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'A Failure To Cooperate' (access required)

Message to lawyers: The stakes for ignoring a Virginia State Bar investigation became higher in April. That’s when a Richmond lawyer who largely failed to respond to the VSB until the day of his Disciplinary Board hearing became the first ...

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VSB Pursues Another P.I. Firm Over Its Ads (access required)

The Virginia State Bar, already locked in litigation with a large Richmond personal-injury firm over its advertisements, is preparing to take on another P.I. powerhouse over a long-running ad campaign that features actor Robert Vaughn. Faced with two potentially costly ...

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State Guaranty Fund Would Cover ROA Claims (access required)

If Reciprocal of America is ordered into liquidation by the State Corporation Commission — which could happen as early as June 19 — outstanding legal claims against ROA’s hospital policyholders will be handled through a state guaranty fund association. Faced ...

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TN Official: It Is Time To Liquidate ANLIR (access required)

The Tennessee insurance commissioner has concluded that American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal cannot be rehabilitated and needs to be liquidated as soon as possible. Tennessee officials likewise plan to move the week of May 11 to have ANLIR’s two sister ...

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Failure to replace ANLIR risks CRESPA licensure (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is warning lawyer settlement agents who have not replaced their American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal liability coverage that they might be risking their CRESPA licenses. The Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act requires lawyer settlement agents ...

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Defense lawyers seek to help ANLIR insureds (access required)

For American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal-insured lawyers who are facing claims with no apparent liability coverage, two Virginia bar groups have pulled together a list of lawyers who say they have experience defending legal liability claims and are ready to ...

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VBA Gets Into The Insurance Business (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association has entered the insurance sales market. The association has formed a subsidiary that can help small and medium-sized firms, in particular, obtain an array of insurance, including legal malpractice coverage. The subsidiary, called Virginia Barristers Alliance ...

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Receiver: Reciprocal Of America Insolvent (access required)

Reciprocal of America, one of the nation’s largest insurers of hospitals and the financial backbone of American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal, is more than $200 million in debt and needs to be liquidated, Virginia’s insurance commissioner has told the State ...

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SCC Asked For Help On ANLIR Stays (access required)

The Tenneessee insurance officials overseeing the receivership of American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal have been busy in both their state and in Virginia, seeking to stay legal proceedings against ANLIR and its sister Reciprocal companies. Last week, they traveled to ...

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