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August 2015 -- The E&O Report

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August 2015
Volume 27, Number 8

What Would You Like Covered at 2016 Annual E&O Seminars?

For each of the past few years, we presented IIABNY members with an opportunity to provide their thoughts concerning any issues, topics, questions or suggestions they want us to consider for the following year’s annual Errors and Omissions Loss Control seminars. For the 2015 seminar series, more than half the topics we covered were suggested by IIABNY members. Because we want to hear from you again, I am requesting you send me any issues or topics you want us to consider when we prepare the outline for the 2016 seminars. Once we hear back from you, we will prepare the seminar outline incorporating the various suggestions we receive.

Even though we completed the 2015 E&O seminar series in June, we usually start thinking shortly afterward about what we will plan for the following year. Ordinarily, we prepare the seminar outline in the late fall for the following year. This time frame allows sufficient time for the New York State Department of Financial Services to approve the seminars for continuing education credit and IIABNY to market the seminars to its members in the spring.

​​​On a Related Note 

Please also feel free to let us know about any issues or topics that you may want us to address in future issues of The E&O Report. Many of the topics we write about in The E&O Report originate from issues agents and brokers bring to our attention through telephone calls and emails. If you have any ideas in this regard, please reach out to me and let me know what you have in mind. From our experience, an issue that one New York insurance agent or broker is facing may actually be much larger and affect many other producers across the state.

We encourage all IIABNY members to provide us with feedback concerning any items they want us to include in the 2016 seminar outline. Your issues, topics, questions or suggestions that relate to the seminars should be sent to me by email at no later than Oct. 1, 2015. Please be sure to type “2016 Annual E&O Seminars” (without the quote marks) in the subject line of your email message. We will use the input we receive from IIABNY members to develop the outline.

We believe the annual E&O seminars IIABNY presents are an extremely important loss control tool the association provides to its members. This type of E&O seminar represents a form not offered in other state, except New York. The difference between IIABNY’s annual seminars and those in other states is our seminars change each year in order to address current issues and topics of concern. This constant change allows IIABNY members to keep current with important issues and topics. It also sets both IIABNY and its members apart from others when it comes to E&O loss control. Statistics show New York insurance agents and brokers that attend IIABNY’s annual seminars are 39 percent less likely to experience an E&O claim or lawsuit filed against them.

Mark your calendar because the dates have already been set for the 2016 annual E&O seminars. Live seminars will be presented at the following locations on the listed dates:

Buffalo, May 3, 2016

New York City, May 18, 2016

Syracuse, May 4, 2016

Westchester County, May 19, 2016

Long Island, May 17, 2016


The concluding telecast seminar will again be presented live from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy on June 8, 2016 and simulcast live to 14 remote locations across New York state. Registration for the seminars will be accepted in the early spring of 2016 (after the course has been approved for CE credit by the DFS).

Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your ideas with us. The feedback we receive from you helps make the IIABNY annual E&O seminars an extremely valuable E&O loss prevention tool and learning experience for New York insurance agents and brokers. We look forward to your attendance at the 2016 seminars.

Submitted by
James C. Keidel​, Esq.
Keidel, Weldon & Cunningham, LLP 

Keidel, Weldon & Cunningham, LLP concentrates its practice in the defense of insurance agents and broker’s errors and omissions claims and litigation, errors and omissions loss control counsel and education, insurance coverage analysis and litigation and insurance regulatory matters. Please direct any comments or questions to James C. Keidel, Esq. by mail to the main office of Keidel, Weldon & Cunningham, LLP, at 925 Westchester Avenue, Suite 400, White Plains, NY 10604, telephone at (914) 948-7000 or e-mail at The law firm also maintains offices in Syracuse, New York; New York City, New York; Wilton, Connecticut; Fair Lawn, New Jersey; Warwick, Rhode Island and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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