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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.
   Managing the Expense of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Discovery Claims - Episode #147
Posted: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018
Attorney John J. Cloherty, III from the law firm Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP discusses what types of cases typically involve electronically stored information (ESI) discovery, how they are impacting claims and mitigating related expenses.
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   How Expert Witnesses Should Handle Attempts to Ghostwrite Reports and the Impact on Liability Claims
Posted: Thur., Oct. 25, 2018
Expert Service Provider Dr. Janine McCartney from HHC Services, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania discusses why experts are sometimes approached to endorse or accept ghostwritten reports, why this practice is typically considered illegal and unethical, and why it has become an issue.
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   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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Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry within the Past Year:
Virginia courtesy of Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC of Vienna
Although Virginia Code § 8.01-66.1 also applies to uninsured motorist insurance, an insurance company does not act in bad faith by refusing to pay an uninsured motorist claim before the insured obtains a judgment against the tortfeasor. Manu v. GEICO Cas. Co., __ Va. __, 798 S.E.2d 598, 607 (2017).
Texas courtesy of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P. of Dallas
In re National Lloyds Ins. Co., 532 S.W.3d 794 (Tex. 2017) extended work product privilege to cover billing records where a party is not making a claim for attorney fees. This decision provides greater protection of the insurer's litigation decisions as permitting disclosure would serve as a roadmap of how the insurer plans to litigate not only this particular case but all of its related cases.
Alabama courtesy of Gray & Associates, L.L.C. of Birmingham 
UM/UIM carriers should be vigilant to raise a defense quickly. In a 2017 case, a carrier received notice that the insured settled with a tortfeasor on the day before trial. But the carrier did not raise the defense until a post-trial motion. The court held that the carrier waived the defense. Travelers Indem. v. Worthington, 252 So. 3d 645 (Ala. 2017).

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