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Mills Contributes to DRI’s 2018 Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Compendium

DRI has again honored Mike Mills, selecting him to author the Nevada and Utah Chapters in its 2018 Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Compendium.  DRI turns to it most respected members from across the country to author state-specific sections to all of its Compendia.  Mike Mills also authored the Nevada Chapter of DRI’s 2016 Duty to Defend Compendium.  A full copy of the UCP Compendium can be ordered from DRI at Order Your Copy Here!.Feel free to preview the Compendium by CLICKING HERE … [Read more...]

When Is A UM/UIM Provider Bound By A Judgment Against The Tortfeasor?

Lucky for John Pietrosh, his parents bought UM/UIM coverage as part of their Allstate auto insurance policy.  Not so lucky for John, one day in July 1966, he was riding his bike when an uninsured driver hit and injured him.His parents reported the accident to their Allstate agent.  The agent responded that the family was “fully covered” and that it would “take care of the whole thing”.The Pietrosh family sued the uninsured driver and sent notice of the suit to Allstate.  Allstate did not … [Read more...]

Medical Liens Are Not A Collateral Source And Are Admissible To Prove Bias

Previously, the Nevada Law Blogs wondered why a Plaintiff had been allowed to have his cake and eat it too.  That Earlier Post told the story of a Plaintiff whose medical providers treated him on liens.  However, before the trial, those same medical providers sold their liens to litigation lenders at a discount.When the defense tried to introduce the amount that the litigation lender paid the medical provider in exchange for the liens, the judge refused, indicating that the amount accepted … [Read more...]

Nevada Follows The “Initial Permission” Rule When Dealing With Questions Of Permissive Use

Normally, it is easy to know whether the person whose name is on the auto insurance policy has liability coverage when operating his or her insured car. But that analysis becomes more difficult when the driver is not a named insured. Nevada Law requires that a liability insurance policy must extend to any person that is operating the vehicle with the “express or implied permission of the named insured.” NRS 485.3091(1)(b). The “omnibus clause” in most insurance policies allows for this type of … [Read more...]

The Nevada Court of Appeals Follows a Push-Down Model

At the time that the Nevada Law Blogs last treated the Nevada Court System, there was no Nevada Court of Appeals. Since then, things have changed. So how about an update regarding appeals in Nevada.In 2014, the Nevada voters approved the creation of the Nevada Court of Appeals. The Nevada Court of Appeals is subordinate to the Nevada Supreme Court. But this new court would follow a “push down” or “deflective” model. Since 2014, many people still do not understand what this means or how this … [Read more...]