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New Rules for Beneficiaries Under SECURE Act Require New Strategies

January 31, 2020 BY Kayla Chen | Workers Compensation

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the SECURE Act. Short for "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement," the new law has sweeping, long-term implications for beneficiaries of and contributors to retirement accounts. ... Continue Reading

LIMITING LITIGATION: THE GEORGIA SUPREME COURT'S REVIEW OF TIME-LIMITATION PROVISIONS

January 27, 2020 BY Alisha Dickie | General Liability

Contractual provisions controlling the venue and avenue through which a plaintiff can bring a claim against a defendant are powerful tools to control litigation should it arise. ... Continue Reading

Georgia Court Takes Bright-Line Approach to Question of When Liability Insurer Has A Duty to Settle, Thereby Limiting Insurers' Potential Bad Faith Exposure Where No Formal Settlement Demand Within Policy Limits Has Been Made

January 27, 2020 BY Eric Mull Katelyn Fischer | First Party Insurance Law

A recent Georgia Supreme Court Decision unequivocally places Georgia on the side of the insurer when it comes to the long-debated question of when a liability insurer has a duty to settle a third-party claim. ... Continue Reading

Seepage or Leakage: What Coverage Exists for the First 13 Days?

January 27, 2020 BY Karen Karabinos | First Party Insurance Law

Since 2017, several courts have held that the exclusion for damages caused by "seepage or leakage" of water which occurs "over a period of weeks, months, or years" does not bar coverage for damages occurring during the first 13 days. ... Continue Reading

THIRD-PARTY LITIGATION FUNDERS: THE "PARTY" YOU DIDN'T KNOW WAS EXERCISING CONTROL OVER YOUR LITIGATION AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

January 27, 2020 BY Melody Kiella | Commercial Law

It is undeniable that litigation funding is taking the legal world by storm. In 2017, 36% of U.S. law firms reported using litigation funding, which was a 414% increase in use since 2013 when only 7% of law firms reported using it).1 ... Continue Reading

The Journal is a publication for the clients of Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP. It is written in a general format and is not intended to be legal advice to any specific circumstance. Legal Opinions may vary when based upon subtle factual differences. All rights reserved. 

Editorial Board:

H. Michael Bagley
(Editor-in-chief)

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