The US District Court in Alexandria recently found a carrier acted in bad faith in the case of South Boston Energy, LLC v. Hartford Steam Boiler Specialty Insurance. In this case, the insured, a power plant, suffered a loss to a large turbine. A piece of metal got inside the turbine and forced the insured to disassemble the turbine. The insured reported the loss to its insurer.
When an employee is assaulted at work, there are several factors to consider in assessing whether the assault “arises out of” the employment. Assault cases are tricky to defend due to the subjective nature of why a person is attacked. Further, the issue is compounded when the assailant is not available to testify regarding the motive. Recently, KPM’s own Bob McAdam successfully argued to the Full Commission that “why” an assailant attacks a claimant is the most important factor to consider regardless of whether motive is known.
Millennials make up a larger percentage of your customers, employees, and yes, even jury pools, than any other generation. Knowing that, it is important to see millennials beyond the stereotypes and determine how they are going to affect the outcome of your case.
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Defense counsel, in conjunction with their claims professional, should be thinking offensively from the outset in their resolution strategy so as to maximize their leverage in settlement negotiations as well as their advantages in litigation.
On July 22, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter—FLSA2019-10—to address whether the time a truck driver spends in a sleeper berth is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
This opinion letter withdraws the DOL’s previous opinion that employers could only exclude up to eight hours during a trip that was at least 24 hours long. The opinion letter also adopts an “on-duty” test as the most appropriate way to determine whether sleeper berth time is compensable.
UPDATE: Just When You Thought You Knew Everything About Pay and Quit Pursuant 38.2-2206 Here Comes the General Assembly Again!
In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly enacted significant changes to two statutes pertaining to settlement of underinsured motorist claims and subrogation rights of underinsured motorist carriers. The revisions specifically impacted Virginia Code Section 38.2-2206 and added a new statute at 8.01-66.1:1. The stated purpose of these changes was to expedite uninsured and underinsured motorist payments.
Summer is in swing and a review of swimming pool liability issues seems in order. First the statutory law on the subject:
Virginia Code § 15.2-921 states in part:
For the purposes of this section:
“Swimming pool” includes any outdoor man-made structure constructed from material other than natural earth or soil designed or used to hold water for the purpose of providing a swimming or bathing place for any person or any such structure for the purpose of impounding water therein to a depth of more than two feet.