A Live 90-Minute Webinar Program with Interactive Q&A
Thursday, April 25, 2013
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 12:00 p.m. Central Time /
11:00 a.m. Mountain Time / 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Sponsored by the Legal Webinar Group of Strafford Publications
The renewed political, legal and scientific focus on climate policy, especially in the wake of recent extreme weather events, is having a profound impact on insurance. Practitioners must understand the evolution of climate change liability cases to assess the insurance risk.
In May 2012, the Virginia Supreme Court issued the first climate change coverage ruling in AES Corp. v. Steadfast Ins. Co. It is critical to understand what issues were addressed in AES as well as what the court did not address. There is much uncertainty and many coverage-related questions that insurers and their policyholders should consider in assessing this emerging risk and the future of climate change litigation. This seminar will examine the types of claims being filed over climate change losses, the latest trends and developments in federal and state statutory and regulatory initiatives impacting loss from natural catastrophes due to climate change, and specific insurance coverage issues attendant with climate change losses. McCarter's J. Wylie Donald joins the authoritative panel of attorneys examines the types of claims being filed over climate change losses, recent statutory and regulatory developments, insurance coverage issues for both policyholders and insurers and other impacts of climate change on insurance coverage.
I. Climate change liability cases and related insurance case
A. AES Corp. v. Steadfast Ins. Co. (Va. 2012)
II. Recent statutory and regulatory developments
A. National Flood Insurance Program reforms
B. FEMA rules on rebuilding after extreme weather events
III. Insurance coverage issues (property, casualty, commercial)
A. Trigger of coverage
B. Pollution exclusion
C. BI/PD exclusion
D. Occurrences involved?
E. Intended or expected harm
F. Allocation of damages to policies
IV. Other impact of climate change
A. Green insurance market
B. Supply chain risk issues
What are the underlying causes of action for lawsuits on climate change liability facing companies now?
Can policyholders establish coverage using a qualified pollution exclusion?
Do climate change claims involve an occurrence? Does the lack of an occurrence preclude coverage?
What coverage issues did the Virginia Supreme Court address in the AES Corp. v. Steadfast Ins. Co. case?
For more information or to register, please contact Christine Bongard at