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Illinois Court Rules Business Contracts, AI Provisions Must Match to Gain Coverage

In a decision with more than the usual transaction guidance, an Illinois federal district court has taught businesses how important it is to satisfy with precision the requirements of their counterparties’ insurance policies, if they hope to gain the shelter …

Ohio Court Searches for Heirs in $2M Travelers Asbestos Claim Payout

A northeast Ohio court is trying to track down for heirs to hundreds of rubber workers who died or became very ill because of exposure to asbestos as it looks to pay out about $2 million in legal claims. Heirs …

Ohio Crashes Rise, Likely Linked to Higher Speed Limits

Injury and property crashes have increased with the raising of speed limits on the state’s rural interstate highways, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. The highway patrol said that there’s been a 21 percent increase in crashes on interstate highways …

Multiple Parties Argue Blame Over Flooded Homes in Nebraska City

The city of Bellevue, Neb., the Metropolitan Utilities District, a plumbing contractor and its insurance company disagree about who’s to blame for a ruptured water line that flooded about 12 homes in February. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Gearhart Plumbing, …

Nebraska Researchers Test Drones as New Firefighting Tool

Researchers in Nebraska tested a new tool on Friday that could eventually help in fighting grass fires – drones. A team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln flew an unmanned aircraft over the prairie at the Homestead National Monument of America …

Minnesota Law Enforcement Issue Marijuana Wax Warning

Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota are warning of a rise in seizures of a potent marijuana concentrate. Authorities say marijuana wax has a stronger concentration of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. The substance comes in the form of powders, oils and …

Insurer’s Controlled Substance Exclusion Didn’t Relieve Obligation to Defend Methadone Intoxication Death Case

The Illinois Court of Appeals recently considered whether an insurance company was obligated to defend its insured in a wrongful death claim involving methadone intoxication notwithstanding the fact that the insurer’s homeowner policy contained a controlled substance exclusion. In Skolnik …

Court Rules Insurer’s Privacy Policy Can Give Rise to Breach of Contract Claim

Do your privacy policies give a clear, conspicuous and accurate statement of the company’s practices? The major federal privacy statute applicable to insurers is Gramm-Leach-Bliley, 15 U.S.C. ยง 6801 et seq., which applies to all financial services companies. A number …

Toyota Adds Driverless Car Research Base in Michigan

Toyota Motor Corp. said it will collaborate with the University of Michigan on a research base near the school’s Ann Arbor campus to focus on autonomous vehicles, the third center under a $1 billion investment by the automaker. Gill Pratt, …

Pharmacy Management Aids in Reducing Opioid Use by Ohio Workers

The amount of opioids prescribed to injured Ohio workers has fallen significantly since the state’s insurance fund for injured workers created a pharmacy management program amid concerns about painkiller usage. Fewer than 4,800 workers have been deemed opiate-dependent after exceeding …

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