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Articles on Insurance

Do trial lawyers have the Country behind them?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2002
LawPulse
Page 578
A recent case interpreting language that appears in many Country Companies insurance policies has the plaintiffs' bar buzzing.

Embezzlement at insurance company affects interstate commerce and Congress authorized to prohibit such conduct under Commerce Clause

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On August 20, 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the holding of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Back to the Future

By Loren Golden
September
2002
Column
Page 446
One of my goals during my year as president is to determine whether the ISBA can present a meaningful, competitive health insurance program for our members.

Child support obligations regarding medical insurance more strictly enforced

September
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
On July 1, 2002, the Department of Public Aid (department) amended section 160 of the Illinois Administrative Code to ensure child support obligations that include medical insurance coverage are satisfied.

Contending with HIPAA Privacy Standards in Illinois

By Neville M. Bilimoria
August
2002
Article
Page 414
This article reconciles the strictures of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act with Illinois privacy law.

Law authorizes Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to offer point-of-service (POS) benefits P. A. 92-0135

August
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 402
Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 1040 on July 24, 2001, which amended Illinois' Health Maintenance Organization Act.

Taking the Hell Out of LPL

By Karen J. Dilibert
August
2002
Column
Page 431
Do you really know what malpractice coverage you're getting under a "claims made and reported" policy? And what does "full prior acts" mean? Read on and make yourself a more informed consumer of lawyers' professional liability (LPL) insurance.

Health insurance coverage for mastectomies

June
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 288
On March 25, 2002, the Illinois Department of Insurance (department) issued emergency amendments to section 5421 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 5421.

Legislation requires direct notice to employees if an employer fails to make payments for an employer provided health insurance plan P.A. 92-0126

June
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 288
Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1019 on July 20, 2001, which amended the Employee Benefit Contribution Act.

Legislation restricts insurance companies from denying insurance solely on the basis of the applicant’s credit reports; P.A. 92-0480

May
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 232
In August of last year, Gov. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2419, which amends the Illinois Insurance Code by providing that insurance companies authorized to do business in Illinois are prohibited from refusing to issue or renew certain policies of automobile insurance, fire and extended coverage insurance, and personal lines insurance, solely on the basis of an applicant's credit reports.

Supreme Court Review 2001: Getting to Know the New Court

By Nancy T. Arnold, Tim Eaton, and Michael T. Reagan
May
2002
Article
Page 236
A look at the first year's output of the newly reconstituted supreme court.

Legislation prescribes insurance requirements for condominium associations; P.A.92-0518

April
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
In January, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1046 amending the Condominium Property Act by replacing certain provisions of the Act pertaining to insurance for condominium associations and risk pooling trust funds for condominium associations or common interest community associations. Under the new law.

Summary judgment precluded when question remained as to whether insurer breached good-faith duty to settle

February
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 66
On November 21, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's judgment that whether an auto liability insurer acted in bad faith by failing to settle a tort claim for the policy limits within the victim's unilaterally imposed deadline was a question that precluded summary judgment.

Primary Insurers’ Duty to Exercise Good Faith Toward Excess-Insurance Carriers

By Beth Boggs and Daniel McLaughlin
January
2002
Article
Page 18
A review of primary insurers' obligations to excess-insurance carriers in settlement negotiations.

Insurance policy’s automobile business exclusion violates public policy of Illinois

December
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On September 20, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court, holding that the automobile business exclusion clause of an insurance policy was void as against public policy.

General Contractors and Subcontractors’ Insurers: The Additional-Insured Provision

By John H. Mathias Jr. and Timothy W. Burns
October
2001
Article
Page 526
When can a general contractor rely on its subcontractor's insurance instead of its own? This article examines recent case law.

Correspondence from Our Readers

September
2001
Column
Page 446
In defense of the common fund doctrine.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
September
2001
Column
Page 450
Two years and time's up for legal malpractice; nightshift-assignment doesn't constitute sex discrimination; and more.

Medicare supplement insurance

September
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
On June 18, 2001, the Illinois Department of Insurance (department) adopted amendments to section 2008 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 2008.

Correspondence from Our Readers

August
2001
Column
Page 390
Are we "title agents practicing law"?

Correspondence from Our Readers

July
2001
Column
Page 334
Infertility treatments and self-insured employers.

A Review of Recent Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases

By Joseph P. Shannon and Jennifer O’Reilly Shelly
June
2001
Article
Page 290
A survey of recent appellate cases reveals trends in UM/UIM law.

An Insurer’s Rights in Illinois Under the Common Fund Doctrine

By Beth C. Boggs
May
2001
Article
Page 242
A review of the law and advice to help insurers avoid paying unjustified attorney fees.

Must Illinois Employers Cover Infertility Treatments Under the ADA?

By R. Kirk Williams
May
2001
Article
Page 263
The answer: for employees in Illinois, yes; for employees in other states, probably not.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
March
2001
Column
Page 112
Real Property Disclosure Act; legal department summon(s)ed in error; questions of law now collaterally estoppable; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
February
2001
Column
Page 56
When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders

Benefits extended to non-union employees

January
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On October 27, 2000, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services adopted new amendments to section 303 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 80 Ill Adm Code 303.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
January
2001
Column
Page 10
Standard of review for fee suits; U.S. Supremes just say no to drug-sniffing dogs at checkpoints; employee claims rejected by 7CA; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
December
2000
Column
Page 686
Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
November
2000
Column
Page 620
A lower burden of proof for consumer fraud? Arbitration-award rejection—can secretaries sign after all? and more.

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