2018 PLUS Conference Preview: Everything is D&O (But Didn’t Use to Be)

Here is our last exclusive preview of one of the stellar education panels happening at the PLUS Conference in just a few days. Keep an eye out for conference coverage on the blog, as well as on the PLUS twitter and the PLUS Instagram accounts. Use #PLUS2018 to join the conversation!

This panel will cover how the #MeToo movement is changing how companies react to and handle sexual conduct issues, and how this affects claims, coverage, and more. Dove Burns will be moderating this session on Friday, November 9. Panelists for this session include Kristine D’Amato, Tony Galban, Eric Sauter, and Carol Zacharias.

Below is a summary of the panel as well as a white paper by panel moderator Dove Burns. The conference begins on Wednesday, November 7—we hope to see you in San Diego!

Friday, November 9, 3:00 pm – Everything is D&O (but didn’t use to be) / #Metoo

With the #MeToo environment creating hysteria in the boardroom, companies are paying closer attention to sexual conduct issues and using extreme measures to enforce a non-hostile environment. As a result of this movement, new legislation may be enacted, extending limitation periods and creating additional duties on companies and executives. This presentation will discuss loss controls, how companies mitigate claims and promote inclusiveness among executives as well as employees in the workplace.

Moderator: Dove A. E. Burns, Partner, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, LLP

Panelists:

Kristine D’Amato, Director, Executive Risk Claims, Crum & Forster

Tony Galban, SVP, D&O Product Manager, Chubb North American Financial Lines

Eric Sauter, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elser

Carol Zacharias, Underwriting Counsel, QBE

White paper: The Weinstein Effect (CLM Magazine, April 2018)

2018 PLUS Conference Preview: Pick a Topic on the Wheel of Misfortune

In just a over a week, this year’s PLUS Conference will be underway, with incredible speakers, networking opportunities, and education sessions. Here is another exclusive look at one of these sessions happening at the conference.

Claudia Costa will be moderating an Employment Practices Liability focused panel on Thursday, November 8, about the wide variety of liability issues that can occur in the workplace. Panelists for this session include Marci Houston, Carrie Kurzon, Thomas Lookstein, Jennifer Weinstein, and Laura Zaroski. The discussion will focus on trending claims and new directions in this every-changing branch of the industry.

Below is the panel summary as well as a white paper for the panel. Stay tuned for future blog posts with previews of panels and sessions happening at the conference so you can get the most out of this incredible event. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to claim your spot— see you in San Diego!

Thursday, November 8, 10:30 am – Pick a Topic: Wheel of Misfortune

The high-energy and interactive session will focus on Employment Practices Liability. This sector of coverage has been in the news quite a bit of late, from religious objections, the #MeToo movement, support animals, LGBTQ rights, religious objections, and much more. Industry experts will weigh in on how claims are trending, the ways in which underwriting must evolve, and what’s next in this exciting and constantly-evolving sector of insurance.

Moderator: Claudia A. Costa, Esq., Partner, Gordon & Rees

Panelists: 

Marci Houston, Senior Vice President, Bond & Specialty Insurance Claim, Travelers Insurance

Carrie Kurzon, National EPLI Practice Leader, The Hartford

Thomas Lookstein, Vice President – Financial Lines & Professional Liability Claims, Starr Companies

Jennifer Weinstein, Esq., AVP Mangement Liability Claims, OneBeacon Insurance Group

Laura Zaroski, JD, RPLU, Area Senior Vice President | Law Firms Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

White paper: Wheel of Misfortune—EPL Claims Today

ADA Website Compliance: A Litigation Minefield

ADA Title III prohibits disability discrimination in “places of public accommodation,” which covers shared or public entities like libraries, universities, transportation services, and commercial facilities.

The panelists on the PLUS webinar, ADA Website Compliance: A Litigation Minefield, explained that more than 250 lawsuits alleging a defendant’s inaccessible website violates Title III of the ADA were filed last year in federal court, but the courts are split on what constitutes a “place of public accommodation.”

With the recent increase in businesses receiving ADA Title III demand letters, indicating their failure to provide accessible online content, it is vital that organizations look to mitigate their risk.

According to AudioEye, there are four key steps to address ADA Title III legal demand letters and mitigate your risk. These steps include talking to your legal counsel, reducing your exposure, responding to the demand letter, and understanding your responsibility. You can learn more about these steps by clicking here.

The World Health Organization estimates as much as 15% of the world’s population is disabled, so whether a demand letter has been received or not, working towards website compliance is a smart business practice.

An on-demand recording of ADA Website Compliance: A Litigation Minefield webinar is available for PLUS members on the PLUS website.