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From routine business support to complex litigation, law firms need independent actuaries they can trust and understand. Armed with a solid reputation for credibility, Pinnacle successfully sifts through the toughest challenges you face to identify key arguments, create resolution scenarios and assess financial damage. We have extensive experience handling new license applications, complex litigation, class actions, arbitration, administrative hearings and other contractual disputes.

Our team of experienced consultants can offer insight into a reasonable range of likely outcomes while providing valuable intelligence that comes from working with similar situations. Our litigation/arbitration expertise includes:

  • Identifying loss reserve development causes for insolvent insurers and reinsurers 
  • Defending insurer and bank rating business practices in class action lawsuits 
  • Testifying in administrative rate hearings for many jurisdictions including, California, Florida and Texas 
  • Presenting testimony before legislative bodies and special panels 
  • Assessing coverage issues, including extensive modeling of products liability damages under claims-made policies 
  • Examining adherence to rating rules and practices for commercial and personal lines policies 
  • Analyzing the impact of proposed legislation 
  • Preparing expert reports for submission in federal, state and county courts

Publications and Media

Accounting and Actuarial Services: A Case for Peer Review
Best's Review January 2016 - Issues and Answers
Authored by Derek W. Freihaut.

February 2014 - Apex Discussion Series
Second Injury Funds, Forever! Really?
Authored by John E. Wade.

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Case Studies

Asbestos Liabilities
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Asbestos Liabilities

In 2009, Pinnacle provided expert testimony about the evolution of insurance industry asbestos liabilities in an arbitration hearing among several insurance companies and a pool manager. This assignment drew on our knowledge of the history of insurance industry asbestos liabilities, e.g., the evolution of the legal aspects surrounding coverage determinations, the interplay of primary, excess and reinsurance contracts, the history of failed attempts to control the problem and the impact of bankruptcies among other factors. The assignment also drew on our mass tort / latent liability reserving expertise.

Comparative / Contributory Negligence
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Comparative / Contributory Negligence

In 2009, we were retained by a lawyers’ association to evaluate the historical impact of contributory negligence and comparative negligence tort systems on personal automobile insurance.

Contractor's Liability
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Contractor's Liability

Pinnacle was asked to provide a legislative costing analysis and expert testimony regarding proposed legislation that would substantially expand coverage for construction defects in Oregon. Pinnacle’s study and testimony focused not only on the current conditions of the contractors’ liability insurance market compared to other states, but also the historical changes seen when other states made similar changes. Our analysis also focused on the relationship between home warranties and commercial general liability insurance policies and how these risk mitigation techniques differ over time after a home is completed.

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