Disability Insurance Blog

Jason Newfield Speaking at National Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims


Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Jason Newfield is speaking this week at the nation’s premier conference, the 20th National Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims. Jason’s program is titled Litigating Disability Claims on Discovery in ERISA Cases as Discretionary Clauses are Slowly Fading Out and Insurers are Relying on De Novo Review, How the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Discovery, Administrative Review, and Proportionality Issues.

As a thought leader in the ERISA Disability Insurance practice area, Jason is a regular at this conference, now in its 20th year. Attendees include leaders from nationally-known insurance companies, judges and defense counsel from major law firms, including many of our adversaries.

It is an honor to be invited to speak at this conference and we believe that it demonstrates very clearly the role that our firm holds in the national field of ERISA litigation.

Jason and a panel of two other attorneys will address these issues:

  • Conflict of interest discovery
  • Discretionary clause regulation
  • Tackling the big issue of discovery in ERISA cases under de novo review
  • The changing landscape of insurers and state regulators no longer requiring discretionary policies
  • How do you try a de novo case in the 9th circuit where there are bench trials and no witnesses?
  • State by state update on states that still allow discretionary policies
  • Determining the claims that contain discretionary policies but litigating de novo review
  • Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Rule 26
  • How are courts looking at the issue of proportionality in ERISA cases?
  • Discovery obtained during administrative review