2020 Webinars

Jan 1, 2020 ‐ Dec 31, 2020


Presentations: 1


Sessions

Federal Court Jurisdiction: Removal Complexities and Common Pitfalls to Avoid in the Process

Oct 7, 2020 2:00pm ‐ Oct 7, 2020 3:00pm

Identification: dri3569

Removing a case from state court to federal court often provides strategic advantages for defense counsel and it can be a trap for the careless. Federal district courts disfavor removal and will strictly analyze a removal to federal court. Defense counsel must be able to analyze the potential bases for removal, adhere to the procedural requirements, and avoid the common pitfalls in the removal process. This webinar will discuss what defense counsel needs to know about removing a case from state court to federal court. We will discuss potential advantages to removing a case to federal court, procedural requirements, effect on other pleadings, motion practice, and best practices to avoid remand.

Who Should Attend

  • Defense attorneys

What You Will Learn

  • Advantages of removing a case to federal court
  • Procedural requirements
  • Avoiding remand back to state court
  • Effect on other pleadings
  • Motion practice

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Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction

Sep 24, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Sep 24, 2020 1:00pm

Identification: dri8089

This webinar explains the methods used to understand and characterize the real-world conditions of accidents or collisions in which a motorcycle is involved. Accident reconstruction, regardless of the vehicle types, involves many similar phases of investigation and analysis to complete; however, this course describes the key differences present when motorcycles are involved and aims to assist those participating in the claim resolution process.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Insurance adjusters
  • Claims managers

What You Will Learn

  • Motorcycle characteristics and their effect on the reconstruction process
  • How to complete reconstructions without crash data
  • Safety tips to avoid accidents

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Telehealth - The New FrontierTelehealth - The New Frontier

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Telehealth - The New Frontier

Sep 22, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Sep 22, 2020 1:00pm

Identification: dri3568

Telehealth represents an intersection of the worlds of healthcare providers, insurance, technology, data privacy, governmental regulation and consumer usage. As a result, telemedicine has high potential for risk, but is not without reward. Risks inherent to telehealth include potential for unauthorized practice of medicine, less than optimal patient care and safety, privacy data breach, and lack of compliance with state or federal guidelines leading to fines or worse. Benefits of telehealth include greater access to healthcare, for rural consumers in particular; minimizing costly and unnecessary emergency room visits; and more timely and efficient care. In this new normal arising during the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is particularly well suited for providing quicker and safer access to providers without unnecessary exposure to others. This presentation is intended to raise awareness of the issues recognizing the ever-changing landscape and to present best case strategies for minimizing risk and maximizing benefits.

Who Should Attend

  • In-house counsel of insurance carriers
  • Outside counsel of insurance carriers
  • Employee benefit plan counsel

What You Will Learn

  • Understanding of different modalities of telehealth
  • Awareness of privacy issues
  • Claim processing and compliance tips

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Standard: $100.00
Members: $50.00

Closing the Deal: Bargaining Strategies for Best Results in Asbestos Litigation

Sep 17, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Sep 17, 2020 1:00pm

Identification: dri8088

Negotiation is a key element in professional, personal, and social interactions, but it is also a skill that is often overlooked, underappreciated, and misunderstood by defense counsel in the asbestos litigation. This presentation will examine the importance of trial readiness as leverage, the use of bottom lines and best alternatives to negotiated settlement agreements (BATNA), how to independently value cases using objective data, the role of personal relationships in negotiations, and the effect of COVID-19 on mediation and settling cases.

Who Should Attend

  • Outside counsel
  • In-house counsel
  • Insurance professionals who defend asbestos, toxic tort, and mass tort litigation

What You Will Learn

  • The history of significant settlement initiatives in asbestos litigation
  • Practical tips for obtaining best results in settlement negotiations
  • Traps and pitfalls for asbestos defense counsel to avoid
  • Considerations for negotiating in a COVID-19 world

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Moving Litigation Forward: Utilizing Remote Inspections Effectively

Sep 16, 2020 2:00pm ‐ Sep 16, 2020 3:00pm

Identification: dri8096

The presence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced attorneys and experts to adapt and overcome mobility and social distancing restrictions put in place by local and federal governments. Born out of these constraints are the limitations placed on conducting site visits and laboratory inspections. To circumnavigate delays in litigation temporarily, remote inspections provide a practical alternative until traditional methods are once again feasible. Based on preliminary standards, technical expertise, client feedback, and available technological resources, S-E-A has prepared a dynamic webinar presenting best practices to help investigators and attorneys conduct more efficient, safe, and effective remote inspections.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Accident investigators
  • Technical professionals/experts
  • Insurance professionals

What You Will Learn

  • Current standards pertaining to remote inspections
  • Litigative concerns
  • Benefits of a remote inspection
  • When is a remote inspection appropriate and applicable?
  • How to properly prepare for remote inspections

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Learn from Those Who Know: Jury Trial Tactics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 15, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Sep 15, 2020 1:00pm

