‘Dragon Tattoo’ Named
Year’s riskiest Film to insure
international filming locations, motorcycle riding by its Oscar- nominated actress, and physical scenes made “The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo” the riskiest film for
Fireman’s Fund to insure in 2011.
The movie dons the riskiest-film title even after some of
the stunts needed to be toned
down or scrapped because
of insurance concerns.
“There was a lot of riding,”
says Wendy Diaz, entertain-
ment underwriting director at
Fireman’s Fund. “We knew that
early on, and the actress was not
Rooney Mara, nominated for an
Oscar in the lead actress category, was not
an experienced motorcycle rider before
filming. According to interviews with the
movie’s director, Mara trained for months
on a motorcycle but that wasn’t enough to
keep some risky scenes—included in the
best-selling book from which the film is
based—in the film.
with deaths and injuries of policyholders’ family and friends, as well as modifying claims management procedures.
The Chinese drywall session attendees
will review the important commercial
general liability (CGL) coverage decisions emerging from coverage disputes.
They will identify the key CGL coverage
issues addressed by the courts and analyze how the courts reached their decision on these issues. The presenters will
delve into how the resolution of these
issues will impact future construction
defect and similar claims.
Location, Location, Location
There are several Florida-focused
sessions that will spark interest, Powell
says. One in particular revolves around
a very hot topic for the sunshine state:
sinkholes. “Sinkhole, Subsidence & Collapse: Solutions for Difficult Issues,” for
instance, will trace the evolution of coverage (homeowners’, business owners,
commercial property forms) for these
various types of loss. The presenters
will review statutory changes, including
sinkhole regulations in Florida. Attendees will also evaluate practical strategies
to fairly and efficiently adjust such losses.
Tom O’Dowd, PLRB/LIRB marketing
and exhibits manager, expects there to be
close to 280 service provider organizations exhibiting. He says diversity among
the group has greatly increased this year
with categories they’ve not seen at previous conferences. Among those new categories are expert witness testimony, legal billing review, medical billing/record
retrieval, and underwriting.
O’Dowd also notes that PLRB is pro-
viding a New Products Showcase during
conference registration hours on Sun-
day, April 15, from 1: 30 to 5: 15 p.m. This
segment will feature demonstrations of
the latest claims adjustment and man-
agement products representing several
segments of the property and casualty
(P&C) industry. Live demonstrations
will highlight new operations, products,
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