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Important Announcements

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
July 12, 2017 - Deadline to Nominate a firm or Individual to be in the Member Spotlight or Community Showcase
"Member Spotlight" and "Community Showcase" are two BestConnect features that put the focus on qualified members that have significant achievements in the insurance industry or that have made a valuable impact on their communities, both locally or around the world. If you would like to nominate a firm or individual to be featured, download our "Member Spotlight" or "Community Showcase" nomination forms and make your submissions by July 12th. BestConnect is published bi-monthly. Your nomination will be considered for the May issue. For additional information visit our "Member Spotlight" FAQ and "Community Showcase" FAQ.
Submit your articles for the September edition of BestConnect by July 18, 2017!
The September 2017 issue of BestConnect is projected to be released during the 3rd week of September. If you are a qualified member and have an article or firm announcement that you would like us to consider, please email your submissions directly to by July 18, 2017. Let us know if you would like the article to be posted, for free, in your online listing as well.

The May 2017 issue of BestConnect is now available!
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The Insurance Law Podcast is a series that examines timely insurance issues from an attorney's point of view. Each installment features guest speakers that are prominent attorneys from across the country who specialize in insurance defense. All podcasts are published by A.M. Best and available for download. Transcripts of our podcasts are available. Please visit our Insurance Law Podcast home page to see our complete podcast series and view recent transcripts.
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Posted:  Thu., June 15, 2017
Attorneys John Schmidt and Lisa Gingeleskie from the law firm Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. in Westfield New Jersey discuss the rise in social media wrongful termination claims and the liability for employers and insurers.

Jerry Birnbach, Retail Expert in the insurance industry discusses regulations and practices to eliminate slip and fall risks as well as aspects that companies and defense attorneys need to consider with regard to slip and fall accident claims.

Posted:  Wed., April 12, 2017
Attorney Martha Weis of the Virginia law firm of Goodman Allen Donnelly PLLC addresses whether a
typical general liability policy covers intellectual property claims, and examines policy
exclusions and insurance company impact.
To listen to these podcasts and others, visit our Podcast Archive.
We would like to thank all of the participating attorneys and their firms for their input and support as we continue to produce these informative and valuable discussions.

 Pileup in Commercial Auto
Some insurers are reporting a more difficult market for commercial auto, which remains highly competitive. A panel of insurance and claims experts examine what's driving litigation and losses, how companies' underwriting is changing and how ride-hailing services and autonomous vehicles are poised to change the sector. Panelists include:
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 State of the Medical Professional Liability Market
A.M. Best analytic leaders and insurance industry leaders review the state of the U.S. medical professional liability insurance sector. The panel examines financial results, underwriting, loss trends, regulatory, and industry developments, along with developments among alternative risk providers. The discussion follows the publication of A.M. Best's annual special report on the state of the medical professional liability market. It also comes ahead of the annual conference of the PIAA, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Panelists for this webinar include:
  • Charles Huber, Director, A.M. Best
  • Dan Teclaw, Senior Financial Analyst, A.M. Best
  • Brian Atchinson, President & CEO, PIAA
  • Kurtis Scott, President & CEO, Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company
  • Howard H. Friedman, President, Healthcare Professional Liability Group, ProAssurance Corp.
Register to watch this webinar playback.

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