Updated: Philadelphia lawyer Randy Maniloff, partner at White and Williams LLP, author of textbooks (General Liability Insurance Coverage, Oxford University Press, in two editions, with Jeffrey Stempel), compiler of an annual list of Top 10 insurance decisions that highlighted the ridiculous as well as the useful, an eager commentator on public issues (like Justice Sonia Sotomayor's pre-Supreme Court pro-insurer tilt), was looking for something a little more.
Now Maniloff has taken the big step. "I am maintaining a fulltime practice representing dozens of insurance companies," but he has also stepped away from his partnership title - so he could start and own "my nights and weekends project," a biweekly newsletter, Coverage Opinions, which has in two months signed up 9,000 subscribers. It's free; Maniloff wants to make it ad supported and "use it as a platform" to improve continuing-education classes.
And he's trying to liven up items on Nevada's Cumis rule, Florida's auto exclusion and the late Andy Warhol's role in defining New York's evolving Professional Services Exclusion, with some antic bits. "I pick cases that have a story behind them and teach a lesson," Maniloff said. "I talk about why the court did what it did and what impact it makes for the future.
"Plus each issue has an interview with one of the leading people in the field," from "both sides of the aisle:" In the first issue corporate defender Maniloff interviewed Los Angeles-based Jerry Oshinsky, "the dean of the policyholder bar" who's been helping Penn State press its insurers to cover sex abuse claims. He noted how the field has grown from an arcane specialty to a mainstream practice crawling with lawyers.