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Apollo, Centerbridge Backed PG&E, Funded Loan to Firm Suing It

Two major investors in PG&E Corp. are also backing a loan to one of the law firms suing the bankrupt California utility on behalf of thousands of wildfire victims. Centerbridge Partners LP is the among the 20 biggest shareholders in …

Mississippi Judge Reprimanded and Fined for Conflict in Asbestos Case

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand and fine for a judge who was accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict in a Smith County asbestos case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In May 2011, …

The Insurer’s Duty to Provide Independent Counsel in Illinois

Illinois law requires insurers to provide independent counsel for their insured when a conflict of interest arises. The duty developed from balancing the insurer’s obligation to defend the insured with the ethical obligations of appointed attorneys, and is firmly grounded …

The Insurer’s Duty to Provide Independent Counsel in Alaska

This is part two of a three part series focusing on an insurer’s duty to provide independent counsel in Alaska, California and Illinois. Read Part 1. Alaska imposes a broad duty on insurers to provide independent counsel for the insured …