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Second Circuit’s Policy Language Interpretation Leaves Insurer Down in the Dumps

So this dump truck can’t make it through an overpass on I-90; the crash knocks the dump box off the truck and into the road. Five minutes later (or 30 seconds, if you believe some people), along comes Mr. Itzkowitz, with his...more

Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

The moments directly following a car accident are sure to be filled with stress. Even a minor accident can be enough to leave drivers out of sorts and in a vulnerable position where it is all too easy to make poor decisions....more

Kansas: Safe harbor for insurer faced with settlement demand to only one insured

What should an insurance company do when liability of the insured is clear, the damages clearly exceed the limits, and the claimant sends a settlement demand that would exhaust policy limits while releasing only one out of...more

Strike Three: Antitrust Claims in Florida Auto Insurer Proceeding Dismissed With Prejudice

On September 23, District Court Judge Gregory Presnell (Middle District of Florida) dismissed the antitrust claims asserted by a class of auto body shops in A&E Auto Body v. 21st Century Centennial Insurance, this time with...more

Police and Adjuster Statements – Admissible or Not?

The Alberta Court of Appeal in the recent case of R. v. Porter, 2015 ABCA 279, has concluded that neither a statement made to the police pursuant to the Traffic Safety Act section 71, nor a statement provided to an insurance...more

Autonomous Vehicles – Where in the (Insurance) World Will They Go?

Self-driving cars are coming. In fact, Tesla Model S owners woke up on the morning of October 15, 2015 to discover that a software download to the cars has made them capable of steering and changing lanes at high speed,...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Delivers $35 Million Body Blow to Body Shops

Auto insurers control the cost of collision repairs through the use of direct repair programs. The programs feature networks of auto body repair shops that enter into contracts agreeing to discount labor rates and other...more

Are Insurers Engaged in Deceptive Practices and Illegal Pricing? If so, what can be done about it?

We wish to call attention to a disturbing trend, that even in the highly regulated field of personal lines coverage, homeowners and auto policies, the insurance industry is engaged in courses of conduct designed to write...more

Second Circuit Holds Auto Collisions Caused by Multiple Occurrences

In its recent decision in Nat’l Liab. & Fire Ins. Co. v. Itzkowitz, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16763 (2d Cir. Sept. 22, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had occasion to...more

PRA updates on Solvency 2

PRA has published its update letter for all Solvency 2-affected firms. The letter reminds firms of PRA’s expectations with respect to: - transitional deduction to technical provisions; - the standard formula...more

“Physical Contact” is required in order to make an Uninsured Motorist Claim!

Los Angeles Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist attorney Barry P. Goldberg is regularly confronted with issues which implicate the use of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. It is very common that an unidentified “hit...more

Is Florida a “No-Fault” State? — Why am I being sued after causing an accident?

Many Floridians who have caused automobile accidents and had personal injury claims brought against them have wondered why those claims were even allowed to be brought since Florida is considered to be a “No-Fault” state. ...more

IREG Update - September 2015 #2

Hot Topic: Auto insurance in the age of the driverless car - Background - Not surprisingly, the most common cause of vehicle accidents is human error. Whether a motor vehicle offers one automated function or fully...more

Keeping it Basic: NJ Supreme Court Limits Amount Owed to Innocent Third Parties

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that an automobile insurer must pay an innocent third party the contracted $10,000 amount of basic coverage following an auto accident involving the insured’s vehicle, despite that...more

How much car insurance do I need?

Because I am a personal injury lawyer who represents injured victims, I am often asked by friends and family about insurance issues. One of the questions I am most frequently asked is “how much automobile insurance do I...more

Court of Appeals of Wisconsin: Insured Must Be “Made Whole” For Total Loss Before Insurer Can Recover Subrogated Funds

Dufour v. Progressive Classic Ins. Co., No. 2014AP157, 2015 WL 4275292 (Wis. Ct. App. July 16, 2015). The Court of Appeals of Wisconsin reverses the Circuit Court for Dodge County and remands for proceedings on damages...more

Gambrell v. IDS Prop. Cas. Ins. Co.


Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Insureds’ Negligence And Unfair Trade Practices Claims Against Adjusters Are Colorable Under...

Kennedy v. Allstate, No. 15-2221 (E.D. Pa. July 8, 2015). District Court recognizes possibility that insurance adjusters owe a duty of care to insureds that would be breached by failing to conduct a reasonable...more

Gavel to Gavel: Looking for direction

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill May 8 designed to provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for Oklahoma’s ride-booking industry. The bill requires that Uber, Lyft and similar services run background checks on their...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Bad Faith in Multiple-Claimant Claims-Handing Situation

In a new decision, Mesa v. Clarendon National Ins. Co., 2015 WL 5059496, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15203 (11th Cir., Aug. 28, 2015), the Court of Appeals found that the insurer’s claims-handling of multiple claimants did not rise...more

Auto Insurers Score Another Victory in the Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation

On August 17, United States District Judge Greg Presnell (M.D. Fla.) handed the auto insurer defendants in the In re Auto Body Antitrust Litigation another significant victory, confirming a "Report and Recommendation" by...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Two months into the fiscal year and the government is still operating under a continuing resolution (CR). With the CR set to expire at 11:59 pm on Monday, August 31, House and Senate leadership agreed this week to extend the...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

NC State Government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR), SB 560, 2015 Continuing Budget Authority. This CR is set to expire at 11:59 pm on August 31, 2015. With less than two weeks before the CR...more

“Baby You Can Drive My Car—Yes I’m Gonna Be a Star”

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is regularly consulted on accident cases where the driver involved is driving someone else’s vehicle. “Baby you can drive my car” might have some unexpected...more

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