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  • Tax Reform Could Raise Car Insurance Rates

    Feb 4, 2018

    The new tax law eliminates the individual mandate. When this repeal takes effect in 2019, millions more Americans are expected to go without health insurance. Auto insurers will likely pick up the tab for some of that population's medical care. That could raise car insurance premiums.

  • Contingent Fee Litigation in New York City

    Jan 30, 2018

    Analysis of "closing statements" in New York state courts from 2004–2013 show settlement rates in the state are very high relative to previous studies, that claims are disproportionately from poor neighborhoods, and that attorneys' fees are almost always one-third of net recovery, which is the maximum allowed by law, among other findings.

  • The Effect of Health Insurance Coverage Expansions on Auto Liability Claims and Costs

    Dec 18, 2017

    How do the Affordable Care Act health insurance coverage expansions affect payment for medical care provided through liability insurance, such as auto insurance?

  • Emerging Trends in Compensation for Widespread Losses

    Dec 4, 2017

    In a consumer society where widespread losses can easily occur, the processes and procedures for providing compensation to large numbers of claimants are very important. This conference explored issues that affect the speed, efficiency, and fairness with which the compensation system operates in the United States.

  • Alternatives to Civil Litigation for Assigning Responsibility Following a Catastrophe

    Nov 28, 2017

    What are alternative means of assigning responsibility following a catastrophic event and providing just compensation? How might policymakers respond after a major adverse event should they conclude traditional civil litigation is not the best approach?

  • The Effect of Mandatory Insurer Reporting on Settlement Delay

    Oct 25, 2017

    Medicare and some state Medicaid programs have taken steps to mandate reporting of personal injury awards. Analysis of a national dataset of automobile injury claims shows mandated reporting increased settlement time by an average of 36 days. Such delays could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in waiting costs each year.