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DISABILITY LITIGATION LEGAL CONFERENCE REPORT

Jason Newfield was invited to speak at a prestigious national conference, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims. The conference brings adversaries together – disability lawyers for plaintiffs, insurance defense attorneys who represent disability insurance companies, their in-house counsel and the claims professionals who we deal with on a regular basis. We go because of the value this conference brings to our disability insurance law practice – we learn with and from our adversaries. We get a chance to learn about their strategic thinking on the macro and micro level.

Jason Newfield was asked to speak on surveillance and how it is used to build a case against claimants. The program addressed the increasingly aggressive use of surveillance and court decisions that concern the use of video surveillance, the use of hidden cameras and GPS tracking devices and understanding how surveillance is being used to influence treating doctors. The discussion included many case histories, good and bad and the interaction with the audience was spirited, to put it politely.

The firm’s blog, was the exclusive media partner at the conference, based on the blog’s relevance and quality of content. The blog has been selected twice as a top 50 Insurance Law Blog by Lexis Nexis, a leading global publisher.

FRANKEL ON LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE POLICIES AND BABY BOOMERS FOR LONG ISLAND BUSINESS NEWS

Long Island Business News features an article by Justin Frankel on the fiduciary duty of employers regarding long term disability insurance policies. Frankel tells employers to be sure that the companies behind the disability insurance policies they purchase for employees will be there when increasing claims from aging boomers begin to exert strain on the insurance companies. Click here to read the article.

COURT COMPELS MET LIFE TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT DISCOVERY

The First Case Using Met Life v. Glenn is from Frankel & Newfield.

A District Court judge in New York has granted our application to compel discovery against Met Life, including depositions and significant documentation likely to uncover the relationship between Met Life and the doctors they regularly employ to deny and terminate claims.

The Court embraced the need to conduct this discovery to appreciate and fully outline the impact of Met Life's conflict of interest as the single entity that pays and decides claims. This is the very first case embracing the changes from Glenn.

FRANKEL & NEWFIELD SPEARHEAD COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO END DISCRETIONARY CLAUSES FOR INSURERS

In our ongoing effort to further champion the rights of New York's insureds, Frankel & Newfield has collaborated with our New York colleagues to execute a campaign seeking the outright ban of all discretionary clauses in insurance policies issued in New York. In a letter to the Superintendent of Insurance for the State of New York, counsel, along with members of various patient and community advocacy groups, has once again sought to alter the landscape and level the playing field regarding group insurance contracts.

This effort continues a previous effort spearheaded by Frankel & Newfield in 2005, when we lobbied the New York State Insurance Department and numerous politicians seeking this fundamental change.

JASON NEWFIELD LECTURES MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ON CHRONIC FATIGUE

Jason Newfield was a lecturer and physician educator to doctors in Utah at the annual Organization for Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Education & Research conference (OFFER) regarding claimants with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, where he advised doctors how to effectively articulate support for a patient suffering from Chronic Fatigue. This lecture was widely hailed by the medical professionals as "insightful" and "practical." He looks forward to returning to the OFFER conference in the future.

JASON NEWFIELD ADDRESSES THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AT AMERICAN CONFERENCE INSTITUTE ON LITIGATING DISABILITY INSURANCE CLAIMS

Mr. Newfield spoke at the 11th Annual National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims in 2008, a national conference for legal and insurance professionals designed to provide the most up-to-date information on today's most pressing and contentious issues in the disability law arena. Mr. Newfield's presentation explored advocating on behalf of a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Syndrome Case, including Administrative Appeals and Litigation Issues, Case Summaries and Strategies.

JASON NEWFIELD PRESENTS CME COURSE FOR DENTISTS ON DISABILITY CLAIM PROCESS

Jason Newfield presented a lecture to dentists at 2007 GLIDM, the Greater Long Island Dental Meeting, where he discussed the land mines in the disability claim process and advised dentists on the area of disability insurance claims. The Greater Long Island Dental Meeting brings together dentists from across Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens, along with members of the Long Island Dental Hygienist Association for two days of CDE courses, workshops and scientific sessions. He looks forward to his future participation at the GLIDM.