DRI 2017 Webinars



Sessions

Bad Faith Cases and Mediation:  How to Succeed, How to Fail

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Bad Faith Cases and Mediation: How to Succeed, How to Fail

Jan 25, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Jan 25, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3417

Are you prepared to get the best results for your clients? The mediation and settlement of Bad Faith cases present special challenges and require special skills. In this program expert counsel from both the carrier and policyholder sides, and a seasoned mediator, will give you the insights and tools you need to get the job done and keep clients happy.

Objectives:

  • How to prepare for a Bad Faith mediation
  • How to do an effective Opening Joint Session
  • How to divide responsibilities between outside counsel and claims executives
  • What really goes on in the policyholder's room and how to close the deal

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

Medicare Conditional Payments in 2017: Heightened Scrutiny Means Heightened Compliance Activity

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Medicare Conditional Payments in 2017: Heightened Scrutiny Means Heightened Compliance Activity

Feb 23, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Feb 23, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3423

With the White House changing hands politically and increased scrutiny on fiscal responsibility, understanding how conditional payment issues affect your cases is crucial. Join nationally recognized lawyers with deep MSP subject matter expertise as they explore the subject of conditional payments in 2017. John Cattie will moderate a discussion with Rafael Gonzalez and Amy Bilton as they discuss the recent Hull v. Home Depot decision, explain why Hull (in combination with a new administration) demands a change in claims handling protocols, and provide tips for ensuring that CMS is not recovering excessive conditional payments from your clients.

Objectives:

  • Why Hull demands a change in claims handling protocols
  • How the 2016 election will lead to increased scrutiny on primary payers in 2017
  • Ways to protect your client and yourself from excessive conditional payment demands

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

2016 Revisions to ERISA Claim Regulations

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2016 Revisions to ERISA Claim Regulations

Mar 9, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Mar 9, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3433

The Department of Labor has just issued significant revisions to the regulation setting minimum requirements for a full and fair review of ERISA welfare benefit claims. These revisions will require significant changes in how claims are administered and litigated. A panel of experienced ERISA practitioners will tell you what you need to know about the new regulations.

Objectives:

  • How do the new regulation differ from the current regulations
  • What changes will insurers and other administrators have to make to claim procedures
  • How does the new regulation affect ERISA claim litigation

Speaker(s):
Tags: LHD ERISA
Standard: $50.00

Appellate Counsel at Trial: Protecting the Record and Putting Your Best Foot Forward

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Appellate Counsel at Trial: Protecting the Record and Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Mar 9, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Mar 9, 2017 5:30pm

Identification: DRI3432 - Eastern/Central Timezones

Specialized appellate counsel can play a unique and highly beneficial role at trial and on dispositive motions, helping trial counsel obtain the best possible outcome and build the best possible record for appeal. This webcast will help both trial and appellate counsel, as well as client contacts and insurers, identify and evaluate opportunities for appellate counsel to add value by either attending trial in person or consulting from afar.

Objectives:

  • The advantages of utilizing appellate counsel at trial
  • How trial and appellate counsel should work together to create the best possible record for appeal
  • Evaluating the cost/benefit and scope of appellate counsel’s role in trial

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Appellate Counsel at Trial: Protecting the Record and Putting Your Best Foot Forward

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Appellate Counsel at Trial: Protecting the Record and Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Mar 9, 2017 6:30pm ‐ Mar 9, 2017 7:30pm

Identification: DRI3432 - Mountain/Pacific Timezones

Specialized appellate counsel can play a unique and highly beneficial role at trial and on dispositive motions, helping trial counsel obtain the best possible outcome and build the best possible record for appeal. This webcast will help both trial and appellate counsel, as well as client contacts and insurers, identify and evaluate opportunities for appellate counsel to add value by either attending trial in person or consulting from afar.

Objectives:

  • The advantages of utilizing appellate counsel at trial
  • How trial and appellate counsel should work together to create the best possible record for appeal
  • Evaluating the cost/benefit and scope of appellate counsel’s role in trial

Speaker(s):

Artificial Intelligence: Current and Future Applications in Legal Services

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Artificial Intelligence: Current and Future Applications in Legal Services

Mar 29, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Mar 29, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3437

This program will introduce you to various technologies that are commonly referred to as Artificial Intelligence or Cognitive Computing. Several of these technologies, such as predictive coding and natural language processing, are already in use in legal in fields such as e-discovery, contract analysis, and legal research. AI is the next technological advancement that will revolutionize legal services around the world. DRI and Thomson Reuters have joined forces to educate you about the impact AI will have on your practice and the legal industry as a whole and how to successfully incorporate these technologies into your operations.

