Strategies, Challenges, and Answers

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY !

The team at Bauman, Loewe, Witt & Maxwell and the Nevada Law Blogs wish all of our clients, friends, business associates and readers a very safe and extremely enjoyable Independence Day Holiday!As we celebrate the July 4, 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, let’s reflect on a few important words from that life altering document: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, … [Read more...]

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 allow for this type of … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Auto Liability Compulsory Insurance Minimums To Rise

I have been practicing law in Nevada for nearly 30 years. For as long as I can remember, Nevada has required autos registered in this state to have bodily injury automobile liability insurance of at least $15,000 per person / $30,000 per occurrence.  The minimum automobile liability limit for property damages has been set at $10,000 per occurrence.  NRS 485.185 and NRS 485.3091.That is due to change on July 1, 2018. An increase in the minimum limits is set to take effect.  On that date, the … [Read more...]

Not Everyone Agrees That Nevada Will Follow Majority Rule Dismissing Negligent Entrustment / Supervision / Training Where Motor Carrier Admits Course And Scope

Readers of the Nevada Trucking Law Blog know that Nevada Supreme Court has yet to decide whether claims of negligent hiring, training, supervision or retention can survive once an employer has admitted its employee driver was in the course and scope of his/her employment.  The rule stated in McHaffie v. Bunch, 891 S.W.2d 822, 826 (Mo.1995) is that such claims must be dismissed in cases where the employer admits the driver’s employment and course and scope.The Nevada Trucking Law Blog has … [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...]

Las Vegas…Thoughts and Prayers

All of us at BLWM appreciate those around the country who are praying for us in Las Vegas.  We are grateful for all the support and concern. The caring emails, texts, and phone calls are too numerous to count.I am thankful that my family was not directly affected by the events in town on Sunday. We have been mobilizing to help.  So many people have been giving blood that the system is overwhelmed.  They have had to bring in new blood trucks from California and Utah.  We are glad to have such … [Read more...]

BLWM attends LVDL Summer Event at TopGolf Las Vegas

Aileen Cohen and Mike Mills of BLWM attended the Las Vegas Defense Lawyer’s Summer Event at TopGolf Las Vegas. Many of the judges and justices from across the state attended.The Event was successful in big part based because of the contributions of many great LVDL’s sponsors but also because of the all of the members who attended.If you have questions about defense, coverage or trucking in Nevada, don’t hesitate to contact Mike Mills or Aileen Cohen at Bauman, Loewe, Witt & Maxwell … [Read more...]