August 19th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog
The recent decision by the California Court of Appeal, First District, Third Division in the case of Lincoln Property Company v. Travelers Indemnity basically reaffirmed prior California decisions holding that if an insured seeks to file two lawsuits that each involve the same primary right of action against an insurer that the second suit will be dismissed on the ground of res judicata, collateral estoppel, retraxit or another action pending depending on the status of the first action. Read More
August 10th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog
An article in the Insurance Insider stated that “the Supreme Court of California recently upheld the application of a weather conditions exclusion within an ‘open peril’ homeowners insurance policy, denying coverage for damages arising from a rain-induced landslide. This dispute originated when a homeowner filed a claim with his insurer for damages caused when a tree crashed into his house as a result of a nearby landslide.
Upon investigation of the claim, the insurer denied coverage finding that weather conditions, primarily heavy rainfall, brought about the damage to the property. Read More
August 01st, 2015/By Admin/In Blog
A recent article posted by Claimsguides.com notes that California is trying to reduce the number of accidents on State highways by tightening its teen driver laws.
The article states “California has strengthened its laws for teenage drivers to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on state roadways. The American Insurance Association (AIA) has commended Californians for the decision.
According to AIA, California has one of the strongest graduated driver licensing laws in the nation. A new evaluation of that licensing program by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds a 23 percent overall reduction in per-capita crash involvement rate of 16-year old drivers. Read More
July 19th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog
California is ramping up its efforts to crack down on uninsured drivers and has sent more than 180,000 letters in the last two months to car owners warning them their auto registrations may be suspended if they cannot prove they have insurance.
An article posted by Claimsguides.com states: “The notices follow authorization by the Legislature on Oct. 1 for the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin a systematic review of 22.4 million private vehicles registered in the State. Read More
“Use of Social Media Evidence in Litigation” was written by Firm Partner Robert M. Freedman to help business and legal professionals understand how trending social network communications can be used as evidence during the litigation process. Published in the Spring, 2015, edition of the Journal of American Law, this article discusses various types of social media evidence available in today’s tech-savvy world, as well as pitfalls to avoid when harnessing social media postings for admission in court. Read More