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Published Writings & Administrative Work

Administrative Regulations, Legal Work in Iraq, Holocaust Insurance Litigation and Claims Payments, Private Practice Insurance Coverage, Budget Change Proposal (BCP)


Administrative Regulations
Mr. Palmer re-wrote the Unfair Claims Regulations, to become the "Fair Claims Regulations." The Fair Claims Regulations (Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 10, § 2695.1 (1995)), guide and control the timing, payment, and grievance resolution of property casualty insurance claims in the State of California. California is the largest insurance market in the United States of America and controls 20-25% of the insurance business of this country. Mr. Palmer authored a law review article, which was published and may be found at: William W. Palmer, "Proposed Unfair Claims Regulations" (1996) 36 Santa Clara Law Review 687, which explains the operation of the Fair Claims Regulations


Legal Work in Iraq
Mr. Palmer worked in Iraq at the request of federal government during March April 2006.


Holocaust Insurance Litigation and Claims Payments
Mr. Palmer wrote the "Fifteenth Annual International Law Symposium Nazi Gold and Other Assets of the Holocaust: What Happens Next?," 20 Whittier Law Review 122 (1998). This law review article provides a detailed plan for the resolution of the life and property casualty insurance benefits owed to victims of the Holocaust atrocities and genocide.

Mr. Palmer then wrote the Budget Change Proposal (or BCP) for the State of California that created the funding mechanism for the plan, which was folded into Senator Tom Hayden's Senate Bill (SB 1530) that allowed California to create the International Holocaust Commission. This piece of legislation, carried by Senator Hayden (D), was signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson (R). Amazingly, Sen. Hayden, who was known as a Vietnam War activist, and Governor Wilson, a United States Marine who served in Vietnam, had not spoken with one another during Governor Wilson's entire term in office, but both supported this piece of legislation. Mr. Palmer was presented with the Governor's signing pen and the original legislation as a gift recognizing his work on creating the law.

The Holocaust Insurance reparations law, prepared by Mr. Palmer, was later endorsed by Presidents Clinton and Bush, and the law was reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, and found to be constitutional in American Insurance Association v. Garamendi, 539 U.S. 396 (2003). Mr. Palmer worked in the United States and overseas, pro bono (at his cost), to implement SB 1530, and was later called one of the lead witnesses in the AIA v. Garamendi case, as discussed above. Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Mr. Palmer in a personal letter (dated May 2, 1999) for his "determined efforts to achieve justice on the issue of Holocaust Era Insurance Claims."


Private Practice Insurance Coverage
The firm has significant private practice insurance coverage experience, and has written over 300 insurance coverage analyses and opinions in plaintiff and defense cases.


Budget Change Proposal (BCP)
Mr. Palmer then wrote the Budget Change Proposal (or BCP) for the State of California that created the funding mechanism for the plan, which was folded into Senator Tom Hayden's Senate Bill (SB 1530) that allowed California to create the International Holocaust Commission. This piece of legislation, carried by Senator Hayden (D), was signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson (R). Amazingly, Sen. Hayden, who was known as a Vietnam War activist, and Governor Wilson, a United States Marine who served in Vietnam, had not spoken with one another during Governor Wilson's entire term in office, but both supported this piece of legislation. Mr. Palmer was presented with the Governor's signing pen and the original legislation as a gift recognizing his work on creating the law.