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New Florida Law Makes Joint Settlement Offers ‘Legit’ but May Not Go Far Enough

In the celebration over the Florida Legislature’s sweeping insurance reforms approved last month, one statutory change has slipped under the radar a bit – one that insurance attorneys said will streamline the settlement process and could help reduce litigation. Among …

Oklahoma AG Announces 4 New Opioid Settlements Worth $226M

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma entered settlement agreements with three major pharmacy chains and an opioid manufacturer totaling more than $226 million, Attorney General John O’Connor announced Wednesday. Including the new settlements with drugmaker Allergan and pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens …

3M Faces Dutch Claim Over ‘Forever Chemicals’ Pollution

The Netherlands’s government is exploring its legal options against chemical giant 3M over pollution in the Dutch part of the Scheldt river. For years, the company’s Antwerp, Belgium-based factory seeped contaminated groundwater into the Scheldt, a 350-kilometer (217-mile) river that …

Teva, AbbVie Finalize $6.6 Billion U.S. Opioid Settlements

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and AbbVie Inc. have finalized the terms of settlements worth more than $6.6 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits by U.S. state and local governments over the marketing of opioid painkillers, the companies and lawyers for …

Viewpoint: Settlement Strategies for Workers’ Compensation Claims

Knowing how to effectively negotiate and settle cases is essential when handling workers compensation claims. To do this well, you need to know how to prepare and execute an action plan for settlement. As defined in Webster’s Dictionary, “win” means …

Fla. Courts Upholding Appraisal Clauses that Bar Assignment of Benefit Cases

A Florida appeals court has upheld the dismissal of no fewer than 16 auto glass assignment-of-benefits lawsuits against Progressive Insurance companies, perhaps putting an exclamation point on the enforceability of appraisal clauses and policy language that bars claims litigation. The …

Florida CFO Calls for Ban on Assignments of Benefits, Limits on Public Adjusters

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s chief financial officer has taken a hard line on insurance claims litigation, calling for an outright ban on assignments-of-benefits agreements. At a press conference in Cape Coral, a city hit hard by the …

PLRB Speakers Praise Appraisals, Remind Adjusters About Ethics

PHOENIX — Claims adjusters may groan at any mention of “going to appraisal.” But insurance defense attorney Andrew P. Rock sees the process as an opportunity. He says appraisals are another form of alternative dispute resolution. “If I look at …

California Wildfires Spur New Real Estate Development Guidelines

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced guidelines for local governments weighing real estate development proposals to protect against the growing hazard of wildfires, telling municipalities his suggestions could help them avoid costly litigation and save lives. At a news conference …

Andrew Upended Fla. Insurance Market, but Storm of Litigation Even Worse

It was 30 years ago that Hurricane Andrew, the strongest storm to make U.S. landfall in more than two decades, gouged its way across south Florida, destroying more than 25,000 homes, by some estimates, and causing more than $15 billion …