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Virginia new medical information data breach law
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently enacted a law requiring notice of data breaches involving medical information


Rhode Island 2011 budget - tax implications for surplus lines insurers and medical malpractice joint underwriters association
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2010

The 2011 Rhode Island state budget, which was enacted as HB 7397A and signed into law June 2, 2010, amends the taxation statutes applicable to surplus lines insurers and the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriters Association


Mississippi new data breach notification law
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

Mississippi is the latest state to adopt a data breach notification statute under House Bill 583


New estimates double -- BP oil spill is the equivalent to the Exxon Valdez disaster gushing into the Gulf of Mexico every 8 to 10 days
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2010

The Flow Rate Technical Group, a federal panel, now estimate that 20,000 to 40,000 barrels of oil a day are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon explosion


“Green” database to track and report on retrofitted buildings in New York City
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2010

The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation is financing a database of hundreds of buildings that have been sustainably retrofitted in New York City


Katrina: claims to continue against defendants who allegedly caused the emission of greenhouse gases that added to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 13 2010

On October 16, 2009, in a lawsuit brought by owners of property along the Mississippi Gulf coast that sustained damage from Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the plaintiffs have standing to assert public and private nuisance, trespass and negligence claims against the defendants who caused the emission of greenhouse gases which are alleged to have ultimately added to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina


National Flood Insurance Program may be reinstated this week
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The National Flood Insurance Program (the "NFIP") expired March 28, 2010


Ninth Circuit holds that infringement of patented website feature constitutes "advertising injury"
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a general liability insurer must defend its insured against a patent infringement lawsuit relating to a feature on the insured's website


Sixth Circuit upholds an insured’s decision to amend its current policy so as to render a prior policy the sole primary insurance
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 13 2010

On March 11, 2010, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court decision permitting an insured to shift the burden of primary coverage for various securities-related claims to its previous insurer by purchasing an extended reporting period (ERP) and adding an endorsement to its current primary policy making it specifically excess of the prior policy


Second Circuit: distinguishing between policy definitions subject to NY Insurance Law 3420(d)(2)’s timely disclaimer requirement as an exclusion and those that are not
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2010

In a decision issued on February 1, 2010, the United Stated Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirmed that under New York law some policy provisions, although placed outside of the policy's "Exclusions" section, may nonetheless be considered an exclusion and, therefore, subject to the timely disclaimer and denial requirement of NY Insurance Law 3420(d)(2