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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:
Pennsylvania courtesy of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin of Philadelphia
In Webb-Benjamin, Ltd. v. International Rug Group, Ltd., 2018 Pa. Super. Lexis 742 (June 28, 2018), the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that general personal jurisdiction exists over any corporation that is registered to do business in Pennsylvania pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S. §5301. With this decision, the mere registration to do business in the state confers general jurisdiction and dramatically expands the ability of corporations to be sued in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in Pennsylvania and thus increases insurers' exposure.
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.
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.
   Toxicology: A Small Dose of Science for Attorneys and Insurance Claims Professionals
Posted: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018
Expert Service Provider Dr. Allison Muller from Acri Muller Consulting, LLC discusses the impact of toxicology on legal cases and common pitfalls that attorneys should be aware of when looking at test results.
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    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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