Michigan’s no-fault insurance benefits, especially Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, are among the most favorable to claimants. Michigan law requires no-fault insurance for every vehicle owner. This insurance pays for medical expenses, wage loss benefits, replacement services, and damages to other people’s property, no matter who caused the accident. These provisions make Michigan’s no-fault coverage attractive to injured claimants when insurance coverage may not otherwise be available or fault may be difficult to establish, as shown by a recent case decided by Michigan Court of …Continue Reading
On October 8, 2015, in DeShaw Nelson v. Donald Artley, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a ruling by the First District Appellate Court that ordered a car rental company to pay an accident victim $600,000 as a result of damages allegedly sustained in an automobile accident involving a car owned by the rental company and driven by an operator without his own insurance. At issue in DeShawn was the extent of financial liability that a self-insuring rental car company faces where a default judgment …Continue Reading
In Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America v. Kansas City Landsmen, L.L.C., No. 14-11006, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 453 (11th Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Travelers Property Casualty Company of America and St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company (“insurers”). The Eleventh Circuit determined that the insurers may have a duty to defend The Kansas City Landsmen, LLC and A Betterway Rent-a-Car, Inc. (“Car Rental Companies”).
The underlying disputes arose from …Continue Reading