Rudy Giuliani from repeating lies that two Georgia poll workers meddled with the 2020 presidential election, resolving a second lawsuit the election workers launched after securing a $146 million judgment against the former New York City mayor.

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FirstEnergy Wants 6th Circ. To Shield Bribe-Probe Docs

By Jessica Corso

FirstEnergy Corp. is pursuing the Sixth Circuit's input into its request to shield internal investigative documents from a class of investors and from two of its indicted former executives, saying the documents contain privileged legal advice given in the wake of a $1 billion bribery scandal.

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NC Fintech Atty Sues Paymentus For Gender, Age Bias

By Emily Sawicki

A former senior corporate counsel for cloud-based billing company Paymentus Corp. has slapped her former employer with a $100,000 age and gender discrimination suit in North Carolina federal court, saying she was paid less than her male colleagues and eventually fired for complaining, only to be replaced by a much younger male attorney.

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Trump Loses 2 NY Criminal Appeals As Trial Winds Down

By Rachel Scharf

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday lost a pair of appellate challenges complaining that both the judge and jury in his ongoing New York criminal hush-money trial are biased, just a few days before closing statements in the historic case.

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Trump Atty Nears Deal To End Colo. Discipline Case

By Thy Vo

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis and Colorado's attorney discipline office said Thursday that they were finalizing a settlement in a disciplinary case over Ellis' false statements about the presidential election in Georgia, though the disciplinary judge cautioned that he is prepared to rule if he does not like the deal.

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Menendez Says Feds Can't Wield Texts About Egyptian Aid

By Carla Baranauckas

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez told a federal court that the government can't support its corruption case with text messages involving military aid to Egypt and a local businessman accused of bribing the senator, citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent excluding past legislative acts as admissible evidence.

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Ex-Staffer Of Fulton DA Testifies On Fund Misuse Allegations

By Chart Riggall

A former program manager under Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told a Georgia state legislative committee Thursday that she was banished to a file room and her work life was made a "hell" after she reported alleged misuse of federal grant funds.

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Legal Marketer, Ark. Firm Agree To End Trade Secrets Suit

By Rose Krebs

A legal marketing business has agreed to dismiss a Georgia federal lawsuit accusing an Arkansas law firm and others of stealing and profiting off its trade secrets, including a database of client leads for mass torts over talcum powder and heartburn medication.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aylstock Witkin

Baker & Hostetler

Berger Fischoff

Bloom Parham

Boies Schiller

Bradley Arant

Buckley LLP

Caplan Cobb

Clark Love & Hutson

Davis Polk

Dickie McCamey

DuBose Miller

Elliot Morgan Parsonage

Fields Howell

Gibbons PC

Glenn Agre

Hinkle Law Firm

Holland & Hart

Horvitz & Levy

Howd & Ludorf

Jackson Walker LLP

Johnson & Vines

Jones Day

Kane Russell

Karbal Cohen

Latham & Watkins

McDowell Hetherington

Moore Hill & Westmoreland

Murray Murphy

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Nielsen Zehe

Oliver Maner

Paul Hastings

Podhurst Orseck

Richards Carrington

Richilano Shea

Robbins Geller

Seeger Weiss

Seyfarth Shaw

Shook Hardy

Skadden Arps

Squire Patton

Stanley Esrey

Stranch Jennings

Sullivan & Cromwell

Tucker Ellis

Van Ness Feldman

Vinson & Elkins

Watters Wolf

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Winston & Strawn

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

3M Co.

American Arbitration Association

American International Group Inc.

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd.

Carlyle Aviation Partners Ltd.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

FirstEnergy Corp.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

KBW, Inc.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

LinkedIn Corp.

Morgan Stanley

Northeastern University

Paymentus Holdings Inc.

Renaissance Capital

Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.

Stryker Corp.

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Zurich Insurance Group AG

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Attorney General's Office

California Supreme Court

Colorado Supreme Court

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Georgia General Assembly

Illinois Supreme Court

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Ohio House of Representatives

Superior Court of Fulton County

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

United States District Court for the District of Kansas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio