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Wearing a Seat Belt and its Affect on your Personal Injury Claim 

by The Brown Firm on

Wearing a seat belt while driving should be second nature to motor vehicle drivers in Georgia. Not only is it required by law, but can potentially save your life if you become involved in an accident. ...more

Will partisan assault on Obamacare also rack up costs of car insurance?

Although Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration may not want to stop their relentless assault on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, there may be other reasons to persuade them to do so....more

Bills to replace Michigan No Fault with pure tort liability insurance system introduced

by Michigan Auto Law on

Here is what a pure tort liability system will mean for car accident victims and drivers in Michigan - Yesterday House Republicans introduced legislation to repeal Michigan’s 45-year-old No Fault auto insurance law and...more

Plan to Repeal Michigan No-Fault Auto Law Expected

by Michigan Auto Law on

Republican plan to repeal No Fault and return Michigan to a pure tort liability insurance state expected as soon as tomorrow - House Republicans will introduce – maybe as soon as this Tuesday – a controversial plan to...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Insurer Not Liable for Defense Counsel’s Malpractice

In its recent decision in Kapral v. GEICO Indemnity Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1937 (11th Cir. Jan. 23, 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Florida law, had occasion to consider under...more

First Look - Winter Issue 2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

This past year, the Insurance Company Team recently welcomed six new team members from The Woodlands, Texas office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. The combined experience of the new members brings decades of Texas focused...more

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli Partners Sandy Gerber and Josh Snell Obtain Unanimous Defense Verdict

Plaintiffs Tyler Newton and Kalynn Palimsano insured their 2007 Chrysler Pacifica with our client, Defendant GEICO Automobile Insurance. On January 6, 2014, Plaintiff Kalynn Palmisano was driving the Pacifica when the engine...more

Harm caused by temporary car insurance is far from temporary

by Michigan Auto Law on

Temporary car insurance, such as 7 day policies, hurts uninsured drivers in cities like Detroit & Flint – who will face severe consequences after a car accident...more

Waiving Uninsured Motorist Coverage— No Written Waiver is Required to Provide Uninsured Motorist Coverage Above the Minimum.

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney is an expert on all things “Uninsured and Underinsured” Motorist Law in California. Although Mr. Goldberg never recommends waiving or reducing Uninsured Motorist Coverage, such...more

John Doe Removals to Federal Court – Not so Fast!

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In a recent decision of Brown v. Doe, 2018 WL 316714, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina remanded a John Doe action to the state court. Briefly, Plaintiff, who was driving her employer’s vehicle, was...more

Western District of Washington Looks to When Claim for Coverage Was First Denied in Dismissing Bad Faith Claim As Untimely

Plaintiff Mary Coppinger was injured in 2010 when her vehicle was rear-ended by Daniel Klein. Both Ms. Coppinger and Mr. Klein were insured through Defendant Allstate. Mr. Klein had a $50,000 policy limit; Ms. Coppinger had...more

Court Denies Plaintiff's Gameshow Approach to Litigation and Twice Denies Her Motion to Increase Her Demand

by Sands Anderson PC on

The First Case - The plaintiff filed a Complaint asking for an award of $250,000. She alleged she was entitled to this amount as compensation for injuries the defendant’s armored van caused her during a 2013 automobile...more

Court Refuses to Exclude Evidence of Disciplinary History of Plaintiff's Expert

by Sands Anderson PC on

The plaintiff filed a Complaint alleging she was injured in a March 23, 2013, automobile accident. In her initial expert disclosure, the plaintiff identified a single doctor as her only damages expert. The doctor had never...more

Court Excludes Plaintiff's Expert's Opinion On Future Damages

by Sands Anderson PC on

The plaintiff filed a Complaint in the Fairfax County Circuit Court claiming the defendant injured her in an automobile accident. After deciding not to use the first expert orthopedist she hired for the case, the plaintiff...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - II. Liability Issues

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The 2009 amendments to the Traffic Safety Act and the Insurance Act with respect to the liability of a renter, lessor or lender of a vehicle were intended to cap their vicarious liability for the...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues A.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES A. In Ontario the Statutory Condition in an auto policy requiring that the driver be “authorized by law” to drive refers to the licensing regime such that breaching driving conditions in a probation...more

Who Is Insured, What Is Insured and Why Makes a Difference

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What do the Moody Blues and an insurance policy have in common? It boils down to this: Say what you mean and mean what you say. The District Court of South Carolina recently reminded us of the importance of the terms of...more

An Arizona Insurer Owes No Duty to Pay the "Undisputed Amount" of a UM or UIM Claim

by Jaburg Wilk on

Although the Arizona Court of Appeals resolved this issue 20 years ago, I frequently see insureds' counsel argue that an insurer must pay the "undisputed amount" of a UM or UIM claim—and I just saw this argument last week—so...more

Ambulance chasing insurance claims adjusters

by Michigan Auto Law on

Laws protecting injured car accident victims in Michigan from ambulance chasing personal injury lawyers should also protect people from the claims adjusters who prey on the unsophisticated after a crash; settling cases for...more

Lyfting TNCs and On-Demand/Sharing Economy Companies Out of the Misclassification Abyss By Mandating Workplace Insurance in Driver...

by Benesch on

Unlike traditional motor carriers that transport cargo, many Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs), e.g., Uber and Lyft, and similar on-demand/sharing economy companies (On-Demand Companies), e.g., GrubHub (a food...more

Insuring Autonomous Vehicles in the Fabulous New

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Blade Runner 2049, Nexus-9 replicant Luv asks the LAPD’s Lieutenant Joshi, “In the face of the fabulous new your only thought is to kill it? For fear of great change? You can't hold the tide with a broom.”...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo is again in federal regulators’ crosshairs. The OCC has dubbed the bank a repeat offender and is weighing a “formal enforcement action” over “improprieties in its auto-insurance and mortgage operations”....more

Insurer Reporting of Total Loss to DMV is Subject to Qualified Privilege and Court Explains Admissibility of Claim Documents

In Klem v. Access Insurance Co. (No. 17D070623, filed 11/20/17), a California appeals court analyzed the admissibility of claim file documents as evidence, and held that an insurer’s reporting of a vehicle total loss...more

Blog: High Court Rules That Certain Provisions Of Domestic Motor Insurance Law Contravene Insurance Directive 2009/103

by Cooley LLP on

In RoadPeace v Secretary of State for Transport & Motor Insurers’ Bureau (Interested Party) [2017] EWHC 2725 (Admin), the claimant – a road safety charity – claimed that certain provisions of UK law relating to compulsory...more

Mistake #1 about Michigan No Fault replacement services

by Michigan Auto Law on

Be warned — submitting false replacement services forms will forfeit a car crash victim from receiving Michigan auto No Fault benefits. I’ve represented several hundred Michigan car crash victims in my 22 years as an auto...more

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