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(Reuters) – Here are some events of interest to the insurance law community this week. All times are local unless otherwise noted.
Monday June 28th
2:00 p.m. (ET) – Craig Blackman of Stradley Ronon and William Treas of Nielsen & Treas meet online with FEMA Associate Chief Counsel Jordan Fried and Attorney Hope Ayerse to review recent litigation related to the National Flood Insurance Program and oversight to discuss FEMA. The panel is part of the three-day Virtual National Flood Conference, which is co-funded by the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, the Reinsurance Association of America, and the National Flood Insurance Program. Other highlights of the conference include a plenary question and answer session with US MP Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis; a look at the upcoming NFIP re-authorization process; and a closing session on buyouts and other alternatives to rebuilding and the Biden administration’s stance on them. The full agenda can be found at https://apciafloodconference.pathable.co/
Tuesday June 29th
8:30 a.m. (CT) – After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Insurance Symposium returns as a hybrid virtual and in-person event in Des Moines with opening remarks from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and a CEO panel moderated by Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen. Tuesday’s sessions also include two keynote addresses – “Global Risk and the Post-Pandemic Future,” presented by Rebekah Clement of Lloyd’s; and “Insurance and Inclusion” by George Nichols III of the American College of Financial Services – with each speaker, followed by a panel discussion and small group “cohort” sessions on the same topics. The symposium will end on Wednesday with a Commissioners Panel moderated by Pat Hughes of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. Further information can be found at https://bit.ly/3vVz5Z0.
12 noon (PT) – The California Lawyers Association dedicates half of its hour-long June session to “Breach Response Speed Chess: A 30-Minute Overview of Insurance Coverage, Legal Counsel, and Reputation Management in Privacy Incident Response.” Moderator Joshua de Larios-Heiman from Data Law and panelists Lauren Kitces from Sidley Austin, ReputationUs owner Casey Boggs and Peter Marchel from Marchel & Associates will summarize the latest cyber threat developments and best practices for responding. More information can be found at https://bit.ly/3vTojmm
1 p.m. (ET) – The ABA Claims Procedure and the Insurance Practice Section support “Current Trends in ERISA Disability Benefits Claims Litigation”, a 90-minute encore presentation at the winter meeting of the Labor Law Section. Attorneys Cassie Springer Ayeni of Oakland, Jonathan Feigenbaum of Boston and Ada Dolph of Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago will investigate recent decisions on pre-existing medical conditions, fee collection and the need for objective evidence, as well as emerging issues regarding Covid-related disability claims. Further information can be found at https://bit.ly/2UBlUQf
Friday July 2nd
9 a.m. – The U.S. 11th Court of Appeals will hear arguments from Wilco Life Insurance and a potential class plaintiff contesting Wilco’s calculation of the monthly cost of insurance (COI) for its Universal Life Insurance policies. The case is one of many across the country claiming that insurers promise to calculate COI fees “based on” the insured’s mortality risk factors, the equation cannot account for the company’s own business-related factors. A Georgia federal judge ruled in favor of Wilco last year, noting that the policy allowed him to increase the COI fee within a specified range. In other COI cases, the 7th District ruled Lincoln Benefit Life in 2013, but the 8th District upheld a $ 34 million ruling last year on a group of Missouri policyholders suing the State Farm. While the 11th District has no binding precedent on this issue, a three-judge panel issued a non-precedent statement in April that upheld the verdict of a Florida judge for Connecticut General Life Insurance. The case to be negotiated on Friday is Vanessa Anderson v Wilco Life Ins. Co., U.S. 11th Court of Appeal No. 20-13482. For Anderson: Charles McCallum III by McCallum Hoaglund & McCallum. For Wilco: Elizabeth Joy Campbell of Locke Lord.
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