Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Florida High Court Rules Attorney Fee Schedule Unconstitutional; Passes on Other Key Workers’ Comp Case

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s mandatory attorneys’ fee schedule for workers’ compensation cases is unconstitutional under both Florida’s and the U.S. constitution as a violation of due process. The state’s top court also declined to rule …

Federal Court Rules CGL Insurance Covers Data Breach

A federal appeals court in Virginia has upheld a lower federal court in ruling that a commercial general liability policy (CGL) may cover a data breach. In a case involving the publication of private medical records on the internet, the …

Axis Insurance Denies Coverage for Tony Stewart in Ward Race Car Death

Axis Insurance says the lawsuit brought against racing star Tony Stewart, whose car struck and killed another racer during a New York event in 2014, is not covered by the insurance policies it issued for Stewart. Axis maintains that its …

BP Agrees to $18.7B Oil Spill Settlement with Government, Gulf States

BP Plc has agreed to a preliminary deal in which it will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle claims by five Gulf states and the U.S. government for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst oil spill in …

Workers’ Compensation Results Improved in 2014 But Industry Anxious About What’s Ahead

The workers’ compensation industry had a pretty good 2014 in which its combined ratio improved for the third consecutive year, premium grew for the fourth consecutive year, and claim frequency declined about two percent. But the results in 2014 were …

Georgia Court Rejects Bad Faith Claim Citing Insurer’s Lack of Consent to Settlement

The Georgia Supreme Court denied an insured’s bad faith claim against its insurer for its refusal to pay a settlement because the insured settled on the amount without the consent of the insurer that was required by the policy. A …

Exclusive: Haldeman, Son of Watergate, Remembers His Father and President Nixon

H.R. “Bob” Haldeman bears some responsibility for the Watergate scandal but he was innocent of the criminal charges brought against him, says the son of President Richard Nixon’s former chief of staff. In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Wells Media …

Public Radio Report Puts Spotlight on Workers’ Comp ‘Grand Bargain’

Last week’s ProPublica/National Public Radio report putting a spotlight on the workers’ compensation system caught the attention of experts who were meeting in Boston to share research on how the system is performing at the same time the series was …

North Carolina Arthur Damage Assessments Underway

Hurricane Arthur made landfall before midnight on July 3 near Cape Lookout, North Carolina, as a Category 2 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 100 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. State officials said no casualties have been …

Adjuster Claims He’s Up for Lengthy Battle with Nationwide Over ‘On Your Side’ Slogan

A Tennessee adjuster sued by Nationwide Insurance for alleged trademark infringement because he used the company’s slogan, On Your Side, in his firm’s name and marketing, is fighting back in court and on the web. Jeremy Snyder, owner of On …