Actuarial Litigation: How Statistics Can Help Resolve Big Cases

 

Sponsored by the Insurance Law Center
and the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal

When a drug is alleged to harm large numbers of patients, a credit card company charges its many customers allegedly undisclosed fees for international transactions, or numerous people experience illnesses they claim result from exposure to toxins, plaintiffs bring large numbers of lawsuits. Defendants’ and plaintiffs’ lawyers are continually refining methods for resolving such large-scale disputes.  Increasingly, they rely on statistical techniques to do so. The questions for this conference are what are the appropriate techniques for resolving such cases? How do they resemble what insurance companies already do? Are they fair? What legal limitations exist on such settlements and how (if at all) should the law change to better accommodate these changes on the ground? This conference brings together special masters, insurance professionals, economists, political scientists and legal scholars to discuss how risk is quantified in litigation, especially high value, large-scale complex cases such as mass torts, consumer class actions and antitrust suits.

Keynote Address:

Kenneth R. Feinberg

Founder  and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen LLP, Author of What is Life Worth? (Public Affairs Press, 2005).  Among his many accomplishments, Kenneth Feinberg is the Administrator of the BP Claims Fund and was the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

 Conference Agenda

Other speakers include:

Robert G. Bone, University of Texas Law School
Edward K. Cheng, Vanderbilt Law School
Howard Erichson, Fordham Law School
Deborah Hensler, Stanford Law School
Samuel Issacharoff, New York University Law School
Joseph B. Kadane, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Statistics
Francis McGovern, Duke Law School
Adam Scales, Washington & Lee School of  Law
Alex Stein, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to those who register by April 8, 2011. Registration is free.

*Approved for NY CLE Credit

This program is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys (Course #TRT0325).

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

To register for this event please RSVP via our rsvp form. 

For other inquiries, call Patricia Carbray at (860) 570-5184 or send an e-mail to patricia.carbray@uconn.edu.   Out-of-town guests may book rooms at the Hartford Downtown Marriott.

If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Jane Thierfeld Brown at (860) 570-5130 at least two weeks in advance.