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FDCC Insurance Industry Institute 2011

I recently attended the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s 2011 Insurance Industry Institute.  Insurance class actions were not a significant focus of the program, but there were a few points worthy of mention: The Insurance Regulatory Landscape: There was a panel discussion on the changing regulatory landscape impacting the industry.  The panelists included representatives … Continue Reading

Due Process Issues in State Court Insurance Class Action Are Raised By Petition for Certiorari in Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon v. Strawn

Back in June, I posted about the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision in Strawn v. Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon.  This class action involved payments for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage under auto insurance policies.  Farmers used software to analyze claimed medical expenses in comparison with a database of charges for particular medical services in the … Continue Reading

Insights from the ABA 2011 National Institute on Class Actions – Part 3

Here is the third and final installment of my insights from the recent ABA conference.   Class Action Trials:  There was a very interesting panel discussion on class action trials with some lawyers and a judge who have tried class actions.  The panel included Andrew McGuiness, Judge Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York, James … Continue Reading

Insights from the ABA 2011 National Institute on Class Actions – Part 2

This is the second installment of my insights from the recent ABA conference.   Concepcion:  During the discussion of the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion, which upheld the use of arbitration clauses with class action waivers, Paul Bland of Public Justice (who filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs) made … Continue Reading

Webinars on Insurance Industry Impact of 2011 Supreme Court Decisions on Class Certification; DRI Class Action Seminar in Late July

My partner, Steve Goldman, and I were pleased to be invited to present webinars in late July and early August for the American Insurance Association and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, discussing the insurance industry impact of the Supreme Court’s 2011 decisions on class certification (Wal-Mart v. Dukes, AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion and … Continue Reading

DRI Class Action Seminar in July Should Be A Hit

The Defense Research Institute is planning a class action seminar for July 21-22, 2011 in Washington, DC.  That will come shortly after the Supreme Court issues its opinions in Smith v. Bayer (involving federal injunctions against state court class actions after a denial of certification in federal court) and Wal-mart v. Dukes (involving the commonality … Continue Reading

ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Program Well-Done

I recently attended “Finding the Balance in the Shifting Sands of Insurance Coverage,” put on by the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS).  A great opportunity to meet insurance lawyers from across the country, well-balanced between plaintiffs and defense lawyers, with a significant presence of in-house counsel, consultants, etc.  … Continue Reading