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Abuse & Molestation Claims & Coverage Issues

Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

Jonathan Toren, JD, Member, Cozen O'Connor

  • Identify the trends and sources of liability in abuse and molestation claims
  • List methods to locate lost and/or old policies
  • Determine whether coverage has been triggered and/or excluded
  • Evaluate allocation and limits issues
  • Bad Faith Damages in Third-Party Claims

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

    Asim K. Desai, JD, Partner, Gordon & Rees, LLP
    Kevin Willging, JD, Executive Counsel, Travelers Companies

  • Spot warning signs of bad-faith exposure in third-party contexts
  • Review emerging bad-faith issues and trends in the third-party claims
  • Identify warning signs of bad faith "set-ups" by third-party claimants and develop responsive action plans
  • Biomechanics of Injury Causation: How People Get Hurt

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

    Richard V. Baratta, Ph.D., SVP-Biomechanical Divison, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Identify the mechanical properties of the different types of tissues
  • Review anatomy in the context of accidental injuries
  • Compare different accident/incident scenarios that can cause specific injuries
  • Evaluate consistency between accident scenarios and injuries claimed
  • Bodily Injury & Wrongful Death Claims: Effective Adjusting

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

    Joe Epps, CPA, CFE, Sr. Consultant, HSNO The Forensics Firm
    Meryl Fein, Claim Director-Excess Claims, Allianz Global Corp. & Spec.
    Josh M. Snell, JD, Partner, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC

  • Describe claim investigation options for pre- and post-litigation bodily injury and wrongful death claims
  • Review both standard and specialized information to obtain, depending on the bodily injury or wrongful death facts alleged that must be gathered to complete your evaluation
  • Identify at least three potential situations which greatly complicate the determination of economic damages
  • Compare the timing in various claims settlement procedures, including pre-litigation negotiation, mediation and litigation through trial and posture the claim for resolution
  • Casualty Case Law Update

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    Chyrl Johnson, CPCU CIC CRM AIC, Sr. Corporate Litigation Spec., United Fire & Casualty Group
    W. Lane Neilson, JD, Partner, Neilson & Associates, P.A.

  • Identify current casualty claim law trends across the nation
  • Evaluate current issues and improve your abilities to forecast court decisions
  • Analyze third-party liability factual scenarios
  • Conditional Settlement Demands: Defusing Third-Parties’ Tactics

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

    Albert Alikin, JD, Partner, Goldberg Segalla

  • Identify communications and conduct by plaintiff's counsel that are meant to trigger bad faith setups in policy limit demands
  • Analyze the carrier's basic duty to settle in good faith and what could be at stake if carrier fails to fulfill its duty
  • Evaluate particular conditions and scenarios
  • Compare and utilize practical steps, based on the individual situation, to help defuse the bad faith setup
  • Confronting the “Reptile Theory”

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

    Kenneth Bunn, AIC, AVP, Claims, Builders Mutual Insurance
    JD Keister, JD, Attorney, MGC Insurance Defense

  • Examine considerations for litigation
  • Analyze the foundations of the Reptile Theory and the teachings of Ball and Keenan
  • Compare the various ways plaintiff attorneys are putting the Reptile Theory into action across the country
  • Identify how to spot the reptile and manage a claim before suit is filed
  • Contractual Indemnity & Additional Insureds Liability

    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00
    Monday 10:30 - 12:00

    John S. Hanlon, SCLA, Complex Claims Unit Manager, Selective Insurance Group
    Dan Kohane, JD, Senior Partner, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

  • Distinguish between an insurer's obligations to those who qualify as additional insureds and those who benefit from contractual indemnity obligations
  • Evaluate how tenders of defense and indemnity should be made under both policy and trade agreement
  • Describe the protocols to consider when tenders are received under both insurance policy and contracts
  • Identify the relevant factors when sending or receiving tenders
  • Declaratory Judgment Actions: How, When & Why?

    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00
    Monday 10:30 - 12:00

    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
  • Determining the Number of Occurrences Under CGL Policies

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

    John Mumford, JD, Partner, Hancock Daniel Johnson et al

  • Identify the scenarios in which the issue of the number of occurrences arises
  • Discover how the parties' respective positions on this issue may change based on the policy provisions (including limits and deductible) and facts of the claim
  • Review the key liability policy provisions which impact the determination of the number of occurrences
  • Describe the different "tests" utilized by courts nationally for determining the number of occurrences and survey recent case law addressing this issue
  • Analyze various fact patterns in which the issue of the number of occurrences must be decided
  • Driverless Cars: Liability & Coverage Issues

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

    Kenneth P. Williams, JD, Shareholder, Segal McCambridge Singer et al

  • 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 be asserted against these potentially liable parties
  • Describe liability insurance coverage available to potentially liable parties
  • Explore the coordination of insurance coverage among these parties
  • Duty to Defend: When Does It End?

    Monday 1:30 - 2:30
    Wednesday 8:30 - 9:30

    Rina Carmel, JD, Senior Counsel, Anderson McPharlin & Connors

  • Describe the situations in which the insurer’s duty to defend may end
  • Analyze whether and when settlement can end the duty to defend, especially in mixed claims
  • Evaluate whether the insurer can terminate the defense by writing a letter, or whether coverage litigation is needed
  • Examine strategies for avoiding prejudice to the insured and avoiding bad faith allegations when the defense obligation ends
  • Environmental Loss Coverage

