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Nevada Is Not A Direct Action State

In October 2017, Ronald Law was involved in a motor vehicle accident.  In June 2021, he filed a Complaint and then an Amended Complaint against Progressive (the tortfeasor’s insurer) and against Progressive’s adjuster.  The Complaint alleged:

      1. Negligence;
    1. Abuse of Process;
    2. Fraud;
    3. Violation of HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality Laws, Statutes, Regulations and Practices;
    4. Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress (“NIED”);
    5. Defamation;
    6. Injurious Falsehood; and
    7. Fraudulent Concealment.

Progressive filed a Motion to Dismiss based on Rule 12(b)(5).  Progressive argued that direct actions are not legally permitted in Nevada.  Law v. Progressive W. Ins. Co., 2021 Nev. Dist. LEXIS 1995, *2.  The Second Judicial District Court agreed with Progressive and dismissed the action. The Plaintiff appealed. 

The case was assigned to the Nevada Court of Appeals.  The Court issued its opinion in August 2023.  See Law v. Progressive Direct Ins. Co., 2023 Nev. App. Unpub. LEXIS 330.  Relying on the decision of Hall v. Enter. Leasing Company-West, 122 Nev. 685, 693, 122 Nev. 685, 693, 137 P.3d 1104, 1109, 2006 Nev. LEXIS 81, *15, 122 Nev. Adv. Rep. 59, the Court reiterated that a direct action is not permitted under Nevada law, without first having successfully brought an action against Progressive’s insured and then receiving an assignment from the insured to bring such a claim.  

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About Michael Mills

Mr. Mills practices in the area of civil litigation and appeals, with particular experience in matters involving trucking liability, insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, products liability and defense of personal injury. Mr. Mills is a member of the Trucking Insurance Defense Association, the Defense Research Institute Trucking Committee and the Nevada Motor Transport Association. Mr. Mills is licensed to practice before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Utah Supreme Court. He is also licensed to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Nevada and Utah, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Mills has created 3 Blogs for the benefit of the insurance industry. He serves as editor and publisher of the Nevada Insurance Law Blog, the Nevada Coverage and Bad Faith Blog and the Nevada Trucking Law Blog.

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