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Damage By Multiple Perils


Curriculum: Property Coverage

Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 9:30

Christopher M. Ramey, JD, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
Brandon L. Sipple, JD, VP, Coverage Director, Chubb

  • Identify multiple causes of loss and associated exclusions
  • Examine coverage nuances including the efficient proximate cause and concurrent cause doctrines where applicable
  • Evaluate regarding potential changes in policy language due to recent case law and assess potential effects of such changes
  • Dealing with Challenging Customers


    Curriculum: General Interest

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Jim Jez, AIC SCLA MS, President, JEZ Insurance Consulting LLC

  • Identify the inherent factors that contribute/create conflict in the adjustment of claims
  • Recognize the characteristics of “situationally difficult” customers that adjusters commonly deal with
  • Describe the Negative Cycle of conflict and how to effectively counter it
  • Take control of the encounter and shape the outcome of events using a six-step approach
  • Declaratory Judgment Actions: How, When & Why?


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    Christopher W. Martin, JD, Partner, Martin Disiere Jefferson et al

  • Explore reasons for and against seeking a declaratory judgment
  • Assess the most effective time to bring a declaratory judgment action
  • Identify parties that should be joined in the declaratory judgment action
  • Address potential responses that an adverse party may have to the declaratory judgment action and examine methods to combat them
  • Defending Negligent Security Claims


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Oscar J. Cabanas, JD, Partner, Wicker Smith PA
    Kelly S. Klatt, CEO, Center for Security Solutions
    Michele Mecca, MCU Liability Claim Specialist, Zurich Financial Services NA

  • Identify issues and challenges of defending premises security claims
  • Describe tools to be used in combating premises security cases
  • Examine strategies in resolving and defending security claims today
  • Delivering Powerful Presentations


    Curriculum: General Interest

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Shameem Awan, CPCU AIC, Assistant Vice President, Amica Mutual Group
    Susan Cavanagh, AVP-Claims, Western National Insurance

  • Explore strategies for becoming a better presenter
  • Discover techniques to developing powerful presentations
  • Demonstrate strategies to involve your audience
  • Examine practical approaches for cultivating confidence and maintaining audience engagement
  • Diminished Value in Auto Claims


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Monday 1:30 - 2:30
    Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30

    Seth M. Friedman, JD, Partner, Lewis Brisbois
    Sari B. Marmur, JD, LLM, General Counselor, Travelers Companies

  • Examine the pertinent auto policy provisions that serve as the basis for policyholder diminished value claims
  • Define "diminished value" and describe the three general types of diminished value
  • Identify the jurisdictions that permit a policyholder to recover diminished value and discuss the reasons why jurisdictions are split on the issue
  • Analyze methods used by courts in those jurisdictions permitting recovery to calculate the diminished value
  • Diminution in Value, Cosmetic Damage & Matching


    Curriculum: Property Coverage

    Monday 3:30 - 4:30
    Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30

    Anthony Antonellis, JD, Attorney, Sloane and Walsh, LLP
    Sarah C. Huber, CPCU, Associate Examiner, Amica Mutual Group

  • Identify diminution in value and cosmetic damage issues in residential and commercial property losses
  • Evaluate the policy language upon which proponents maintain a basis for coverage and provide examples of policy language directly limiting coverage for diminution in value and cosmetic damage claims.
  • Describe recent developments in case law throughout the nation
  • Outline recent trends and distinctions amongst different jurisdictions
  • Distribution Center Destruction: Managing the Loss


    Curriculum: Large Property Losses

    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Randy M. Grundy, President & EGA, RGACM
    Todd Roeder, CPA, Partner, HSNO Forensic Accountants

  • Evaluate coverage and loss scenarios for a distribution center affected by a major catastrophe
  • Review the need for and role of experts including building consultant, salvor, and accountant
  • Describe adjustment options with respect to the inventory
  • Examine multiple business interruption triggers, including ingress/egress, civil authority, and power outage
  • Clarify loss mitigation options with respect to extra expense
  • Driverless Cars: Liability & Coverage Issues


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Tiffany M. Alexander, Esq., Partner, Tanenbaum Keale LLP
    Terrence L. Graves, Esq., Shareholder, Sands Anderson PC

  • Identify various parties who may be liable for loss arising out of the use of driverless vehicles such as manufacturers, engineers, designers, and retailers
  • Examine likely theories of liability that may asserted against these potentially liable parties
  • Describe liability insurance coverage available to potentially liable parties
  • Explore the co-ordination of insurance coverage among these parties
  • Drones & Their Use in Claims


    Curriculum: Technology

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00
    Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30

    Charles Mondello, President, Property Drone Consortium
    Gary Sullivan, CPCU AIC, VP Property & Subro. Claims, Erie Insurance Group

  • Review the emerging regulatory environment for drone operations
  • Explore potential use cases for drone flights in claims
  • Describe hardware and software options available to support drone operations
  • Evaluate other issues, such as privacy concerns, that may impact successful drone operations
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