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Joginder Singh dba Singh AP Transport v. Zurich American Insurance Company

Posted by Court of Appeals of the State of Washington on Sep 28th 2018

Joginder Singh dba Singh AP Transport v. Zurich American  Insurance Company
In this case, a semi-truck owned by Joginder Singh was at fault for an accident which ultimately involved sixteen vehicles (one of which was a logging truck). In one of those vehicles, a nine-year-old passenger was killed. An adult named Brian Sykes was in another of the vehicles. The estate for the child that was killed filed a claim against the semi-truck company and the logging truck company. In January of 2013, Singh’s counsel asked Singh’s insurer to permit him to personally contribute $1,0
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Court Upholds California Insurance Commissioner’s Authority to Enforce Insurance Regulations

Posted by Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP on Sep 28th 2018

Court Upholds California Insurance Commissioner’s Authority to Enforce Insurance Regulations
In PacifiCare Life & Health Ins. Co. v. Jones (No. G053914, filed 9/20/18), a California appeals court upheld the California Insurance Commissioner’s authority to impose a $173 million penalty on a health insurer based on a finding of multiple violations of the State’s Insurance Code and insurance regulations.In PacifiCare, the Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, imposed the fines after finding 900,000 violations of the Unfair Insurance Practices Act (Ins. Code §§ 790, et seq., “UIPA”). Insu
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New Jersey Finally Adopts Daubert

Posted by Brian C. Harris of BHSM on Sep 14th 2018

New Jersey Finally Adopts Daubert
On August 1, 2018 the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its opinion in In re Accutane Litigation, 2018 WL3636867 wherein the Court abandoned Frye’s “General Acceptance” requirement for admission ofscientific evidence under Rule 702. In doing so, it extended the gatekeeping function of the trial courtand obligated it to ensure that an expert’s testimony was both reliable and relevant before admitting itto the jury.When considering admissibility of scientific evidence the Court adopted the Daubert s
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The New Jersey Supreme Court Limits Offer of Judgment Sanctions in Multi-defendant Cases

Posted by Brian C Harris on Sep 14th 2018

The New Jersey Supreme Court Limits Offer of Judgment Sanctions in Multi-defendant Cases
In the matter of Willner v. Vertical Reality, the New Jersey Supreme Court set limits on a plaintiff’s ability to win sanctions under the Offer of Judgment Rule in cases of multiple defendants, even when the ultimate damages award is well beyond the original judgment. The Court overturned an award of sanctions in a product liability case where a jury ordered two defendants to pay plaintiff far beyond what his attorney had demanded in a pretrial offer of judgment. The Supreme Court said it wo
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Court of Appeals Confirms Stance on Complicity Doctrine in Case Involving a Passenger Injured by Intoxicated Driver

Posted by Jeff Eberhard Smith/ Freed/Eberhard on Sep 14th 2018

Court of Appeals Confirms Stance on Complicity Doctrine in Case Involving a Passenger Injured by Intoxicated Driver
Recently, in Mason v. BCK Corporation, 292 Or App 580 (2018), the court held that an injured plaintiff could not recover against a bar because the plaintiff was unable to demonstrate that he did not “substantially contribute” to the driver’s intoxication. In this case, the court considers whether the personal representative of a deceased passenger can hold the bar liable for serving the intoxicated driver if the passenger and intoxicated driver spent several hours drinking and sociali
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