Identification: dri3571

At some point soon, trial courts will be forced to try civil cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only will courts have to adopt the necessary safety protocols for trying a civil case, attorneys will have to adapt to trying a case with these safety protocols in place. DRI has two experienced trial lawyers who have now tried civil jury trials during the pandemic who can offer helpful tips and suggestions for trying cases during the pandemic. DRI board members Jeff Lowe and Matthew Keris have tried civil jury trials during the pandemic. During this webinar, the chair of DRI’s Litigation Skills Committee, Guy Hughes, will moderate a discussion on their experiences during jury selection, witness preparation and presentation, technology usage, and personal protection options during their trials. Attendees of this webinar will have the opportunity to have their questions answered about trying a case during the COVID-19 pandemic so they do not go blindly into their first jury trial during this unprecedented time. Attendees will be able to listen and learn from the shared experience of two DRI board members to ensure the best outcomes for their clients.

Who Should Attend

  • Trial attorneys
  • Claims professionals
  • Corporate counsel

What You Will Learn

  • What works better for the attorney: face masks or face shields?
  • Should I present the witness live, by videotape, or by Zoom?
  • What are the biggest differences between a traditional trial and a trial in this new era?
  • Suggestions for conducting voir dire during social distancing

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Avoiding Consequences When the Medical Examiner Fails to Follow Science and Law

Aug 31, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Aug 31, 2020 1:30pm

Identification: dri3570

Law enforcement non-firearm, temporal arrest-related deaths (ARDs) occur, on average, fewer than once during the careers for all involved, including the medical examiner (ME)/forensic pathologist (FP). Specific ARD causal elements often have very high learning obstacles. In these rare incidents, law enforcement and ME investigators, and MEs/FPs often make significant errors. The ME/FP conclusions are often improperly conflated and acted upon. In very rare such ARDs, these errors initiate a domino effect foreseeably resulting in very negative consequences for law enforcement. This program presents examples of such rare events and guidance in ARD investigations and ME/FP reporting on avoiding such unjust consequences.

Who Should Attend

  • Law enforcement ARD defense attorneys
  • Law enforcement and medical examiner ARD investigators, supervisors, trainers, or executives
  • Prosecutors who deal with ARDs

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the frequency of non-firearm law enforcement temporal arrest-related deaths (ARDs)
  • Identify foreseeable consequences when a medical examiner (ME) fails to follow the science
  • Recognize the differences between and ME’s opinion and methodologically reliable conclusions
  • Evaluate ME ARD errors for foreseeable negative consequences
  • Actions that can be taken before ME's opinions to pre-report neutralize ME errors

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Human Health Risk AssessmentHuman Health Risk Assessment

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Human Health Risk Assessment

Aug 26, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Aug 26, 2020 1:00pm

Identification: dri8081

Our webinar will include three different topics on risk assessment as it relates to human health. Our scientists will discuss novel developments and recent regulatory standards.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys who deal with toxic tort cases and/or insurance companies

What You Will Learn

  • Our first presenter will discuss potential trace contaminants during food transport: are there any human health risks from residual chemicals?
  • Our second presenter will discuss the challenges in evaluating community exposures
  • Our final presenter will examine individual and population-level human health risks of PFAS, in the context of regulatory standards

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Smart Homes and Fire Investigation

Aug 25, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Aug 25, 2020 1:00pm

Identification: dri8085

This presentation covers electrical fire investigation and how the latest smart home product data can assist in fire investigations and its potential to defend losses. All information regarding the fire scene is crucial to the investigator, and smart home information is often overlooked. This presentation provides an overview of what smart home information is potentially available and how it can be applied to an investigation. Common smart home products are identified and their potential applications in fire investigation are explained. Case studies will be provided. Question and answer periods will be provided during and after the presentation.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys who handle cases involving product liability in fire investigations

What You Will Learn

  • How to identify smart home devices and data
  • How to preserve and/or recover the smart home data
  • Basics of fire scene investigation
  • How to utilize smart home data in fire scene losses for liability defense

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Primary and Excess Carriers: Tensions and Triumphs

Aug 19, 2020 12:00pm ‐ Aug 19, 2020 1:00pm

Identification: dri3567

When primary and excess carriers work together, they can often achieve better claim outcomes. This program will explore how carriers can work together, what duties they owe to each other, and when or if those duties may shift. It will also address when limits should be tendered, the effect of tendering limits, how different jurisdictions treat tenders in the context of the duty to defend, pre/post judgment interest issues, and dealing with disputes over coverage positions.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys handling large exposure cases
  • Adjusters and managers handling claims involving primary and excess coverage
  • Risk managers handling large insurance programs

What You Will Learn

  • What duties primary and excess carriers owe each other
  • Where the interests of primary and excess carriers conflict
  • How primary and excess carriers can work together to produce optimum outcomes for themselves and their mutual insured

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