November 18, 2020 Feature

From Quiet to Confrontational to (Potentially) Quiescent: The Path of the ALI Liability Insurance Restatement

Jeffrey W. Stempel
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Each section of the RLLI must be assessed separately. Overall, the mainstream document provides a useful “super-treatise.”

To those in the know (e.g., readers of The Brief), insurance is never a dull topic. But neither is it typically the object of great attention or controversy. And so it was with the American Law Institute’s (ALI’s) Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance (RLLI)—at least at the beginning of the project.1 At the outset in 2010, the project was labeled Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance (PLLI), a designation that did “not purport to restate but rather [to] pull together the fundamentals underlying statutory, judicial, and administrative law in a particular legal field and point the way to a coherent (a principled, if you will) future.”2

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