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Court examines duty to defend funeral homes accused of participation in organ harvesting
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 23 2009

A federal judge in Pennsylvania recently examined whether an insurer must defend a crematorium and funeral home against several lawsuits alleging that they participated in an organ harvesting scheme


Partial repeal of McCarran-Ferguson Act dropped from Senate Health Reform Bill
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 21 2009

Media reports indicate that Senator Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) amendment to repeal the antitrust exemption under the McCarran-Ferguson Act for health insurers and medical malpractice insurers, has been removed from the latest version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 9 2009

The House passed its $1 trillion healthcare reform bill over the weekend, following a week-long flurry of behind-the-scenes activity by Democratic leaders, as they worked to line up the 218 votes necessary for passage


New Jersey releases proposed rule and notice of pre-proposal for disclosure of producer compensation for sales of health insurance policies
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2009

The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (the “Department”) released a draft rule, N.J.A.C. 11:17B-4 (PRN 2009-242) (the “Proposed Rule”), setting forth the specific requirements of N.J.S.A. 17:22A-41.1


Report from the NAIC Fall meeting - Vice President Biden addresses state insurance commissioners on healthcare reform
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 23 2009

Vice President Joseph Biden spoke yesterday at the NAIC Fall meeting taking place near Washington DC, and he used the opportunity to seek the support of state insurance commissioners for the Government's proposals for national healthcare reform


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate February 1, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 1 2010

Healthcare reform efforts remained in flux last week, as President Obama sought to repackage his party's priorities in the wake of the shocking Republican victory in Massachusetts on January 19


Ninth Circuit: automobile insurer did not engage in bad faith by refusing to pre-authorize treatment under PIP coverage
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 2 2010

In Sadler v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, No. 08-35859 (9th Cir. Nov. 4, 2009), the insureds sued their insurer for bad faith, among other claims, arising from their insurer’s refusal to pre-authorize surgery under the personal injury protection (“PIP”) provision of the automobile insurance policy


Virginia issues guidance on information security program requirement
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 2 2009

The Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance (the "Bureau") recently issued a bulletin to provide guidance on the development and implementation of privacy safeguards to all insurers, health service plans, health maintenance organizations, surplus lines brokers and other interested parties


Repeal of antitrust exemption gains traction as House and Senate Democrats reconcile healthcare reform bills
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 8 2010

U.S. House Representatives Peter DeFazio, (D-OR) and Gene Taylor (D-MS) drafted a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in support of repealing the antitrust exemption under the McCarran Ferguson Act for health insurers and medical liability insurers


New York freezes medical malpractice rates for additional year
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 12 2009

On August 10, 2009, New York Governor David Patterson signed legislation continuing the freeze on medical malpractice rates