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Duggan’s new D-Insurance plans will be great for the auto accident lawyers, but terrible for everyone else

Does Mayor Duggan want to ‘repeal and replace’ Michigan’s auto No Fault law? Does Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan want to scrap Michigan’s auto No Fault law? Last night, during his State of the City address, the mayor...more

Avoid These Costly Mistakes When Hiring the Right Accident Lawyer

Auto accidents, by nature, are generally unplanned and unpredictable. In more serious accidents, catastrophic injuries can mean that lives are thrown into chaos. What’s more, in the days and even weeks and months following...more

Washington Weighs In On The Scope Of Insurance Regulators’ Authority

In January, we reported that California’s Supreme Court had embraced a problematic approach to the state’s Unfair Insurance Practices Act—one that allows the Commissioner of Insurance to create new statutory torts by...more

Should you file a Lawsuit in your Car Accident Case?

Woodland Hills personal injury and car accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg is asked this question all the time. The answer may surprise you: “Don’t be afraid to file a lawsuit, if necessary!” The insurers know which lawyers...more

International Product Liability Review - Issue 65

The International Product Liability Review provides quality updates and comment from around the world on legal developments in the field of product liability and product safety. Please see full Publication below for more...more

Good Advice for Everyone: Ten Steps to Avoid Big Trouble

On both a business and individual level, there are ten easy steps you can take now to avoid big trouble later. If you address just five of these items this month, you will be half way there. Originally published in the...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Employee Entitled to Permissive User Status Despite Violation of Company Policy

In its recent decision in Great American Alliance Ins. Co. v. Anderson, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 2277 (11th Cir. Feb. 8, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Georgia law, had occasion to...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

Court Finds Customary Use of Work Van for Personal Purposes is Regular Use and Not Covered Under Employee’s Personal Auto Policy

In Medina v. GEICO Indemnity (No. F072548, filed 2/8/17), a California appeals court ruled that a work van admittedly furnished to an employee for both business and personal purposes, being used for personal purposes at the...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Jury’s Bad Faith Verdict

It feels like a black swan event: last month, in GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. v. Harvey, No. 4D15-2724 (Fla. Ct. App. Jan. 4, 2017), a Florida appellate panel unanimously overturned a jury verdict, on the ground that the plaintiff’s...more

Liability for Loaning out your car— The Permissive User

Woodland Hills Personal Injury Attorney Barry P. Goldberg knows that lending a car to a friend can be a huge favor to them, but also can result in huge liability to you should that friend get into an accident. Vehicle owners...more

Will Florida's Crazy PIP Litigation Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

Following an automobile accident, injured parties need immediate funds to pay for medical expenses. To ensure that injured persons have the ability to obtain necessary healthcare, Florida law requires auto insurers to...more

Second Time Lucky: In Phantom Vehicle Cases, Ohio Insureds Can Now Corroborate Their Own Testimony

Hit-and-run drivers don’t always hit; some motorists recklessly cause accidents without making contact, then vanish from the scene. Victims in such cases can often obtain coverage under the uninsured motorist (UM) provisions...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES B.

A vehicle owned by the insured or spouse, if insured, may be an “uninsured automobile” when taken without consent and therefore may be entitled to coverage under the O.P.C.F. 44R Endorsement as an “inadequately insured...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

A. An insured killed by a thief driving the insured’s vehicle is entitled to coverage under his S.P.F. 44 Endorsement, notwithstanding that one part of the definition of “inadequately insured motorist” purports to exclude...more

Florida 4th DCA Reiterates Insurers Negligence Not Enough to Sustain Bad Faith Claim

Directs Judgment to be Entered in Favor of Insurer - In GEICO v. Harvey, (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 4, 2017), Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in denying the insurer’s motion for directed...more

Ohio Supreme Court Determines That The Independent Corroborative Evidence Necessary To Prove An Uninsured Motorist Vehicle Claim...

In order to present an uninsured motorist claim when an accident is caused by an unidentified vehicle, a claimant must present independent corroborative evidence demonstrating that the accident was caused by the negligence of...more

Michigan’s New Automated Vehicle Legislation: Great Leap Forward, But Ambiguities Need Clarification

A package of recently signed Michigan laws will solidify the state’s position as the leader in automated vehicle development. However the four bills, which were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 9, 2106, contain...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Reinstate Auto Body Shop Antitrust Case that Was Dismissed on Procedural Grounds

In early December, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one sentence decision refusing to reinstate the plaintiff/appellants' appeal in Parker Auto Body v. State Farm Automobile Insurance Company. The appeal had...more

Top 9 Mini Tort facts for repairing car accident vehicle damage

What you need to know on the Michigan Mini Tort maximum recovery limit, getting your car fixed and paid for, what do do if you’re in a crash with an uninsured driver, time limits to file a claim....more

It’s The End Of the [Automobile Insurance] World as We Know It

As technology evolves, traditional auto insurance may be a thing of the past. The rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) will likely drastically reduce or effectively eliminate vehicle collisions. With a high level of...more

Unlike Friendships, Policy Exclusions Are Not Severable In West Virginia

A homeowners insurance policy often covers every member of a family, and many policies state that the insurance applies separately to each insured. The same policies usually exclude coverage for intentional acts. But what...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies “Permanency” Requirement under Florida Bad Faith Statute

In Cadle v. GEICO Ins. Co., Case No. 15-11283 (11th Cir. Sept. 30, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit held that GEICO had not acted in bad faith when it failed to settle a claim after the insured did not provide any evidence of...more

California Drivers are Still Confused about Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage!

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on all things “uninsured” and “underinsured.” But, how does it work? What is it? Why is it not clear to everyone? Well, in short, it is neither logical...more

Uber Drivers and Car Accidents | Auto Accident Attorney

A Ridesharing Auto Accident Can be Uber Complicated: What You Need to Know Before and After One. Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare apps continue to grow more popular throughout Arizona and the world. Requesting an Uber...more

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