Shannon M. Warren, Esq., Partner at Uehlein & Associates, LLC and Vice President of Large Loss & Litigation at Insurance Subrogation Group, LCC, has been selected to speak at the 2021 NASP Annual Conference happening virtually 11/8/2021-11/10/2021. This session will take place 11/9/2021 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Central Time.
Shannon will present “Don’t You Recall? Understanding CPSC’s Recall Process, How To Use Evidence Of A Recall To Advance Your Case, And Recent Top Recalls” along with Jeremiah Pratt of Genesis Forensics and Suzanne Sparks of Pharmacists’ Mutual Insurance.
This informative talk will cover:
Understanding CPSC’s recall process to be able to obtain available information when conducting a product liability investigation and litigating a product liability claim
How to use recall evidence to advance subrogation claims with a discussion of Rule 407, which limits the admissibility of evidence of subsequent remedial measures
Recent recalls that are of interest within the subrogation industry
More information and details on how to register and attend can be found here:
Join ISG’s Michael Loiseau, along with Andy Guerra from Envista Forensics, Dan Nucci from The Hanover Insurance Group, and Kate Strauss from Galvanize Law on Thursday November 4, 2021 from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM as they present “Failure is Not an Option, but it Happens: Avoiding the Subrogation Blindside” at the 2021 CLM Focus: Cannabis, Environmental, Insurance Fraud, Property, Subrogation, Claims & Litigation Management Conference at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Washington, DC.
Consider this – you have an ironclad claim. You’re sure of it. You’ve never felt more confident with your position. Then? The blindside. The bottom falls out and the claim comes crashing down around you. What happened? What went wrong, and how do you avoid the repeat? There are far too many reasons subrogation claims can fail from policy limitations, claims handler or legal representation errors, and/or expert witness failures. We’re all human, and we can (and will) all make mistakes. The difference is learning from these mistakes and having the foresight to prevent similar repeats in the future. So, what do you do when a repeat starts brewing? Is it possible to pivot or is the worst inevitable? When mistakes are made or a subrogation claim falls apart it may be tempting to play the blame game, but how is that effective in getting a claim back on track. For a claims team to successfully resolve any subrogation claim, it is crucial for all involved to be open, honest, and realistic with each other, keeping fundamental ethical principles in mind. But such open, honest, and candid discussion is even more imperative when a problem arises during the course of the claim. At that point, the honeymoon is over!
Shannon Warren has been selected as a speaker and will be presenting a webinar for National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) on July 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST. Shannon will be co-presenting with Chad Jones of Warren Forensics. The webinar is entitled “Cooking with Subrogation – Commercial Cooking Fires: What to Look for and Who Might be Responsible”.
Using case studies, the presenters will discuss a variety of scenarios that lead to kitchen fires. The case studies will involve scenarios that are often undetected and misunderstood due to complex code requirements and less commonly understood equipment, such as solid fueled cooking devices like pizza ovens and small broilers like cheese melters and salamanders. Specific attention will be focused on clearance requirements to combustibles and other possible ignition scenarios that should be considered when investigating commercial kitchen fires. Code recommended inspection and cleaning frequencies will be reviewed along with the parties responsible and documentation required for the cleaning. The concept of long term, low temperature ignition of wood will be discussed as it relates to potential sources of ignition for fires, along with the cautions around this concept.
On May 20, 2021, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly featured on its front page an article relating to an Opinion rendered by Judge Stearns in a case pending in federal court. The subrogation case involves a 2016 fire loss that occurred on the historic Newbury Street in Boston. Shannon Warren and James “Jim” Yesu of ISG’s captive law firm Uehlein & Associates, LLC represent the Plaintiff, a subrogated insurer. The subrogated insurer defeated the Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, which attempted to prelude its origin and cause investigator from rendering an expert opinion relative to causation, alleging that the investigator was relying on speculative evidence. In Plaintiff’s Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, it argued that its expert’s opinion was sufficiently reliable and admissible. Judge Stearns agreed, and rejected Defendant’s position that Plaintiff’s expert relied purely on “speculation and conjecture.” A full copy of the article can be found here: https://masslawyersweekly.com/2021/05/20/case-against-careless-smoker-survives-summary-judgment/. The case is scheduled for a one-week jury trial in the United States District Court in Boston, beginning August 12, 2021.
Arthur Gavrilles has joined the IRG team as Staff Counsel at Uehlein & Associates, LLC and Second Injury Fund Manager at Insurance Recovery Group, Inc.
Art has over 30 years of insurance experience in various claims, technical and leadership roles at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He has experience in workers’ compensation, auto, general liability, and environmental claims. For several years Art was a manager of Massachusetts workers’ compensation which included overseeing recovery efforts. Most recently Art was the Field Claims Manager for commercial insurance auto and general liability.
Art graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management; and received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Art is a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar.
Join Insurance Subrogation Group as we exhibit at the CLM Annual Conference August 11-13, 2021 in Atlanta, GA at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. This is the premier annual event for professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. For more information and to register, please visit: CLM Annual Conference
Please join Insurance Subrogation Group at RIMS 2021. This event is taking place virtually April 19-30 and ISG will be exhibiting and attending. The virtual ISG booth will feature interactive and informative touchpoints, as well as a chat feature that will enable you to speak with ISG in real time. For more information, and to register, please visit RIMS 2021 INFORMATION.
Please join Insurance Subrogation Group at NASP 2020. This event is taking place virtually November 16-17, 2020. Visit the virtual ISG booth to learn more about all of our subrogation services. The ISG booth will feature interactive and informative touchpoints, as well as a chat feature to talk live to ISG.
Please join Insurance Subrogation Group and Insurance Recovery Group at RIMS 2021. This event is taking place in Chicago, IL on April 18-21, 2020. IRG/ISG will be exhibiting. More information to follow.
Please join IRG/ISG and Shannon M. Warren, Esq. at the CLM Annual Conference in Dallas, TX (CLM INFO). On 3/20/2020 at 10:40 AM, Shannon, along with co-presenters Brian Eves of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP, Timothy Tresierras of ARCCA, Inc. and Gregory Vacek of Chubb, will be presenting:
“Multiple Failures: The Difference between Science and Magic”
Multiple failures are quite common within the practice of failure analysis, whether there are two simultaneous failure conditions culminating in catastrophic failure or a cascade of failures set forth by a primary failure. Understanding the causality of failures and the division of responsibility among multiple parties is important to the management of claims, litigation, and subrogation. Equally important is the determination of the characterization of an alleged set of failures as negligent, accidental, and/or fraudulent.
This roundtable discussion will focus on alleged multiple failures and how they may fall into one of three general categories — the possible, the plausible, and “magic.” Focus will be placed on the allegations and hypotheses that defy science and engineering with the proposition of a mystery condition or highly improbably causation, which conveniently leaves no trace within the body of supportive evidence. The roundtable will discuss how to deal with an unqualified opposing expert or a peddler of junk science and how they often build their arguments on the layman’s intuition, which sounds correct, but to the trained professional is a house of cards.
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