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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.