Opioid Liability Claims: Coverage and Litigation Considerations for Manufacturers, Distributors, Third-Party Payors
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will explore insurance coverage issues related to the expanding breadth of opioid liability claims. Our panel will discuss coverage considerations, the increasing reach of these claims for those involved in the manufacture, distribution, prescription or payment for opioids, and the developing body of related case law.
- Opioid liability claims
- Coverage issues
- Policy types
- Practical steps for insurers
- Practical steps for policyholders
The panel will review these and other critical issues:
- How should insurers and policyholders address explicit cooperation obligations in the claims process?
- How might an insurance-specific confidentiality agreement help impact issues of privilege that may arise in defending insureds for opioid-related claims?
- What impact will opioid-related claims have on policy terms for affected policyholders moving forward?
Anna P. Engh
Covington & Burling
Ms. Engh has a wide range of experience in the insurance coverage area. She has handled coverage litigation and... | Read More
Ms. Engh has a wide range of experience in the insurance coverage area. She has handled coverage litigation and negotiated insurance recoveries on behalf of corporate policyholders for a variety of claims, including asbestos, lead, and other mass tort claims; environmental liabilities; first party property damage; directors and officers and errors and omissions claims; and political risks.Close
Adam H. Fleischer
As Chair of the nation’s first Opioid Coverage Task Force, Mr. Fleischer is actively engaged in the insurance... | Read More
As Chair of the nation’s first Opioid Coverage Task Force, Mr. Fleischer is actively engaged in the insurance aspects of suits across the country against manufacturers and distributors of opioids, as well as serving as a frequent author and lecturer on this cutting-edge topic. He has a national reputation for innovative advocacy in complex insurance and reinsurance coverage issues with respect to the pre-litigation, litigation and appellate stages. Mr. Fleischer has represented his insurance and reinsurance clients in analyzing and evaluating many complex high profile cases.Close
Kelley Drye & Warren
Mr. Merkl is a commercial lawyer, litigator and trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience in contract,... | Read More
Mr. Merkl is a commercial lawyer, litigator and trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience in contract, commercial law and civil litigation. He represents innovative businesses who are facing unprecedented and unpredictable exposure to extreme litigation risk because their disputes arise from new products, new methods, new technologies and complex subject matters unfamiliar to judges and jurors. A $1 million–$2 million claim can morph unexpectedly into a $100+ material loss—or win. Mr. Merkl handles these cases. His job is to fully understand the client’s business, assess and accurately price the litigation risk to guide management to an early resolution and build the case.Close