Advanced National Forum on

Auto Insurance Claims and Litigation

Practical Strategies for Minimizing Exposure and Resolving Coverage Disputes

Thursday, January 26, 2006

About

Auto insurance companies pay out between 15 and 20 billion dollars each year in medical claims-and with medical costs rising, those numbers are due to climb even higher. Jury awards are soaring in auto liability cases around the country, even post-Campbell. It's a high-volume, high stakes arena, and as anyone who works in the area knows, the legal issues surrounding the resolution of auto insurance claims can be highly complex. Every day across the country, carriers grapple with difficult UM/UIM situations, assigned claims, excess verdicts, bad faith allegations, and tricky disputes involving multiple claims and inadequate limits, while savvy plaintiffs' lawyers develop new strategies for bringing successful actions against them.

And, aside from navigating the minefield of legal issues, everyone involved in bringing and defending these potentially complex claims will at some point deal with often difficult-to-assess medical issues, whether your case involves a low impact claim or a serious or catastrophic injury.

To help you sort through the issues and stay on top of a complex, continually changing area, ACI's Automobile Insurance Claims and Litigation publication will give you insights and strategies from top legal and medical experts from across the country. You will get information on:*
  • Settle cases with multiple claims and inadequate limits
  • Handle and resolve fraud allegations in automobile insurance litigation
  • Understand the effect CAFA is having on class action litigation in automobile insurance-and how you should change litigation strategies in response
  • Deal with low impact claims, by assessing accident reports and medical records so you can settle the claim for what it is really worth


*American Conference Institute cannot guarantee that every presentation will be included in the publication.

Contents & Contributors

About

Auto insurance companies pay out between 15 and 20 billion dollars each year in medical claims-and with medical costs rising, those numbers are due to climb even higher. Jury awards are soaring in auto liability cases around the country, even post-Campbell. It's a high-volume, high stakes arena, and as anyone who works in the area knows, the legal issues surrounding the resolution of auto insurance claims can be highly complex. Every day across the country, carriers grapple with difficult UM/UIM situations, assigned claims, excess verdicts, bad faith allegations, and tricky disputes involving multiple claims and inadequate limits, while savvy plaintiffs' lawyers develop new strategies for bringing successful actions against them.

And, aside from navigating the minefield of legal issues, everyone involved in bringing and defending these potentially complex claims will at some point deal with often difficult-to-assess medical issues, whether your case involves a low impact claim or a serious or catastrophic injury.

To help you sort through the issues and stay on top of a complex, continually changing area, ACI's Automobile Insurance Claims and Litigation publication will give you insights and strategies from top legal and medical experts from across the country. You will get information on:*
  • Settle cases with multiple claims and inadequate limits
  • Handle and resolve fraud allegations in automobile insurance litigation
  • Understand the effect CAFA is having on class action litigation in automobile insurance-and how you should change litigation strategies in response
  • Deal with low impact claims, by assessing accident reports and medical records so you can settle the claim for what it is really worth


*American Conference Institute cannot guarantee that every presentation will be included in the publication.

Contents & Contributors


LOW IMPACT CLAIMS
Pedro Faura, Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

INJURY CAUSATION ANALYSIS
C.E. "Ted" Bain, Biodynamic Research Corporation

A FEW THOUGHTS ON LITIGATING LAW-IMPACT CLAIMS AND AVOIDING BAD FAITH
Jon T. Neumann, Steptoe & Johnson

UIM CLAIMS AND COVERAGE DISPUTES: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTIONS
Andrew F. Susko, White and Williams LLP
Wesley R. Payne, White and Williams LLP

LITIGATING BAD FAITH IN AUTO INSURANCE CLAIMS: A PRACTICAL APPROACH
Reggie N. Whitten, Whitten, Nelson, McGuire and Roselius, LLP

RESOLVING BLACK BOX PRIVACY ISSUES
Scott Palmer, Injury Sciences

LITIGATING THE AUTO INSURANCE CASE: OFFENSIVE PLOYS AND DEFENSIVE PLAYS
Stephen S. Phalen, Law Offices of Stephen S. Phalen, LLC

PROTECTING AGAINST EXCESS VERDICTS IN CASES INVOLVING SERIOUS/CATASTROPHIC INJURY
Richard A. Rubenstein, M.D., Forensic Neurologist and Litigation Consultant

BAD FAITH CLAIMS ARISING FROM POLICY LIMIT TIME DEMANDS
John W. Weihmuller, Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP

RESOLVING CASES WITH MULTIPLE CLAIMS AND INADEQUATE LIMITS: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
Mike Cunningham, Infinity Insurance Company
William Kobokovich, Jr., St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company
Jeffrey M. Adams, Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, & Lancaster, LLP
Mark A. Ticer, Law Offices of Mark A. Ticer

MULTIPLE CLAIMS AND INADEQUATE LIMITS IN TEXAS: SORIANO PROVIDES THE ANSWER OR AT LEAST PROVIDES GUIDANCE
Mark A. Ticer, Law Offices of Mark A. Ticer

CLASS ACTIONS AND AUTO INSURERS: STATE OF PLAY
Cynthia T. Andreason, Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP

TRENDS IN CLASS ACTIONS
Susan R. Snowden, Martin Seibert, L.C.

MEDIATION: TRYING FOR WHAT YOU WANT, GETTING WHAT YOU NEED IN RESOLVING COVERAGE DISPUTES
John B. Bates, Jr., JAMS



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