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Discovery in Bad Faith Insurance Claims State of the Law by ramhood17

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									       Discovery in Bad Faith Insurance Claims:
              State of the Law, Successful Strategies
                   A Live Interactive 90-Minute Teleconference Program

                                      Thursday May 10, 2007
                         1:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 12:00 p.m. Central Time /
                         11:00 a.m. Mountain Time/ 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

                     Sponsored by Insurance Law & Litigation Reporter,
                   and the Legal Publishing Group of Strafford Publications

Many bad faith insurance suits are won or lost during discovery. Bad faith claims, often triggered
by a coverage denial or investigation or processing delay, may include a battle over whether the
work product doctrine provides protection for certain documents.

Courts’ decisions have changed how discovery is implemented in some jurisdictions. One recent
decision substantially expanded the scope of discovery, while others limit what can be
discovered.

This teleconference will examine how federal and state courts have ruled on discovery disputes
in bad faith insurance cases, which privileges have protected disclosure, and the best practices
for discovery in bad faith insurance claims – for both defense and plaintiffs.

I.      What is discoverable?
        A.     Underlying claims file
        B.     Claims and underwriting manuals
        C.     Claims by other insureds
        D.     Information about reserves
        E.     Information about reinsurance
        F.     Personnel files
        G.     Financial information [when the insured is seeking punitive damages]
        H.     Corporate practice information
        I.     Preventing or limiting discovery

II.     Privileges — How effectively will they protect the insurer from discovery requests?
        A.      Attorney-client privilege
        B.      Applicability of the work product doctrine

III.    Who is suing? Does it matter? First party claims v. third party claims

IV.     What are the successful strategies for effective discovery practices?
        A.     What to seek
        B.     Who to ask
        C.     What you should and should not produce
        D.     Use of experts in discovery to improve the client’s position
        E.     Punitive damages
        F.     Costs and cost-shifting
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                Program Outline: Discovery in Bad Faith Insurance Claims, 3-26-07 version
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                Program Outline: Discovery in Bad Faith Insurance Claims, 3-26-07 version

								
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