The 9th National Advanced Forum on

Litigating Disability Insurance Claims

Thursday, February 23, 2006

About

Disability insurance claims and litigation continue to soar in an upward climb that continues unabated. And, as the baby boomer generation ages, there's no question that the trend toward increased claims and costs will continue. Recent landmark cases have shaken up the disability claims landscape, and the shock waves of those changes continue to reverberate. For example, what impact will the changing role of discretionary clauses in disability insurance contracts have on your current cases? How are key cases like Knudsen and Campbell playing out with respect to social security offsets, ERISA litigation and bad faith, as more courts consider their effect?

Everyone involved in any way with disability insurance litigation including plaintiff and defense litigators, insurance counsel and claims managers, and disability consultants must have a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the all the many critical developments surrounding these claims. In this continually changing area, you simply cannot assume that last year's rules continue to apply.

Whether you represent policy-holders or insurance carriers, this comprehensive and information-packed publication is one you cannot afford to miss!

Contents & Contributors

About

Disability insurance claims and litigation continue to soar in an upward climb that continues unabated. And, as the baby boomer generation ages, there's no question that the trend toward increased claims and costs will continue. Recent landmark cases have shaken up the disability claims landscape, and the shock waves of those changes continue to reverberate. For example, what impact will the changing role of discretionary clauses in disability insurance contracts have on your current cases? How are key cases like Knudsen and Campbell playing out with respect to social security offsets, ERISA litigation and bad faith, as more courts consider their effect?

Everyone involved in any way with disability insurance litigation including plaintiff and defense litigators, insurance counsel and claims managers, and disability consultants must have a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the all the many critical developments surrounding these claims. In this continually changing area, you simply cannot assume that last year's rules continue to apply.

Whether you represent policy-holders or insurance carriers, this comprehensive and information-packed publication is one you cannot afford to miss!

Contents & Contributors


CONDUCTING THE OCCUPATION ANALYSIS: LAYING THE GROUND WORK FOR THE RIGHT DECISION BY SCRUTINIZING THE DEFINITION OF DISABILITY
Jonathan M. Feigenbaum, Phillips & Angley

CONDUCTING THE OCCUPATION ANALYSIS
Lesley C. Green, Bannan, Green, Frank & Terzian LLP

EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF A VOCATIONAL EXPERT
John E. Sargent, MS, CRC, CCMHC, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

THE END OF THE ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS STANDARD OF REVIEW IN ERISA CASES?
Mark D. DeBofsky, Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant

JUDICIAL STANDARDS OF REVIEW UNDER ERISA
Mark E. Schmidtke, Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans LLP

USE OF FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATIONS IN LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE CASES
Richard J. Quadrino, Quadrino & Schwartz, PC
Michail Z. Hack, Quadrino & Schwartz, PC

COMBATTING A DISABILITY CARRIER'S EFFORTS TO DICTATE AN INSURED'S MEDICAL CARE: WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?
Frank N. Darras, Shernoff Bidart & Darras, LLP
Lissa A. Martinez, Shernoff Bidart & Darras, LLP

INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF "MEDICAL CARE" PROVISIONS IN DISABILITY INSURANCE POLICIES
Edward S. Rooney, Jr., Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellot LLC

THE ADVOCACY OF DISABILITY CLAIMS INVOLVING CHRONIC FATIGUE AND FIBROMYALGIA; A CASE SURVEY
Bonny G. Rafel, LLC

PROVING OR DISPROVING CHRONIC FATIGUE, FIBROMYALGIA AND OTHER SUBJECTIVE PHYSICAL DISORDERS
Robert McKennon, Barger & Wollen

DISABILITY EVALUATION FOR FIBROMYALGIA AND CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Richard N. Podell, M.D., UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

PROVING (OR DISPROVING) COGNATIVE IMPAIRMENT AND FUNCTIONAL DISABILIY IN CFS AND SIMILAR DISORDERS
George J. Carnevale, Ph.D., UMDNJ-NJ Medical School

LITIGATING ERISA DISABILITY CLAIMS: APPLICABILITY, DISCOVERY AND OTHER CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Scott M. Riemer, Riemer & Associates LLC
Timothy M. O'Brien, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

DOCUMENT PENALTIES UNDER ERISA 502 FOR AN ADMINISTRATOR'S FAILURE TO SUPPLY REQUESTED DOCUMENTS
Pamela I. Atkins, Atkins & Associates LLC

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT DECIDES AGENCY QUESTION
Robert K. Scott, Law Offices of Robert K. Scott

THE SPECIAL CHALLENGES OF EVALUATING MENTAL HEALTH DISABILIY CLAIM: HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT THIS INSTANT
Thomas M. Herlihy, Kelly, Herlihy & Klein
Sean P. Nalty, Kelly, Herlihy & Klein

CHALLENGES IN EVALUATING MENTAL HEALTH DISABILITY CLAIMS: THE TASK AND ROLE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT
George Carnevale, Ph.D., UMDNJ-NJ Medical School

STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS FOR LITIGATING THE DISABILITY CLAIMS SUIT
H. Sanders Carter, Jr., Carter & Ansley, LLP

OPPOSING MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION OF CALIFORNIA INSURANCE BAD FAITH AND PUNITIVE AND EXEMPLARY DAMAGE CLAIMS
Douglas K. deVries, deVries Law Firm

ERISA PLANS AND SOCIAL SECURITIY DISABILITY AWARDS: THE EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP FOLLOWING THE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS IN KNUDSON AND NORD
John D. Wood, Branham & Day, PC
Robert Wright, White & Williams LLP

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EVIDENCE IN COURT
Linda M. Lawson, Meserve, Mumper & Hughes, LLP
Russell G. Gomm, Meserve, Mumper & Hughes, LLP



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