Dickie McCamey Applauds Its Super Lawyer and Rising Star Selectees

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is proud to announce that 40 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for the 2017 list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

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An Increase in Ransomware Attacks Are You Prepared for the Inevitable?

On May 12, 2017, a ransomware cryptoworm (now referred to as the “WannaCry” worm) was unleashed worldwide on systems utilizing Microsoft Windows operating systems. The effects were ubiquitous, with governmental and private systems located in over 150 counties compromised in the attack. By encrypting data on the infected systems, the attackers were able to demand ransom payments in Bitcoin in exchange for the encryption key to release of the systems. Although the attack garnered substantial media attention, indications are that the attack itself was not expensive for the insurance industry. Nevertheless, the Financial Times has reported that so-called “ransomware” has become “the fastest growing cause of cyber insurance claims.” The ransomware attack is not new — its prevalence, however, has increased.

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Insurer's Failure To Obtain Stacking Waiver On Added Vehicle Results In Stacked Benefits, Pa. Judge Rules

Supreme Court Permits Registration of Offensive Trademarks

A Pennsylvania state court judge has decided that a driver was entitled to $400,000 in stacked coverage because the driver did not sign stacking waivers when adding the most recent vehicles to his policy.

In Newhook v. Erie Ins. Exchange (Monroe C.P., May 30, 2017), Monroe County Court of Common Pleas Judge David J. Williamson granted declaratory relief sought by Kenneth Newhook when he filed a complaint against Erie seeking entitlement to the stacked coverage.

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An Asian-American dance-rock band, “The Slants,” has the right to register its band’s name as a trademark, the Supreme Court ruled on June 19, 2017, in a long-awaited decision. In Matal v. Tam, 582 U.S. ___ (2017), the Court held that the federal trademark statute violates the First Amendment insofar as it serves to ban offensive speech.

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