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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:
 
Alaska courtesy of Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC of Anchorage
A recent case overrules prior precedent that had permitted defendants to have ex parte communications with a plaintiff’s treating doctor. Harrold-Jones v. Drury, 422 P.3d 568 (2018). This will impact insurance industry by limiting the nature of permissible discovery from a plaintiff’s/claimant’s treating physicians.
New Brunswick courtesy of Canty Lutz Delaquis Grant of St. John
Effective 1/1/18, The Local Governance Act, SNB 2017 c 18 replaces the Municipalities Act. This legislation impacts the limitation period involving actions against local governments for damages from failure to maintain sidewalks and other public spaces. Governments must be notified of accidents within 90 days of an event, or Plaintiffs' claims will be barred subject to exceptions.
Colorado courtesy of Murr, Siler & Accomazzo, PC of Denver
State Farm v. Fisher,  418 P.3d 501 (Colo. 2018)  held that under §10-3-1115, C.R.S. (2017), insurers have a duty not to unreasonably delay or deny payment of covered benefits, even though other components of an insured’s claim may still be in dispute.
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. Subscribe to the Insurance Law Podcast series to receive an e-mail alert of our most recently posted Insurance Law Podcast.
 
    Vehicle Modification and the Impact on Claims
Posted: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018
Expert Service Provider Dan Thompson of DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies discusses vehicle modifications in the US and Canada, the cost issues, and the impact they have on insurance claims.
   Emerging Global Cyber Ransom Threats Require a Strategic Response from the C-Suite
Posted: Tue., July 31, 2018
Attorneys Ed Lewis from Weightmans LLP in the U.K., David Mackenzie from Blaney McMurtry LLP in Canada and David Shannon with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in the U.S. discuss emerging cyber threats and and the expansion of regulatory risk under GDPR and Canada's PIPEDA.
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   The Safe Sport Authorization Act and Protecting Young Victims
Posted: Thur., June 21, 2018
Attorney Alan S. Goldberger discusses Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act; who is impacted by the law, types of insurance coverages and potential impact on claims.

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