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Artificial intelligence is your new insurance claims agent. For years, insurance companies have used “InsurTech” AI to underwrite risk. But until recently, the use of AI in claims handling was only theoretical. No longer. The advent of AI claims handling creates new risks for policyholders, but it also creates new opportunities for resourceful policyholders to uncover bad faith and encourage insurers to live up to their side of the insurance contract.Most readers are familiar with Lemonade, the InsurTech start-up…
Summary This week both Committee meetings and Political group meetings will take place in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will prepare the plenary session that will be held next week in Strasbourg.  However, interesting events, votes and debates are set to take place. On Tuesday, March 19, a press conference will be given on MEP Nirj Deva’s (ECR, UK) idea of launching a European Policy Coordination Committee of China’s Belt and…
On March 11, 2019, a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Cory Gardner introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019. The Act seeks “[t]o leverage Federal Government procurement power to encourage increased cybersecurity for Internet of Things devices.” In other words, this bill aims to shore up cybersecurity requirements for IoT devices purchased and used by the federal government, with the aim of affecting cybersecurity on IoT…
Since the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) repealed the 2015 net neutrality rules last year, federal and state lawmakers have debated how to address the issue of net neutrality going forward.  We previously have discussed some of the state net neutrality laws that were enacted, including California’s law, which currently is on hold pending the resolution of Mozilla Corp v. FCC, the lawsuit challenging the FCC’s order that repealed net neutrality rules.  Oral argument…
Covington issued several client alerts in recent years warning of a rising tide of enforcement of the once-obscure Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (“FARA”). Signs of this trend emerged long before the recent, high-profile Special Counsel’s Office investigation. Nonetheless, there was persistent skepticism abroad in the land, particularly among businesses outside the lobbying industry, that this trend was real or significant. Any remaining doubts were decisively answered last week when the Assistant Attorney General…
Summary Next week will be a plenary week in the European Parliament.  A number of interesting debates and votes will take place on, among others, cybersecurity threats from Chinese companies, countering hostile propaganda, and on EU-Russia relations. On Monday, March 11, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will vote on a Report on the State of Relations between the EU and the Russian Federation, prepared by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (“AFET”).  The draft report…
Summary Next week will be a short week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for committee sessions and hold political group meetings to prepare for the following’s week’s plenary meetings.  They will vote, inter alia, on Chinese IT threats; EU-Russia relations; cybersecurity measures to counter foreign propaganda during the 2019 European elections; and the EU’s climate change strategy.  A number of interesting debates and hearings will also…
President Trump tweeted out on Sunday what sounds like good news:  based upon “substantial progress“ in trade negotiations with China, he was postponing a March 2 increase from ten to twenty-five percent tariffs on some $200 billion in U.S. imports from China.  The President even declared expectations of further progress and a “signing summit” at Mar-a-Lago, perhaps as early as March.  Major markets around the globe flashed green, signaling optimism that the results might yet…
The Section 809 Panel recently concluded its monumental analysis of defense acquisition law and regulations and released its third volume of recommended changes.  As we have written previously, the Panel’s work stands out from previous acquisition reform efforts with the appendices of detailed legislative and regulatory changes that accompany the commissioners’ analysis and recommendations. Given the scope of the Panel’s work, few believe that Congress or the Department of Defense (“DoD”) will — or even…
Summary Next week will be a short week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for committee sessions. Interesting debates and hearings will take place. On Tuesday, February 26, the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will vote on the provisional agreement on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market reached with the Council of the European Union on February 13.  The Copyright Directive reforms rules on the…