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Robert May presents at DRI event in Chicago

Robert May teamed up with San Diego attorney Michelle Burton to present on the topic of product warnings at a DRI event in Chicago. This two-day event was held at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in downtown Chicago. The event drew on a faculty from across the country to cover topics ranging from medical liability, federal regulation, banking and insurance related to the marijuana industry.

Defense Verdict in King County

Robert May obtained a defense verdict in a recent dog attack trial in a King County. Plaintiff alleged that a dog belonging to Rob’s client aggressively charged him while walking in front of the client’s house, causing him to fall. Plaintiff suffered an acetabular fracture of his right hip in the fall, requiring two surgeries to repair, incurring medical bills of $260,000. Plaintiff alleged the dog’s owner was liable for failing to restrain the dog and allowing the dog to run unrestrained in a public area, in violation of the City of Issaquah “leash law”. Rob argued his client’s dog never left the yard and didn’t cause plaintiff to fall.

This case was unique in that liability turned upon the character of the dog and whether it was foreseeable to Rob’s client that her dog may leave the yard to chase after pedestrians. Plaintiff attempted to call an animal behaviorist to testify the dog exhibited “territorial aggression” when it charged toward plaintiff, that it was unreasonable to have the dog off leash in her front yard and that plaintiff’s resulting injury was foreseeable. Rob successfully excluded the majority of this expert’s testimony. Rob also successfully excluded a medical doctor called by plaintiff to testify that the biomechanics of plaintiff’s fall was consistent with plaintiff’s testimony and inconsistent with Rob’s client’s testimony.

The jury deliberated for three hours before returning a unanimous verdict for Rob’s client.

Robert May will be presenting to the Combined Claims Conference

Robert May will present on ethical issues faced by insurance producers, brokers and agents at the Combined Claims Conference in Pasadena, California March 6 and 7, 2018.

Robert May will be presenting to the Oregon IASIU Insurance Fraud Conference

Robert May will present an arson case study at the annual meeting of the International Association of SIU investigators. His presentation will be on October 20, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Robert May will be presenting to the Los Angeles All Industry Day

Robert May has been invited to present to the Los Angeles chapter of the CPCU Society on claim practices. His presentation will be on October 17, 2017 in Studio City, California.