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October 30th, 2018

Wilson Elser’s Asia Practice & DAC Beachcroft Host 58 Chinese Legal Industry Leaders

Wilson Elser’s Philip Quaranta (Partner), Jonathan Meer (Partner) and Larry Wang (Associate) along with other members of the Asia practice and Jin Qian (Director of Information Research Services), joined with Legalign Global member firm DAC Beachcroft to host a delegation of 58 Chinese legal industry leaders, including managing/senior partners of more than 50 prominent Chinese law firms. The October 4, 2018, event was organized for the third consecutive year by iCourt, which offers the most popular professional legal training programs in China. 

Firms: Wilson Elser, DAC Beachcroft
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: North America, Europe
September 12th, 2018

Insurance Remodelled, 2018/19 Market Conditions & Trends

Insurance Remodelled, 2018/19 Market Conditions & Trends, a collaborative report in four versions tailored for each of the Legalign Global member firms, is now available to download. The key theme throughout this report is the changing nature of risk and how insurance must change with it. 

In our first article, we reimagine the insurance market and highlight the opportunities and challenges it holds. In the three successive thought leadership pieces, we examine the complexities of global supply chains; ask if it's time for a rethink on cyber, conflict and cover; and in the final piece on natural catastrophes, consider if the market can withstand the storms.

Firms: DAC Beachcroft, Bach Langheid Dallmayr, Wotton + Kearney, Wilson Elser
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: North America, Central/South America, Europe, Asia/Pacific
Written by Dean Rocco and Ian Stewart on July 30th, 2018

Federal Cannabis Legalization May Be Closer Than You Think

While inconceivable just a few months ago, it is now reasonable to think that meaningful national cannabis reform during the Trump Administration is more likely than not. In this article, Wilson Elser partners Ian Stewart and Dean Rocco provide context and analysis for understanding the anticipated parameters of legalization and the obstacles that will be difficult to overcome, even with national cannabis reform. The authors caution that while federal legalization is on the horizon, it does not necessarily represent the “silver bullet” that will neatly resolve issues between conflicting state and federal laws. They also propose a path forward that they believe would best serve federal and state governments and the public at large.

Firms: Wilson Elser
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: North America
Written by John Shepperd and Elvia Hague on July 24th, 2018

Opioid Litigation in Texas and the United States

The introduction of oxycodone HCI and similar “controlled release” narcotics has profoundly changed the scope and nature of opioid litigation. Accelerated by aggressive marketing campaigns and unscrupulous practices, Texas and other U.S. states are besieged by an opioid epidemic that shows no sign of abating.  

Firms: Wilson Elser
Services: Insurance Defence
Regions: North America
Written by Anjali Das on July 23rd, 2018

Canada’s New Data Breach Notification Law

Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) will go into effect. These amendments and related regulations impose new mandatory notification obligations on companies in the event of a breach involving the personal information of Canadians. In this article, Wilson Elser partner Anjali Das dissects the PIPEDA amendments and discusses their profound implications to organizations conducting business in Canada.

Firms: Wilson Elser
Services: Insurance Defence
Regions: North America
Written by Karen Jones on July 17th, 2018

How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance (Part 6)

As advancements in medical technology accelerate, the growth in associated insurance risks has more than kept pace. Medical device manufacturers and the medical profession are increasingly facing new, often unanticipated exposures in the quest to improve the lives of patients across the globe and the sector in general.

Firms: Wotton + Kearney
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: Asia/Pacific
Written by Karen Jones on July 16th, 2018

How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance (Part 5)

As advancements in medical technology accelerate, the growth in associated insurance risks has more than kept pace. Medical device manufacturers and the medical profession are increasingly facing new, often unanticipated exposures in the quest to improve the lives of patients across the globe and the sector in general.

Firms: Wotton + Kearney
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: Asia/Pacific
Written by Karen Jones on May 23rd, 2018

How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance (Part 4)

As advancements in medical technology accelerate, the growth in associated insurance risks has more than kept pace. Medical device manufacturers and the medical profession are increasingly facing new, often unanticipated exposures in the quest to improve the lives of patients across the globe and the sector in general.

Firms: Wotton + Kearney
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: Asia/Pacific
Written by Jonathan Meer on March 6th, 2018

The Secret Lives of Apps

Authored by Wilson Elser partner Jonathan Meer, this article appeared under its full title, “The Secret Lives of Apps: The impact on privacy and coverage concerns when it comes to data collection,” in the March 6, 2018, issue of CLM’s Professional Times and subsequently in the April issue of CLM Magazine. “Apps and their behind-the-scenes use of GPS, Bluetooth, and audio beacons make phones seem smarter," writes Jonathan, “but they have generated privacy issues regarding their collection of information. The evolution of lawsuits against companies and their technology partners have not only led to potential liability but also created questions pertaining to insurance coverage for such allegations.” This article explores related insurance exposures and their profound coverage implications.  

Firms: Wilson Elser
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: North America
Written by Andrew Moore on December 11th, 2017

Show me the money! The impact of securities class actions on the Australian D&O Liability insurance market.

Claims relating to securities class actions have had an adverse impact on the profitability and sustainability of the D&O class in Australia. Wotton + Kearney and global insurer and reinsurer XL Catlin are collaborating on a series of whitepapers designed to facilitate a comprehensive and informed discussion of how a sustainable future for this market can be achieved. 

This second installment in the series examines the impact of securities class action claims in the Australian D&O insurance market, both in a historical context and looking forward having regard to the current “pipeline” of active claims.  Unlike the vast majority of academic and legal literature on the topic, this clear and concise effort is accessible to underwriters, brokers and claims handlers and their clients. 

Firms: Wotton + Kearney
Services: Insurance Coverage
Regions: Asia/Pacific