Objectives:

  • Several distinct Artificial Intelligence technologies and their current applications
  • The areas of legal practice most likely impacted by some AI component in the future
  • How to separate the marketplace hype around AI from market realities
  • How to put yourself and your firm in a position to take advantage of these technologies

Speaker(s):
Standard: $25.00

Medicare Secondary Payer Act: Case Law Update

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Medicare Secondary Payer Act: Case Law Update

Apr 12, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Apr 12, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3435

The Medicare Secondary Payer Act and accompanying regulations and procedures continue to evolve and take shape. Courts’ recent interpretations and applications of the Act have clarified some aspects of this complicated field, while simultaneously creating confusion in other respects. This program will provide the latest developments in case law, as well as the current status of procedural requirements incumbent on lawyers and liability carriers. We will offer commentary, also, on the most recent case developments involving the application of the Affordable Care Act to reduce damages exposures for future medical expenses in liability cases.

Objectives:

  • How the judiciary has addressed Medicare Secondary Payer issues
  • How to settle cases in compliance with Medicare Secondary Payer law
  • How to achieve finality in cases with Medicare beneficiaries
  • How to resolve involving conflicts between the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and state law
  • How to avoid claims for double damages under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act’s private right of action

Speaker(s):
Tags: MSP Case Law
Standard: $50.00

Race, Gender & Ethnicity:  The Elephant (and Zebra) in the Courtroom

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Race, Gender & Ethnicity: The Elephant (and Zebra) in the Courtroom

Apr 19, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Apr 19, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3431

Our speakers will focus on how lawyers and other litigation decision makers should account for and address race, gender, ethnicity and other diversity issues in claims alleging misconduct by law enforcement and other public officials. Our ability to address issues does not usually reflect our need to do so, and they too often remain a proverbial “elephant in the courtroom.” In other words, we all know such issues influence how people think and act, but we frequently don’t talk about them. Our thesis is that these issues must be addressed early and often, from the initial intake through discovery and, certainly, at trial. Those who ignore the elephant, or pretend it’s not there, are likely to get squashed.

Objectives:

  • Strategic decision making
  • Teambuilding
  • Discovery planning and implementation
  • Settlement and ADR considerations
  • Trial planning and tactics

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

The Facebook Grenade – (Ethically) Mining Social Media for Maximum Effect

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The Facebook Grenade – (Ethically) Mining Social Media for Maximum Effect

Apr 26, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Apr 26, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3436

Social media discovery is often misused and misunderstood. While attorneys may focus on drafting the best discovery requests, they often fail to ask themselves whether sending such requests right away is tactically appropriate. Operating on “automatic,” they may de-fang some of their best evidence, before they even know it exists.


This program focuses on the tactical use of social media investigation, including specific tips on mining Plaintiffs’ Facebook profiles, saving and storing posted video, and identifying photos Plaintiffs have been tagged in, all while maintaining the ethical bright line against inappropriate contact with represented parties. The second part of the program turns to what to do once the evidence is secured, detailing effective impeachment techniques, including when and whether to deploy the Facebook Grenade.

Objectives:

  • How to locate a Plaintiff’s profile when one may not appear on a Google search
  • How to trap a dishonest Plaintiff and set up a sanctions motion (which may include dismissal)
  • How to effectively impeach a witness without angering the juror concerned with personal privacy

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

The First 100 Days – A Review of the Status of the United States Environment and Energy Policies

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The First 100 Days – A Review of the Status of the United States Environment and Energy Policies

Apr 27, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Apr 27, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3438

Leaders in environment and energy in the United States, including NRDC, EPA, Industry, and States, will opine as to the progress President-elect Trump has made towards his promises for the first 100 days, and will provide analysis of anticipated ramifications for the next four years. President-elect Trump included the following promises specifically related to the U.S. environment and energy policy for his first 100 days: lift restrictions on shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal production; lift roadblocks for Keystone Pipeline and DAPL; cancel payments to UN climate change program; cancel previous executive actions.

