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Inside The Black Box: Comment On Diamond And Vidmar, Valerie P. Hans Dec 2001

Inside The Black Box: Comment On Diamond And Vidmar, Valerie P. Hans

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

It is an honor to be invited to comment on the first publication of the Arizona Jury Project, a study of Arizona juries that includes videotaping and analysis of jury room discussions and deliberations. It is a remarkable and unique project, made possible by an unusual confluence of people, places, and events. In an insightful opinion some years ago, United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis observed that "[i]t is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic ...


Fundamental Mismatch: The Improper Integration Of Individual Liberty Rights Into Commerce Clause Analysis Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Arthur J.R. Baker Oct 2001

Fundamental Mismatch: The Improper Integration Of Individual Liberty Rights Into Commerce Clause Analysis Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Arthur J.R. Baker

University of Miami Law Review

No abstract provided.


Teaching Torts Without Insurance: A Second-Best Solution, David A. Fischer, Robert H. Jerry Ii Jul 2001

Teaching Torts Without Insurance: A Second-Best Solution, David A. Fischer, Robert H. Jerry Ii

Faculty Publications

Teachers, scholars and practitioners have long appreciated the symbiotic relationship of torts and insurance. Indeed, the assertion that tort law and insurance law are intertwined is utterly unremarkable; many commentators have observed that tort law cannot be understood if the business of insurance and the law regulating it is ignored, and that insurance law cannot be understood if tort law is ignored. Several generations of law students have read casebooks, which in varying degrees pay homage to the connections between torts and insurance. Many law review articles and noteworthy books (or portions thereof) have plumbed the tort-insurance relationship. Although one ...


Employment Law In A Changing Workplace, Katherine V.W. Stone Jul 2001

Employment Law In A Changing Workplace, Katherine V.W. Stone

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Teaching Torts Without Insurance: A Second-Best Solution, David A. Fischer, Robert H. Jerry Ii Jul 2001

Teaching Torts Without Insurance: A Second-Best Solution, David A. Fischer, Robert H. Jerry Ii

UF Law Faculty Publications

Teachers, scholars and practitioners have long appreciated the symbiotic relationship of torts and insurance. The authors examine how the study of torts is enriched when insurance concepts play a role in students' analysis. The discussion is divided into two parts. Part I offers a "macro" perspective on the connections between tort and insurance, summarizing the principal issues in play when the purposes of tort law are analyzed against the backdrop of first-party and third-party insurance compensation mechanisms. Part II provides a "micro" perspective on tort-insurance connections, taking a sample of discrete tort law principles, representative of those discussed in a ...


In The Litigation Business: Insurance Company Liability For Acts Occurring In The Course Of Litigation Under The Washington Consumer Protection Act, Kasey D. Huebner Jul 2001

In The Litigation Business: Insurance Company Liability For Acts Occurring In The Course Of Litigation Under The Washington Consumer Protection Act, Kasey D. Huebner

Washington Law Review

Insurance companies generally have much greater bargaining power and resources than individual insureds When a claim by an insured against an insurance company fails to settle amicably and is followed by a lawsuit, the insured has few options should the insurance company behave unfairly or deceptively in the course of the litigation. The Washington Consumer Protection Act protects consumers from deceptive and bad faith acts by businesses, including insurance companies Although Washington courts have created a general exception disallowing CPA suits for acts occurring in the course of litigation, Washington case law has not directly or clearly addressed whether this ...


Invalidating The Family Or Household Exclusion In Auto Insurance, Gregory S. Munro Apr 2001

Invalidating The Family Or Household Exclusion In Auto Insurance, Gregory S. Munro

Faculty Journal Articles & Other Writings

No abstract provided.


Lee V. State Farm Mutual Insurance Company: A Partial Exception To Georgia's Impact Rule To Allow Parental Recovery For Emotional Distress From Witnessing The Suffering And Death Of A Child, Joseph I. Marchant Mar 2001

Lee V. State Farm Mutual Insurance Company: A Partial Exception To Georgia's Impact Rule To Allow Parental Recovery For Emotional Distress From Witnessing The Suffering And Death Of A Child, Joseph I. Marchant

Mercer Law Review

In Lee v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., the Georgia Supreme Court created a partial exception to Georgia's impact rule. The court held that when "a parent and child sustain a direct physical impact and physical injuries through the negligence of another, and the child dies as a result of such negligence, the parent may attempt to recover for serious emotional distress from witnessing the child's suffering and death" regardless of whether the emotional distress arises from the physical injury to the parent.


