Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Federal Judge Halts Part of Florida’s New Property Insurance Reform Law

A federal judge has halted enforcement of a section of Florida’s new property insurance reform (SB 76) law that restricts the advertisements and solicitations of roofing contractors. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker granted the injunction Sunday in response to a …

Liberty Mutual to Buy State Auto

Columbus, Ohio-based State Auto Insurance Companies (State Auto) and Rural Mutual Insurance Co., headquartered in Madison, Wis., have announced plans to offer auto insurance policyholders with premium relief as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the pandemic and …

Judge Rejects Spouse’s Wrongful Death Suit Against Airline Over Lax Covid Safety

Citing a concern over “opening the floodgates” to litigation, a federal judge has dismissed a flight attendant’s negligence lawsuit against her employer, Southwest Airlines, which she blamed for her husband’s death from Covid-19. The flight attendant, Carol Madden, claimed that …

Supreme Court Rejects Government’s Reading of Computer Fraud Law in Police Case

A Georgia police officer did not violate federal computer fraud law when he used his patrol car computer to access information on a license plate in exchange for money, even though his action violated his department’s policy against obtaining database …

No Surrender For Lawyers Pursuing Lead Paint Claims Despite Unfavorable Rulings

Peter Earle has been representing child victims of lead paint poisoning for more than 20 years and he and his fellow lawyers for the cause are not about to let another legal setback affecting three cases bring an end to …

WCRI: No Meaningful Delays in Work Comp Medical Care Despite Covid-19

Despite potential obstacles posed by the coronavirus pandemic, injured workers experienced no meaningful delays in access to medical treatment under their employers’ workers’ compensation programs during the pandemic. Research from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) also shows that states …

Geico Customer Data Breach May be Part of Unemployment Insurance Scam

Auto insurer Geico recently reported that fraudsters have been stealing license numbers of its customers for the past few months and possibly using them to fraudulently apply for unemployment benefits. In a data breach notification filed with California’s data privacy …

Court Agrees Chubb Excluded Coverage in $3.3 Million Unsolicited Advertising Case

Chubb subsidiary Federal Insurance Co. does not have to pay $3.3 million that medical device services firm Mesa Laboratories Inc. wants to fund a settlement over its violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The U.S. 7th Circuit Court …

U.S. Treasury Warns Cyber Insurers Against Paying Ransomware Demands

The U.S. Treasury Department is warning that individuals or businesses that help facilitate ransomware payments may be violating anti-money laundering and sanctions regulations. The warnings came in a pair of advisories, one from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and …

Judges Nix Consolidating COVID Business Interruption Suits Against Big Insurers

A panel of federal judges has decided against consolidation of hundreds of lawsuits seeking coverage for coronavirus-related business interruption claims against major national insurers Travelers, The Hartford, Cincinnati Insurance and Lloyd’s. The insurers had opposed consolidation; some plaintiffs sought the …