2017 Educational Sessions

Avoiding Litigation Pitfalls in Subrogation

Session Code:  0353    Session Level:  Intermediate

Curriculum: Subrogation

Monday 10:30 - 12:00 -- Room 208
Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00 -- Room 203

Lindsay Dansdill, JD,  Attorney
Grotefeld Hoffmann, Chicago, IL

Alison Sammartano, CPCU,  Subrogation Advocate
Allstate Insurance Group, Woodridge, IL

  • Analyze the potential cost/benefits of engaging in good faith settlements before commencing litigation
  • Describe the benefits of settling with some parties pre-suit
  • Evaluate various state laws that may impede efforts to file suit against multiple defendants
  • Provide evidence to prevent dispositive motions after filing suit
    ** Identify potential benefits/pitfalls to joining a class action as a subrogating carrier

Defective Warnings Claims: A Subrogation Challenge

Session Code:  0313    Session Level:  Intermediate

Curriculum: Subrogation

Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30 -- Room 313
Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00 -- Room 313

Kenneth T. Levine, JD,  Member
de Luca | Levine, Blue Bell, PA

William J. Vigilante Jr., PhD,  Human Factors/Ergonomics Exp.
Vigilante Forensic, Phoenixville, PA

  • Describe what really makes a warning or safety instruction “adequate”
  • Outline the importance of product design hazard control (the safety hierarchy) and how it applies to subrogation claims
  • Identify the top four warnings design issues subrogation professionals face; and their effects on subrogation claims and lawsuits
  • Review the necessities and tools to support and prove these complex types of subrogation products liability claims

Investigating Chemical Contamination Cases

Session Code:  0343    Session Level:  Intermediate

Curriculum: Subrogation

Monday 3:30 - 5:00 -- Room 313
Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00 -- Room 313

Sean J. Dee, PhD, PE,  Sr. Engineer-Thermal Practice
Exponent, Warrenville, IL

Michael S. Errera, JD,  Partner
Foran Glennon, Chicago, IL

  • Define investigation strategies for, and approaches to, contamination claims
  • Identify contaminants and contamination pathways in industrial processes and consumer products
  • Incorporate technical investigation findings into claim/recovery strategies
  • Investigate claim and recovery strategies
    ** Explore strengths and vulnerabilities in contamination cases through the use of case study examples

Subrogation: What's New in the 21st Century

Session Code:  0363    Session Level:  Intermediate

Curriculum: Subrogation

Monday 1:30 - 3:00 -- Room 313
Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00 -- Room 313

David D. Brisco, Member
Cozen O'Connor, San Diego, CA

Lawrence Haney, Technical Claims Specialist
Liberty Mutual Insurance, Weston, MA

  • Evaluate new types of product liability losses from 21st century products, including e-cigarettes, hoverboards, lithium batteries, smart meters, and drones
  • Identify new types of property losses and new theories of liability under the growing Internet of Things (IoT) technology
  • Analyze how various search engines and social media sites continue to be used to prove the cause of a loss