Get on More Insurance Panels in 2017

New Year’s Resolution #1: Get on More Insurance Panels Start early, have a detailed plan, and stay focused to achieve more panel appointments in 2017. Update your sales tools. An attractive website and firm resume, both featuring recent attorney photos...
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The Hartford Panel Counsel Guidelines Updated

Panel counsel for The Hartford may want to review the currently posted litigation guidelines, if they have not done so recently. Some new provisions have been posted to The Hartford’s website, a few of which appear below. A primary changes...
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Tesla Auto Liability Panel Issues

Joshua Brown became the first known fatality in a self-driving car when the Tesla Model S he was operating struck a semi tractor-trailer crossing U.S. Route 27 in Williston, Fla. on May 7. The Tesla was in autopilot mode at...
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Reorg Update for Zurich Panel Counsel Members

Zurich Insurance Group is undergoing a reorganization that will align the life and non-life business units geographically. The goal is to minimize the cost of sales within a region and facilitate the sale of additional coverage lines to business and...
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How to Become EPLI Panel Counsel

EPLI coverage often represents a dilemma for employment defense attorneys that want to become EPLI panel counsel. When an employer client has a claim that becomes subject to an employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) policy, the law firm may discover...
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More GCs Use RFPs to Hire Law Firms

The Request for Proposal (RFP) process is gaining strength as a means for in-house corporate counsel to look for new law firms or procure routine legal services. As the corporate mentality of doing ‘more with less’ spills into the legal...
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Wearable Tech & Workers’ Comp

Workers’ compensation insurers are applauding wearable tech initiatives as a potential way to monitor and reduce workplace accidents and injuries. But some observers are asking, at what cost to privacy? Insurance organization American International Group, Inc. (AIG) recently announced its...
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Request for Proposal (RFP) Tips

Law firm proposals are becoming an increasingly important means of obtaining new business in today’s competitive world. A “Request for Proposal” (RFP) is frequently the triggering event, and can be issued by a municipality, corporate general counsel, insurance carrier, or...
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ACE Acquisition of Chubb Moves Forward

"The combination of ACE and Chubb will create a global leader in commercial and personal property and casualty (P&C) insurance with enhanced growth and earning power," according to an ACE news release. ACE shareholders approved the $28.3 billion acquisition of...
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P&C Defense Costs Targeted by Claims Executives

The LexisNexis® Property & Casualty Claims and Litigation Cost Containment Survey, released this month, reports that the leading cost management initiatives being pursued by claims executives are: Early case assessment and litigation prevention Reducing legal defense costs Vendor management Bill...
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How One GC Hires Outside Counsel

Law firms seeking to do business with Northwestern Mutual will want to note what GC Ray Manista considers to be three important qualities: Be a team player Be flexible during the representation Don’t surprise us with your legal bills In...
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EPLI Claims May Include Independent Contractor Status Disputes

Insurance defense law firms with a focus on employment practices and EPLI claims may find an increasing number of disputes relating to independent contractor status. According to a 2014 report written by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk Inc., an online...
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