(Re) Insurance underwriting regulatory and claims issues in Latin America | Lloyd´s Insuralex – London, United Kingdom – May 29, 2018
This panel of Latin American insurance law experts, all members of the worldwide legal network Insuralex (www.insuralex.com), will provide the attendees with an update on Latin American underwriting, regulatory and legal issues.
The speakers will summarise the status of each Latin American (LatAm) jurisdiction from different angles to give the audience an idea of the current situation of the insurance & reinsurance market in this region.
The topics to be discussed are the following:
- LatAm from a political and economic stand point
- (re) insurance regulations – evolution and trends
- handling claims – key issues to have in mind
- new trends and business opportunities
- impact of Brexit in LatAm
- sanction clauses
- litigation vs. arbitration
Audience: Underwriters, claims, wording, legal, compliance and regulatory personnel
Tuesday 29 May
15.30 – 17.00
Old Library, Lloyd’s
London EC3M 7HA
CDP: This masterclass qualifies for 1.5 CII CPD hours
About the Lloyd’s Market Association
The Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) represents the interests of the Lloyd’s community, providing professional and technical support to our members. All managing and members’ agents at Lloyd’s are full members, who together manage a gross premium income of around £32 billion per annum. Through the LMA, their interests are represented wherever decisions need to be made that affect the market.
The purpose of the LMA is to identify and resolve issues which are of particular interest to the Lloyd’s market. We work in partnership with the Corporation of Lloyd’s and other market-related associations to influence the course of future market initiatives.
Our agenda is driven by and on behalf of our members – many of whose staff freely give up their time to participate on our committees and business panels, as well as other groups who are essential to the strength of the association.
GLOBAL INSURANCE LAWYERS GROUP (INSURALEX ) AND BELZUZ ABOGADOS SLP
Have the pleasure of inviting you to the Cocktail that will take place at the Terrace of the Hotel Emperador in Madrid.
We hope to count with your presence at this magnificent venue where the Spanish insurance industry will meet.
It will be a only opportunity to meet our International Insurance Lawyers, make new contacts and see old friends.
12 of April 2018
Gran Vía 53, Madrid
From 19:30 to 22:00
Please confirm to email@example.com
- January 22nd – Wadsworth Athenum Museum of Art – 600 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103 USA / 5:00pm-8:00pm
- Title: “Emerging Threats and Recurring Losses – A Discussion On The Leading Business Considerations Facing Insurers and Reinsurers Underwriting Cyber-Risk And Related Policies”
- Speakers: Elissa K. Doroff, Vice-President, Underwriting and Product Manager for Technology and Cyber Liability, XL Catlin; Sean Mehner, Founder and President, Connecticut Information Security.
- January 23rd – Member Meeting – Hartford Marriott Downtown – 200 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103 / 8:00am-12:00pm
MJM BARRISTERS & ATTORNEYS NEWSLETTER SPRING 2017
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GWB INSURANCE COVERAGE NEWSLETTER MAY 2017
FDCC LITIGATION MANAGEMENT COLLEGE AND THE LMC GRADUATE PROGRAM
Author: Nick Farr
GWB is excited to make you aware of two upcoming programs sponsored by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) – the Litigation Management College and the LMC Graduate Program. These highly regarded programs are scheduled to take place in Atlanta on June 4-8 at Emory. They are designed for claim and litigation management professionals with 5 -15 years of claims or litigation management experience. Both are immersion style programs which give participants the opportunity to work in small groups and gain valuable hands on experience. For example, the deposition prep and mock deposition sections provide the rare opportunity for attendees to face cross-examination and post-deposition evaluation in a non-judgmental friendly environment. These programs also are designed to prepare the participant for those situations that they will regularly face in their day to day work. Consider sending one or more of your claims professionals to the LMC or the LMC Graduate Program – it”s not too late to register! Feel free to pass this information along to your colleagues. Below is information about the programs and the link to register.
HEAR SESSIONS From The Industry”s Leading Minds!
Carl Van is one of the most highly sought-after keynote speakers and presenters at claims conferences in the U.S. and Canada. He will be presenting the Keynote Address on Time Management. exploring secrets to successful time management.
MARTIN LATZ, ESQ
ABC”s Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos has called Marty Latz “one of the most accomplished and persuasive negotiators I know.” Martin will speak to Gain the Edge of Negotiations and Negotiation Skills. These sessions will arm the attendees with negotiating strategies to help them succeed in all their negotiations.
