BAD FAITH LITIGATION

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

About

The risk of bad faith claims devastating your company are evident:

  • Las Vegas jury returns $60 million verdict in bad faith insurance case
  • Arbitrators assess $8.4 million in punitive damages against health insurer
  • As the economy declines, bad faith litigation claims are increasing. The past 12 months have seen a large boost in the number of claims being filed against insurance companies.

With courts continuing to return record breaking judgments against insurance companies and the increase in litigation, there has never been a more important time to adequately maneuver your way through the bad faith litigation process, including learning how to utilizing the pleadings stage to glean an advantage in the development of evidence and structuring of dispositive motions, implement credible case themes, and properly manage the discovery phase, among others.

At American Conference Institute’s 19th National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation, the best and the brightest in the bad faith industry will share their insight and winning strategies on these and other critical issues. Through an exceptional faculty of in-house counsel and claims examiners, outside defense and plaintiff’s counsel, as well as nine renowned jurists, this conference will provide even the most seasoned professionals with confidence and clarity on today’s paramount bad faith issues facing the insurance industry.

Whether your case ends with a jury verdict or in settlement, this forum will provide you with up-to-date information and strategies on how to get the most favorable result for your client. Featuring two judicial panels from jurisdictions around the country and an in-house counsel and claims examiner panel, no other conference in the industry allows you to interact and benchmark with the leaders in the industry while hearing the theories and defenses that are most effective, how to weigh evidence, and which arguments turn cases one way or another.

Contents & Contributors

About

The risk of bad faith claims devastating your company are evident:

  • Las Vegas jury returns $60 million verdict in bad faith insurance case
  • Arbitrators assess $8.4 million in punitive damages against health insurer
  • As the economy declines, bad faith litigation claims are increasing. The past 12 months have seen a large boost in the number of claims being filed against insurance companies.

With courts continuing to return record breaking judgments against insurance companies and the increase in litigation, there has never been a more important time to adequately maneuver your way through the bad faith litigation process, including learning how to utilizing the pleadings stage to glean an advantage in the development of evidence and structuring of dispositive motions, implement credible case themes, and properly manage the discovery phase, among others.

At American Conference Institute’s 19th National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation, the best and the brightest in the bad faith industry will share their insight and winning strategies on these and other critical issues. Through an exceptional faculty of in-house counsel and claims examiners, outside defense and plaintiff’s counsel, as well as nine renowned jurists, this conference will provide even the most seasoned professionals with confidence and clarity on today’s paramount bad faith issues facing the insurance industry.

Whether your case ends with a jury verdict or in settlement, this forum will provide you with up-to-date information and strategies on how to get the most favorable result for your client. Featuring two judicial panels from jurisdictions around the country and an in-house counsel and claims examiner panel, no other conference in the industry allows you to interact and benchmark with the leaders in the industry while hearing the theories and defenses that are most effective, how to weigh evidence, and which arguments turn cases one way or another.

Contents & Contributors

2009 Mid-Year Update: Emerging Trends and Assessment of Bad Faith Litigation Exposures
Lori S. Nugent, Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP (Chicago, IL)
Douglas deVries, Partner, deVries Law Firm (Sacramento, CA)

Innovative Pre-Trial Theme Building Strategies for Defending Against Bad Faith Claims: Procedural Considerations, Pleadings/Motion Practice, Discovery and Beyond
Julia Molander, Partner, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP (San Francisco, CA)
Tony Zelle, Partner, Zelle McDonough & Cohen LLP (Boston, MA)

Avoiding Bad Faith Landmines Involving ERISA Claims

Daniel Feinberg, Shareholder, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. (Oakland, CA)

California, Florida, and Pennsylvania: Up-to-the-Minute Survey of Key Hotbeds
California:
Joyce Wang, Partner, Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP (Sacramento, CA)
Arnold R. Levinson, Partner, Pillsbury & Levinson, LLP (San Francisco, CA)
Florida:
Brenton VerPloeg, Partner, VerPloeg & Lumpkin, P.A. (Miami, FL)
Pennsylvania:
Charles E. Haddick, Jr., Shareholder, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. (Harrisburg, PA)



DOCUMENT TYPES: PPT PDF DOC PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: 8

9:30
Conference Registration
10:10
Co-Chairs' Opening Remarks
Mr. Mike Cunningham
Vice President‚ Corporate Litigation
Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation
-Mr. Charles Haddick
Shareholder
Dickie‚ McCamey & Chilcote‚ P.C.
- Mr. Robert Scott

