13th Advanced National Forum on

Bad Faith and Punitive Damages

Thursday, April 27, 2006

About

Why Do So Many Of Your Colleagues Attend This Annual Event Each Spring In San Francisco?

Because this is the conference the insurance industry relies on to get practical strategies for minimizing exposure and resolving coverage disputes from top experts.

The bad faith arena continues to generate large numbers of cases, huge verdicts, opportunities for savvy plaintiffs, and consternation for insurance companies. While it was initially thought that Campbell would put a lid on skyrocketing jury awards, verdicts in excess of the single digit multiplier and huge punitive damages awards have continued to send strong tremors through the insurance industry. Courts across the country continue to react to and interpret the decision, and both plaintiffs and defendants are still adjusting to litigating in a post-Campbell bad faith environment.

And, as fast as insurance companies are responding to allegations of bad faith and implementing procedures to protect them from further litigation, plaintiffs' counsel are creating new strategies for bringing-and winning-bad faith cases.

Because the area is so complex and fact-driven, with significant differences in the law from state to state, decided cases in this area often seem to raise as many questions as they purport to answer for lawyers who represent policyholders and insurance carriers. Just how much does Saldi purport to alter the scope of discovery in bad faith cases? How much has Campbell really reined in huge punitive damages awards? Where are tort claims for extra-contractual damages headed?

To help you sort through the issues and stay on top of this complex, continually changing area, ACI's Bad Faith and Punitive Damages publication will provide you with valuable information and practical strategies on:

  • Knowing what attorney-client privilege covers – and doesn't cover – in your bad faith case so you're better prepared for litigation
  • Cutting-edge courtroom practices for trying your bad faith case
  • Understanding the impact of emerging trends in third party bad faith litigation

And much more…

Contents & Contributors

About

Why Do So Many Of Your Colleagues Attend This Annual Event Each Spring In San Francisco?

Because this is the conference the insurance industry relies on to get practical strategies for minimizing exposure and resolving coverage disputes from top experts.

The bad faith arena continues to generate large numbers of cases, huge verdicts, opportunities for savvy plaintiffs, and consternation for insurance companies. While it was initially thought that Campbell would put a lid on skyrocketing jury awards, verdicts in excess of the single digit multiplier and huge punitive damages awards have continued to send strong tremors through the insurance industry. Courts across the country continue to react to and interpret the decision, and both plaintiffs and defendants are still adjusting to litigating in a post-Campbell bad faith environment.

And, as fast as insurance companies are responding to allegations of bad faith and implementing procedures to protect them from further litigation, plaintiffs' counsel are creating new strategies for bringing-and winning-bad faith cases.

Because the area is so complex and fact-driven, with significant differences in the law from state to state, decided cases in this area often seem to raise as many questions as they purport to answer for lawyers who represent policyholders and insurance carriers. Just how much does Saldi purport to alter the scope of discovery in bad faith cases? How much has Campbell really reined in huge punitive damages awards? Where are tort claims for extra-contractual damages headed?

To help you sort through the issues and stay on top of this complex, continually changing area, ACI's Bad Faith and Punitive Damages publication will provide you with valuable information and practical strategies on:

  • Knowing what attorney-client privilege covers – and doesn't cover – in your bad faith case so you're better prepared for litigation
  • Cutting-edge courtroom practices for trying your bad faith case
  • Understanding the impact of emerging trends in third party bad faith litigation

And much more…

Contents & Contributors


MAKING AND BREAKING ALLEGATIONS OF INSTITUTIONAL BAD FAITH
Reggie Whitten, Whitten, Nelson, McGuire, Terry & Roselius

STRATEGIES FOR DEFENDING INSTITUTIONAL BAD FAITH CLAIMS, INCLUDING ATTACKS ON CLAIM VALUATION SOFTWARE
Floyd Bienstock, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP

JURY SELECTION TO WIN THE INSTITUTIONAL BAD FAITH CASE
Christopher W. Martin, Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP

UNUMPROVIDENT CALIFORNIA AND MULTI-STATE SETTLEMENTS' POTENTIAL IMPACT ON BAD FAITH CLAIMS AND CLAIMS HANDLING PROCESSES
Douglas K. deVries, deVries Law Firm

UNUMPROVIDENT REGULATORY SETTLEMENTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR BAD FAITH CLAIMS AND CLAIMS HANDLING PRACTICES
Cynthia T. Andreason, Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP
Kenneth E. Ryan, Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP

LIMITING - OR EXPANDING - THE SCOPE OF DISCOVERY IN THE BAD FAITH CASE POST-CAMPBELL AND SALDI
E. Gerard Mannion, Mannion & Lowe

LIMITING - OR EXPANDING - THE SCOPE OF DISCOVERY IN THE BAD FAITH CASE POST-CAMPBELL AND SALDI
Dirk Pastorick, Nelson, Levine, de Luca & Horst

UPDATE ON BAD FAITH DEVELOPMENTS IN CALIFORNIA
Royal Oakes, Barger & Wolen LLP

FLORIDA BAD FAITH LAW UPDATE
Lee W. Marcus, Marcus, McMahon & Myers

PENNSYLVANIA BAD FAITH UPDATE
Dirk Pastorick, Nelson, Levine, de Luca & Horst

WEST VIRGINIA BAD FAITH
James A. Varner, Sr., McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner, LC
Debra T. Herron, McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner, LC
Natalie Givan, McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner, LC

PUNITIVE DAMAGES POST-CAMPBELL: USING RECENT DECISIONS TO YOUR CLIENT'S ADVANTAGE – THE DEFENSE PERSPECTIVE
Kirk C. Jenkins, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold

AN INSURANCE COMPANY'S DUTY OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING, PUNITIVE DAMAGES AND THE LEGACIES OF CAMPBELL
Michael Conley, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.

LITIGATING THE BAD FAITH DISABILITY CASE: RECIPES FOR SUCCESS
Frank N. Darras, Shernoff, Bidart & Darras
Lissa A. Martinez, Shernoff, Bidart & Darras

USE OF EXPERT WITNESSES FOR YOUR BAD FAITH CASE
J. Ric Gass, Gass Weber Mullins LLC
Jane M. Cuthbert, Gass Weber Mullins LLC

EXPERT WITNESSES: STRATEGIES FOR DIS/QUALIFICATION AND PRESENTING PROBATIVE TESTIMONY IN YOUR BAD FAITH CASE
Clinton E. Miller, Insurance Claims Consultant and Expert Witness

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL PANEL ON PREVENTING AND DEFENDING AGAINST BAD FAITH CLAIMS
Theodore Horton-Billard, Formerly with Farmers Insurance Exchange
Larry Levine, Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation
William Henkel, Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.
William Kobokovich, Jr., St. Paul Travelers

FUNDAMENTALS OF BAD FAITH CLAIMS LITIGATION: THE COMPLETE GUIDE
Andrew F. Susko, White and Williams LLP
Wesley R. Payne, White and Williams LLP



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