OTHER INSURANCE COVERAGE NEWS
Contravest Inc., et al v. Mt. Hawley Insurance Company (Judge Norton)
Beginning with the South Carolina Supreme Court”s decision in Harleysville Group Ins. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., No. 2013-001281 (Jan. 11, 2017) addressing, primarily, insufficiencies in reservation of rights letters, 2017 has not been a particularly great year for insurers in South Carolina. Continuing that trend, a federal court in South Carolina recently held that an insurer”s communications with its attorneys and reinsurers (as well as reserve information) are relevant, not protected by privilege, and discoverable in bad faith actions. Below is a summary of this significant decision.
In Contravest, Federal District Judge David Norton addressed a discovery dispute in the context of bad faith litigation. Plaintiffs — the underlying insured and the underlying plaintiff — filed suit against Mt. Hawley Insurance Company (“Mt. Hawley”) for declaratory judgment, bad faith, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment based on Mt. Hawley”s refusal to provide benefits allegedly owed under certain excess insurance policies issued to Contravest Construction Company (“Contravest”). In the underlying litigation, the homeowners association sued Contravest for defective construction of a development known as Plantation Point in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Despite repeated demands from Contravest, Mt. Hawley refused to defend, indemnify or participate in the lawsuit. Contravest settled the underlying action and assigned its rights and claims against Mt. Hawley to the homeowners association.
In the bad faith action, Plaintiffs served their first set of requests for production, seeking Mt. Hawley”s file on Contravest”s claim for excess coverage in connection with the underlying action. Mt. Hawley produced the claim file in conjunction with a privilege log. In response to supplemental discovery requests seeking Mt. Hawley”s files on all of Contravest”s claims under the excess policies, Mt. Hawley produced the files, again in conjunction with corresponding privilege logs. Plaintiffs filed motions to compel the withheld material and sought additional document production. The magistrate judge issued a Report and Recommendation (R&R) and Mt. Hawley filed objections to the R&R. Thus, he matter was ripe for the court”s review.
At-Issue Waiver in Bad Faith Litigation Generally – City of Myrtle Beach Approach
The court first addressed Mt. Hawley”s assertion that numerous communications in the claim files are protected by the attorney-client privilege. The court discussed the premise of the attorney-client privilege, which protects against disclosure of confidential communications by a client to his attorney, while also discussing an insured”s right to recover damages for an insurer”s breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing if the refusal to pay benefits was in bad faith or unreasonable. The court acknowledged that while the attorney-client privilege may protect even relevant information from disclosure, not every communication that falls within the ordinary scope of the privilege is entitled to protection. The court noted that bad faith claims are uniquely threatened and prejudiced by the attorney-client privilege because they turn heavily on what the insurer knew at the time it denied coverage. In this regard, the court observed that the public policy protecting confidential information must be balanced against the public interest in the proper administration of justice.
In determining that the attorney communications in the claim files were discoverable, the magistrate relied on City of Myrtle Beach v. United National Insurance Co., No.4:08-cv-1183, 2010 WL 3420044, at *5 (D.S.C. Aug. 27, 2010), where the court addressed application of the attorney-client privilege and determined that attorney-client communications were discoverable in a bad faith action. The City of Myrtle Beach decision emphasized South Carolina”s requirement that the proponent of the privilege establish the absence of waiver. The City of Myrtle Beach court then held that “if a defendant [insurer] voluntarily injects an issue in the case, whether legal or factual, the insurer [voluntarily] waives, explicitly or impliedly, the attorney-client privilege.” In other words, when a defendant insurer, through its answer and affirmative defenses, asserts that it acted in good faith, it opens the door to a waiver of the attorney-client privilege.
In the R&R, the magistrate acknowledged that the City of Myrtle Beach approach seemingly makes it difficult for a defendant to avoid waiver, because any defendant insurer who opposes a bad faith claim is essentially compelled to assert its own good faith. Nonetheless, the magistrate concluded that, in an apparent recognition of the draconian nature of the per se waiver approach, the City of Myrtle Beach court attempted to curb this “virtual per se waiver of the privilege” by finding waiver was mandated only in matters where the plaintiff had presented a prima facie case of bad faith.
Prima Facie Test
Having concluded the City of Myrtle Beach approach was appropriate, the court then addressed whether the plaintiffs had made a sufficient prima facie showing of bad faith to warrant waiver of the attorney-client privilege. The R&R concluded that the plaintiffs presented evidence that once Mt. Hawley realized the underlying policies were nearing exhaustion, it essentially changed its coverage position in an effort to avoid coverage. 
Before addressing the merits of the prima facie issue, the court noted that although City of Myrtle Beach discussed at length the prima facie finding, it does not necessarily stand for the proposition that a prima facie showing is required before waiver of the attorney-client privilege. The court noted that the R&R, in concluding a prima facie showing is required before waiver, actually applied a more insurer-friendly standard than other courts that have interpreted City of Myrtle Beach.
