Engaged by plaintiff counsel pursuing allegations of Bad Faith claims handling under Commercial Auto (Garage Liability) coverage. Case resulted from disputed valuation of physical damage to a heavy truck. Attorney Graham Martin, Martin Law Offices (606) 349-6171. Little v. Martin’s Peterbilt and United Financial Insurance Co.; Case No. 12-CI-262, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Laurel Circuit Court, Division II.
Category: Commercial Auto Liability
August 23, 2014burld
Engaged by plaintiff counsel to evaluate coverage under Farm & Ranch, Personal Auto, Commercial Auto (Garage Liability) and Commercial Umbrella policies. Dispute resulted from an off-road vehicle fatality with issues of “Who is an Insured” under Personal Auto and Farm & Ranch policies, and whether garage repairs contributed to the accident. Chambers v. Harris, et al; Case No. C201400035 In The District Court Johnson County, Texas, 413th Judicial District. Attorney Dwain Dent, The Dent Law Firm (817) 332-2889.
May 23, 2014burld
Engaged by plaintiff counsel as their Commercial Auto, Insurance Bad Faith and Workers Compensation expert. Case involved a truck driver fatality and required analysis of Commercial Auto and Workers Compensation coverage and claim denial issues. Dispute resulted from differing positions as to whether trucker was an employee or independent contract driver. Attorney Chris Pinedo, Hilliard Munoz Gonzales, LLP (361) 882-1612. Arca Trucking vs. Hallmark County Mutual Insurance Co.; Cause No. 2014-DCV2416 In The District Court of El Paso County, Texas, County Court at Law 6.
May 2, 2014Don Hirsch
Engaged by policyholder counsel to evaluate the contrast between Personal Auto and Commercial Auto policy language. Case required analysis of “who is an insured” wording and coverage for Hired and Nonowned Autos under a Business-owners Policy. Attorney Don Murphy, Murphy & Pressentin LLC, (866) 230-2282. Stone v. Supertino; Case No. S-1500-CV-278310 LHB, Superior Court of the State of California, For the County of Kern
August 1, 2013burld
Engaged by plaintiff counsel to evaluate Non-owned Autos coverage under Commercial Auto and Commercial Umbrella policies written as Surplus Lines. Case required analysis of Additional Insured status for subcontractors under contractual liability clauses in multi-layered oilfield services agreements. Rossi v. Pogue, et al; Cause No. 49524 In The District Court Hill County, Texas, 66TH Judicial District. Attorney Dwain Dent, The Dent Law Firm (817) 332-2889.
July 23, 2013burld
Engaged by policyholder’s outside counsel seeking Commercial General Liability coverage for a fatality claim caused by a tank explosion. Case required evaluation of Insurance Bad Faith and Agents Errors & Omissions “failure to procure” issues. Belken Oil, LLC v. Woodworth Insurance Agency; Attorney Scott Helmholz, Bailey & Glasser, LLP , (217) 528-1177.
January 1, 2013burld
Engaged by counsel defending allegations of Agent Errors & Omissions and Insurance Bad Faith. Case involved a Named Driver Exclusion and claim denial under a Commercial Auto policy and a Commercial Umbrella policy written as Surplus Lines. Diamond Pump & Transport, LLC v. Allied North American, et al; Cause No. A-126,966-A in the 70th District Court of Ector County, Texas. Defense counsel Kent Krabill, Lynn Tillotson Pinker and Cox, LLP (214) 981-3800.
July 1, 2012burld
Engaged by policyholder counsel to provide analysis and testimony regarding Commercial Auto and Agent Standard of Care in structuring Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage. Case also included technical coverage issues involving Personal Auto. Creative Young Minds, et al v. Hibbs Hallmark; Cause No. 048-23087-09 in 48th Judicial District Court, Tarrant County, Texas. Attorney Greg Clift, Clouse Dunn Khoshbin LLP (214) 220-3888.
February 1, 2010burld
Engaged by defense counsel to opine on issues regarding Commercial Auto, Agent Errors & Omissions, Insurance Bad Faith. Case involved insurance for Mexican truckers operating in the United States and/or Mexico. Defense counsel Elizabeth Christ, (210) 227-3243, Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal, P.C.; Salazar v. Medina; Cause No. 09-02-24170-MCV, 293rd Judicial District Court of Maverick County, Texas.
October 1, 2009burld
Designated by counsel for insured as Commercial Auto, Commercial Umbrella , and Agent Errors & Omissions expert. Case required analysis regarding failure to procure, non-owned autos, contractor’s liability, and additional insured endorsements. Allegations included Insurance Bad Faith. Attorney Charles Fairchild (816) 500-0280. MWR Contractors v. Becker Lassen Insurance Agency, Case No. 07BA-CV 01477 In Circuit Court of Boone County Missouri at Columbia.
June 1, 2009burld