The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law:
Professor Brendan S. Maher, director of the Insurance Law Center at UConn School of Law, prevailed as counsel of record in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Manning before the U.S. Supreme Court. The court found in an an 8-0 opinion issued May 16, 2016,that state courts are free to hear claims arising from state laws that protect their citizens from securities violations. Maher is an expert in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Affordable Care Act, and federal procedure. He has appeared eight times before the Supreme Court in a series of cases regarding federalism, regulation of the financial sector and employee benefits. Read more.
Professor Peter Kochenburger spoke to members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners at its International Insurance Forum 2016 in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2016. He addressed the topic Cybersecurity and Cyber Insurance in a panel discussion exploring how regulators and insurers are managing cybersecurity risk.
Professor Joseph MacDougald '96, executive director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Law, gave the introductory remarks at a conference, "Connecticut as a Laboratory for Sustainability Innovation," April 4 at Yale University. In addition to a J.D. from UConn School of Law, a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from New York University, MacDougald earned a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Professor Peter Kochenburger, Executive Director of the Insurance LLM Program at UConn School of Law, gave a presentation on arbitration and spoke on a panel about Big Data at the 2016 Spring National Meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in New Orleans, April 3-6. His presentation, Issues Related to the Use of Mandatory Arbitration, Choice of Law and Forum Selection Clauses in Insurance Policies, was given to the association's Consumer Liaison Committee. The panel discussion, Consumer Perspective on the Use of Big Data in Insurance, took place at a public hearing of the Big Data Working Group. Kochenburger also participated in training for new insurance regulators at the meeting.
The Delaware Court of Chancery has cited a paper written by Professor Alexandra Lahav with former UConn Law colleague Sean Griffith in an opinion released Jan. 22, 2016, in re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The paper, The Market for Preclusion in Merger Litigation, was published in 2013 in the Vanderbilt Law Review. The court rejected a disclosure-only settlement as inadequate, finding that the supplemental disclosures obtained by the plaintiffs were not “plainly” material and therefore insufficient to support the release of stockholder claims against the defendants.