In any event, the court concluded that the City of Myrtle Beach decision rejected the per se waiver approach. It then stated:
However, if City of Myrtle Beach is applied without a prima facie showing requirement, the defendant-insurer waives the attorney-client privilege the moment it contests the plaintiff”s allegations of bad faith. For most cases, this has the same effect as a per se waiver. . . . If the City of Myrtle Beach court”s rejection of the per se waiver rule has any meaning, that decision must be read to require a prima facie showing of bad faith before the at-issue waiver can be applied.
The court then considered what is required to demonstrate bad faith. The magistrate focused only on the bad faith element of a bad faith claim. Mt. Hawley argued the opposite, contending that a plaintiff must present a prima facie showing of every element of a bad faith claim. The court found reason in both approaches, but noted that if Mt. Hawley”s reading of the prima facie requirement was correct, it would effectively convert a discovery dispute into a motion for summary judgment on the merits of the coverage issue. Ultimately, the court concluded that it did not need to decide the issue because Mt. Hawley waived the argument by failing to present it to the magistrate. The court then concluded there was no clear error in the magistrate”s finding that Plaintiffs presented a prima facie showing of bad faith. In this regard, the court noted that Mt. Hawley”s argument was largely based on its own evidence, not the evidence cited by the plaintiffs in support of their prima facie showing. The court concluded that a defendant”s evidence is immaterial to the prima facie showing analysis. Having found that the plaintiffs made a prima facie showing of bad faith, the Court adopted the R&R and determined that attorney communications in the insurer”s claim file were discoverable.
The court next addressed Mt. Hawley”s challenge to the magistrate”s finding that its communication with its reinsurers were relevant and discoverable. The court adopted the reasoning outlined in the R&R, and held that communications with reinsurers were relevant to explain why Mt. Hawley allegedly changed coverage positions as timed passed and communications with reinsurers on other claims were relevant to the insurer”s good faith to the extent that the insurer explained its reasoning for granting or denying portions of Plaintiffs” claims or otherwise described or explained its handling of Plaintiffs” claims. The court explained that in light of Plaintiffs” allegations, it was useful to know how Mt. Hawley handled prior claims made under the same policies.
With regard to the loss reserve information, Mt. Hawley argued that such information was not discoverable because it (1) was not relevant to coverage or bad faith and (2) was protected by the work-product doctrine. The court disagreed. The court concluded that loss reserve information is relevant to the extent the information reveals Mt. Hawley”s assessment of the validity of Contravest”s claims for excess coverage. With respect to the work-product objections, the court found that despite Mt. Hawley”s arguments that reserve information reflects the mental impressions of counsel, Mt. Hawley failed to show how such information was prepared in the anticipation of litigation which is necessary for protection under the work-product doctrine. As such, the court determined that Mt. Hawley failed to carry its burden of proof that the reserve information constitutes work-product.
In Camera Review
With respect to the magistrate”s rulings, Mt. Hawley continuously argued that the magistrate erred in ruling prior to conducting an in camera review of the documents at issue. However, the court rejected this argument, noting that the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove that the material sought is not discoverable, and there is no requirement that the court must independently confirm the relevancy of each piece of discovery material.
This decision evidences further erosion of the attorney-client privilege and expansion of discovery in the context of bad faith litigation. While some solace can be taken in the court”s refusal to apply a per se waiver of the attorney-client privilege, the prima facie requirement is not a particularly high hurdle to clear. Moving forward, insurers should anticipate that their attorney-client communications, reinsurer communications and reserve information are potentially discoverable in any bad faith action. With this in mind, insurers (and their coverage counsel) should operate under the assumption that their files will be viewed by a potential plaintiff in a bad faith action and document them accordingly.
 By way of background, the coverage dispute in the litigation was whether “vertical” or “horizontal” exhaustion applies when determining whether excess coverage is available in the progressive injury context over multiple policy periods. Plaintiffs argued that exhaustion should be determined vertically, meaning that an excess policy is triggered when the underlying policies in effect during the excess insurer”s time on the risk are exhausted. Mt. Hawley advocated horizontal exhaustion, requiring exhaustion of all primary coverage policies triggered, even if those policies were not in effect during an excess carrier”s time on the risk.
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June 15, 2017
DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AND THE FUTURE OF INSURANCE: INSURETECH & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – 15 June 2017 – NYC
15 JUNE 2017
NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB, 180 CENTRAL PARK SOUTH, NYC
DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AND THE FUTURE OF INSURANCE: INSURETECH & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
4:30-5:00PM REGISTRATIONS AND CHECK-IN
5:00-6:30PM WELCOME BY PRESIDENT, JEAN LAWLER
A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE: HOW AI WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING INCLUDING EVENTUALLY INSURANCE.
