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No Setoff For UM Bad Faith Settlement

No Setoff For UM Bad Faith Settlement

Car Accidents

In the case of Alberta Ellison v. Randy Willoughby, Case Number 2D19-1961 (Fla. 2d DCA June 11, 2021), Florida’s Second DCA held that a tortfeasor does not get a setoff for bad faith on the part of the injured person’s insurance company. Facts of the...

Available for Regular Use In GEICO Policy

Available for Regular Use In GEICO Policy

Car Accidents

In the case of GEICO Indemnity Company v. Brian Walker, et al, Case Number 4D20-764 (Fla. 4th DCA May 12, 2021), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a vehicle to which the driver had been given open permission without restriction to use was not covered because it was...

“Same or Similar” Coverage Escape Clause

“Same or Similar” Coverage Escape Clause

Car Accidents

In the case of Estate of Walls v. Southern Owners, Case Number 1D20-1422, Fla. 1st DCA (March 31, 2021), Florida’s First DCA held that an escape clause in a not-for-profit’s corporate policy meant that no automobile liability coverage is provided under the...

Jury Instruction On One Accident or Two Separate Accidents

Jury Instruction On One Accident or Two Separate Accidents

Car Accidents

In the case of Flania Belt v. USAA Casualty Insurance Company, Case Number 4D20-339 (Fla. 4th DCA March 10, 2021), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that it was not error for the trial judge to instruct the jury that multiple impacts can constitute one accident if there is one...

Inconsistent Testimony Does Not Necessarily Amount to Fraud

Inconsistent Testimony Does Not Necessarily Amount to Fraud

Car Accidents

In the case of Jean Carlos Salazar v. Miguel Rogelio Gomez, Case Number 3D19-1448 (Fla. 3rd DCA February 17, 2021), Florida’s Third DCA reinstated a verdict for the plaintiff after it had been set aside after a trial based on an inconsistent statement made by the...

Class Action Against GEICO for UM Not Certified

Class Action Against GEICO for UM Not Certified

Car Accidents

In the case of Coccaro v. GEICO (Case Number 4D19-3665) and Brown-Peterkin v. Williamson (4D19-2950)(November 12, 2020), Florida’s Fourth DCA did not certify that a class action case against GEICO for electronic UM rejections that do not comply with Florida law. Importance...

Jury Question Over Control In Dominos Pizza Accident

Jury Question Over Control In Dominos Pizza Accident

Car Accidents

In the case of Dominos Pizza, LLC v. Yvonne Wiederhold, as PR for the Estate of Richard Wiederhold, Case Number 5D19-2343 (Fla. 5th DCA October 23, 2020), Florida’s Fifth DCA affirmed the use of an “agency” jury instruction as it relates to the...

Advance Payment from UM Carrier Functions as a Setoff

Advance Payment from UM Carrier Functions as a Setoff

Car Accidents

In the case of Richard Solomon v. State Farm, Case Number 5D18-3920 (Fla. 5th DCA August 21, 2020), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that an advance payment by a UM carrier is considered a setoff. Underlying Facts Solomon sued State Farm as the uninsured motorist carrier for a...

Proposal For Settlement With Wrong Amount Not Enforced

Proposal For Settlement With Wrong Amount Not Enforced

Car Accidents

In the case of Kyle Dale v. Viktoria Schaub and State Farm Automobile Insurance Company, Case Number 4D19-900 (Fla. 4th DCA August 19, 2020), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a mistake in the amount of a proposal for settlement with a number not consented to by the client was...

Directed Verdict For Causation of Injuries Reversed

Directed Verdict For Causation of Injuries Reversed

Car Accidents

In the case of USAA v. Robyn Rey, Case Number 2D18-5120 (Fla. 2d DCA August 5, 2020), Florida’s Second DCA held that USAA was not required to present expert testimony to rebut conflicting evidence on causation of injuries resulting in reversal of jury verdict. Outline of...

Multiple UM Settlements Result In Setoff Against Jury Verdict

Multiple UM Settlements Result In Setoff Against Jury Verdict

Car Accidents

In the case of Liberty Mutual v. Jeffrey H. Wolfson, Case Numbers 4D18-3652 and 4D19-118 (Fla. 4th DCA June 24, 2020), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that there is a setoff for settlements when a plaintiff is covered by more than one UM policy. What Happened In The...

Policy Providing Bodily Injury Must Also Provide UM

Policy Providing Bodily Injury Must Also Provide UM

Car Accidents

In the case of Owners Insurance Company v. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company and James M. Horne, Jr., Case Number 2D18-2309 (Fla. June 19, 2020), Florida’s Second DCA held that a policy providing an insured with bodily injury coverage must also provide uninsured...

Applying Owner Liability Caps In Florida

Applying Owner Liability Caps In Florida

Car Accidents

In the case of Brian Walker, as personal representative of the Estate of Sophie C. Walker v. GEICO Inemnity Company, Case Number 4D18-3706 (Fla. 4th DCA March 25, 2020), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that an at-fault driver with coverage under four policies had more than the...

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