Michael Childress set to speak at Rutgers Fragmented Risk Conference

Posted on 25/01/2013 by

Our own, Michael Childress is set to speak at the Conference on Fragmented Risk at the Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ on March 1st 2013.  He will be speaking on the topic of: Claims Practices After Catastrophes – The Hidden Conflict.  


The Rutgers Center for Risk and Responsibility

Presents a conference on

Fragmented Risk

March 1, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rutgers School of Law - Camden

217 North 5th Street, Camden, NJ


Insurance policies embody a tension between bundling related risks and fragmenting risk through exclusions, narrow definitions, and other limitations. Policyholders benefit from bundling risk because coverage is easier to purchase and more predictable, because there are fewer gaps in coverage and those gaps that remain are more easily understood. Fragmenting risk allows insurers to exclude coverage for correlated risks where potential losses are high (such as flood damage under homeowners’ insurance), to reduce premium costs to respond to market conditions, and to limit potential liability for new and unanticipated risks. But fragmenting risk causes many losses to be uninsured, as is evident following natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy.

This conference on Fragmented Risk will engage academics, industry professionals, lawyers, and regulators in discussion of fragmenting risk in property insurance, commercial general liability policies, business interruption insurance and other areas. Fundamental to an understanding of the legal, economic and practical parts of general liability is an understanding of how and why insurers fragment risk. This topic raises important issues for consumers, insurance companies, courts, regulators, and society at large.

Fragmented Risk and Bundled Risk

Jeffrey Stempel,  University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law: Rediscovering the Sawyer Solution:  Bundling Risk for Profit and Protection

Harold Weston, Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business: A la Carte Coverage—Unbundling Causes of Losses and Coverage Grants to Allow Insured Selection

Commentator: Dr. Steven Weisbart, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Insurance Information Institute

Catastrophes and Fragmented Risk

Christopher French, Villanova University School of Law: The Aftermath of Catastrophes: Valuing Business Interruption Insurance Losses

Donald Hornstein, University of North Carolina School of Law: The Balkanization of Catastrophe Property Insurance

Michael Childress, Risk Worldwide/Childress Duffy, Ltd.:  Claims Practices After Catastrophes—The Hidden Conflict

Commentator: Peter Kochenburger, University of Connecticut School of Law

Creating, Interpreting, and Regulating Fragmented Risk Policies

Michelle Boardman, George Mason University School of Law: Fragmented Insurance Policies - A Reasonable Expectation of the Shards?

James Davey, Cardiff University School of Law: Fracturing and Bundling Risks: The Coverage Expectations of the 'Real' Reasonable Policyholder

Daniel Schwarcz, University of Minnesota School of Law: Risk Segmentation and Transparency

Commentator: Thomas Considine, Chief Operating Officer, MagnaCare; Former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance

 Co-sponsored by the Institute for Professional Education

CLE Credit: 5.0 credit hours NJ/NY, 4.0 credit hours PA

Registration Fee: $100 if seeking CLE, $50 if not seeking CLE

 Register at https://ipe.rutgers.edu