KATE BROWNE, ESQ., SENIOR VP AND CLAIMS COUNSEL, SWISS RE CORPORATE SOLUTION, NYC
INSURETECH: NEW FAD OR DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION?
TY SAGALOW, FOUNDING MEMBER, LEMONADE, INC., NYC
MODERATED BY: NEFTALÍ GARRO, PARTNER, BLP LEGAL, COSTA RICA
6:30-7:30PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION
NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB 180 CENTRAL PARK SOUTH, NYC
10TH FLOOR, OLYMPIC ROOM
NOTE: DRESS CODE APPLIES
– RSVP BY: MONDAY, JUNE 12, TO SUSAN COONE firstname.lastname@example.org OR CALL 001 813-988-0737.
January 4, 2017
MURCHISON & CUMMING NAMES FOUR NEW PARTNERS AND ONE NEW ASSOCIATE PARTNER
LOS ANGELES – January 4, 2016 –
Murchison & Cumming, LLP is pleased to announce Todd A. Chamberlain, Steven J. McEvoy, Mary C. Trinh, and Bryan J. Ure have been named Partners and James N. Kahn an Associate Partner. “We are very happy to welcome Mary, Steven, Todd and Bryan as Partners in the firm and James as an Associate Partner,” said Managing Partner Dan L. Longo. “We look forward to their contributions to the firm and service to our clients for many years to come.”
Mr. Chamberlain is based in the Los Angeles office and focuses his practice on representing insurers in connection with coverage issues arising out of construction defect and product liability matters, commercial liability, carrier v. carrier contribution actions, disputes involving Cumis counsel and prosecuting and defending declaratory relief actions. Mr. Chamberlain also provides advice in risk management and has represented numerous insurers in high exposure mediations and arbitrations.
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Mr. McEvoy is based in the Los Angeles office and focuses his practice in the areas of transportation law, product liability, toxic tort and general liability defense. He specializes in the handling of matters involving bus and motor coach roll-over accidents with catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Mr. McEvoy was recently named a “Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 2.5% of lawyers are named to the list, which consists of lawyers 40 years old and younger or practicing 10 years or less.
Ms. Trinh is based in the Los Angeles office and specializes in the area of medical malpractice, and has achieved successful results in the defense of physicians, healthcare facilities and outpatient surgical centers. Her other areas of practice include general liability matters, landlord-tenant habitability claims, and skilled nursing facilities. Ms. Trinh has defended and obtained favorable outcomes for a wide range of clients, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and property owners.
Mr. Ure is based in the Las Vegas office and is experienced in all phases of litigation involving a diverse mix of matters. A significant part of his practice focuses upon cases deemed as complex litigation or with high damages exposure. In addition to providing litigation defense, Mr. Ure values offering practical solutions and advice to his clients aimed at reducing liability and risk. In recognition of his experience and efforts, Mr. Ure has been recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as a Legal Elite top attorney for the second consecutive year.
Mr. Kahn is based in the Los Angeles office and focuses his practice on general liability, product defect and premises liability defense. He is experienced in handling a wide array of personal injury matters, public entity defense, business/commercial litigation, and intellectual property. Mr. Kahn has produced significant results for large companies as well as small businesses and individual proprietors. Mr. Kahn enjoys problem solving and provides an aggressive yet straightforward approach to defending his clients.
About Murchison & Cumming, LLP
With a firm history dating to 1930, Murchison & Cumming, LLP is a premier, AV-rated civil litigation firm with five offices in California and Nevada, whose attorneys specialize in the defense of domestic and international businesses, insurers and individuals, at trial Page 2
and on appeal. The firm”s attorneys also handle employment matters and business transactions. The firm is a member of the USLAW and Insuralex Networks. For additional information, please visit the website at www.murchisonlaw.com.
November 03, 2016
BREXIT – IMPLICATIONS FOR THE LONDON INSURANCE MARKET – 3 November 2016 – London
SEMINAR & RECEPTION
3 NOVEMBER 2016
THE OLD LLOYD’S LIBRARY
BREXIT – IMPLICATIONS FOR THE LONDON INSURANCE MARKET
‘WHEN IS IT FINE TO LIE TO INSURERS – AND WHAT IS A LIE TOO FAR?’
The members of Insuralex invite you to a seminar to discuss recent developments in the London insurance market followed by a drinks reception.
THE OLD LLOYD’S LIBRARY,1 LIME STREET, LONDON, EC3M 7HA
(COURTESY OF LLOYD”S OF LONDON)
– PLEASE EMAIL NEELAM AT NEELAM@INSURALEX.COM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.
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