Nevada Power Co. V. Haggerty: The Nevada Supreme Court's Expansion Of The Independent Duty Doctrine, Sharon Steen Mar 2001

Nevada Power Co. V. Haggerty: The Nevada Supreme Court's Expansion Of The Independent Duty Doctrine, Sharon Steen

Nevada Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Watching Your Neighbor's Child: Is Babysitting Really A Business Pursuit? A Comment On Dwello V. American Reliance Insurance Company, Roger O. Steggerda Mar 2001

Watching Your Neighbor's Child: Is Babysitting Really A Business Pursuit? A Comment On Dwello V. American Reliance Insurance Company, Roger O. Steggerda

Nevada Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The New Psychological Contract: Implications Of The Changing Workplace For Labor And Employment Law, Katherine V.W. Stone Feb 2001

The New Psychological Contract: Implications Of The Changing Workplace For Labor And Employment Law, Katherine V.W. Stone

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

In this article, Professor Stone describes the profound changes that are occurring in the employment relationship in the United States. Firms are dismantling their internal labor markets and abandoning their implicit promises of orderly promotion and long-term job security. No longer is employment centered on a single, primary employer. Instead, employees operate in a boundaryless workplace in which they expect to move frequently between firms, and between divisions within firms, throughout their working lives. At the same time, employers and employees have a new understanding of their mutual obligations, a new psychological contract, in which expectations of job security and ...


Cybercoverage For Cyber-Risks: An Overview Of Insurers' Responses To The Perils Of E-Commerce, Michele L. Mekel, Robert H. Jerry Ii Jan 2001

Cybercoverage For Cyber-Risks: An Overview Of Insurers' Responses To The Perils Of E-Commerce, Michele L. Mekel, Robert H. Jerry Ii

Michele L Mekel

With nearly 7% of the world's population currently online and e-commerce forecast to hit $6.8 trillion by 2004, one need not be Nostradamus to predict that the Internet means great change for all industries--including the insurance industry. Presently, however, the proverbial cart is leading the horse as the insurance industry struggles to develop strategies to quantify, cover, and contain "cyber-risks." Policyholders also face new challenges as they confront the possibility that their traditional insurance coverages are woefully inadequate either to secure their electronic and intellectual property assets or to guard against their potential e-commerce liabilities to third parties.


Coverage For Unfair Competition Torts Under General Liability Policies: Will The "Intellectual Property" Tail Wag The Coverage Dog?, Francis J. Mootz Iii Jan 2001

Coverage For Unfair Competition Torts Under General Liability Policies: Will The "Intellectual Property" Tail Wag The Coverage Dog?, Francis J. Mootz Iii

McGeorge School of Law Scholarly Articles

No abstract provided.


Cybercoverage For Cyber-Risks: An Overview Of Insurers' Responses To The Perils Of E-Commerce, Robert H. Jerry Ii, Michele L. Mekel Jan 2001

Cybercoverage For Cyber-Risks: An Overview Of Insurers' Responses To The Perils Of E-Commerce, Robert H. Jerry Ii, Michele L. Mekel

Faculty Publications

With nearly seven percent of the world's population currently online and e-commerce forecast to hit $6.8 trillion by 2004, one need not be Nostradamus to predict that the Internet means great change for all industries - including the insurance industry. Presently, however, the proverbial cart is leading the horse as the insurance industry struggles to develop strategies to quantify, cover, and contain "cyber-risks." Policyholders also face new challenges as they confront the possibility that their traditional insurance coverages are woefully inadequate either to secure their electronic and intellectual property assets or to guard against their potential e-commerce liabilities to ...


