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Deceptive Trade Practices

Olie R. Jolstad

Olie Jolstad is an insurance expert with over 40 years of professional insurance experience in commercial and personal lines insurance claims handling, coverage analysis, managing general agent, and agent/broker procurement of insurance. Mr. Jolstad holds the Senior Claims Law Associate (SCLA) designation, as well as being a Fellow in the American College of Forensic Examiners…

Charles C Hewitt

Chuck Hewitt is a veteran insurance claims executive with 45+ years of multi-line claim department experience and leadership at national and regional carriers. Particular strengths in coverage analysis, creation, and teaching; bad faith defense; technical and management training; claims management; cyber liability; employment practices liability; litigation management; customer relations; reinsurance; and runoff operations. Multiple appearances…

Shinning A Light On Insurer Misconduct

A uniform law proposed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is currently working its way through state legislatures. The Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Model Act[i] would require American insurers to disclose a wide range of information relating to their governance, performance evaluation systems, compensation and incentive plans, Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) plans and codes of ethics and conduct. This article will highlight some of the important features of the NAIC’s model act and illuminate how they are designed to cloak insurer disclosures in secrecy, but at the same time provide compelling evidence of information whose existence insurers have long denied. Discarding the secrecy mandated by the model act and allowing access to the disclosed information will help discourage insurer misconduct long hidden from the insuring public.

[i] http://www.naic.org/store/free/MDL-305.pdf.

Oliver V. Baker

Danette Leonhardi

Ms. Leonhardi is a highly accomplished claim professional with proven success in both insurance and reinsurance claim management. Presently, she owns and operates two claim management services: Puget Sound Claim Consulting (PSCC) and Puget Sound Risk & Insurance Consulting (PSRIC), both based in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Leonhardi provides expert witness testimony on claim handling industry…

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David Mandt

Dave has been retained in over 150 cases as a consulting or testifying expert on insurance claim handling standards and practices in both state and federal courts in a variety of jurisdictions, both at deposition and trial. He has been qualified to testify in Washington and Oregon state courts and the United States District Courts…

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Kathleen Robison

Kathleen is a Principal of Malecki Deimling Nielander and Associates, LLC.  Her 30 plus years as an insurance professiona was a steady progression from entry level claims adjuster through vice-president of claims and operations at major insurance companies both regional and national. Her client assistance includes: Training with the ability to explain complex policy language…

The Problem of Relationship Inertia with the Reinsurance Broker

For many small to mid-sized companies there is the overriding element of misplaced trust in the broker and a gross misunderstanding of their own duties.

Looking Behind the Curtain

I have not figured out why reinsurance is not fully regulated, as is insurance. I have heard the logic that the parties to the contract are equally sophisticated, and therefor no regulation is necessary. The problem with that logic is that it assumes a premise that is false. Many of the parties do not have equal bargaining power; they are not equally qualified to enter into the transaction and there are no real arms length negotiations. Many small companies spend more on reinsurance each year then they could possibly receive from the sale of the building they occupy.

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Robert E. Underdown

The Insurance Archaeologist™, Bob Underdown  is a highly qualified Insurance Expert Witness providing consultation and testifying services across the United States. Mr. Underdown has provided testimony in recent cases in the following areas: Standard of Care for insurance agent and brokers; insurance claims adjusting; insurance company bad faith (both first party and third party); insurance…

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