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14 ABA Journal Insurance Defense articles.

GEICO gets chance to fight $5.2M award for STD contracted in insured car

The GEICO General Insurance Co. should have been given a chance to intervene before a trial judge confirmed a $5.2 million arbitration award to a woman who contracted a sexually transmitted disease during car sex, the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled.

Lawyer used deceptive ‘mobile claim center’ to solicit Hurricane Ian clients, Florida Bar alleges

A lawyer is denying allegations that she solicited Hurricane Ian clients using a truck designed to look like an operation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or a state-run site. The lawyer said the Florida Bar’s petition for her emergency suspension is based on “a clear misunderstanding of the underlying facts and circumstances in this matter.”

How do you calculate damages in injury trials? Longtime expert witness reveals methodology

Estimating what the future would have looked like if an accident had never occurred can seem more like a thought experiment than a scientific process. But there’s a science behind it, says Michael Shahnasarian.

Baker & Hostetler helped client conceal ‘blatant insurance fraud,’ suit alleges

A bankruptcy trustee has filed a lawsuit alleging that Baker & Hostetler helped a client commit “blatant insurance fraud" and cause several companies to wrongly pay more than $100 million in rebates to pharmacy benefit managers that managed patients' insurance.

Lawyer is still entitled to disability benefits for depression linked to law practice, 6th Circuit rules

A former Traverse City, Michigan, personal injury lawyer is entitled to continued monthly payments under his disability insurance policy because of evidence that his recurrent depression makes him unable to work as a trial attorney, a federal appeals court has ruled.

How the decision overturning Roe v. Wade affects insurance coverage for abortions and related litigation

Insurance companies are facing new legal issues after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that there is no constitutional right to abortion.

GEICO can’t relitigate $5.2M award for car-sex STD after refusing to defend car owner, appeals court rules

GEICO had no right to relitigate a $5.2 million arbitration award to a woman who contracted a sexually transmitted disease in a car insured by the company, a Missouri appeals court has ruled.

Litigants claiming GEICO auto policy covers STD from car sex can’t proceed anonymously, judge rules

A car owner and his sexual partner can’t keep their names secret in litigation over their claim that GEICO’s auto and umbrella policies cover damages for a sexually transmitted disease contracted during sex in the insured car.

Legal malpractice payouts are the highest on record, insurance broker reports

Payouts for legal malpractice claims are at an all-time high, according to a new survey by insurance broker Ames & Gough. Ames & Gough surveyed 11 leading legal malpractice insurers about claims paid from 2019 to the middle of 2020.

Claim denied: A lawyer’s musings on the shortcomings of insurance

As lawyers, many of us either fight insurance companies or represent them. Sue or defend, we are all connected with insurance by buying it. When did the concept of insurance start?

Lawyer accused of threat to have opposing counsel’s ‘rear end sanctioned’ faces ethics complaint

A Florida insurance defense lawyer is accused of unprofessional conduct toward opposing attorneys and a litigant, including a threat to have an opposing counsel’s “rear end sanctioned” over objections made during a deposition.

Man accused of staging crashes is shot and killed; indictment suggests more charges coming

A New Orleans man accused of staging crashes with 18-wheeler trucks was shot and killed last Tuesday, just four days after his indictment.

Why the increase in malpractice risk? Lawyers for plaintiffs point to trial lawyering, bill padding

Two lawyers who handle malpractice cases are pointing to two possible reasons why BigLaw is facing increasing malpractice risks.

Do people really try to take the rap for someone else’s criminal charges?

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