Recently, the Appellate Division dealt with three separate cases consolidated into one appeal on the issue of when a plaintiff’s attorney may have a third-party attend a plaintiff’s medical exam with a defense doctor, as well as whether it is permissible for a plaintiff’s attorney to audio and/or video record his client’s exam with a defense doctor.
Difiore et. al. v. Pezic, et al. dealt with...Read More
In Smith v. Gray, 2022 WL 1418973 (2d Cir. 2022), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Court found that a physician’s expert report needs to be specific and undisputed if a defendant puts forth persuasive evidence that the plaintiff’s injury is related to a preexisting condition in order for a...Read More
In Moravia Motorcycle, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Company, plaintiffs brought the following claims in connection with damage sustained to a motor home: (1) negligent misrepresentation; (2) breach of contract; and (3) bad faith. Allstate moved for summary judgment on Counts I and III. The claim arose from a curious scenario, as the plaintiffs’ motorhome was parked in a lot they owned when a...Read More
On May 6, 2022, a New Jersey appellate panel upheld a policyholder’s win in a coverage dispute with Travelers Insurance Company, holding an intrafamily step-down exclusion acted as a “hidden trap” in a family’s auto policy where not reflected in the policy declarations page. Specifically, in Cristina Dela Vega v. The Travelers Insurance Company, et al., (No.:...Read More
In this week’s review, we study a quirky case where a plaintiff sued the MTA Bus Company because she sustained serious injury when she fell from a sudden and violent stop on a New York City bus. (Who among us has not been in this common situation at one point while living in New York City.)
In Orji v. MTA Bus Co., NY Slip Op 02811 (2d Dept. 2022), the plaintiff alleged the city bus stopped at...Read More
In a recent case from the Eastern District of PA, Snyder v. Hunt, the court granted plaintiff’s appeal for a directed verdict after finding plaintiff established a prima facie case of premises liability against common landowners. Evidence provided multiple owners of a driveway extending between two rows of houses and enjoyed an easement over the driveway in common with other abutting owners,...Read More
New York Appellate Court holds once an insurer has paid the full monetary limits set forth in its insurance policy, the insurer’s duties to the policyholder under the policy cease. Accordingly, where an arbitrator’s award directs payment in excess of the monetary limit of a policy of insurance, the Appellate Division, First Department has held that the award is subject to vacatur.
In Allstate...Read More
In Matter of Philadelphia Ins. Indem. Co. v. Kendall, 197 A.D.3d 75 (1st Dep’t 2021), the First Department found that an email exchange constituted a valid settlement agreement.
In Kendall, the parties had presented their cases to an arbitrator. After the arbitration, but before the arbitrator rendered his decision, the parties settled the case for $400,000. The arbitrator then informed the...Read More