ACI's 16th Annual Conference on

Litigating Disability Insurance Claims

The only disability insurance event where plaintiff & defense lawyers, in-house counsel and claims professionals meet to devise practical solutions for today’s most critical issues

Thursday, January 23 to Friday, January 24, 2014
The Carlton Hotel, New York, NY

The nation’s premier conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims returns for its 16th year, led by an unparalleled faculty of in-house industry experts, renowned jurists, cutting edge medical professionals, and renowned plaintiff and defense attorneys.

Along with the greater volume of long term, short term, individual and ERISA
claims being seen by the industry, claimants, insurers and their counsel have been faced with additional challenges in responding to the rise in mental illness and other subjective, “non-visible” claims; adapting to the recent case law developments of MetLife v. Glenn, Cigna v. Amara and US Airways v. McCutchen which have shifted the scope of discovery and equitable remedies in disability claims; and navigating the varying standards regarding the enforceability of discretionary clauses – just to name a few.

Insurers and their counsel face increased tension in determining the contents of the administrative record and assessing claims of privilege. In addition, there has recently been more debate than ever before over the fairness and enforceability of discretionary clauses. This too has created much uncertainty as to whether, when and to what extent a plan administrator may exercise deferential judicial review of a benefits claim.

What’s more, Cigna still has some courts grappling with the issue of whether compensation is allowed beyond the terms described in the contract, and if so, when? The Supreme Court recently revisited the issue of “when equitable principles can augment a disability plan” just this year in its decision in US Airways v. McCutchen – which has further altered the landscape of remedies and equitable defenses/relief in disability claims. Both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys are trying to come to terms with these decisions.

ACI’s 16th Annual Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims will
help you to tailor your practice to the on-going discovery battle, and highlight
key strategies to making discovery useful and meaningful to your case in the
face of both an “arbitrary & capricious” and “de novo” standard of review.
Attendees will hear the latest on how other industry professionals are navigating the shifting remedies landscape in disability claims, and will be provided with the latest practical solutions and tips for handling these claims in various stages including pre-litigation, mediation and administrative review.

In total, this is the event you’ve come to rely on as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet with colleagues – and opponents – to assess your best move – and anticipate what the other side is thinking. The faculty features renowned judges, leading plaintiff and defense attorneys, medical experts, claims professionals, disability consultants, vocational experts, independent medical examiners, risk managers, reinsurers, carriers and insurers. Here’s a small sampling of companies already registered to participate: The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Cigna, Crawford & Company, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Unum, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, The Hartford, Manulife Financial, Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company, The Standard, AIG, Disability Management Services, Inc.

This conference is your “one-stop” venue for the latest and most innovative material on today’s most pressing and contentious disability law issues, including how to wade through the complexities of filing a claim, how to recover benefits when faced with mounting obstacles, how to hone and sharpen the skills needed to protect your client’s interests, and how to successfully forge a defense against weak claims and overbroad discovery requests. Get all the practical tips, strategies and solutions needed for every stage of the claims process!