Jenner & Block

"Insurance Coverage Litigation Arising Out of the Financial Crisis: What Policyholders and Carriers Need to Know," HB Litigation Conferences, New York, NY

Jenner & Block Partner Matthew L. Jacobs will serve as co-chair and Partners Lorelie S. Masters and Howard S. Suskin will speak at "Insurance Coverage Litigation Arising Out of the Financial Crisis: What Policyholders and Carriers Need to Know."  The event will be held at The Harvard Club in New York City on March 18, 2009 and is being produced by HB Litigation Conferences LLC, formerly Mealey's Conferences.

As a Co-Chair of the conference, Mr. Jacobs will provide welcome and introductory remarks at the one-day event, which will discuss insurance coverage litigation implications of the financial crisis.

Ms. Masters will speak on a panel titled "Coverage Issues Most Likely to Arise from Credit Crisis Claims, including the Application (or not) of Various Exclusions and Limitations to Coverage," which will address notice provisions, the duty to defend v. duty to reimburse, settlements and issue of consent to settlements and exclusions such as fraud and dishonesty and personal profit.

Mr. Suskin will speak on a panel titled, "Bernie Madoff and Satyam - the New Ponzi and Enron Redux?" as the defense perspective on Madoff matters. The panel will discuss Class Actions and third-party investor suits, clawbacks, tax litigation, due diligence questions about institutional investors and hedge funds, and how hedge funds and banks can avoid exposure to law suits.

Mr. Jacobs is a member of the Firm’s Insurance Litigation and Counseling and Reinsurance Practices. He is responsible for complex, multi-party insurance coverage litigation matters in state and federal courts, and he regularly advises corporations on the availability of insurance coverage for a wide variety of claims, including those related to directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, mortgage lending practices, mold and water damage, business interruption losses, product liability, mutual fund late-trading and market timing lawsuits and regulatory investigations and environmental matters. Mr Jacobs has written extensively on issues of insurance coverage for D&O liabilities and related matters, and has spoken at over 75 conferences, and has chaired over a dozen more, both domestically and internationally in the past 20 years on various insurance coverage issues.

Ms. Masters is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Climate and Clean Technology Law, Insurance Litigation and Counseling and Arbitration: Domestic and International Practices. She is co-author of Insurance Coverage Litigation, an in-depth legal treatise first published in 1997 and updated annually; and Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form.  Ms. Masters was President of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia from 2007-2008.  She is a past Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and continues to serve in the Section of Litigation’s Leadership.

Howard S. Suskin is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Class Action Litigation Practice. He has concentrated his practice in the civil litigation area, focusing primarily on class action, securities law, and professional liability matters.  He has substantial first-chair experience representing individuals, directors, officers and corporations in civil, administrative and criminal securities matters, including securities fraud and misrepresentation claims, derivative actions claiming breach of fiduciary duty, contests for corporate control, insider trading investigations, and broker dealer issues.

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