Join me for American Conference Institute’s 22nd National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation

Are you looking for a conference discussing bad faith, extracontractual liability, and other ways of obtaining damages beyond policy limits for insurer misconduct?  Of course you are.  Then you’ll want to join me in Orlando, Florida from November 30-December 1, 2011 for American Conference Institute’s 22nd National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation.

Here are the details from ACI’s website:

The essential forum that shapes the future of bad faith litigation strategies for leading outside counsel, in-house counsel and claims examiners in the insurance industry

Wednesday, November 30 to Thursday, December 01, 2011
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL

Bad Faith Litigation returns for its 22nd installment led by a multi-disciplinary, cross-country faculty from both sides of the issue, including seasoned in-house counsel, top law fi rms and renowned jurists.

Bad Faith is continuously an area of the law that generates a significant amount of costly litigation, as the courts continue to hand down crippling verdicts. Now is the time to start preparing how to recognize the signs of a bad faith set-up and properly investigating the claims as they are presented. As the hot bed states spearhead their way toward statutory bad faith laws, litigators must be well equipped in how to defend against, and bring, a bad faith claim.

An annual tradition, American Conference Institute is proud to bring you its 22nd National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation. This conference has been fully revised and updated to account for new developments and designed to bring winning litigation strategies to even the most experienced bad faith litigators. Our expert faculty will provide effective tactics and insights from both the insurers and the policyholders. Featuring:

Insurers In-house roundtable: this specialized in-house panel will focus on 1) best practices in claims investigation and decisions; 2) settling bad faith claims before a suit is filed; 3) special issues in the life, health & disability arena; 4) dealing with your insured and much more

Viewpoints from the Policyholders Bar: with a session focused on the policyholders bar, as well as policyholder counsel point of view mixed into multiple sessions, don’t miss the chance to hear what key actions (or inactions) could lead your client into litigation.

Discussions with distinguished jurists: this session will provide attendees with highly sought after insight on effective theories and evidentiary issues, from those that have presided over bad faith suits.

Narrowly tailored panel sessions: our narrowly tailored, comprehensive panels will shed light on the most effective ways to manage discovery, recognize bad faith set-ups, properly investigate a claim, understand attorney-client privileges and work products protections, and establish successful pre-trial strategies.

This conference will provide you with the most up-to-date information and strategies on how to get the best result for your client. This is the event the industry relies on to get practical strategies for resolving coverage disputes, mitigating risk and gaining the upper hand in bad faith lawsuits.

Plus, add an extra benefit to your attendance by also registering for the Pre and Post state specific conference workshops: A. Current Events in Bad Faith: Gulf States

Post conference concurrent workshops on Bad Faith HotbedsB. FloridaC. California D. New Jersey

My panel is titled:  “Discovery: Limiting Its Scope, Responding Efficiently to Expansive Orders, Protecting Privilege, Preparing Company Witnesses for Depositions and More.”  Of course, I will not be talking about any of those things.  I will be talking about discovery from the policyholder’s and corporate insured’s perspective.  I’ll discuss how to get discovery from insurance companies, how to discover documents during a bad faith insurance coverage action, how to get an insurance company to produce documents, the role of privilege (if any) for the insurance companies when dealing with a bad faith claim, discovery of reinsurance documents, discovery of reserve documents, discovery of claims manuals, and more.

My co-panelists are:

Charles Ehrlich

SVP and Worldwide Special Counsel

RiverStone resources/TIG Insurance Company

Scott Godes

[formerly] Counsel

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Gregory D. Miller


Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman, P.C.

Michael Newman


Barger & Wolen

Our topics include:

Depositions, Interrogatories and Other Production Issues

• Having a reason for discovery

• Making the cost-benefiit decision

• Budgeting up front

• Preparing the adjuster or company executive for their deposition

– Understanding the “fear factor”

– The special problems of video depositions

• Proprietary files – can the insured get these files to support a bad faith claim?

– Manuals and guidelines

– Other insureds, policies and claims.

– Reinsurance and reserve information.

• Interrogatories: Knowing what questions to ask

• Requests for admission – the neglected tool

• Dealing with expansive discovery orders and overly broad litigation holds

– Avoiding the knee jerk reaction

• Limiting the extent of pattern and practice discovery


• Invoking privilege

• Consequences of when company “anticipated litigation”

• Counsel’s involvement in adjustment process.

• Relying on advice of counsel in defending against bad faith


• Managing the explosion of ESI

• Understanding your obligations and the consequences of failing to preserve ESI

• Creating an internal process to successfully meet e-discovery obligations

• Methods to successfully limit production of ESI

• Learning the technical stuff

• Understanding the process of organization and being able to explain it

• Educating the court


• Minimizing discovery costs

– Planning, planning, planning; Non-waiver agreements;

“Eyes-only” agreements; Voluntary/private special master;

Avoiding discovery disputes

Interested in attending?  Click here:
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This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2011.

Note:  as a speaker at the conference, I will not be charged a fee to attend the remainder of the conference.

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