Jonathan M. Feigenbaum, Esq. Proudly Sponsors the 43rd Annual ABA TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE SECTION (TIPS) Midwinter Symposium

November 1, 2016 Boston, Massachusetts – Jonathan M. Feigenbaum, Esq. is a proud sponsor of the 43rd Annual ABA TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE SECTION (TIPS) Midwinter Symposium on Emerging Issues and Litigation Relating to Life, Health & Disability Insurance, Insurance Regulation, ERISA and Employee Benefits.

Jonathan is an American Bar Association Fellow. He served as Chair of the American Bar Association Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section – Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee in 2014-2015.

He currently serves on the American Bar Association Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section as the Employee Benefits Committee, Vice-Chair, the Life Insurance Law Committee, Vice-Chair and as a Member of the Insurance Academy Task Force.

The TIPS Midwinter Symposium is focused on the latest issues in the life, health and disability insurance and ERISA arenas. Topics include: The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, the impact of the ACA on the health insurance industry, Brexit’s effect on the U.S. and European insurance markets, issues arising in ERISA administrative appeals, and trends in litigation and class actions involving life insurance and annuities. Programs will be devoted to related litigation skills, including a panel program on appellate advocacy, featuring three state supreme court justices and an appellate court judge, as well as a program on legal ethics and competency in the digital age from the Lecturer of Law and Director of Professional Responsibility and Ethics program at the University of Miami School of Law. Included is the annual roundtable discussion by a number of former state insurance commissioners, featuring the latest insight on challenges and controversies in insurance regulation.
Jonathan is a panelist on the ERISA ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS—PROBLEMATIC ISSUES session.  The panelists will discuss recurring but unresolved issues that arise with administrative appeals. The panelists will present both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s perspectives on the following:

  • What does the Department of Labor’s requirement of “full and fair review” mean?

The panelists will address the DOL’s anticipated regulations that will likely be issued by the time of the symposium. Must a claims administrator provide to the participant all information gathered during the appeal? Does this include internal physician reviews? Should the participant be entitled to a rebuttal? Where does the process end?

  • What are the time limitation issues facing the participant?
  • What obligations does the claim fiduciary have to the participant in this regard?
  • Should the participant or the claims administrator include in the administrative record information relating to a structural conflict of interest?
  • And other important topics related to ERISA administrative appeals.