The lunchtime webinar covered the peculiarities of construction defect insurance claims under standard commercial general liability policies. Mr. Haas and Mr. Lee offered insight on a variety of common recurring issues that the courts continue to wrestle with, including policy definitions of property damage and occurrence, and they addressed relevant case law and legislation.
Ms. Freedman was among the participants that contributed to a project entitled “Privacy in the Digital Age: A Project for France” on July 26, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Presented by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, the three-week project addressed political, economic, and social issues in relation to the digital era with sessions taking place in six different locations across the U.S. Attendees from France included a high level expert on artificial intelligence from the European Commission, the head of legal and international affairs for the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and a data protection advisor to the president and the secretary general. The themes covered in the Providence session included compliance with state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations, state emergency data breach response and mitigation, and U.S.-based corporations’ efforts to comply with GDPR.
Ms. Freedman was among the panelists that participated in a discussion on “Phishing.” The Cyber Security Summit gathered C-level and senior executives responsible for defending their companies’ critical infrastructures together with technology providers and distinguished information security experts for a series of interactive panel discussions and keynote presentations on how to protect businesses from cyber-attacks.
The seminar covered the factual and legal basis on which sureties and producers may potentially be held liable for the principal’s fraudulent conduct and provided some practice pointers on how to avoid this potential liability. “Bonding with Bob” is a series of half-day educational and informational programs spotlighting National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) benefits, programs, and hot topics in the surety industry.
The seminar examined recent trends in state law extending the prime’s liability to third tier subcontractors and suppliers and beyond as well as the effect upon the Surety’s payment bond liability in both the public and private settings. “Bonding with Bob” is a series of half-day educational and informational programs spotlighting National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) benefits, programs, and hot topics in the surety industry.
The session was part of the regional “CONNection” small group meeting series hosted by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. In light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, eliminating any physical presence requirement for the collection of state sales and use tax by remote sellers, the presentation offered an update on nexus for sales and use tax purposes in a post-Quill world. Mr. Leichsenring also provided an update on nexus issues for income tax and gross receipts taxes.
Presented by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC,) the session examined how landlords can position their tenant mix to respond to a rapidly changing market. The program also included the exploration of two case studies, Arsenal Yards redevelopment and Tuscan Village new development, that are especially illustrative of forward-thinking retail development. Arsenal Yards is a community-minded redevelopment of a Boston area retail center into a major mixed-use project with retail, restaurant, office, hotel, and residential space. Tuscan Village is a ground-up development on over 170 acres that will use a mix of downtown-style housing, office, retail, and experience to create a destination where people can live, work, stay, and play.
The article covers how climate change is “fast becoming a lightning rod of legal exposure for the design community” and explores the impact this phenomenon is having on the way engineers practice as well as the standards by which they are measured. “In the absence of exacting code guidance, today’s engineer must independently consider the effects of sea level rise, flooding, heat, freezing conditions, excessive wind, and other environmental factors when developing a conservative design,” said Barra.
The live audio call-in program covered the regularly changing programs at the state and federal level.
Mr. Butts reviewed recent trends with building contractors soliciting assignment of benefits with personal lines and commercial lines claims; described assignment of benefits strategies employed by public adjusters, attorneys, and real estate purchasers; evaluated what the law in various jurisdictions says about rules governing assignment of benefits; and analyzed adjusting strategies adjusters might consider when faced with various forms of assignment of benefits.
The 90-minute program covered the path to partnership, navigating the journey, anticipating and dealing with associated challenges, and defining success as a female attorney and law firm partner.
The webinar covered how to understand the evolving cyber threat landscape, why cyber risk is important to all board members, what the right questions are to ask, and how to get started with practical tools, resources and next steps.
The article covers whether a debtor can extend tax sale redemption payments over the life of a plan. “There is no single answer,” said Mr. Boyajian, “because the ways in which state laws unbundle the attributes of property ownership following tax sales are too varied to allow it. However, by examining what a taxpayer retains and what a purchaser takes through a tax sale, bankruptcy courts have developed a consistent analytical framework that should allow for the development of predictable results for debtors that have lost their property to pre-petition tax sales.
The webinar covered the state of the hospital M&A market today, how valuations have been trending in 2018, and the outlook for traditional hospitals.
The focus of the program was on the Rhode Island Superior Court’s recent adoption or revision of numerous rules of civil procedure to address discovery of electronic materials. The rules impose significant, specific requirements on parties and counsel. The panel reviewed the rules, compared them to the analogous federal rules, discussed relevant case law, and considered the technological issues raised by the new rules.
Ms. Eckhoff's interactive seminar highlighted the importance of public speaking and effective presentations and offered tips and best practices to use in both personal and professional settings. She also covered how to be more confident and effective while also being mindful of language and mannerisms that may actually weaken a presentation.
The live webinar explored hypothetical and real life legal obstacles and solutions for public, academic, and safety net hospitals that are looking to expand through partnerships, alliances, acquisitions, and investments.
Panelists included governmental entity in-house counsel, governmental entity outside counsel, and developers' counsel who have worked on ground leases of government-owned real estate. This CLE provided attendees with insight into the most common issues encountered when leasing government-owned real estate, and outlined effective ways to navigate through them.
