Insured's Right to Independent Counsel: Conflicts of Interest, Multiple Insureds, Multiple Claims and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Thursday, November 30, 2017

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This CLE webinar will provide insurance counsel with an in-depth review of the parameters of the insured’s right to appoint independent counsel. The panel will discuss varying court standards and emerging issues and outline best practices for both policyholders and insurers to resolve disputes over selection of counsel.

Description

The battle between policyholders and insurers over the insured’s right to retain independent counsel is ongoing and evolving. Independent counsel may be warranted if a conflict of interest exists with a reservation of rights defense. What constitutes a conflict is often hotly contested.

Other situations that trigger the right to independent counsel include representation of multiple insureds, multiple-claims lawsuits, and damages in excess of policy coverage. Once a right to independent counsel is established, the manner in which counsel is selected varies by jurisdiction.

Listen as our authoritative panel of insurance attorneys examines the scope of the insured’s right to independent counsel, reviews emerging issues in independent counsel litigation, and offers best practices for policyholders and insurers to defend their position.

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Outline

  1. Determining conflicts of interest
    1. Reservation of rights
    2. Multiple insureds
    3. Multiple claims
    4. Damages in excess of policy coverage
    5. Issues unrelated to coverage
  2. Policyholder options
  3. Insurer options

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • When will an insurer’s reservation of right to contest coverage create a conflict of interest?
  • What should the insured consider in deciding whether to assert a right to independent counsel?
  • What are the factors for the insurer to decide to issue a reservation of rights letter?
  • What should the insured do if the insurer declines its request for independent counsel?
  • How should the insurer respond to a demand for independent counsel?

Faculty

Callantine, Renee
Renee C. Callantine

Principal
Cornerstone Law Group

Ms. Callantine is the head of the Firm's insurance coverage practice. Her practice is primarily concentrated on...  |  Read More

Viner, Jonathan
Jonathan T. Viner

Partner
Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan

Mr. Viner’s practice focuses on counseling and risk management. He has over 20 years of experience serving a...  |  Read More

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