Attorneys for a Sunoco subsidiary and AIG offered sharply differing views to Hawaii's top court Tuesday in oral arguments over whether reckless behavior would trigger the oil company's liability coverage in a novel suit over coverage for underlying climate change claims.
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'Reckless' Behavior Centered In Climate Coverage Suit Args

By Eli Flesch

Attorneys for a Sunoco subsidiary and AIG offered sharply differing views to Hawaii's top court Tuesday in oral arguments over whether reckless behavior would trigger the oil company's liability coverage in a novel suit over coverage for underlying climate change claims.

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Condo's Historic Location Doesn't Bar Bombing Coverage

By Abraham Gross

The insurer for a Nashville, Tennessee, condominium owners association cannot use a historic structures exclusion to dodge covering the repair costs associated with damage caused by a bombing on Christmas Day 2020, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

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Insurers Must Keep Defending Heating Oil Co. In Class Suit

By Hope Patti

Two Crum & Forster units must continue defending a heating oil company and several executives in a class action claiming the company provided oil with elevated levels of biodiesel that caused property damage, a Massachusetts federal court ruled, saying the policies' "failure to supply" provisions do not limit or exclude coverage.

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LITIGATION

AIG Unit Says Exclusions Bar Pet Supply Co.'s BIPA Claims

By Jennifer Mandato

An AIG unit has told a Michigan federal court a pet supply store isn't owed defense for an underlying class action brought by employees alleging the store violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, maintaining that a "recording and distribution" exclusion and "employment-related practices exclusion" were triggered.

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Insurer Countersues In Penile Implant Coverage Dispute

By Hope Patti

An insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify a urologist, his medical device company or his practice in a proposed class action over a penile enlargement implant and procedure, the company told a California federal court, saying the underlying suit doesn't seek bodily injury damages that would trigger coverage.

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PEOPLE

Wilson Elser Hires 2 McElroy Deutsch Partners In Denver

By Tracey Read

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP has hired four attorneys from McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, including two insurance coverage and defense litigation partners, for its Denver office.

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The 2 Attys Ensnared In A NJ Mogul's Racketeering Rap

By George Woolston

New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III may be the alleged mastermind of a racketeering scheme to reap millions in tax credits on waterfront property in a distressed city, but the explosive indictment also reveals the purported roles of two attorneys with close ties to the Democratic Party.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Insurers Have A Ch. 11 Voice Following High Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Gypsum — which reaffirmed a broad definition of "party in interest" — will give insurers, particularly in mass tort Chapter 11 bankruptcies, more opportunity to protect their interests and identify problems with reorganization plans, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

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Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

19 Dem AGs Urge Law Group, Others To Ignore DEI Detractors

By Aebra Coe

A coalition of 19 Democratic state attorneys general issued a letter Thursday rebutting criticism of diversity, equity and inclusion programs within the American Bar Association, Fortune 100 corporations and law firms.

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Trump Calls For Engoron's Recusal In Civil Fraud Case

By Dorothy Atkins

Former President Donald Trump and other defendants fighting a $465 million civil fraud judgment called on New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron to recuse himself Thursday in light of a once-suspended real estate attorney's recent judicial misconduct claims, which have since sparked a judicial investigation.

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GOP Sens. Get Tough On 6th Circ. Nominee's History

By Courtney Bublé

Republican senators hammered Sixth Circuit nominee Karla M. Campbell, of counsel at Stranch Jennings & Garvey PLLC, during a hearing on Thursday about her political donations, past advisory roles and the process by which she was nominated.

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Brief

House Dems Ask Chief Justice To Say How He'll Review Ethics

By Courtney Bublé

Two top Democrats on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee asked Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday how he's working to address the "glaring episodes" of ethical improprieties on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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SEC Official Seeks To Ease Concerns Over Cybersecurity Rule

By Lauren Berg

The director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's corporation finance division reassured public companies on Thursday that the agency's recently adopted rule requiring them to make certain disclosures regarding material cybersecurity incidents does not prohibit them from sharing additional details with third parties.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Rebut Fraud Allegations

By Emily Sawicki

An Alabama federal judge is conducting an in-camera review of a long-awaited "Q&A document" believed to have circulated among attorneys accused of judge shopping their efforts to fight a 2022 state law preventing transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming care, with the lawyers handing over the document but denying allegations of misconduct.

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DLA Piper Accused Of Evading Order In Pregnancy Bias Case

By Rose Krebs

DLA Piper continues to evade a court directive to turn certain documents over to a former attorney with the firm who has filed a pregnancy bias suit, a lawyer representing the former employee has told a New York federal magistrate judge.

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Attys In Chiquita Case Say Victims Can't Proceed Together

By Carolina Bolado

A long-standing rift among plaintiffs' attorneys for victims of violence committed by paramilitary groups funded by Chiquita Brands International Inc. has reached a fever pitch, as attorneys have now told the court they cannot proceed together in a second bellwether trial of the multidistrict litigation set to start next month.

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Conn. Firm Says Thomson Reuters Unit Bungled Web Overhaul

By Aaron Keller

A Thomson Reuters unit botched a portion of a $2,336-per-month contract to overhaul a Middlebury, Connecticut, law firm's website, blend its online presence into FindLaw and include its attorneys in "Super Lawyers" listings, the firm says in a state court lawsuit made public on Thursday.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Adam Leitman Bailey

Arrowood LLP

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Blank Rome

Boies Schiller

Bowditch & Dewey

Brown & Connery

Cades Schutte

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Critchley Kinum

DLA Piper

Dominick Feld

Duane Morris

Farella Braun

Gibson Dunn

Grimm Vranjes

Habba Madaio

Holland & Hart

Holland & Knight

Honigman LLP

James K. Green PA

Jenner & Block

Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm

K&L Gates

Kennedys Law LLP

Kirkland & Ellis

Lightfoot Franklin

Lobman Carnahan

Marino Tortorella

McElroy Deutsch

Nicolaides Fink

Parker McCay

Pasich LLP

Robert & Robert PLLC

Searcy Denney

Sheppard Mullin

Shook Hardy

Starn O'Toole

Stranch Jennings

Trump & Trump

Wigdor LLP

Willkie Farr

Wilson Elser

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Admiral Insurance Co.

Alliance Defending Freedom

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American International Group Inc.

BARBRI

California Western School of Law

Chiquita Brands International Inc.

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

Crum & Forster Holdings Corp.

Harvard University

James River Group Inc.

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Society of Compliance Professionals

New Jersey State Bar Association

Pet Supplies Plus LLC

Rowan University

Sun Bancorp Inc.

Sunoco LP

Super Lawyers

Thomson Reuters Corp.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Vision Inc.

United Way Worldwide Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

Delaware River Port Authority

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Illinois Attorney General's Office

Judicial Conference of the United States

New Jersey Supreme Court

New York Attorney General's Office

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court