Law Offices of Robert K. Scott
10:25
2009 Mid-Year Update: Emerging Trends and Assessment of Bad Faith Litigation Exposures
Ms. Lori S Nugent
Chair‚ Enterprise Risks
Cozen O'Connor
1 file
Nugent.L.1a
543.5 KB 12 pages Presentation
PPT - Nugent.L.1a
Doug deVries
Founder
deVries Dispute Resolution/Judicate West
1 file
Emerging Trends and Bad Faith Exposures
166 KB 5 pages Presentation
PPT - Emerging Trends and Bad Faith Exposures
11:10
Manufactured Claims: Strategically Avoiding and Properly Defending Against "Bad Faith Set-ups"
Mr. Mike Cunningham
Vice President‚ Corporate Litigation
Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation
Mr. Paul R. Berne
Senior Vice President‚ Claims
Lancer Insurance Company
-Mr. Steve Plitt
Shareholder
Kunz‚ Plitt‚ Hyland‚ Demlong & Kleifeld
12:30
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
13:40
Innovative Pre-Trial Theme Building Strategies for Defending Against Bad Faith Claims: Procedural Considerations‚ Pleadings/Motion Practice‚ Discovery and Beyond
Ms. Julia A. Molander
Partner
Meckler, Bulger, Tilson, Marick & Pearson LLP
1 file
ACI Bad Faith Litigation Seminar – Winning Defense Strategies
305 KB 65 pages Presentation
PPT - ACI Bad Faith Litigation Seminar – Winning Defense Strategies
Mr. Anthony Zelle
Partner
Zelle McDonough & Cohen LLP
1 file
FORUM SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS IN BAD FAITH LITIGATION
87.7 KB 10 pages Presentation
PDF - FORUM SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS IN BAD FAITH LITIGATION
Ms. Mary F. Licari
Partner
Bates Carey Nicolaides LLP
15:25
Afternoon Refreshment Break
15:40
Tips and Techniques on Successfully Mediating Bad Faith Cases
Ms. Linda Bondi-Morrison
Partner
Tressler‚ Soderstrom‚ Maloney & Priess‚ LLP
Mr. Jeff Kichaven
Mediator
Professional Mediation & Arbitration
16:45
Avoiding Bad Faith Landmines Involving ERISA Claims
Mr. Daniel Feinberg
Shareholder
Lewis‚ Feinberg‚ Lee‚ Ranker & Jackson‚ P.C.
1 file
AVOIDING ERISA LAND MINES FOR INSURANCE BAD FAITH CLAIMS
98.1 KB 20 pages Presentation
PDF - AVOIDING ERISA LAND MINES FOR INSURANCE BAD FAITH CLAIMS
17:30
Conference Adjourns
8:30
Continental Breakfast
9:00
A View from the Bench: Judicial Views on Effective Theories and Evidentiary Approaches
The Honorable Catharina Haynes
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge
U.S. Court of Appeals‚ Fifth Circuit
Honorable Llyod D. George
U.S. District Court Judge
U.S. Dist. Ct.‚ D. Nev.
The Honorable Ann D. Montgomery
District Court Judge
U.S. Dist. Ct.‚ D. Minn.
-Hon. F.A. Gossett III
U.S. Dist. Ct., D. Neb.
Ms. Julia A. Molander
Partner
Meckler, Bulger, Tilson, Marick & Pearson LLP
10:50
Coffee Break
11:00
California‚ Florida‚ and Pennsylvania: Up-to-the-Minute Survey of Key Hotbeds
Ms. Joyce Wang
Partner
Carlson‚ Calladine & Peterson LLP
1 file
Bad Faith Case Law Update: CALIFORNIA
126 KB 20 pages Presentation
DOC - Bad Faith Case Law Update: CALIFORNIA
Mr. Arnold R. Levinson
Partner
Pillsbury & Levinson‚ LLP
1 file
Bad Faith Case Law Update: CALIFORNIA
126 KB 20 pages Presentation
DOC - Bad Faith Case Law Update: CALIFORNIA
Mr. Brenton VerPloeg
Partner
VerPloeg & Lumpkin‚ P.A.
1 file
FLORIDA BAD FAITH: ITS HISTORY, PURPOSE AND DEVELOPMENT
149 KB 28 pages Presentation
DOC -  FLORIDA BAD FAITH: ITS HISTORY, PURPOSE AND DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Charles E. Haddick, Jr.
Shareholder
Dickie‚ McCamey & Chilcote‚ P.C.
1 file
PENNSYLVANIA UPDATE
1.6 MB 20 pages Presentation
PDF - PENNSYLVANIA UPDATE
12:20
In-House Counsel and Claims Examiner Insights on Preventing and Managing Bad Faith Litigation
Mr. Mike Cunningham
Vice President‚ Corporate Litigation
Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation
Cindy Khin
Chief Claims Officer
Medmarc Insurance Group
13:20
Conference Ends