Michael Jordan speaks at OTLA Roudtable

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Michael Jordan is one of several long term disability lawyers invited to speak at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) Roundtable : Extra-contractual Damages in Settlement Discussions since Baker v. Blue Cross.

Baker v. Blue Cross sent shockwaves through the legal and insurance industries when a jury ordered Blue Cross to pay the plaintiff $1,500,000 for punitive damages, in addition to the long term disability benefits in dispute, agggravated damages, and legal expenses of more than $1,000,000. The case was appealed, with the Ontario Court of Appeal not only upholding the decision, but also highlighting some of the conduct that warranted such a precedent setting award. Michael has previsouly written about Baker v. Blue Cross on various blog posts, including:

Long Term Disability Insurance Company Must Pay Punitive Damages

Baker V. Blue Cross Life Insurance Company Of Canada – Costs Award

Baker V. Blue Cross Life Insurance Company Of Canada – Court Of Appeal Decision

Since this seminal case, LTD lawyers have been pushing insurance companies harder than ever before on the issue of extra-contactual damages, which include punitive damages, aggravated damages, and general damages.

The purpose of this OTLA roundtable is to educate other long term disability lawyers about the impact of Baker v. Blue Cross and how to leverage the case while egnaging in settlement discussions. Topics will include:

  • Pleadings – What to consider including in the statement of claim, and in what situations
  • How are mediators dealing with LTD damages since the Baker decision?
  • How are defence counsel dealing with this?
  • How do you manage a client’s increased expectations?
  • Tips and tactics to consider to change direction during mediation.
  • Jury Notices: When and if to serve one?

Michael Jordan would be pleased to discuss any long term disability questions you may have. All phone calls and form submissions go directly to him, so contact Michael today for fast free legal advice!

 

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