Annual Survey Of Virginia Law: Insurance Law, J. Douglas Cuthbertson Jan 2001

Annual Survey Of Virginia Law: Insurance Law, J. Douglas Cuthbertson

University of Richmond Law Review

This article discusses judicial decisions and various legislation that have affected the law of insurance in Virginia since June 1, 2000. As in years past, most of the changes have taken place in the area of uninsured/underinsured motorist ('"JAVUIM") insurance coverage. This article will discuss these developments as well as those in other areas of insurance law-specifically, those pertaining to agents, coverage, the insurer's duty to defend, fire insurance, life insurance, misrepresentation, and waiver and estoppel.


Inside The Mind Of The Reasonable Person: Determining When Discovery Of Loss Has Occurred Under A Fidelity Bond In The Third Circuit, Paul A. Briganti Jan 2001

Inside The Mind Of The Reasonable Person: Determining When Discovery Of Loss Has Occurred Under A Fidelity Bond In The Third Circuit, Paul A. Briganti

Villanova Law Review

No abstract provided.


University Of Richmond Law Review Jan 2001

University Of Richmond Law Review

University of Richmond Law Review

No abstract provided.


Genomic Medicine: The Human Genome Project From A Healthcare Provider's Perspective, Georgia Wiesner Jan 2001

Genomic Medicine: The Human Genome Project From A Healthcare Provider's Perspective, Georgia Wiesner

Journal of Law and Health

But the Human Genome Project from my point of view as a healthcare provider has really been on what advantages and what advances can we be able to provide from that. So we really learned a lot about how genes work, how they talk together and how we actually have both health and disease as a consequence of the Human Genome Project. So really understanding this complex interaction is one of the most exciting things as well. What this really has done for healthcare is allowed us to individualize our healthcare. To be able to say for one person against ...


Genetic Testing And Employment Litigation, Harry Zanville Jan 2001

Genetic Testing And Employment Litigation, Harry Zanville

Journal of Law and Health

I have only a couple of comments to make that relate to litigation hurdles and how to achieve this balance, and the first thing I want to talk about, following the wonderful presentation is, in fact, we probably don't in some ways even need a new cause of action.


Is There A Pink Slip In Your Genes?, J. B. Silvers Jan 2001

Is There A Pink Slip In Your Genes?, J. B. Silvers

Journal of Law and Health

On the insurance company side, it's clear that insurance companies are not well loved by folks. They're not even supposed to do that. At one point after a company had approached QualChoice and told us not to tell the enrollees something that, in fact, had been a policy decision by the company, I was suggesting that perhaps we should change the name to the company to the "Scapegoat Insurance Company," since that really was what we were being paid for, and I think in this argument that may be part of the issue here.


Cardiovascular Genetics: Case Studies, Kenneth G. Zahka Jan 2001

Cardiovascular Genetics: Case Studies, Kenneth G. Zahka

Journal of Law and Health

What I'd like to do in the next 10 or 15 minutes is use a case approach which we all use in medicine as you use in law to give you a flavor for how we as clinicians think about things that are oftentimes obviously genetic. But I want to stress to you that probably a day does not go by or a patient does not go by where I don't think in terms of genetic issues for their cardiovascular health.


Legislation And Genetic Discrimination, Sharona Hoffman Jan 2001

Legislation And Genetic Discrimination, Sharona Hoffman

Journal of Law and Health

State legislation addresses genetic discrimination in both employment and health insurance. Thirty-one states have passed laws that address genetic discrimination in employment. Approximately thirteen states prohibit employers from requiring applicants to undergo genetic testing as a condition of employment. Some states have more limited restrictions. Florida prohibits only the screening of applicants for the sickle-cell trait. Wisconsin requires employers to obtain written and informed consent from applicants prior to administering genetic tests, but does not preclude their utilization altogether. Some states establish exceptions that permit genetic testing that is job-related or that is conducted, with the employee's written and ...


Cybercoverage For Cyber-Risks: An Overview Of Insurers' Responses To The Perils Of E-Commerce, Robert H. Jerry Ii, Michele L. Mekel Jan 2001

Cybercoverage For Cyber-Risks: An Overview Of Insurers' Responses To The Perils Of E-Commerce, Robert H. Jerry Ii, Michele L. Mekel

UF Law Faculty Publications

Insurers' responses to the risks inherent in e-commerce and the demand for coverage have been anything but uniform. Instead, the solutions are a patchwork of stop-gap measures and niche offerings, including: (1) exclusions to coverage; (2) modifications to existing policies in order to extend or to limit coverage; and (3) the creation of new policies that specifically target Internet-related liabilities and losses. These various measures have been applied in both the first- and third-party settings. This article presents an overview of some of the risks involved in the new "e-economy" and surveys how insurers are responding to these new risks.


