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Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Limits on Self-Insured Car Rental Company's Liability for Customers' Accidents

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of considerable importance for Illinois’ car rental industry: can a self-insured car rental company be held liable without...more

Carhops and Cash Deposit Bags: Insurer Skates From the “Dual Purpose” Doctrine

For many, Sonic Drive-In restaurants stir thoughts of juicy burgers, neon-blue sodas, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, and roller-skating carhops. Recently, however, in Hudson Specialty Insurance Company v. Brash Tygr, LLC, Nos....more

California Court Rejects Bad Faith Claim

In Graciano v. Mercury General Corporation, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 1028 (Cal. App. Oct. 17, 2014), the California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether an insurer may be held liable for bad faith for unreasonably...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - November 2014

In This Issue: - Southern District of California Denies Motion to Dismiss Bad Faith Claim in Homeowners Policy Dispute - Northern District of Indiana: No Bad Faith Where Insurer Has a Rational Basis for its...more

Middle District of Florida: Court Denies Summary Judgment For Insured On First-Party Bad Faith Claim Where Permanence Of Injury...

Cadle v. Geico Gen. Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-1591-ORL-31G, 2014 WL 4983746 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 6, 2014). Middle District of Florida finds that insured’s bad faith claim for first-party failure to settle could not properly be...more

Red Light Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue in the San Fernando Valley and across the nation. Indeed, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that in the last...more

Did You Know that an Expert can Testify that You were At Fault—Even if You Were Not!

Barry P. Goldberg is careful when advising accident victims that think that their case is a “slam dunk” on liability. In fact, claimants should be aware that if the case goes into active litigation the insurers will hire...more

Insurance Law Alert: Defective Policy Limit Demand Precludes Bad Faith

In Graciano v. Mercury General Corp. (No. D061956, filed 10/17/14), a California appeals court reversed a jury's verdict, ruling that a defective demand letter from the claimant's attorney precluded a finding of bad faith...more

Resolving competing factual scenarios – a good example from the NSW Supreme Court

In Layton Smith bht Troy Smith v NRMA Insurance Limited [2014] NSWSC 1518, the Supreme Court of NSW was called upon to determine the separate question of liability in a motor vehicle accident matter. However, in a somewhat...more

Lies Insurance Company Tell You to Deny Loss of Use Claims

If you’re like the countless Southern California drivers who have been involved in an auto accident, you’re probably more fed up with the insurance companies than with any injury to yourself or property damage to your car! Of...more

One Accident, Multiple Causes—Single Policy Limit

Barry P. Goldberg tirelessly looks for every available source of recovery, especially in serious injury cases. Often an accident has many possible causes. The obvious causes usually involve other negligent drivers, road...more

Insurance Coverage – Auto Exclusion for “Nonrelative Resident” not Permitted

Insurance Coverage – Auto Exclusion for “Nonrelative Resident” not Permitted - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 24, 2014)- Many automobile policies have exclusions against coverage for...more

United States Middle District of Florida Gives Plaintiffs an Option with regard to Premature Bad Faith Claims

In Gianassi v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142600 (M. D. Fla. 2014), the Middle District granted in part and denied in part State Farm’s Motion to Dismiss two counts of Plaintiff’s three-count...more

Why Won’t the Insurer Tell Me the Policy Limits?

Consider that most drivers in California maintain the absolute minimum amount of insurance. The limits for the minimum are hardly adequate in about 50% of all accidents. That means it is very important to determine whether...more

Do You Know the “Permissible” Exclusions in Your Auto Policy?

Barry P. Goldberg has seen almost every possible circumstance arising from automobile accidents. Many cases involve insurance coverage issues ranging from whether a policy was in effect at the time of the accident to more...more

When Your Friend Causes an Accident Driving Your Car

In California, if you let someone borrow your car, you are also essentially lending that person your car insurance, as car insurance generally follows the car and not the driver. Even if the friend who is borrowing your car...more

Winning Isn’t Everything: Insurer’s Arbitration Success Does Not Prevent Claim for Bad Faith Failure to Settle

After he was rear-ended by a driver without insurance, the plaintiff in Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, No. B249271 (Cal. App. Ct. June 27, 2014) incurred $64,000 in medical expenses, but he filed a claim with his...more

District of South Dakota: Denying a Claim for Reasons Known to be False is Not a Reasonable Basis to Deny a Claim

Lewison v. W. Nat’l Mut. Ins. Co., Civ. No. 13-4031-KES, 2014 WL 3573403 (D.S.D. July 21, 2014). The District of South Dakota grants in part and denies in part an insurer’s motion for summary judgment on two...more

Auto and Other Accidents — When is an injury permanent?

If you have had the misfortune of being involved in a crash or incident where you have aggravated a pre-existing physical condition, do not believe the insurance representative if they attempt to persuade you into thinking...more

The Problem with Service by Publication

It was a simple accident. He was simply unable to stop in time in heavy, rush-hour traffic and rear-ended the vehicle in front of him. After the accident was investigated and insurance information exchanged, he assumed the...more

Can You Protect Yourself from California's Outdated Financial Responsibility Law?

Los Angeles Uninsured Motorist Attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, represents insured accident victims on a regular basis. Many of these insured clients honestly believe that they have "full coverage" and are adequately protected if...more

One More Thing to Worry About with Teen Drivers

The new teen drivers are out in force for the summer season, giving their parents a lot to be anxious about. Among the countless fears parents have every time their teen takes the wheel should be their own liability....more

What Do I Do After a Hit and Run?

As you may have experienced firsthand, hit and run accidents are all too common in the San Fernando Valley. What do you do if you or a loved one suffers a personal injury or property damage in a hit and run? Is there any...more

Driverless Cars For Consumers Are A Fast Approaching Reality, But Who Is Liable When Accidents Happen?

Google had lead the push to develop driverless cars and has made great strides in making them a reality on our streets. As driverless cars are already on the roads of many cities across Florida it has become clear the...more

Some Injuries Do Not Show Up Immediately After an Accident

Car accidents happen all too often in Southern California. If you were a driver or a passenger in a motor vehicle accident, you should report the incident to your insurance company as soon as possible (and read these tips on...more

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