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New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Child Support Liens
September 13, 2019

New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Child Support Liens

A new survey from the Life & Annuity Committee is now available online.

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Fraudulent Joinder
August 30, 2019

Fraudulent Joinder

Generally, a non-resident defendant may remove a case filed in state court if the plaintiff could have originally filed the same case in federal court.  Removal of a lawsuit based upon state law claims, such as a dispute regarding benefits under an insurance policy not governed by ERISA,  requires diversity jurisdiction.  The United States Code vests the federal district courts with diversity jurisdiction over all civil actions where the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 and the action arises between citizens of different states.  The United States Code further provides that a resident defendant may not remove an action if it is a citizen of the State in which such action is brought.  Diversity jurisdiction, therefore, requires complete diversity; every plaintiff must be diverse from every defendant and no defendant may be a citizen of the state where the action is brought.  Accordingly, a plaintiffs’ attorney determined to avoid federal court could falsely accuse a resident bystander, innocent of any wrongdoing, to prevent complete diversity. This is a practice known as fraudulent joinder.

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New Life & Annuity Committee Surveys
August 29, 2019

New Life & Annuity Committee Surveys

Three new survey from the Life & Annuity Committee are now available online.  Topics include children’s term riders, staffing, and privacy policies.

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Annual Conference Registration OPEN
June 3, 2019

Annual Conference Registration OPEN

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the ICA 110th Annual Education Conference.

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ICA 110th Annual Education Conference
June 3, 2019

ICA 110th Annual Education Conference

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the ICA 110th Annual Education Conference. 

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New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Claims Committees
May 31, 2019

New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Claims Committees

A new survey from the Life & Annuity Committee is now available online.

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ICA Debuts New Podcast to Members
May 23, 2019

ICA Debuts New Podcast to Members

The International Claim Association (ICA) is thrilled to announce the launch of its brand-new ICA Podcast! 

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Global Claims Technology Survey 2019
April 10, 2019

Global Claims Technology Survey 2019

Artificial Intelligence (AI), chatbots, and wearables are just some of the technologies increasingly embedding themselves into our lives, and the insurance industry is working to employ these technologies as part of or throughout the product life cycle.

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Significant Insurance Decisions in the California Courts
April 5, 2019

Significant Insurance Decisions in the California Courts

This report summarizes the significant California appellate decisions which impact the insurance industry, including in the areas of ERISA, excess coverage and failure to cooperate.

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New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Claim Audits
March 6, 2019

New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Claim Audits

A new survey from the Life & Annuity Committee is now available online.

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Fraud Trends 2019
March 1, 2019

Fraud Trends 2019

As we begin the new year with excitement and anticipation, it is a good time to pause and consider what trends to expect regarding fraud.

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New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Payment Options
February 20, 2019

New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Payment Options

A new survey from the Life & Annuity Committee is now available online.

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New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Small Estate Affidavits
January 9, 2019

New Life & Annuity Committee Survey: Small Estate Affidavits

A new survey from the Life & Annuity Committee is now available online.

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President's Welcome

President's Welcome

Greetings.  I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to sharing the upcoming holidays with those who are dear to you.

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Building Claimant Self-Efficacy to Improve Return-to-Work Outcomes

Building Claimant Self-Efficacy to Improve Return-to-Work Outcomes

“So, how long do you need to be off work?” This was the question posed to me by the urgent care physician following a brief examination and discussion of my back pain symptoms.

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Social Security Disability-Declining Award Rates

Social Security Disability-Declining Award Rates

For the casual observer, the news media and some politicians often beat the drum that there are too many people receiving Social Security disability benefits.

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Q&A: Test Your Knowledge

Q&A: Test Your Knowledge

Questions ranging from the language of medicine to the management of claim operations.

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President's Welcome

President's Welcome

Greetings!  I hope you all have had a fantastic summer and were able to spend time with family and friends enjoying all it has to offer. 

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