Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

State Farm Sues Amazon to Recover Payout for Fire Damage Claim

State Farm Fire & Casualty is trying to get Amazon to reimburse it for a payment it made to cover damages to the home of one of its New York insureds. State Farm and its insured claim that the damage …

Home Modifications Required by Pa. Work Comp Law Do Not Include a New Home

Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law authorizes modifications to a home to accommodate an injured employee’s needs. It also may require paying for a new van for a disabled worker. However, does the law go so far as to require an employer …

NY Attorney Gets Three Years in Cash4Cases Litigation Funding Scheme

A disbarred New York lawyer was sentenced yesterday to 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in his now bankrupt litigation finance firm called Cash4Cases. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Jaeson Birnbaum previously …

Fireman’s Fund Must Defend ‘Lottery Lawyer’ in Fraud Case

As the criminal trial of a New York lawyer charged with bilking lottery winners out of millions of dollars got underway this week in a federal court in Brooklyn, one insurer was likely watching closely as it will be picking …

NY Gov. Hochul Mulls Bill that Would Expand Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

As New York Gov. Kathy Hochul mulls whether to sign legislation that will expand the types of damages that could be won in wrongful deaths cases, businesses including insurers are warning the change could mean higher liability insurance costs in …

Mass. Supreme Rules Attorney Fees are Not Part of Insured Damages

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that attorney’s fees from a consumer protection lawsuit are not covered as part of bodily injury damages under a business liability policy, reversing a lower court that had found they were covered. Attorney’s …

Proposed Settlement Would Provide $300K to Each Victim of Sex Abuse by Clergy

Insurers and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester have agreed on a schedule for discovery and a bankruptcy court trial regarding a proposed $147 million settlement to cover sex abuse claims against the church. The proposed settlement was reached after …

Doctors’ Group Accuse Insurers of Using ‘Junk Science’ to Deny COVID Business Claims

The medical profession in New Hampshire is accusing the insurance industry of using “junk science” in justifying its denials of Covid-related business insurance claims. In an amicus brief in a case between a hotel chain and eight insurers, the New …

Massachusetts Health Firm Reports Cyber Attack

A major medical imaging and outpatient surgery firm in Massachusetts has reported a cyber attack that may have compromised the medical data and identity of millions of patients. Shields Health Care Group said it recently became aware of suspicious activity …

Insurer’s Probe of Boat Claim Uncovers Evidence Used in Murder Charges

A boat insurance claim denial and fraud investigation have surfaced as integral pieces of the murder case being brought against a 28-year-old Vermont man charged with killing his grandfather and mother for inheritance money. In addition to facing two murder …