Samuel Sorich

Samuel Sorich

Barger & Wolen

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Permits to test driverless vehicles pass DMV regulatory speed bumps

On January 14, 2014, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) held a hearing on proposed regulations governing the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in California. ...more

1/16/2014 - DMV Driverless Cars Motor Vehicles

California Insurance Laws Enacted in 2013

October 13, 2013 was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to act on bills passed by the California Legislature this year. Here are summaries of noteworthy insurance-related bills which Governor Brown signed into law. Unless...more

10/15/2013 - Department of Insurance Driver's Licenses Healthcare Insurance Regulations Insurers New Legislation Premiums Tax Credits Workplace Injury

No Settlement Offer, No Bad Faith Liability for Insurer

On October 7, 2013, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held in Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company that an insurer that acknowledged its insured’s liability for a third party’s injuries and...more

10/11/2013 - Bad Faith Insurers Policy Limits Settlement

New Insurance Laws and Pending Legislation in California

The California Legislature ended its 2013 session on September 13, 2013. The Legislature passed a number of insurance-related bills during this year’s session. Some of the bills passed this year have already been signed into...more

9/18/2013 - Insurers Jerry Brown NAIC New Legislation Proposed Legislation

California Legislators to Consider Insurance Bills During Final Weeks of Session

Members of the California Assembly will return to Sacramento from their summer recess on August 5. State Senators will return to the Capitol on August 12. This year’s legislative session will end on September...more

8/6/2013 - Insurers NAIC Proposed Legislation Tax Credits

Proposed Regulations list 20 standards to determine if insurer is operating in hazardous financial conditions

On June 21, 2013, the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) submitted its Proposed Action and Notice of Public Hearing to adopt regulations listing conditions that the Commissioner may consider in determining whether an...more

7/1/2013 - Hazardous Financial Conditions Insurers Premiums Proposed Regulation

California DMV to propose regulations on the testing of autonomous vehicles

On June 18, 2013, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) conducted a workshop on regulations that will govern the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads. The workshop is a precursor to the drafting of...more

6/20/2013 - DMV Driverless Cars New Legislation

California Insurance-Related Bills Meet Deadline for Passage in 2013

The deadline for Assembly bills to be passed by the California State Assembly and for Senate bills to be passed by the California State Senate was last Friday, May 31. ...more

6/4/2013 - Driver's Licenses Insurers Pharmaceutical Proposed Legislation

California Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Insurance Code Limits UCL Lawsuits Against Insurers

On May 8, 2013, the California Supreme Court convened to hear oral argument in Zhang v. Superior Court. The case presents the issue of whether conduct of an insurer, which is related to conduct that would violate California’s...more

5/13/2013 - Insurers Unfair Insurance Practices Act

Court of Appeal Applies Howell Rule to Future Medical Expenses and Noneconomic Damages

In Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc., the California Supreme Court ruled that where a plaintiff’s medical care provider, pursuant to a prior agreement with the plaintiff’s health care provider, accepted less than...more

5/6/2013 - Damages Future Claims Medical Expenses

California Legislative Committees Considering Insurance Bills

Numerous insurance-related bills have been introduced in the California Legislature this year. Legislative committees are now conducting hearings on the various measures. This year’s regular legislative session will end on...more

4/22/2013 - Firearms Proposed Legislation Qualified Health Plans Tax Credits

Judge Invalidates California Regulation on Estimating Replacement Costs for Homeowners Insurance

On March 25, 2013, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon issued a decision which found the California Department of Insurance’s regulation on estimating replacement costs for homeowners insurance to be invalid. The...more

4/4/2013 - Homeowner's Insurance Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act

Two California Appellate Court Decisions Vacate Forfeiture of Bail Bonds

Two recent decisions by California Courts of Appeal reversed trial court rulings which denied surety company motions to vacate the forfeiture of bail bonds....more

2/7/2013 - Appeals Bail Bond Forfeiture Proceedings Vacated

California Department of Insurance Adopts Amendments to Auto Repair Regulations

On December 31, 2012, the California Department of Insurance received approval for the adoption of amendments to regulations which govern written estimates of auto repairs and non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM)...more

1/9/2013 - Auto Insurance Auto Repair Regulations Department of Insurance

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