PARSAC maintains a comprehensive litigation management program. The objective is to assign cases to law firms that are most qualified to handle the defense of public entity tort liability, while producing the best outcomes and ensuring cost efficient representation without compromising the quality of that representation.
General Information:The Liability Defense Panel was formed to address members' litigation needs in a cost effective manner. Firms were selected based on demonstrated success in their area(s) of specialty. The maximum rate for defense counsel is $200, unless a higher rate is pre-approved by PARSAC. Members using a firm with a higher rate will be responsible for the additional cost, which will not reduce the self-insured retention. Members are encouraged to select from among the Panel firms when coverage is in question because PARSAC's coverage position can change when a suit is amended.
Case Assignment: When served with a lawsuit (summons and complaint), immediately forward a full copy to both the Claim Adjuster and PARSAC. This will ensure a timely response can be filed on with the appropriate court. Prompt action is imperative; failure to do so may result in a default judgment. PARSAC will collaborate with the Member to assign defense counsel. To ensure the best possible outcome, assignment is made to the most qualified firm, based the circumstances of each case.
Members with a self-insured retention of $250k or higher may select Panel counsel, except for lawsuits related to police actions. Contracted city attorneys may not be used as defense counsel unless the Member has an SIR of $350k or higher and PARSAC must be included on all correspondence.
THERE IS NO COVERAGE FOR ANY CASE THAT IS DEFENDED BY A FIRM THAT IS NOT PRE-APPROVED OR ASSIGNED BY PARSAC.