"What current or pending legislation concerns you most?"

Verizon's National Claims Manager Ron del Pino is one of four CLM members who answered this month's question.

April 30, 2013 Photo

“Tort reform is a significant priority. We have seen great strides in placing caps on runaway noneconomic and punitive awards. However, these wins are not always enduring as we are beginning to see some of these reforms reversed.”

-Ron del Pino, National Claims Manager, Verizon. CLM Member since 2008.


“Over the past 10 years, opinions and interpretation of precedent from appellate courts have altered, so cases up for appeal give me much concern.”

-Elizabeth Ganiere, Esq., General Counsel, Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. CLM Member since 2011.


“Michigan’s unlimited PIP coverage would be capped at $50,000 under legislation introduced this year. This bill restores sanity to Michigan’s unlimited PIP coverage, but it is staunchly opposed by plaintiff lawyers and advocacy groups. It needs our support.”

-Robert J. Kopka, Managing Partner, Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin & Eads, PC. CLM Member since 2008.


“In California, AB 25 amends labor code sections that deal with social media. It extends the prohibition against employers requiring job seekers or employees (absent allegations of misconduct) from divulging access to their personal social media accounts.”

-Robert Freedman, Partner, Tharpe & Howell, LLP. CLM Member since 2011.



Number of months the FIO’s “Study and Report on Regulation of Insurance” is overdue.
Source: U.S. Senate



Number of states with legislation pending on employer access to social media accounts in 2013.

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures



Percent maximum rate increase the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 allows the NFIP to impose in a given year.

Source: NAIC



Number of bills introduced in the 111th Congress; 383 were passed into law.

Source:  U.S. Senate


$5 Million

Aggregate amount required to remove a suit to federal court on the basis of the Class Action Fairness Act.

Source: Supreme Court of the United States


About The Authors
Bevrlee J. Lips

Bevrlee J. Lips was managing editor of Claims Management magazine (now CLM Magazine) from January 2012 until March 2017.  blips@claimsadvisor.com

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