Conferences and Speeches

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s 47th Annual Lawyers’ Conference

Monday, October 28, 2013 {ml-event-to} Wednesday, October 30, 2013
01:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Morgan Lewis partners Charles ("Chuck") C. Jackson and Deborah S. Davidson will present "The Brave New World of Provider Litigation Under ERISA: How Plaintiffs' Class Action Lawyers Transform Pay and Reimbursement Disputes Into Purported ERISA Claims and How to Defeat Them" as part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's 47th Annual Lawyers' Conference.

Presentation description:

As a non-enumerated party, how does a provider find standing to sue under ERISA?  Does non or underpayment to the provider translate to member/participant injury? How should internal provider appeals procedures interact with ERISA claims procedures? So what is an "adverse benefit determination" anyway? How does ERISA preemption come into play?  Where does the DOL come out on this? What are the class action issues and how to defeat class claims? Are there early exit strategies to potentially limit the cost of defense and plaintiffs' leverage for imposing too-expensive resolutions?  How can the plaintiffs' remedies claims be limited?

Conference | October 28-30, 2013
Presentation | Tuesday, October 29; 9:45–10:45 am

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
50 East Adams Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

For more information on the content of the conference, please contact Marlena Jackson (; 312.297.6140) or Jim Voltz (; 202.942.1144). For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or cancellation policies, please contact the Conference Registrar (; 312.297.5825).

CLE Credit:
Attendees can earn a portion of their required CLE credits by participating in this intensive 2-½ day conference. The Blue Plan Legal Department Cooperative's CLE Coordinator, Ms. Keyanna Watson-Blackmon, will apply for credit for this conference in all states with mandatory CLE requirements.  After the conference, she will provide each registrant (licensed in a state(s) with mandatory CLE requirements) with a record of the filing she has made on your behalf to your state's CLE accrediting/compliance authority.