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State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company Plaintiff vs National Casualty Company Defendant

In this case, State Farm sought a commercial right of PIP reimbursement from National Insurance based on the State Farm insured occupying a Chevy Equinox SUV/crossover vehicle owned by the employer of the insured.  The defense asserted SUVs are always jeep-type vehicles.  The defense further asserted sedans, station wagons, and jeep-type vehicles are never commercial […]

Will Florida Repeal Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law?

Florida currently requires drivers to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage of $10,000. However, the Florida legislature is considering repealing this requirement along with several other changes to automobile insurance coverage legislation. Senate Bill 54 and House Bill 719 would repeal the current automobile insurance coverage scheme including required No-Fault benefits and instead require drivers […]

Fourth DCA Rules CRN Defective due to Lack of Specificity

On March 3, 2021, the Fourth District Court of Appeal withdrew its prior opinion and issued a new opinion affirming the trial court’s dismissal with prejudice of the insured’s statutory bad faith suit due to the insured’s defective pre-suit Civil Remedy Notice (“CRN”). In Julien v. United Property & Casualty Insurance Company, No. 4D19-2763 (Fla. […]

Latest Jury Trial Suspension Notices

First Circuit – Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties – Suspension through April 1, 2021 Second Circuit – Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla – Suspension through February 1, 2021 Fifth Circuit – Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Countries – Suspension through January 18, 2021 Sixth Circuit – Pinellas and Pasco – No specific […]

Insurance Defense 101: Top Things You Need to Know

What Is an Insurance Defense Attorney?  Insurance law includes a wide variety of issues relating to insurance policies. In general, an insurance defense attorney deals with three main categories as related to insurance: determining when insurance companies must pay claims, ensuring policyholders are protected when sued and consulting with insurance companies to confirm that they […]

Premises Liability Claims: What Are They?

Property owners are responsible for maintaining a relatively safe environment so that individuals who come onto the property don’t suffer any injuries. This responsibility, also known as premises liability, holds property owners and/or residents liable for any accidents and injuries that occur on their property.  It’s important to note that while you may be injured […]

What Is Litigation? Everything You Need to Know

Litigation is initiated between two opposing parties looking to enforce or defend a legal right. Typically, matters are settled by an agreement between the parties but may also move to a court to be heard and decided by a jury and/or judge. Here is everything you need to know to better understand the full process of […]

Motor Vehicle Fatality Rates Increasing during Pandemic

You have probably noticed less vehicle traffic but more pedestrians and bicyclists on our roads while making your essentials-only trip to the local store over the last several months. When states implemented stay-at-home orders throughout the nation due to COVID-19, motor vehicle traffic dramatically reduced on our nation’s roadways. By mid-April, vehicle traffic was down […]