If you read this blog, you have an interest in the very exciting subject of class actions against insurance companies. Either that or, more likely, it’s useful to your job to read the blog. If you have some downtime as the Summer winds down, and actually feel like reading even more about class actions, I’ve got two articles that might interest you. Or perhaps you want to put them on your shelf for when you have some downtime in the Fall.

First, I recently published in the FDCC Quarterly, a scholarly publication of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, an article entitled “Turning New Guns on Old Targets: Class Actions Against Insurance Companies.”  (Incidentally, for any of you who have not heard of the FDCC, it’s a great organization of defense lawyers and in-house lawyers – check out their website and contact me if you’d like more information.)  The article gives an overview of recent developments in insurance class actions, separated by line of business: property, auto, life and subrogation. So if you’re only interested in one of those lines of business you can just flip to that section of the article. At the end there is a section on the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent class action decisions and my thoughts on their potential impact on insurance cases.

Second, I recently published an article in the Summer 2014 issue of TortSource, a publication of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.  The article is entitled “Reaffirming Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses,” and focuses on the Supreme Court’s decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant.  If you’re an ABA TIPS member, you received this publication recently in the mail.  Unfortunately, the web-based version of the publication is not up to date so I don’t have a link for you.  If you’d like a copy of the article, e-mail me.

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Wystan Ackerman is a partner in Robinson+Cole’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group and handles a diverse range of property insurance litigation, including large business interruption cases, class actions, other complex litigation, and appeals. He also has substantial experience representing insurance companies in putative class…

Wystan Ackerman is a partner in Robinson+Cole’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group and handles a diverse range of property insurance litigation, including large business interruption cases, class actions, other complex litigation, and appeals. He also has substantial experience representing insurance companies in putative class actions involving homeowners’ insurance coverage and market conduct/claim-handling practices. He has been prominently involved in high-profile property insurance litigation concerning the September 11th catastrophe and Hurricane Katrina, and Chinese-made drywall. Based in the insurance capital of Hartford, Connecticut, Wystan writes the blog Insurance Class Actions Insider, which was selected by Lexis Nexis as a top insurance blog for 2011.

Wystan grew up in Deep River, Connecticut, a small town on the west side of the Connecticut River in the south central part of the state. He always had strong interests in history, politics and baseball and his heroes growing up were Abraham Lincoln and Wade Boggs (at that time the third baseman for the Boston Red Sox). Wystan says it was his early fascination with Lincoln that drove him to practice law. As a high school senior, he was one of Connecticut’s two delegates to the U.S. Senate Youth Program, which further solidified his interest in law and government. He went on to Bowdoin College, where he wrote for the Bowdoin Orient and majored in government. After Bowdoin, he went on to Columbia Law School. He also interned in the chambers of then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit. Wystan graduated from Columbia in 2001, then worked at Skadden Arps in Boston before returning to Connecticut and joining Robinson+Cole.

When Wystan’s not at his desk, flying around the country trying to save insurance companies from the plaintiffs’ bar, or attending a conference on class actions or insurance litigation he often can be found watching “Dora the Explorer” or reading or playing whiffleball with his young daughter, helping his wife with her business, Option Realty, reading a book about history or politics, or watching the Boston Red Sox.

Read Wystan’s rc.com bio.