This course includes a general look at the exciting world of insurance law. Contrary to popular belief--it really is an exciting world and is the often silent driver of much of the litigation and transaction world. Learn how to read those long, fine print policies and love it!!
The course will begin with a look at the regulatory arena for insurance companies. An overview of the general principles of insurance contracts will be explored. Then each major type of insurance (e.g. health, auto, property, malpractice and liability) and the specific laws related to each type will be discussed. We will also cover the obligations of insurers and insureds with respect to each other and with respect to third parties, as well as the remedies available for failure to meet those obligations. Students will be required to write a paper on a topic of their choice approved by the instructor and to do a class presentation on the same topic. Smaller written assignments may be required during the semester. Class participation will be a factor for student evaluation.