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August 20, 2007

2007 Policyholders' Conference

We all were thrilled to see so many of you a few weeks ago in Toronto at our annual Policyholders' Conference. Thanks for coming! More than 1,100 attended the event this year and the number of business attendees - AEGIS members and brokers - was the highest in the history of the Conference.

Many of the general session and breakout presentations have been posted on our website - including Bob Hartwig's presentation on the condition of the insurance industry and the very popular presentations on global warming and alternative energy.

We hope you'll mark your calendars now for next year's conference which will be held July 28 to July 31, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.


New AEGIS London website

We recently expanded the information about AEGIS London on our website, including complete descriptions of the available coverages, rating and financial information and AEGIS London press releases. You can access the new AEGIS London content from the top navigation of the AEGIS home page or directly at

Loss Control Boiler Machinery Seminar - reservation deadline is August 31

Please register now for the 2007 Boiler Machinery Seminar - Electric Generation: Issues, Trends, and Practical Solutions - which will focus on the current issues and trends affecting the electric utility industry. Sponsored by AEGIS Loss Control, the two-day seminar includes presentations by industry experts, consultants, and AEGIS members on a variety of topics that affect power plant equipment. Issues regarding critical machinery apparatus, such as transformers, steam turbines, combustion turbines, generators, boilers, and related components will be addressed.

The seminar will be held October 2 and October 3, 2007 at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. AEGIS member company personnel from risk management, operations, maintenance, engineering, and claims as well as AEGIS brokers are welcome to attend. The seminar is complimentary; however, attendees will be responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

The deadline for hotel reservations is August 31, 2007.

You may register now online. For more information about the program, please contact David Miller by e-mail or at 201.508.2740. For questions about the hotel and other event logistics, please contact Carrie White by e-mail or at 201.508.2840.


Preventing and Defending Asbestos Litigation - September 27 & October 11

Please join us for the third topic in our 2007 Claims Roundtable series - Preventing and Defending Asbestos Litigation - which will be held September 27 in our East Rutherford offices and again on October 11 in Los Angeles. You may register now online for either date.

Our panel of claims professionals and counsel will address the current status of asbestos litigation and what lies ahead, including the number and types of asbestos claims currently pending, the varied judicial approaches to handling these claims, and the effects of the many bankruptcies of asbestos-related companies. The panelists will also address legislative proposals that have been enacted or are being considered to control these claims. Speakers include Tulane University Law School Professor Edward Sherman, chair and reporter for the ABA Task Force on Asbestos (2003 to 2005) and a leading authority on asbestos litigation reform. Attendees also will learn the best approaches to managing asbestos claims.

As always, you're welcome to attend AEGIS Claims Roundtables in person or by videoconference, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are offered. For more information about the AEGIS Roundtable program, please contact Jeff Schupack by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2658.

Our complete schedule of 2008 Claims Roundtables, including the "AEGIS Gas and Electric Litigation Services," Technology in the Courtroom - High-Tech Litigation Support" and "Winning at Mediation - Negotiation and Settlement Techniques," is posted on our website.

Investigating Electrical Incidents Workshop - September 19 & 20

Our training workshop for electric utility personnel - Investigating Electrical Incidents - will be held again on September 19 and 20 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The workshop will be hosted by Mississippi Power.

This day-and-a-half training workshop provides AEGIS members with information needed to properly investigate incidents involving inadvertent or intentional contact with an electric utility's system equipment, power lines and supporting structures. Attendees will learn about the objectives of investigations, determining the causes of incidents, conducting witness interviews, National Electrical Safety Code clearance rules, and the importance of properly collecting, documenting and retaining evidence.

AEGIS member company personnel from operations, claims, engineering and safety are welcome to attend. Those who are responsible for field investigations, including operations supervisors, T&D engineers, claims investigators and safety professionals are particularly encouraged to attend.

The workshop, breakfast and lunch are complimentary; however, attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Please register online, or for more information, contact Lucille Jackowski by e-mail or phone at 201.508.2736.


Copper Theft Webinar - September 25

The next in our new series of loss control webinars will address the growing problem of copper theft at electric utilities throughout North America.

As worldwide demand for copper has risen over the past several years, supplies have tightened and prices have increased dramatically.  As a result, copper is being recycled more often which, in turn, has created a market for used and stolen copper.  Copper thieves have focused on electrical utilities and the theft problem is increasing costs as well as affecting service reliability and worker safety.

The presenters for this webinar will be Kevin Kolevar, Office Director, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy and Michael Peterson of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Security Department.  Participants will be invited to share their insights as well as discuss the extent of copper theft and the various steps being taken by electric utilities to mitigate the problem.

The webinar is scheduled for September 25 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Eastern.  Please register now, and one week prior to the webinar, you’ll receive instructions for participating.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Elisa Santos by e-mail or at 201.508.2745.