Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Simpson is Chief Content Officer for Wells Media Group.

Rochester Diocese, Insurers Plan for January Hearing on $147M Sexual Abuse Settlement

Insurers and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester have agreed on a schedule for discovery and a bankruptcy court trial regarding a proposed $147 million settlement to cover sex abuse claims against the church. The proposed settlement was reached after …

Medical Society Accuses Insurers of Using ‘Junk Science’ to Deny Covid Business Claims

The medical profession in New Hampshire is accusing the insurance industry of using “junk science” in justifying its denials of Covid-related business insurance claims. In an amicus brief in a case between a hotel chain and eight insurers, the New …

New Jersey No-Fault Law Does Not Bar Suit Over Insurer Delay in Approving Treatment

An insured claiming his auto insurer’s delay in approving treatment caused his injuries to worsen is entitled to prove his breach of contract claim despite New Jersey’s no-fault law. That law governing personal injury protection benefits provides an exclusive remedy …

Massachusetts High Court Nixes Gig Worker Ballot Measure Sought by Uber, Lyft

Transportation and delivery network companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart have been dealt a setback in Massachusetts as the state’s high court has rejected their ballot proposals that sought to both cement their app-based drivers’ status as independent contractors …

Policy Doesn’t Obligate Insurer to Cover Prevention Costs. Should Common Law?

A salad dressing maker is seeking coverage from its insurer for costs it incurred in preventing a shutdown of one of its processing plants due to a pollution event. Massachusetts-based Ken’s Foods maintains its insurer has a common law duty …

New Hampshire Allows Exception to Workers’ Compensation ‘Coming and Going’ Rule

A worker who was injured in a car accident when he was traveling home from his job site in the middle, rather than the end, of the workday at the direction of his employer is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, …

Massachusetts Health Firm Reports Cyber Attack

A major medical imaging and outpatient surgery firm in Massachusetts has reported a cyber attack that may have compromised the medical data and identity of millions of patients. Shields Health Care Group said it recently became aware of suspicious activity …

Liability of State Police, Casino/Track Owners at Issue in Pennsylvania Murder Case

On November 24, 2018, Alicia E. Shaffer Stalheim, 25, was murdered by her jealous boyfriend, Luis Rodriguez, seven months after Rodriguez learned Stalheim and her children met for ice cream with another man. Stalheim, Rodriquez and the other man, Gerry …

Oil Firms Strike Out Again in Fight Against Massachusetts, Rhode Island Climate Suits

Exxon Mobil Corp. has lost another round in its fight to stop states from pursuing claims that it has deceived investors and the public regarding its products and climate change. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed a trial court …

Energy Firms Lose Challenge to Remand of Baltimore Climate Suit to State Court

Major energy firms have lost their bid for a rehearing of a ruling in a case brought by the city of Baltimore seeking to hold them accountable for damages caused by climate change. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday …