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Attorney Means “Attorney” – Lessons for Subrogation Professions From Recent Federal Court Decisions Clarifying the Disclosure...

The Amendments to Rule 26 - In 2010, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 was amended to provide new limitations on the discovery allowed for testifying experts in federal court cases. The most significant changes with...more

Recent Notable Recalls

By now most subrogation professionals understand the importance of keeping current with the frequent Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notices. For this blog post we note the following recent notable recalls for the...more

ERISA (7th Cir.): Beneficiary and Attorney Who Ignore Subrogation Lien for Medical Bills Paid by ERISA Plan “Better Call Saul”

You have seen this one before: The ERISA plan pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and secures an equitable lien. Then, the ERISA plan beneficiary settles a tort claim, but refuses to reimburse the ERISA...more

Additional California Rulings on Right to Repair Act Defense

In August 2013, we reported that Christmas had come early for the California subrogation community due to a recent decision from the Court of Appeals which found that the “Right to Repair Act” (SB 800) did not apply to cases...more

Some Considerations when Preparing to Try a Property Damage Subrogation Case in the Age of CSI

Recent criminal trials turned national media events, such as the Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony trials, have highlighted modern jurors’ expectations for forensic evidence. Commentators have termed jurors’ expectations for...more

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Federal Act Does Not Preempt Missouri Law Barring Subrogation Of Personal Injury Claims

In essence overruling a previous opinion from the courts of appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act (“FEHBA”) does not preempt Missouri law prohibiting the subrogation of...more

Mortgage Lenders Can’t Jump Ahead of Mechanic’s Liens

In Weitz Co., LLC v. Heth, 223 Ariz. 442, 314 P.3d 569 (Ct. App. Nov. 26 2013), the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the plain language of Arizona’s mechanic lien statute, A.R.S. § 33-992(A), does not allow a lender to jump...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Jan 30, 2014

California Court Recognizes Named, Additional Insureds Have Different Expectations - Why it matters: While the holding sounds straightforward – the reasonable expectations of an additional insured about the...more

Get the Insured to Sign a Subrogation Receipt

In Quebec civil law, the claim must be brought under the insurer’s name, and not under the insured’s name as in Ontario. Once the payment is made, the insurer is subrogated in the insured’s rights, and the right to bring a...more

“John Doe” Saves the Day in Washington: Avoiding S.O.L. Defense by Properly Naming “Doe” Defendants

In Powers v. W.B. Mobile Servs., Inc., 311 P.3d 58, 2013 WL 5645561 (2013), Division Two of the Washington Court of Appeals held that if a plaintiff (1) names a “John Doe” defendant with “reasonable particularity,” files suit...more

Carrier's Website Does Not Limit Liability Under Carmack Amendment

A recent decision in District Court in New Jersey may interest insurers subrogating transportation claims. In particular, it sets forth the legal argument to challenge target-carriers’ arguments about purported limitations of...more

When 1 Percent of Fault = 100 Percent of Damages: Understanding Subrogated Recovery in Quebec

In a subrogation action where multiple defendants have caused the plaintiffs’ loss, courts will generally allocate a percentage of liability to each defendant. Even so, a plaintiff can collect 100 percent of its judgment from...more

California Court Addresses Superior Equities Rule

In its recent decision in San Diego Assemblers, Inc. v. Work Comp For Less Insurance Services, Inc., 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 873 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. Oct. 4, 2013), the California Court of Appeals had occasion to consider the...more

One Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Still Offers Viable Recovery Opportunities for Insurers

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy serves as a reminder to property insurers that key deadlines are approaching that can directly affect recovery efforts. Viable subrogation opportunities still exist, but carriers...more

Cozen Comics, The Flame, Vol. 1, Chapters 1-4, The Subro Recovery

We have all seen the Herculean deeds of a superhero on television or in the movies. They knock over buildings, use buses as weapons and generally cause super-sized amounts of property damage. Have you ever wondered who pays...more

October 2013: Insurance Litigation Update - Deductibles Need Not Be Made Whole

On July 30, 2013, the Connecticut Supreme Court released its opinion in Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. TD Banknorth Insurance Agency, Inc., SC 18796 (Conn. 2013), answering a certified question from the Second Circuit on...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 30 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Legislation: Commonwealth - 16 September 2013 - Health insurance (botulinum toxin for urinary incontinence due to...more

There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat When it Comes to Actual Damages Under SB 800

In 2002, the California State Legislature enacted S.B. 800 also known as the “Right to Repair Act” (Civil Code sections 895 et seq.). SB 800, which applies to newly constructed single-family residences sold after...more

Connecticut Supreme Court: “Make Whole” Doctrine Is Default Rule, But Does Not Apply to Policy Deductibles

In Fireman’s Fund Ins., Co. v. TD Banknorth Insurance Agency, Inc., SC 18796 (Conn. 07/30/2013), the Connecticut Supreme Court answered two certified questions of first impression under Connecticut insurance law: - Is...more

Fingers Point to Different Defendants in Asiana Airlines Plane Crash

David McMahon, who represents insurers in litigation resulting from natural disasters and product liability lawsuits against the airline and cruise industry, was interviewed for an Aug. 6, 2013, Claims Journal article,...more

Policy Observer - July 2013

Getting Over the Bar: Second Circuit Requires Actual Payment of Underlying Limits In Order to Trigger Excess D&O Policies - In June, the Second Circuit held that two Federal Insurance Company ("FIC") excess D&O...more

View From Proskauer: Top 10 Summary Plan Description Issues Not Addressed in the ERISA Regulations

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires employee benefit plans to provide a summary plan description (SPD) to participants and beneficiaries and also sets forth the minimum required information...more

What is Subrogation and How Does it Affect Settlement Amounts? [Video]

In Washington State as in most other states, every insurance company pays benefits for a claim, called a 3rd party claim, which just means that another person has negligently caused an injury or death. The insurance company...more

Subrogation Reimbursement – What is it and why can it drastically reduce your settlement amount???

Most of our clients have never heard of the term “subrogation”, and they are shocked to learn that subrogation can significantly reduce the amount of your insurance settlement that you will receive. So what is subrogation,...more

ERISA Litigation Alert: Check Your Plan Subrogation and Reimbursement Language to Eliminate “Contractual Gaps”

In U.S. Airways v. McCutchen, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ability of U.S. Airways’ health plan to recover medical expenses that it previously paid to the injured party from a third party settlement, but remanded the...more

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