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Student Writing Contest for Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Weblog

TO: All Law School Career Center Staff

FROM: Dan Gerber, Chair of the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section - New York State Bar Association

Please be advised that the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is sponsoring a Law Student article writing contest for the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Journal. The winner of this contest will have his/her article printed in the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Journal and win $250, plus a free admission to the NYSBA annual meeting in January.

The subject of the article must be about recent changes to New York Insurance Law § 3420 and how the other states across the country apply the issue of prejudice to insurance companies who seek to disclaim coverage for late notice of claims. On July 21, 2008, New York Governor David Paterson signed into law Chapter 388 of the Laws of New York 2008. This legislation contains amendments to §3420 of New York's Insurance Law and §3001 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules that, among other things, changes New York law on late notice of insurance claims from a “no prejudice” standard to a standard which requires insurance companies to show prejudice. The article should contemplate what will constitute prejudice in New York.

The deadline for entries is November 30, 2008. All submissions are to be sent in Microsoft Word via e-mail to either Paul Edelman at pedelman@kreindler.com or David Glazer at DGlazer@shaferglazer.com.

Thank you for you assistance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Edelman or David Glazer at the email addresses listed above.

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