Objectives:

  • What to expect during the Trump administration with respect to environmental enforcement
  • Potential impact to various industries in the U.S.
  • Long term impacts to industries and the environment in the U.S.
  • Potential litigation that may arise as a result of Trump’s policies or changes in the environmental law landscape

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

What to Look for in Your Firm’s Professional Liability Insurance Policy

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What to Look for in Your Firm’s Professional Liability Insurance Policy

Jun 8, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Jun 8, 2017 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3440

This presentation will touch on many different aspects of the professional liability insurance policy, and how to negotiate the best coverage. Coverage topics include optional endorsements, mutual choice of counsel, aggregate and loss only deductibles, and loss of earnings.

Objectives:

  • How to customize your coverage to be a better fit for you.
  • What types of additional coverages are available.
  • How/when to negotiate for better coverage.
  • When the deductible applies to additional coverages.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

MSP Best Practices for Defense Counsel

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MSP Best Practices for Defense Counsel

Jun 15, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Jun 15, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3441

MSP Best Practices for Defense Counsel will teach practical and up to date “Best Practices” for the settlement and resolution of liability cases involving Medicare enrolled beneficiaries. The program will review the law and regulations but will focus on providing practical information counsel needs to know to ensure compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Sec. 111. The resolution of Conditional Payment demands, Medicare Advantage Organization claims, future medical questions and the contents of releases will be discussed.

Objectives:

  • How to identify and gather the information needed to settle and report and MSP claims.
  • General information about MSP compliance—What are myths and what are truths?
  • How to handle MAO’s and their demands.
  • What your release and settlement agreement should include.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

Risks of Property Line Construction for Design Professionals

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Risks of Property Line Construction for Design Professionals

Jun 22, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Jun 22, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3439

This program will discuss the risks design professionals face in connection with construction projects involving closely adjoining or attached properties. It will be presented from both the legal and engineering perspective. In connection with the former perspective, the program will discuss basic theories of liability and how to defend against them and the pre-construction protections design professionals can legally take. In connection with the latter perspective, the program will discuss basic engineering solutions to common place problems and how design professionals can protect themselves from a professional angle prior to and during construction.

Objectives:

  • Theories of liability and defense.
  • Real world practical, professional solutions from an engineer’s perspective.
  • Pre-construction phase dos and don’ts.
  • Construction administration phase dos and don’ts.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $50.00

So You Want to Handle Trucking Cases? Understanding the Basics of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules and Regulations

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So You Want to Handle Trucking Cases? Understanding the Basics of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules and Regulations

Jun 27, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Jun 27, 2017 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3442

This “Lunch and Learn” webinar is geared towards providing a core breakdown of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules and Regulations for attorneys new to trucking. The program will provide an easy-to-digest review of “Hours of Service” regulations, driver logs, driver qualifications, mandated drug and alcohol testing, vehicle inspection and other federal rules applicable to commercial drivers. Panelists will also discuss FMCSA recordkeeping requirements and what documents are necessary to properly evaluate and defend a trucking case.

Objectives:

  • “Hours of Service” regulations.
  • Driver log requirements.
  • Driver qualifications.
  • Vehicle inspection.
  • FMCSA required recordkeeping.

Speaker(s):
Tags: Trucking Law
Standard: $50.00

CSA: What Is It, How to Understand It, and Why You Should Care About It

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CSA: What Is It, How to Understand It, and Why You Should Care About It

Nov 7, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Nov 7, 2017 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3451

This “Lunch and Learn” webinar will provide a basic understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program, what it is and how it affects your client in defending a trucking case. The webinar will discuss the history of CSA, how CSA collects and utilizes data, and will provide an update on developments with CSA and proposed changes yet to come. Panelists will also discuss how to respond to discovery demands for CSA data and issues regarding admissibility of CSA data at trial.

Objectives:

  • What the CSA is, how it has developed and what it entails
  • New developments in the CSA and proposed changes to come
  • How to address demands for discovery of CSA data
  • Developments as to admissibility of CSA data and how it impacts the defense of your client

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