Insurer Voids UM/UIM Attorney Fee Safe Harbor in Pleading

On September 2, 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing Oregon’s ORS 742.061(3) attorney fee “safe-harbor” letter in uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist claims in Kiryuta v. Country Preferred…

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Oregon Legislature Passes Significant Changes to PIP and UM/UIM Laws

On March 12, 2015, Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate Bill 411 which makes substantial changes Oregon's personal injury protection (PIP) and uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) statutes.  The new law…

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Undisclosed Adult Child Entitled to UIM Coverage

The Washington Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Patriot Gen. Ins. Co. v. Gutierrez, No. 32109-6-III, 2015 WL 773571 (Wash. Ct. App. Feb. 24, 2015), addressing whether an…

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Washington Court Holds UIM Insured Can Seek Benefits After Dismissal is Vacated

On October 6, 2014, the Washington Court of Appeals, Division One, released an unpublished opinion addressing the impact of an order dismissing the a case brought by an insured against…

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No Bad Faith for Relying on IME per Washington Court

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington recently issued an opinion addressing an insured’s claims for bad faith and violation of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA)…

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