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Jury Nullification Is A No-No

Gregory Lioce was involved in a multi-vehicle traffic crash.  Identifying the at-fault driver was difficult.  Gregory Lioce argued that Dana Cohen changed lanes into him.  Dana Cohen said Mr. Lioce turned left into her.  Mr. Lioce was then rear-ended by John Wilson, who argued that he was not negligent because he had been cut off.   In closing at trial, counsel for Wilson argued in favor of the jury sending a message.  Counsel said: the only way that people and their lawyers will stop … [Read more...]

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...]

Nevada Allows Right Of Reimbursement Of Defense Costs

In 2019, Nevada Coverage Law asked whether Nevada would follow the California case of Buss v. Superior Court, 16 Cal. 4th 35, 49, 939 P.2d 766 (1997) and allow Nevada insurance companies the right to seek reimbursement for uncovered defense cost.  We said that Nevada often looks to California for direction on topics of law not yet addressed in Nevada.  See Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. Coeur Rochester, Inc., 720 F. Supp. 2d 1223, 1234 n. 11; see also Commercial Standard Ins. Co. v. Tab Constr., 94 Nev. … [Read more...]

The Immense Sacrifice Of Our Fallen Heroes Must Always Be Remembered . . .

“Was it worth it?” This is a question, sometimes politically-loaded, that is often asked of family members and war buddies of our Fallen Heroes. Marine Corps General John Kelly recently offered a unique perspective. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan himself, General Kelly lost his youngest son, First Lieutenant Robert Kelly, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province in 2010. General Kelly was asked if the loss was worth it by a reporter with National Public Radio. He said, … [Read more...]

By A Preponderance Of Evidence

In civil cases, a Nevada Plaintiff has the burden of proof.  But what standard of proof must that Plaintiff meet to prevail?  In a civil case, the standard of proof in Nevada is “by a preponderance of evidence”.   The case of Deiss v. S. Pac. Co., 56 Nev. 169, 53 P.2d 332 (1936) provides a great explanation as to what it means to prove something “by a preponderance of evidence”.  This case involves a crash between a car and a train.  The jury found in favor of the deceased driver’s estate … [Read more...]