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Date(s) - Friday, October 22, 2021
Time - 9:20 am - 12:00 pm

Insurance Council of New Jersey
44th Annual Meeting &


Event Co-Sponsor

Friday, October 22, 2021
9:20 AM – 12:00 PM
(Registration begins at 9:00 am)
(Masks Required)
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive
Monroe, New Jersey

What’s Hot in the Courts

The ICNJ is involved with several significant court cases as amicus curiae, as well as being affected by a recent decision out of the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals. This distinguished panel will highlight the various issues and potential outcomes of the following cases:

  • Cooper Medical Center v. Selective Insurance – The NJ Supreme Court heard oral arguments on September 13th and ultimately will decide whether Medicare serves as primary coverage for Medicare-covered individuals injured in automobile accidents prior to December 5, 1980, the effective date of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, pursuant to the provisions of New Jersey’s no-fault statute. This case highlights the goals of the no-fault act, the collateral source rule and the federal prohibition of balance billing.
  • Fred Walfish v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. – The NJ Supreme Court agreed to consider one of two questions posed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit regarding whether insurance agents are categorically independent contractors. Specifically, the NJSC will deliberate if an exception — covering insurance agents who work solely on commission — from the definition of “employment” under the state’s Unemployment Compensation Act “applies to determinations of whether workers are employees or independent contractors” under the state’s Wage Payment Law. This question is important for insurers that utilize captive agents and the entitlement of certain compensation, and of general significance for employers utilizing independent contractors.
  • NJ Bankers Association v. Grewal – In 2018, the NJ Bankers Association sued NJ’s Attorney General alleging that the State’s 1911 statutory ban on direct political contributions by banks and other regulated entities violates the rights of its members under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. In June 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti upheld the statutory ban on political contributions, but held  independent expenditures are not prohibited. By definition, an independent expenditure is political speech presented to the electorate that is not coordinated with a candidate. We’ll explore what this means for the Insurance Council of NJ.

NJ Election Update – from a House Divided

What happens when you get a politically mixed marriage and statewide elections? A spirited and insightful discussion!  With Governor Murphy and the entire Legislature  up for reelection, along with congressional and legislative redistricting on the horizon, the politics of the State may be on shifting sands. Join us for a discussion with two of NJ’s premier political authorities, who happen to be married and from different sides of the aisle.

Jeanette Hoffman is the founder of Marathon Public Affairs, specializing in strategic messaging, crisis communications and public affairs campaigns. An experienced government relations professional and statewide media spokesperson, Jeanette can be seen and heard discussing politics and public policy on many New Jersey and national television and radio stations. You may recognize her as a featured commentator for several news outlets during major events, including network election night coverage, typically portraying the Republican point of view.

Joshua Henne is the founder of White Horse Strategies, a communications and political consulting firm. He’s written and produced television and radio spots, managed war rooms and debate prep, and executed direct mail and social media campaigns. He’s considered one of NJ’s leading speech writers and Democratic political pundits.


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