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Monthly Industry News Roundup – Long Term Care

November 16th, 2015
in Healthcare |


Healthcare/Long Term Care – The latest updates on whistleblowing, managing caregiver stress, long term care litigation, and more  (more…)

Questions and Concerns Surrounding Side A Insurance

November 20th, 2014
in Insurance & Reinsurance, Legal Conferences |

Complimentary presentation from ACI’s 18th Forum on D&O Liability Insurance.

Highlights from this presentation:

- Emerging trends

- Summary of Side A DIC insurance

- Claims nuances and emerging issues

- Criminal and regulatory matters

- Practical guidance and much more…



October Conference Materials are Now Available!

November 3rd, 2014
in Aerospace & Defense, Anti-Corruption / FCPA, Employment & Benefits, Ethics Credits, Financial Services, Insurance & Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, International Trade & Defense, Legal Conferences, Litigation, Pharmaceuticals / Biotech / Life Sciences |

extOctober was a productive month for ACI’s conference attendees. At our events, decision makers had the chance to acquire top notch industry information; ranging from the latest trends, developments, hottest litigation cases to key insights from leading experts and more. You now have the opportunity to remain ahead of the curve too by accessing conference materials. October materials are now available in digital format and can be reviewed according to your own schedule. (more…)

Asbestos Claims & Litigation Forum

December 5th, 2013
in Insurance & Reinsurance, Litigation |


Complimentary Presentation from ACI’s last Asbestos Claims & Litigation Forum


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Don’t miss ACI’s Asbestos Claims & Litigation Forum this January


Asbestos Claims & Litigation

Litigating Disability Insurance Claim

December 5th, 2013
in Insurance & Reinsurance, Legal Conferences, Litigation |

Complimentary Presentation from ACI’s last Litigating Disability Insurance Claim Conference

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Don’t miss ACI’s 16th Annual Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims this January

Litigating Disability Insurance Claims

ACI’s Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Cosmetics

December 3rd, 2013
in Legal Conferences, Litigation |

Cosmetics Legal Conference

When: Thursday, February 20 to Friday, February 21, 2014

Where: The Carlton Hotel, New York, NY

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Industry News

China considers end to mandatory animal testing on cosmetics by Zhang Dayu, Published on CNN

Cosmetic companies and animal rights groups have welcomed a proposal by China to allow sales of some cosmetics without requiring them to be tested on animals.

Animal testing would no longer be mandatory for “non-specialized cosmetics”, including shampoo, soaps and certain skin products manufactured in China from June next year, according to a document posted on the website of the China Food and Drug Administration earlier this month… [ Read More ]

San Francisco Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control Unit E. coli O157:H7 Burma Superstar 2013 Outbreak Investigation Report Out

November 7th, 2013
in Expert Guest Blog Entries, Food and Beverage, Legal Conferences |

Expert Guest Entry by Bill Marler, Originally Posted on Marler Blog 


Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O157 Infection Associated with a Restaurant San Francisco County, California – August 2013

Between Friday, August 23 and Monday, August 26, 2013, the San Francisco Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control Unit (SFDPH CDCU) received eight reports of laboratory- confirmed Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 infection in unrelated San Francisco residents. This number of reports represented a marked increase over the background incidence of E. coli O157 in San Francisco of less than 1 case per month. The eight reports were received from three clinical laboratories. Case-patient residences were geographically dispersed throughout San Francisco but suggested moderate to high socioeconomic status. CDCU initiated standard follow-up interviews with all case-patients.  While no common exposures or demographic characteristics were immediately apparent, cases tended to be younger, salad-eating, local-market shoppers.

On August 26, SFDPH requested assistance from the California Emerging Infections Program (CEIP), and an investigation was initiated to ascertain the source of infections and prevent further illnesses.  The California Department of Public Health Microbial Diseases Laboratory (MDL) was asked to prioritize Pulse-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) testing of E. coli isolates from San Francisco and the surrounding counties. On August 28, 2013, a Health Alert was sent to local clinicians notifying them of the observed increase in cases, recommending increased testing for symptomatic patients, reminding them of the reporting requirement, and requesting forwarding of E. coli O157 isolates to the SFDPH Public Health Laboratory.

