Insurance Law 2019

June 3, 2019

This seminar is approved for 5.56 total WV MCLE credits, including  0.88 Ethics/Law Office Management credit.

A Review of Recent Insurance Law Decisions and a Preview of Pending Insurance Law Cases

This presentation will focus on insurance law related opinions relevant to West Virginia for the period of June 1, 2018 through June, 3, 2019, with a primary focus on those opinions establishing new law or refining established insurance law principles.  The presentation will also focus on insurance law related cases currently pending before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia that are likely to be decided in the next year.

Michelle Gaston, Esquire
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Review of the 2019 Legislative Session

This program will discuss the highlights of the 2019 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature.  We will review the bills passed that affect the insurance industry and the practice of law, as well as those issues that garnered broader interest and debate during the 60-day Session.

Jill Cranston Rice, Esquire
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Update from the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

This presentation will focus on the regulatory processes and procedures of the Insurance Commissioner, including various types of consumer complaints, administrative hearings and regulatory actions against insurance agents and companies.  The presentation will also discuss any insurance related regulatory trends and future regulatory issues that may arise due to recent legislation.

Erin K. Hunter, Deputy Commissioner
West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

A Summary of the History and Current Status of the Law of Bad Faith

Uberrimae Fidei, the obligation to act in utmost good faith, began as a duty first imposed upon the applicant for insurance and the insured; not the insurer.  Today, in most U.S. jurisdictions, the duty to act in good faith and its companion, the duty not to act in bad faith, are duties generally imposed upon the insurers and not upon the applicant, the insured or the claimant.  This presentation will offer a survey of the 50 state statutory and common law standards for supporting or defending against an allegation of bad faith.  A uniform standard that can be applied to both insurers and insureds will be explained.

Professor Burke Christensen 
Eastern Kentucky University

Cyber Insurance: Are you and your Clients Adequately Covered?

Obtaining the right type and amount of cyber insurance coverage can be key to avoiding catastrophe in the event of an incident or data breach.  This session will focus on types of available cyber insurance, coverages, and their limitations and exclusions.  The presentation also will cover practical considerations for insuring risks of cyber-related business interruptions, such as the need to replace equipment/systems, and the need to retain experts to restore systems following malware/ransomware attacks.

Shawn Morgan, Esquire

Kevin Connoley, Esquire

Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Ethical Issues in the Litigation Practice

This presentation will focus on prior work conflicts, dealing with prospective clients, and what to do when you have made a mistake, with emphasis on the applicability of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the practical approach to these issues.

Evans King Jr., Esquire 
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC