When in Doubt, Leave Nothing Out: A Lesson in Effective Practice and Insurance Policies

The case of Zavodnick, Zavodnick and Lasky v. National Liabilty & Fire Insurance is an important lesson on two counts. First, it is imperative in settlement negotiations to remember the importance of zealous, effective representation of clients. Second, when an attorney makes a mistake, don’t simply hope that it will go away. When in doubt, remember the importance of candor and leave no crucial details out. What follows is a detailed summary of the case.

No Harm in Failing to Notify Employees as to Rejection of UIM Coverage

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently granted a Motion for Summary Judgment in favor of an employer and its insurer in an underinsured motorist coverage (“UIM”) case. In Morales v. Travelers Property Casualty Company the Court determined that there were no genuine issues of material fact at hand when all parties agreed that an employer previously signed off on two UIM coverage rejection forms. The two issues involved in the matter were (1) whether the employer’s completion of the rejection forms complied with 75 Pa.S.C. § 1731 and (2) whether the employer give plaintiff employee notice of such rejection.

To Redact or Not to Redact?

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently considered what materials are discoverable by an insured in a bad faith action against his/her insurer.

Womens' Program A Hit!

Almost 100 attorneys were captivated by and benefitted from the inaugural event of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel’s (“PADC”) Womens’ Initiative, “Leaders in the Courtroom: From the Trial Courts to the United States Supreme Court” held recently at Cozen O’Connor’s Susquehanna Conference Room in Philadelphia.