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

    Ginny L. Peterson, JD, Partner, Kightlinger & Gray, LLP

  • Describe common environmental liability loss hazards that arise from the release of chemicals, mold, asbestos, lead and biological agents
  • Review provisions of commercial general liability and environmental impairment liability policies which may be triggered by such environmental liability loss hazards
  • Examine trigger of coverage and loss allocation for environmental liability loss hazards
  • Determine the alternative methods for identification of the policies triggered and the effect of continuing or/ and progressive damages on coverage
  • Assess available subrogation and contribution when multiple insurance policies are triggered for the same loss and/or continuing damage
  • Faulty Construction Coverage Disputes: Current Status

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

    Barbara O'Donnell, JD, Partner, Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC
    Freedom Villa, Construction Liability Claims, Travelers Companies

  • Explain the interplay between the CGL policy's threshold insuring agreement and applicable policy exclusions
  • Survey significant recent court decisions highlighting the importance of examining the CGL policy insuring agreement's property damage and occurrence requirements
  • Scrutinize courts' approaches to the availability of coverage for Rip and Tear damages
  • Navigate coverage disputes when efforts are made by the insured to resolve faulty workmanship claims without litigation
  • Fraternity & Sorority Hazing: Liability Exposures & Coverage

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

    Danielle N. Malaty, JD, Shareholder, Kopka Pinkus Dolin PC

  • Describe the graduated levels of duties owed by fraternities and sororities to their social guests
  • Scrutinize case law, social host statutes, and anti-hazing statutes as they apply to personal injury suits arising out of events hosted by these social organizations
  • Review applicable policy forms providing coverage and pinpoint key provisions
  • Examine effective defense strategies
  • Homeowners Liability Coverage: Current Trends

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

  • Describe the expansion of homeowners policy liability coverage to respond to increasing exposures affecting personal liability
  • Survey evolving state and federal law with respect to courts' broadening interpretation of policy language to address coverage for exposures posed by cyber-bullying and other social media use, and liability for the conduct of minors
  • Scrutinize court decisions addressing coverage for intentional acts
  • Analyze approaches to coverage for these liability exposures
  • Independent Counsel: Managing the Costs

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

    Kelly M. Lippincott, JD, Member, Carr Maloney P.C.

  • Determine if independent counsel is actually needed
  • Identify approaches to managing litigation costs if independent counsel is retained
  • Weigh consequences of withdrawing a reservation of rights to take over the litigation defense
  • Liability for Criminal Acts of Catastrophic Crime & Terrorism

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

    Bradford S. Purcell, JD, Partner, Purcell & Wardrope Chartered

  • Identify who is potentially liable for criminal acts, including terrorism
  • Review the theories of liability against typical target defendants
  • Evaluate defenses available to the target defendants
  • Describe the unique challenges and exposures with litigation arising out of criminal acts
  • Multiple Lawsuits From One Cause: Taking Charge

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

    Thomas F. Glassman, JD, Shareholder, Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp
    Jennifer Klase, CCPU, SCLA, CARE Manager, State Auto Insurance Cos.

  • Develop strategies to investigate and triage a loss involving dozens of claimants
  • Balance mounting a cost-effective defense while still properly protecting the insured
  • Identify when and how to settle claims en masse to protect the insured and minimize indemnity payments and defense costs
  • Negotiating Strategies in Bodily Injury Claims

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

    Richard Nouza, JD, Home Office Claims Manager, Central Insurance Companies
    Christine A. Sullivan, CPCU, President, CAS Consulting, LLC

  • Identify the key components of an effective negotiation strategy
  • Build an effective negotiation strategy based on the merits of the case
  • Describe what tactics to employ to effectively negotiate a bodily injury claim
  • Apply the strategy and tactics to successfully negotiate the claim from the defense and plaintiff's point of view
  • Privacy Claims: Emerging Coverage Issues

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Matthew S. Foy, JD, Partner, Gordon & Rees, LLP

  • Specify coverage issues raised by cyber liability and privacy claims generated by data breaches
  • Analyze coverage for these claims under CGL policies
  • Highlight case law addressing CGL coverage
  • Describe coverages provided under more specifically designed insurance products
  • Reservation of Rights & Declination Letters

    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    David Jarrett, JD, AVP-Legal Counsel, Western Reserve Group
    David B. Krouk, JD, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

  • Specify essential content of reservation of rights and declination letters, and assess the consequences of missing such content
  • Pinpoint critical issues in reserving rights and declining coverage, including notice requirements, timing, and the impact of applicable local law
  • Describe effective claims handling methods while the claim or suit is under a reservation of rights
  • Gauge the scope of defense control and the likelihood of recouping costs while defending under a reservation of rights
  • Social Media Liability Exposures & Coverage

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

    Kevin T. Merriman, JD, Partner, Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy
    Meghan E. Ruesch, JD, Associate Attorney, Lewis Wagner, LLP
    Nicole Weir, JD, Senior Claims Attorney, SECURA Insurance Companies

  • Examine liability exposures and coverage for cyberbullying and other conduct arising out of social media use
  • Explore present and emerging causes of action enhanced or generated by social media use
  • Assess coverage issues under personal and commercial liability policies for social media-related claims
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluating Claims

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

    David R. Price, Ph.D., President, The Forensic Network
    Robert S. Stickley, JD, Founder, Stickley Law, LLC

  • Describe what constitutes a mild traumatic brain injury, moderate traumatic brain injury, and severe traumatic brain injury
  • Identify what records and documents are needed for appropriate brain injury evaluation
  • Distinguish the prognosis for recovery from mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries
  • Evaluate the high probability of fraud and malingering in mild traumatic brain injury claims
  • Workplace Discrimination & Harassment: Emerging Issues

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

    Amy E. Johnson, JD, Of Counsel, HeplerBroom, LLC

  • Review policy forms applicable to workplace claims
  • Examine statutory claims arising out of workplace discrimination and harassment
  • Identify and describe typical companion common law claims
  • Explore approaches for assessing liability and policy coverage
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