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652 ABA Journal Insurance Law articles.

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Supreme Court to consider cases accusing US of shorting health insurers $12B in promised payments

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Congress must fulfill a statutory promise to pay insurers who lost money by participating in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces.

SCOTUS overrules precedent in state immunity case; Breyer wonders what cases are next to fall

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme overruled precedent and held 5-4 that, absent consent, states can’t be sued by private parties in the courts of another state.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote…

Relaxation of contraception coverage mandate for employers blocked by 2 federal judges

Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania have issued injunctions blocking the Trump administration from relaxing the requirement for many employers to provide contraception coverage.

In the more recent decision, U.S.…

State Farm to pay $250M to settle suit claiming it orchestrated win of justice who voted its way
State Farm has agreed to pay $250 million to settle a class action claiming the insurer created a RICO enterprise to secretly fund the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, who later voted to overturn a $1.05 billion verdict against the Bloomington, Illinois-based company.
Amended suit by NRA says New York crackdown has led to financial hardship
The National Rifle Association has filed an amended lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that contends the state has caused financial hardship by discouraging banks and insurers from doing business with the organization.
South Carolina requires insurers to have plans safeguarding customer data
Less than a year from now, insurers doing business in South Carolina will be required to have a “comprehensive information security program” that protects consumer data.
Will insurance cover people who lost homes to Kilauea volcano?
Homeowners who lost their homes because of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano may not be covered for the loss, even if they have insurance.
Paralegal injured playing softball for law firm team isn’t entitled to workers’ comp, court rules
The executive director of the Delaware law firm Morris James thought softball was so important to team building that she asked job candidates whether they played. She was the softball coach, after all.
The dangers of digital things: Self-driving cars steer proposed laws on robotics and automation

Increased reliance on robotics, artificial intelligence and automation tests whether laws and regulations designed to protect those humans are sufficient or whether new laws are necessary.

Health-care workers with moral or religious objections have support of new HHS division

The Department of Health and Human Services has a new division to help protect health-care workers with moral or religious objections to providing certain types of care.

The agency’s website…

Judge denies emergency order to force government payment of health insurer subsidies
A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to issue an emergency order requiring the Trump administration to continue paying insurer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
Trump to end insurers’ subsidies after signing order relaxing health insurance requirements for some
Updated: President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to consider rules that expand the ability of small businesses and groups to band together to offer health care coverage that is not subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
SEC alleges general counsel aided Ponzi scheme, approved misleading ads
The Securities and Exchange Commission is alleging that a corporate general counsel participated in a Ponzi scheme that targeted naïve investors in ads that sometimes ran on the Rush Limbaugh Show.
More employers can exclude birth control coverage under ACA based on moral or religious grounds
More employers can exempt themselves from providing contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act as a result of new regulations issued on Friday that accommodate moral as well as religious objections.

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