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Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner is proud of the results it has achieved on behalf of its clients and strives to continue to provide great legal representation in insurance coverage litigation matters.  As a point of reference, our Representative Cases page provides a list of some of MLR’s recent matters.

Automobile Insurance

Policy Limits Admissible in UIM Dispute Per Oregon Court

On July 22, 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals released an opinion in Thoens v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Oregon, 272 Or App 512, — P3d — (2015), addressing the admissibility of (1) an insured’s underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage limits and the at-fault driver’s liability policy limits in a UIM

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Duty to Defend

Oregon District Court Finds Duty to Defend NIED Claim

The U.S. District Court in Oregon recently found that an insurance company had a duty to defend its insured in a lawsuit alleging that their minor child intentionally assaulted another minor.  In the case, captioned Norgren v Mut. of Enumclaw Ins. Co., No. 14-cv-01591-SB, 2015 WL 3948145 (D. Or. June

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Insurance Coverage

Ninth Circuit Rules on “Known-Loss” Provision

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion addressing the applicability of the “known-loss” provision in an Oregon commercial liability insurance policy.  In Kaady v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., No. 13-35036, — F.3d — (9th Cir. 2015), the court concluded that the known-loss provision did not operate to bar

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News and Events

Nick Thede and Janis Puracal Named “Rising Stars”

Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner would like to congratulate attorneys Nick Thede and Janis Puracal, who were each selected by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” for 2015.  Nick has been selected as an Oregon Rising Star for the last three consecutive years.  Janis was selected as a Rising Star

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Automobile Insurance

Oregon Court Construes Scope of UM/UIM Coverage Grant

On March 25, 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its decision in De Zafra v. Farmers Ins. Co., 270 Or App 77, — P3d — (2015), addressing the scope of coverage available under the uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) statute.  The specific issue before the court was the meaning of the

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Automobile Insurance

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 becomes effective on January 1, 2016. The new law amends the PIP statute to enables a policyholder to apply PIP

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Oregon Insured Not Entitled to Reformation of Policy

Last week, the Oregon Court of Appeals analyzed two commonly litigated issues that arise when a policyholder has inadequate insurance coverage and suffers a loss.  First, the court considered whether reformation of the insurance policy was appropriate.  Second, it assessed whether there was a viable claim for negligent procurement of

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Estoppel Cannot Expand Coverage Per Oregon Court

On February 4, 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Deardorff v. Farnsworth, 268 Or App 844, — P3d — (2015), addressing the circumstances in which estoppel applies to prevent an insurance company from relying on a provision in a policy to deny coverage.  In the case,

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MLR was formed with the sole focus of efficiently providing the highest quality legal advice to our clients on their insurance disputes.  With this goal in mind, our attorneys routinely deliver positive results for our clients.  Although our lawyers all have big firm experience, the small firm atmosphere at MLR allows each to provide the necessary attention to detail each of our clients deserve.  Our attorneys have been able to develop substantial knowledge regarding insurance coverage issues over their years of practice, which allows us to provide unique and innovate solutions to complex insurance disputes.  MLR stands out from the crowd of other insurance coverage firms.


We take a team approach to insurance disputes.  When you retain MLR, you have the benefit of knowing that we will utilize the unique talents of everyone at the firm to achieve the best possible results for our client.  The attorneys at MLR have developed substantial experience and knowledge concerning the legal and factual issues presented in insurance disputes.  That experience and knowledge, combined with our team approach, allows MLR to develop unique and effective solutions to our clients’ insurance issues.  Our people have and will continue to provide high quality legal representation to our clients and deliver positive results on their insurance disputes.


The attorneys at MLR have exceptional experience in all aspects of the insurance claims and litigation process.  We have successfully litigated scores of insurance disputes through trial and appeal.  Collectively, we have tried approximately 200 trials.  Our lawyers have also analyzed numerous complex insurance coverage questions.  MLR is knowledgeable and experienced handling insurance disputes on property, commercial, auto, and other specialty insurance policies.  Although we primarily practice in Oregon and Washington, our attorneys have represented clients insurance disputes throughout the country.  Regardless of the content or stage of your insurance dispute, MLR is equipped to represent you.

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