The article examines the recent G4S Technology LLC v. Mass. Technology Park Corp. case, a dispute that arose out of a $45 million public works project to bring a 1,200-mile fiber optic network into western Massachusetts, as it pertains to the 112-year-old Massachusetts’ Forfeiture Rule. The article notes that “[I]f G4S is successful in convincing the High Court to soften the current Forfeiture Rule for contract actions based upon intentional conduct, it may likewise be argued that by extension, the consequences of a design professional’s unintentional conduct should similarly be softened to reflect a 21st century viewpoint.”
Ms. McGarrity's program on “The Latest Trends and Practices in Employee Benefits” covered emerging employee benefit trends shaping 2018, including pension de-risking strategies, tax reform changes to executive compensation and benefits, and the latest developments in health care reform.
Ms. Freedman covered identifying, protecting, and mapping high-risk data; privacy and security in the courtroom; threats to cybersecurity in the courtroom; and technology disruptions to the legal system.
Mr. Heath and Ms. Rapuano presented an interactive program on “FCPA in 2018,” which provided an overview of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and its common misconceptions. They also shared best practices for training and investigating employees in light of those common misconceptions.
Attendees were lead through an interactive discussion on policy limit demands in an effort to coordinate a proper response. Mr. Klein, Mr. Murphy, and Ms. Tobin addressed identifying a policy limit demand, the continuing need to fully evaluate a claim for liability and damages following receipt of a policy limit demand, the potential legal consequences of failing to properly respond to a policy limit demand, and best practices and strategies for responding to a policy limit demand.
The presentation is the third in the “Insurance In-House Counsel CLE Series” that offers continuing legal education (CLE) and networking catered exclusively to in-house counsel and attorney claim professionals in the insurance industry.
The CLE seminar focused on the nuts and bolts of the law and practice of trade secret law, including Connecticut law and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The program also covered how trade secret law impacts other practice areas, including employment, civil procedure, bankruptcy, and commercial law as well as the new federal law of trade secrets created by the Defend Trade Secrets Act.
Ms. Porter offered tips for selecting vendors, conducting due diligence, and negotiating privacy and data security issues in commercial contracts and technology transactions. She also covered the effect of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the cybersecurity and privacy practices of companies, vendors, and business partners.
The panel focused on the Grand Jury process, including rules surrounding Grand Jury secrecy; differentiating Grand Jury Subpoena compliance from traditional civil discovery, the potential criminal implications involved in the underlying charges, as well as potential pitfalls in compliance; and covered the compliance process, including the initial conversation with the prosecutor, the production of documents, and witness interviews.
Ms. Porter was among the presenters that participated in the session as part of the State Capital Group (SCG) Legal’s 2018 Midyear Meeting in London, England from June 7 to June 8, 2018. The session focused on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which recently replaced the European Union’s venerable Data Protection Directive. The program examined some key issues the GDPR raises for the global marketplace, including when GDPR is relevant to clients, trends in transactions relating to privacy as a result of GDPR, and what’s next for global privacy.
The Practice Note offers strategies and procedure for obtaining dismissal of constitutional claims that are ancillary to an inverse condemnation, or regulatory takings, claim. The Note describes the application of the Williamson County ripeness requirements to related constitutional claims, including procedural due process, substantive due process, and equal protection claims. It all discusses a takings claim's potentially preclusive effect on related claims that are coextensive with, and subsumed by, the takings remedy.
The Practice Note provides considerations to government counsel on asserting the ripeness defense in Fifth Amendment takings or inverse condemnation claims. The Note discusses the Williamson County exhaustion and finality requirements, the futility exception, and procedural aspects of asserting the defense in a motion to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment.
During the program, Mr. Leichsenring addressed a number of potential traps for the unwary business owner, including unforeseen nexus-creating activities, the evolving obligations of out-of-state retailers, and the liabilities created through the use of a remote and/or traveling workforce.
During the program, Ms. Cole-Johnson and Mr. Heath covered the components of an internal investigation, measures to take immediately, identifying witnesses, planning interview logistics, determining interview questions, and concluding the interview.
The program outlined the most recent cybersecurity risks, frauds, and intrusions in the industry; how to identify, contain, mitigate, and determine legal requirements related to these incidents; and how those involved internally in organizations can work together to put measures in place to protect their organization. Ms. Freedman covered resources available to assist organizations in staying up to date on the most recent cyber risks and building public-private relationships with law enforcement.
Presented by Strafford, the live CLE webinar prepared defense counsel to evaluate whether and how to pursue discovery of absent class members in class litigation. Mr. Ackerman was among the panelists that covered the courts’ varying positions on permitting absent class member discovery, when to request discovery from putative class members, the type of discovery to request, how many absent class members to seek out for discovery, and strategies to leverage evidence obtained during certification, settlement, and trial.
Ms. Freedman offered practical information and tools to identify high risk data in organizations; map data; and apportion risk based upon particular data collected, maintained, used and disclosed in organizations. She also covered laws that apply to security incidents and data breaches and shared pre-litigation tips as well as data privacy and security insight.
In this presentation, Richard Fil was among a panel of industry leaders who recommended several best practices and business strategies that companies should consider as part of their spill response preparation process beyond the mandatory Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements. In order to promote business continuity, improve community and government relationships, and enhance response efforts, Mr. Fil emphasized the importance of creating a strategic communications process as part of a company’s spill response plan.
The live audio call-in program was presented by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation Class Actions and Derivative Suits & Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees. Mediation is an increasingly popular alternative dispute resolution mechanism, and class actions are no exception. However, they involve different considerations than a typical mediation. The one-hour, roundtable discussion featured experienced practitioners who offered strategies, tips, and suggestions on how to effectively mediate a class action.