Case-patients were re-interviewed with a detailed hypothesis-generating questionnaire. The hypothesis-generating questionnaire identified a common restaurant and dates of exposure: Burma Superstar restaurant on August 16 and 17.   On August 30, a joint press release was issued by SFDPH and Burma Superstar in order to inform the public and assist in case finding. A total of 22 confirmed and probable case-patients were identified. A case-control study and a dining group level cohort study were initiated to identify suspect food items.  A garlic noodle dish was strongly associated with illness, but   the specific ingredient causing disease was not identified. An environmental investigation resulted in recommendations for the restaurant that included improved hand washing and food handling, as well as a requirement for Food Safety training. Although the outbreak was self-limited, lessons learned from this response may improve SFDPH’s response to future similar events.

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Weekly Industry News – Employment Law

November 7th, 2013
in Employment & Benefits, Legal Conferences |

Employment Law – the latest on FMLA Liability, Dell’s illegal labor conditions in China, ERISA Claims and more.

Employers Should Be Aware Of The Risks Of Unexpected FMLA Liability by R. Michelle Tatum  Published on

Executive Summary:   While most companies are aware of the liability they may face if they violate the FMLA, a recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit serves as a reminder of just how important it is for employers to train human resources personnel, as well as managers and supervisors, on how to properly handle leave requests.  In Dawkins v. Fulton County Gov’t, (11th Cir. Sept. 30, 2013), an employee sought to bring a claim of FMLA retaliation based on a manager’s one word response of “Approved” to an e-mail requesting both emergency and FMLA leave, even though she did not comply with the employer’s medical certification requirements… [ Read  More ]


Dell’s China suppliers ‘break employment laws with illegal labour conditions’ by Radhika Sanghani Published on

Dell’s suppliers in China are exploiting workers by making them work up to 74 hours a week and hiring underage employees, according to a new report.

An undercover video from DanWatch and China Labor Watch shows employees at factories in the Chinese regions of Guangdong and Jiangsu working a monthly overtime of 52 to 136 hours and in peak seasons work 7 days a week. The staff, mainly students, live in dorms on-site but there is only one toilet for 55 workers and one shower room for 90 workers…. [ Read More ]

Supreme Court to Review Statute of Limitations for Denial of ERISA Claims by Yonaton Aronoff Published on

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case likely to have wide-ranging consequences for employers who offer employee benefit plans under Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). The petitioner in the case is a former Wal-Mart employee who became permanently disabled. She filed a claim for long-term disability benefits under the employer’s benefit plan, which contains a three-year statute of limitations commencing on the date that proof of loss was required to be submitted under the plan… [ Read More ]

Another Whistleblower Bounty From The SEC by Steven J. Pearlman,  Daniel Saperstein Published on

On October 30, 2013, the SEC announced that it rendered a $150K award to an anonymous whistleblower whose tips allegedly helped thwart a scheme to defraud investors (click here for the Order). The bounty equals 30% of the proceeds the SEC collected in the enforcement action—the maximum percentage permitted… [ Read More ]

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ACI’s 16th Annual Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims

November 6th, 2013
in Insurance & Reinsurance, Legal Conferences, Litigation |

Disability Claims

When:Thursday, January 23 to Friday, January 24, 2014

Where: The Carlton Hotel, New York, NY

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Social Security Disability Offsets in Disability Insurance Claims by Frankel & Newfield, Originally Posted on


Clients often ask why Long Term Disability Insurance companies are allowed to deduct their Social Security benefits from disability checks.

The history is complicated, but the answer is simple: most disability policies that are purchased through the workplace include a clause that the LTD benefits will be reduced by the amount of money paid by Social Security. This language can be found in a section of the policy often titled “Offsets” or “Other Income Benefits.” Social Security Disability is the primary offset, although there may be others; it all depends on the language contained with each policy.

If a disabled individual’s children receive Social Security, those funds will be considered for an offset as well, as they are counted as the household’s Social Security benefit… [ Read More ]



ACI’s Food Borne Illness Forum

October 24th, 2013
in Food and Beverage, Legal Conferences, Litigation |

Advanced Strategies for Defending and Managing High Profile Food Contamination Claims


Food Borne Illness

When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Where: Hilton San Francisco Financial District, San Francisco, CA

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‘Unprecedented surge’ in food lawsuits is driven by plaintiffs’ lawyers and advocacy groups, not consumers, claims report by Elaine Watson

The number of consumer fraud class actions brought in federal court against food and beverage companies skyrocketed from 19 cases in 2008 to more than 100 in 2012, according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR)*….[ Read More  ]


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