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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    How do Insurers Write Policies and Price Cyber Risk?

    Oct 6, 2017

    The market for insuring against data breaches and cyber security incidents has grown rapidly in the past decade. However, very little is known about these cyber insurance policies and the mechanisms behind the risk assessments.

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    Provider Fraud in California Workers' Compensation

    Jun 26, 2017

    Workers' compensation fraud is thought to be one of the fastest growing forms of insurance fraud. One particular form of fraud involves the manipulation of rules and procedures by providers, particularly those delivering health care services and supplies.

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    Discount Justice: State Court Belt-Tightening in an Era of Fiscal Austerity

    May 26, 2017

    Following the 2008 financial crisis, fiscal pressure on the states has led to corresponding pressure for court system retrenchment. In January 2015, the UCLA–RAND Center for Law and Public Policy held a conference to examine the depth of the resourcing problem and identify policy options and practical steps to mitigate the challenges.