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New Ridesharing Legislation Highlights Insurance Uncertainty in Emerging Industries

Managing a company’s exposure to new types of risks is often a complicated endeavor. We’ve previously reported on the uncertainty that can arise when existing coverage models are applied to a new risk—such as losses arising...more

New Insurance Regulations for Transportation Network Companies

The insurance requirements for transportation network companies operating in California, including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, were increased under an amendment signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law requires drivers of...more

Appellate Court Notes

?AC35328 - Sola v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Trial court incorrectly refused to charge the jury that Walmart store had a non-delegable duty to maintain its floors in a safe condition for its patrons and could not defend a...more

ATVs on the Road - Insurance is a Must

The Court of Appeal, in Matheson v. Lewis, [2014 ONCA 542] recently held that an All Terrain Vehicle ("ATV") is an off-road vehicle that must be insured while on a roadway. The Plaintiff was injured in an accident as...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

Accidents Outside Ontario - Where Do You Still Qualify for Accident Benefits?

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario ('FSCO") decision by Arbitrator Osundi in Jama and Aviva Canada Inc. (FSCO A13-004308) (“Jama”) is the most recent decision considering the territorial limits of the Statutory...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

South Carolina Decision on Allocation of Defense Costs Creates a Trap for the Responsive Insurer

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court in South Carolina confirms the state’s position as an outlier when it comes to whether an insurer that has a duty to defend can require other insurers to contribute to defense...more

Lerners Personal Injury Lawyers Succeed in Divisional Court Catastrophic Impairment Case

Last week, the Divisional Court released its decision in Security National v. Hodges, 2014 ONSC 3627. This was a judicial review of a Financial Services Commission of Ontario Director’s Delegate decision. The...more

Bill 15 – New Auto Insurance Legislation

Bill 15, introduced in the Ontario Legislature on July 15, 2014, is a combination of two earlier bills which died with the spring election call. It is divided into 5 areas, being amendments to the Consumer Protection...more

The Court of Appeal’s Most Recent Comment on Jurisdictional Issues

In Tamminga v. Tamminga [2014 ONCA 478], the Court of Appeal considered whether an Ontario resident, who was injured after falling off a truck in Alberta, could maintain a claim in Ontario. Both owners of the truck were...more

Insurance Coverage – Bad Faith – Uninsured Motorist Arbitration

Ted Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 27, 2014) - When an auto insurer and the insured cannot agree on the value of an uninsured motorist claim, either...more

Ministry of Finance Auto Review

The Ministry of Finance has engaged the accounting firm KPMG to provide annual reports to the government in 2014 and 2015 on a variety of issues relating to auto insurance, including the effect of the 2010 changes on the...more

Seventh Circuit Confirms: In-House Insurance Lawyers Are as Good as the Name-Brand Product

In 2012, a plaintiff who challenged State Farm’s practice of using in-house attorneys to defend its auto insureds against third-party claims asserted that in-house lawyers constitute "a different … product" from the type of...more

Auto Repair Shop Antitrust Actions May Be Consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation

Over the course of the last several months, auto body repair shops in five states (Florida, Mississippi, Indiana, Utah and Tennessee) filed antitrust actions against a collection of auto insurers, alleging that the insurers’...more

Leave it to Beaver: Arizona Court of Appeals Validates “Relative Definition” of Insured Which Precludes UIM Coverage

If the Beaver owned a classic 1959 Ford Fairlane, he would not have been insured for UIM benefits under the Cleaver family auto policy. In Beaver v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, 234 Ariz. 584, 324 P.3d 870 (App....more

California Court Allows Uninsured Motorist Bad Faith Suit to Proceed

In its recent decision in Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 564 (Cal. App. June 27, 2014), the California Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District had occasion to consider whether an...more

Digital Commerce & Payments Update

In this Issue: - Insights & Trends ..The Future of Regulation in the Digital Economy - Virtual Currency ..GAO Urges CFPB Participation In Virtual Currency Working Groups ..Trade Group White Paper...more

On the Road With Autonomous Vehicles and the Insurance Industry, Issue No. 2

State and Federal Regulations Pertaining to Autonomous Vehicles - While autonomous vehicles (AVs) are not yet a regular fixture on the nation’s roadways, policymakers, legislators and regulators have started to...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - July 2014 • Volume 3, Number 4

In This Issue: - COURT DENIES BLUES’ MOTION TO DISMISS IN RE BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD ANTITRUST LITIGATION (MDL 2406): On June 18, United States District Court Judge David Proctor (Northern District of Alabama)...more

Federal Courts Continue To Find Claims Adjusters Exempt

We have previously discussed how, over the past 10+ years, courts have increasingly recognized that insurance claims adjusters are exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The recent cases of Estrada v. Maguire Ins....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

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