Events & Seminars

PLRB/LIRB 2010 Claims Conference


Speech Category

Insurance Law


Henry B. Gonzalez Conference Center, San Antonio, Texas






Bullivant Houser Bailey attorney Jess Millikan will be co-presenting on "Replacement Cost Claims: Emerging Issues," with David Lancaster of Great American Insurance Company at the PLRB/LIRB 2010 Claims Conference, held from March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.

For a full conference schedule and more information, please visit General information about the conference is as follows:

The Claims Conference is open only to those employed by the insurance industry and those who, as their primary business, provide goods and services directly to insurers. Others, such as public adjusters, brokers, and agents, are not invited and may not register nor attend. Any such uninvited person found attending the Conference will be asked to leave and will not receive a refund. Determinations regarding eligibility to attend will be made solely by PLRB. Under rare circumstances, an exception to this policy may be granted if PLRB determines that an exception is in the best interest of its members. Requests for granting an exception to the policy must be submitted to PLRB in writing. Granting of an exception is valid only if in writing. If you have any questions about this attendance policy or determinations made pursuant to this policy, please contact PLRB management in writing as soon as possible.

The purpose of the Claims Conference is education. The strength, reputation, and national support of the Claims Conference are the result of its commitment to hardworking, intense professional development.

The official Claims Conference program also provides helpful forums for networking among insurers' claims professionals and claims service providers. Any additional activity sponsored by a claims service provider in conjunction with the Claims Conference that undermines or conflicts with the primary educational purpose and reputation of the Claims Conference is prohibited.

As example, entertainment during conference and expo hours is a conflict and prohibited. Also, after hours entertaining of fifteen or more conference attendees by any one person, organization, or group that extends past 11:00 p.m. on an evening before morning sessions undermines the educational experience and is prohibited. "Adult themed" entertainment undermines the reputation of the event and is prohibited.

Failure to comply with the policy can result in sanctions, including but not limited to:
- Loss of exhibiting privileges at PLRB/LIRB events
- Loss of speaking privileges at PLRB/LIRB events
- Loss of attendance privileges at PLRB/LIRB events

The Property Loss Research Bureau and the Liability Insurance Research Bureau intend to prevent any violation of antitrust laws at all their meetings and conferences.

Presenters and attendees at the Claims Conference must remember that their respective firms are competitors in the marketplace and that the McCarran-Ferguson Act and the laws of some states provide the insurance industry with only very limited immunity from federal and state antitrust scrutiny. Therefore, presenters and attendees must exercise care during all presentations and discussions, since even innocuous discussions of certain topics might later be misinterpreted as evidence of collusion.

At the Claims Conference, and all educational, social, and business development events connected with this meeting, there should be no discussion or agreement, formal or informal, expressed or implied, as to any matters which might give rise to an allegation of violation of antitrust laws. Subjects to avoid include:

· rates;
· underwriting policies;
· marketing strategies; marketing responses to legislative, regulatory, or other developments;
· prices or costs of any products or services offered for sale by insurers or purchased by insurers;
· individual insurance company positions on coverage issues and other matters of insurance policy interpretation; agreements or understandings relating to claims practice, policies, or positions;
· standards by which the performance of any insurer could or should be judged; codes of ethics;
· advantages or disadvantages of doing business in particular states;
· refusal to deal with, or boycott of, potential insureds or suppliers of products or services; use of particular suppliers of products or services; and
· costs or profits of any aspect of any of the above.

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