Claims Magazine-July 2015

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  • Editor's Note

    Patricia Harman

    Legal decisions set many precedents for the insurance industry, but frequently those decisions lag behind what's occurring in the real world. A prime example involves the legalized use of marijuana. Approved for medical use in 23 states and recreational use in a handful, the federal government has yet to legalize...

  • Pyramid scheme leads to professional liability claim

    David C. Anderson, Esq.

    While attorneys offer advice to clients and execute legal documents for them, are they liable when the client makes a decision that doesn't provide the resolution originally anticipated? In this professional liability claim an attorney counsels an employee to proceed with caution, but the employee has other ideas.

  • 4 Burning Questions about Medical Marijuana

    Thomas R. Bundy, III, Esq., Sean P. O'Brien, Esq.

    Many of us have laughed at movie scenes from cult classics like Half Baked, Pineapple Express, Dazed and Confused, or Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke in which the hapless stoner employee is depicted as someone who cannot perform even the simplest task correctly or fails to show up for...

  • And the Verdict is…

    staff Writer

    A look at some of the legal decisions impacting insurance across the country

  • There is no “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” in Florida

    Ken Brownlee, CPCU

    When a University of Florida Ph.D. candidate used the phrase climate change in her epidemiology dissertation, which examined how climate change in Florida had affected ciguatera a deadly fish-borne disease that affects the nervous system she and her co-author were informed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection...

  • Overcoming the Challenge of Deep Pocket Bias

    Richard Wickliffe

    For a large insurance carrier, the perception of having deep pockets is a common concern, and based on some trials, it seems there are law schools aggressively teaching a form of profundus marsupium.

  • Looking Behind the Curtain

    Jeremy Rogers, Esq.

    According to recent estimates, people send 31.25 million messages on Facebook; send 347,222 tweets on Twitter; view 17,361 profiles on LinkedIn; post 48,611 pictures on Instagram; upload 300 hours of video on YouTube; and upload 1,041,666 video loops on Vine every minute. Given that there are 1,440 minutes in a...

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