The Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog is pleased to have been invited again to serve as the exclusive media partner for the American Conference Institute’s 17th National Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, held in Philadelphia on January 22 – 23, 2015.
The prestigious national conference brings together attorneys, insurance company executives and insurance company attorneys, along with the myriad of other professionals on both sides of the litigation environment in this ever-changing and challenging field of law.
The conference presents a great opportunity to learn from the best in disability insurance law, and provides a valuable (and neutral) time when we have a chance to meet our adversaries face-to-face.
Jason Newfield will be the only plaintiff’s attorney in a panel discussion on the latest trends in the discovery process in disability claim actions. Hot topics will include Conflict of Interest Discovery, the Scope of the Administrative Record and the Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege and related issues. Newfield relishes the opportunity to be on the panel with attorneys from law firms that represent disability insurance companies and are otherwise met on the other side of litigation.
Change is a singular constant in disability insurance litigation. ERISA claims being seen by the industry, claimants, insurers and their counsel have been faced with additional challenges. Trends include a rise in mental illness and other subjective, “non-visible” claims and adapting to the recent case law developments following MetLife v. Glenn, Cigna v. Amara and US Airways v. McCutchen, which have shifted the scope of discovery and equitable remedies in disability claims.
We find ourselves in good company at the conference: Unum, Prudential Insurance Company of America, The Hartford, Disability Management Services, Cigna, RGA Reinsurance Company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company, Disability Reinsurance Management Services and The Standard are among the marquee names that will attend. We know them, they know us well – and there is always something significant to learn from getting up close and personal with our adversaries.
As part of our media partnership, Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog readers are eligible for a $200 discount when registering for the conference (Discount Code DIL200).