Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night. Without his knowledge, it was spying on him. From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it and to his health insurer. Schmidt, an information technology specialist from Carrollton, Texas, was shocked. “I had no idea they were sending my information across the wire.” Schmidt, 59, has sleep apnea, a disorder that causes worrisome breaks in his breathing at night. Like millions of people, he relies on a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine that streams warm air into his nose while he sleeps, keeping his airway open. Without it, Schmidt would wake up hundreds of times a night; then, during the day, he’d nod off at work, sometimes while driving and even as he sat on the toilet. “I couldn’t … [Read more...] about You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true
Suing insurance company for denying claim
Tom Hays, Associated Press Updated 10:18 am PDT, Sunday, July 29, 2018 Photo: Jefferson Siegel, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein attends his arraignment in court in New York. Weinstein is locked in a messy battle with insurance companies over his steadily mounting legal bills. The insurance giant Chubb and other carriers that wrote liability policies for Weinstein and his film company are arguing in court that they shouldn't have to pay for his defense against allegations of rape and sexual harassment. (Jefferson Siegel/The Daily News via AP, Pool, File) less FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein attends his arraignment in court in New York. Weinstein is locked in a messy battle with insurance companies over his steadily mounting legal bills. The ... more … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein’s insurers balk at paying his legal bills
Mark Hicks The Detroit News Published 2:02 p.m. UTC Jul 27, 2018 Michigan State University has suspended payments to victims in the Larry Nassar sex abuse case seeking help from a counseling fund following allegations of fraud, it said Thursday, while at the same time it is suing insurers, claiming they have denied coverage in the $500 million settlement. “We are suing our carriers, including our largest carrier United Educators, for failing to honor their policies,” said Robert Young, MSU’s general counsel, in a statement. “It is disappointing and unfortunate we have to go to court on this matter, but we are hopeful this lawsuit will bring us to speedy resolution and that the insurance companies will honor their contractual obligations.” The lawsuit claims that after the settlement reached between MSU and Nassar victims, "no defendant insurer has paid any amounts whatsoever to reimburse MSU for costs it incurred … [Read more...] about MSU halts counseling payments to Nassar victims , sues insurers after fraud allegations
WASHINGTON, DC – Establishment politicians appear to be pushing President Trump to nominate a judge to the Fifth Circuit federal appeals court who could deflate the president’s base and deprive him of a historic opportunity to help make the Fifth Circuit the most conservative federal appellate court in the nation. President Trump promised during the campaign to nominate only judges like Justice Antonin Scalia, the famed originalist and brilliant scholar who served on the nation’s highest court for 30 years before unexpectedly passing away in 2016.The president has reliably delivered on his campaign promise to appoint Supreme Court justices and federal judges like Scalia, who adhere to the Constitution and federal laws as they are written, leaving politics and policy judgments to elected leaders like the president, Congress, and the states. The two courts President Trump has had the greatest impacts on so far with Scalia-like originalists and textualists (which … [Read more...] about Swamp Pushing Judge for Appeals Court, Could Cost Trump Historic Opportunity
Imagine filing a claim with your insurance company for hurricane damage and, months later, not only is your home not fixed, but you get served with a lawsuit by your insurance company.Dozens of South Florida customers of Deerfield Beach-based People’s Trust Insurance are finding themselves in an unlikely and possibly unprecedented position — they’re being sued by their insurer.Since July 1, People’s Trust has filed at least 242 lawsuits against its policyholders in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to court records. Of those, 161 have been filed since Nov. 17, a day after the Sun Sentinel first reported the strategy.The new suits include 113 against the company’s customers in Miami-Dade, 38 in Broward and 10 in Palm Beach County.People’s Trust says the lawsuits are a last resort against customers who refuse to abide by contract terms they agreed to when they signed up with the unique insurer. Instead of allowing the company to … [Read more...] about Why does People’s Trust Insurance keep suing its own policyholders?