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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:
Maryland courtesy of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes of Baltimore
The Court of Appeals of Maryland has stated that the Court will not expand exclusions to insurance policies beyond those explicitly enumerated by the General Assembly. Md. Ins. Admin. v. State Farm Auto. Ins. Co., 451 Md. 323, 345-6 (2017).
California courtesy of Smith Smith & Feeley LLP of Newport Beach
The California digest has been recently updated. For purposes of commercial general liability policy, "occurrence" includes insured employer's alleged negligence in hiring, retaining or supervising employee who intentionally injures third-party claimant. Liberty Surplus v. Ledesma & Meyer, ___ Cal. 5th ___, 233 Cal. Rptr. 3rd 47 (2018). Also, an insurer may not rescind a policy based on an insured's answers to ambiguous questions in application for insurance. Duarte v. Pacific Specialty, 13 Cal. App. 5th 45, 220 Cal. Rptr. 3rd 170 (2017).
Idaho courtesy  of Elam & Burke, P.A. of Boise
A number of changes to Idaho Codes have impacted the insurance industry. The amendment to I.C. § 49-117(20) raises amounts when proving ability to respond in damages for liability. Amendment to I.C. § 18-8002A provides an additional requirement when failing to request a hearing or failing to prevail at a hearing with respect to evidentiary testing for alcohol or other intoxicating substances. This amendment additionally requires a person to install a state approved ignition interlock system on all motor vehicles that person operates for one year following the suspension of that person’s license.
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.
   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.
    How Social Media is Changing Insurance Claims Subrogation
Posted: Wed., May 30, 2018
Attorneys Jason Sullivan and Rebecca Wright from the Rathbone Group, LLC law firm discuss the effect that social media is having on subrogation matters and potential impact on claims.
    Hurricane Harvey's Impact on Insurance Claims
Posted: Wed., May 16, 2018
Attorney Laura Grabouski from the law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC examines the impact of Hurricane Harvey and how insurance claims in Texas were settled and litigated.

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