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New York DFS proposes to restrict auto insurers' use of education and occupation as rating factors

by Dentons on

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has proposed a regulation restricting the use of education and occupation criteria by private passenger auto insurers in setting rates. The proposed DFS regulation...more

Michigan Supreme Court Holds That an Insurer’s Untimely Payment of Underinsured Motorist Benefits is Subject To Penalty Interest...

by Dickinson Wright on

The Michigan Uniform Trade Practices Act (UTPA) provides for 12% penalty interest on certain no-fault insurance claims that are not timely paid by the insurer. For “third party tort claimants,” penalty interest only applies...more

UM, Wait a second! – Rekindled Exposure for Bad Faith Uninsured Motorist Claims in South Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Recently, the United States District Court held a plaintiff can maintain a claim for bad faith handling of Uninsured Motorists Coverage (“UM”) in the District of South Carolina. In Tucker v. Peerless Insurance Company, the...more

Who’s Liable for Accidents Caused by Medical Emergencies Behind the Wheel?

by Howard Ankin on

When a car accident occurs because of an unforeseen medical emergency behind the wheel, a driver can assert a “sudden medical emergency defense.” This defense relieves a driver of negligent liability and personal injury...more

Defence & Indemnity - An Analysis of Insurance Case Law and Legislation - April 2017

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - A. The Alberta Court of Appeal reiterated that policies cover insured perils but not pre-existing deficiencies in the property that are not caused by the peril, but only discovered as a result of...more

Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms There Is No Bad Faith Unless the Settlement Offer Fully Protects the Insured

by Cozen O'Connor on

Recently, the Eleventh Circuit, applying Georgia law, reaffirmed that an insurer cannot be liable for negligently failing to settle a case unless the settlement demand provides protection to the insured against all potential...more

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on UM Carriers’ Duty to Settle Prior to Judgment

by Sands Anderson PC on

Recently, in Ebenezer Manu v. GEICO Casualty Company, the Supreme Court of Virginia clarified the issue of when an insurance provider has a duty to offer a good faith settlement to its insured when the accident was the fault...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Uber Amendment - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon unanimously rejected a proposal from the Senate Judiciary Committee to impose high automobile liability insurance limits on...more

Why car crash victims can’t get treated in many areas of MI

by Michigan Auto Law on

The Bahri decision is scaring doctors from treating car crash victims and their injuries. A real fix can only come from the Michigan Legislature....more

How do I Pay for Damage to my Car after being hit by an Uninsured Motorist?

Woodland Hills Personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg often answers the question “How do I Pay for Damage to my Car after being hit by an Uninsured Motorist?” Why? Because huge numbers of California drivers are uninsured...more

The Road to Autonomous Vehicles: Insurance Implications

by Jones Day on

As autonomous vehicles move toward mass implementation, businesses in this industry segment are studying product liability questions that will arise, some of which are likely to be distinctly different in character from the...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

When is full coverage, not? Talking Insurance coverage

For what seems the millionth time someone has just told they have “FULL COVERAGE” on their insurance policy. Here is the thing and I will bet the, albeit quaint and small, Leonard Farm on this. You don’t!!!! You have...more

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change and Shape the Product Liability Market

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Dr. Sebastian Lach discusses the massive liability shift that will occur as autonomous vehicles (AV) hit the roadways and the factors that will influence how insurers calculate risk....more

"Look Mom No Hands!" But Lots of Rules for AI Cars in California

by Lewitt Hackman on

You may have heard the news: An Uber Technologies Inc. autonomous vehicle was involved in an accident in Arizona. A human driver in a Honda CRV turning left at a yellow light hit the self-driving Volvo as it was crossing the...more

What to do when insurance companies insist on their case manager

by Michigan Auto Law on

An insurance company claim adjuster cannot override a car accident victim’s right to choose his or her own case manager. But that doesn’t mean some Michigan auto insurance companies won’t try to push hard to control an...more

Does the Motor Vehicle Exclusion in your Homeowners Policy apply in every case?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg has a critical expertise in analyzing both Auto and Homeowners policies. One of the more confusing areas is whether a Homeowners or Renters liability policy can somehow...more

8th Circuit Denies UIM Coverage Again Based Upon Mo. Supreme Court Decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

For a third time in four years, the 8th Circuit has denied UIM coverage to an insured based upon the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company of America, 808 S.W.2d 379 (Mo. banc...more

Mayer Brown Submits Amicus Brief For Chamber Of Commerce, American Tort Reform Association, And American Insurance Association In...

Seemingly minor legal issues sometimes can have a surprisingly significant effect. That is particularly true with the ratio guidepost because the effect of any dispute about the guidepost’s application is literally...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES A.

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IV. PRACTICE ISSUES A. The doctrine of abuse of process does not preclude re-litigation of the issue of whether or not an individual was insured in a priority dispute between insurers in the face of that individual’s having...more

What Do Autonomous Vehicles Portend for Commercial Auto Insurance?

If you weren’t already convinced, this Drive.ai video of a self-driving system demonstrating an extended drive, at night, in rainy conditions, without human intervention, shows how close we may be as a society in which human...more

Insurance Coverage – Exclusion for Vehicles “Normally Made Available”

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Purchasing optional liability coverage for employees’ foreseeable personal use of company vehicles can prevent your employees from being financially at risk. Javier Medina v. Geico Indemnity Company ...more

UK: A new insurance framework for driverless cars – Government Bill provides details

by Hogan Lovells on

The Government has introduced the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill to Parliament, setting out in detail how the UK’s compulsory motor insurance framework will be amended to handle automated vehicles....more

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

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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

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