The Marriage Of Intellectual Property And Insurance Law: An Introduction, Leo P. Martinez Jan 2001

The Marriage Of Intellectual Property And Insurance Law: An Introduction, Leo P. Martinez

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Department Of Insurance, Stacy Baker, Paul T. Greco, Ashley F. Hall-Hicklin, Michelle J. Hubbard, Jenny K. Li, Collette C. Galvez, J. D. Fellmeth Jan 2001

Department Of Insurance, Stacy Baker, Paul T. Greco, Ashley F. Hall-Hicklin, Michelle J. Hubbard, Jenny K. Li, Collette C. Galvez, J. D. Fellmeth

California Regulatory Law Reporter

No abstract provided.


Driving The Stake Into The Comparative Bad Faith Defense And Reverse Bad Faith Claims, Greg Munro Jan 2001

Driving The Stake Into The Comparative Bad Faith Defense And Reverse Bad Faith Claims, Greg Munro

Faculty Journal Articles & Other Writings

This article reviews case law precedent from Montana and California that exposes holes in the legal theory of comparative fault in insurance bad faith.


The Insurer's Reservation Of Rights Letter And The Duty To Defend, Greg Munro Jan 2001

The Insurer's Reservation Of Rights Letter And The Duty To Defend, Greg Munro

Faculty Journal Articles & Other Writings

This article examines the specific body of law and standard of care that has developed around the reservation of rights letters and the duty to defend.


Coverage For Unfair Competition Torts Under General Liability Policies: Will The "Intellectual Property" Tail Wag The Coverage Dog?, Francis J. Mootz Iii Jan 2001

Coverage For Unfair Competition Torts Under General Liability Policies: Will The "Intellectual Property" Tail Wag The Coverage Dog?, Francis J. Mootz Iii

Scholarly Works

The scope of "advertising injury" coverage in general liability policies has been shrinking in response to the proliferation of liabilities caused by the growth of the cyber-economy. In response to this shrinking coverage under general liability policies, insurers have been quick to develop new endorsements and specialized products to fill the gaps in coverage. The author argues that significant commercial risks relating to unfair competition claims have been eliminated from coverage under general liability policies, but that there also appears to be no corresponding development of specific endorsements or stand-alone products to deal with this gap in coverage. Specifically, claims ...


Doctors, Hmos, Erisa, And The Public Interest After Pegram V. Herdrich, Jeffrey W. Stempel, Nadia Von Magdenko Jan 2001

Doctors, Hmos, Erisa, And The Public Interest After Pegram V. Herdrich, Jeffrey W. Stempel, Nadia Von Magdenko

Scholarly Works

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 was enacted in the wake of highly publicized pension disasters in order to protect employee pension rights. Born as a piece of pro-worker legislation, it initially was criticized by business groups as a cause of bureaucratic arteriosclerosis that was worse than the disease of pension failures. Even worse, it prompted many employers to consider dispensing with pension plans altogether rather than struggle with the administrative and financial obligations of ERISA. Business, labor, and the public all complained about the law's complexity. It even became something of a national joke as regulators ...


An Inconsistently Sensitive Mind: Richard Posner's Celebration Of Insurance Law And Continuing Blind Spots Of Econominalism, Jeffrey W. Stempel Jan 2001

An Inconsistently Sensitive Mind: Richard Posner's Celebration Of Insurance Law And Continuing Blind Spots Of Econominalism, Jeffrey W. Stempel

Scholarly Works

Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner is well known for bringing economic analysis to bear on a host of issues, including infamously controversial notions such the market for baby sale. Not surprisingly, Posner's insurance law opinions reflect economics, but perhaps not to the degree one would expect. A review of Posner's 20 years of opinions relating to insurance issues reviews his pragmatic jurisprudence as well. Decisions frequently reflect not only economics but also situational context and considerations of business reality as well as a sophisticated grasp of basic insurance doctrine and contract law. As a general matter, Posner also ...