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Insurance Law and Policy: Cases and Materials, Fifth Edition

  • Tom Baker
  • Kyle D. Logue
  • Carolyn V. Williams
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A contemporary, easy-to-teach text by the Reporters for the new Restatement of the Law Liability Insurance, this casebook invites students and teachers to re-imagine the field of Insurance Law. The authors demonstrate the big-picture role of insurance law and policy in American business and society, exploring federal-state regulatory roles in depth as well as the traditional topics covered in casebooks. Insurance Law and Policy: Cases and Materials uses more statutory material than any other casebook, with statutes typically presented through problems. Manageable assignments contain one major case followed by informative notes, questions and a problem. This text appeals to Insurance teachers as well as teachers of Torts and Contracts considering a new course. The Teacher’s Manual—with case briefs, backgrounds on selected cases, simple diagrams that explain complex issues, and answers to questions and problems—is especially useful for instructors new to the course.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Expanded coverage of the role of insurance in disasters and catastrophes, including the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Extensive treatment of the now-finalized Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance
  • Reorganization of the liability insurance chapters to facilitate more step-by-step learning
  • Replacement of a few difficult-to-teach cases with new, more straightforward cases

Professors and student will benefit from:

  • Focus on the big picture of federal-state regulatory roles in addition to the traditional insurance coverage topics addressed in other Insurance Law casebooks
  • Extensive use of statutory materials, with statutes typically presented through carefully-constructed problems
  • Manageable assignments structured with one major case, informative notes, questions, and a problem
  • Interesting, up-to-date cases, with context-setting introductions, on topics such as cyber insurance, the role of private insurance in responding to public catastrophes, and the new Restatement of the Law Liability Insurance
  • Cases are longer, providing students better grounding in the art of extracting useful knowledge from judicial opinions
  • Elimination of some of the arcane aspects of insurance law in favor of presenting a broad and conceptual overview of the field
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About the authors
Tom Baker
University of Pennsylvania

Tom Baker is the William Maul Measey Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania CareyLaw School. He is a highly regarded insurance expert, a leading scholar of insurance law and policy, and a devoted law teacher. His research explores insurance law, institutions, and markets using methods from history, economics, psychology and sociology. His many books, articles, and reports address topics such as the impact of insurance on personal injury and securities litigation, health insurance reform, insurance underwriting and claims management, the historical development of insurance institutions, insurance company restructuring, and many aspects of insurance coverage. Recent articles include "Regulating Robo Advice Across the Financial Services Industry," which outlines a regulatory trajectory to address the automation of financial services advice, and "Uncertainty Risk: Lessons for Legal Thought From the Insurance Runoff Market," which argues for understanding insurance markets as centrally about managing uncertainty, not predictable risks. Current research topics include cyber liability and insurance, long term care insurance, secondary insurance markets, and the empirical study of insurance litigation. Baker is the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Liability Insurance and a co-founder of Picwell, a health data analytics company that provides advanced decision support tools to health insurance exchanges, insurers, and employers. Before joining the Penn Law faculty in 2008, Baker served for eleven years as the inaugural Connecticut Mutual Professor and Director of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Baker clerked for Judge Juan R. Torruella of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, practiced with the law firm of Covington & Burling, served as Associate Counsel to the Independent Counsel IranContra, and entered law teaching as an associate professor at the University of Miami Law School.

Kyle Logue
University of Michigan

Kyle Logue is the Douglas A. Kahn Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of torts, tax, and insurance law, fields in which he has particular substantive expertise. But his scholarly interests are wide ranging. Deploying insights from disciplines outside of law, including economics, psychology, and philosophy, he has written on a variety of topics related to law, policy, and legal theory. Among the questions Logue is currently exploring are: the role of private and public insurance in responding to cyber threats, how to use tort law (or some alternative compensation regime) to encourage auto-safety innovation, and the function that private and public law might play in efficiently and fairly allocating the costs of climate change adaptation. Professor Logue has published numerous articles in leading law reviews, including the&emYale Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the Chicago Law Reviewem, and&emthe Tax Law Review.&emOne of his areas of special expertise is insurance law and regulation. He has written or co-written a number of widely-cited articles in the field and is the co-author of one of the leading insurance law casebooks,&emInsurance Law and Policy: Cases and Materialsem&(5suthsu&ed. 2021)em&em(with T. Baker & C. Saiman). He was also the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s&emRestatement of Law of Liability Insurance,em&which was completed in 2018. Logue has served, and continues to serve, in a number of administrative roles at the Law School. He was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2008, for example, and he will be the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research beginning in January 2022. From 2006 to 2016, he was the Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law. Since 2016, he has held the Douglas A. Kahn Collegiate Professorship. Logue is a graduate of Auburn University, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor on the&emYale Law Journalem. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty, he practiced law in the Atlanta office of the law firm Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. Prior to that, he served a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Carolyn Williams
Associate Professor of Legal Writing
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Carolyn V. Williams is an Associate Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where she teaches legal writing, research, and advocacy courses. In law school, she was Editor-in-Chief of the iArizona State Law Journali. As a professor, she became the faculty advisor for the iJournali and mentored subsequent EICs. She is now an Article Editor of the iJournal of Appellate Practice and Processi, a faculty-edited law review that has used iALWD Guidei citation format since 2000. Carolyn is also a sought-after consultant who frequently teaches continuing legal education courses for those in the larger legal community, including lawyers in the Air Force, court staff, and law review editors. Carolyn holds positions in each of the national legal writing organizations, including ALWD, the Legal Writing Institute, and the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section of AALS. Before joining academia, Carolyn spent eight years in big firm practice where she litigated a range of complex commercial and land use matters, including cases involving condemnation, data breach class actions, complex judgment collections, and shareholder disputes at the state and federal levels. Super Lawyers named her a Rising Star in 2016, an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Arizona.

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