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North Carolina Court of Appeals Limits Resident Relative Coverage. Judge Inman Dissents.

26 September 2019 Joe Fulton Various policy forms use slightly different language to bring resident-relatives within the definition of insureds.  The standard form personal auto policy issued in North Carolina does it by including the defined term “family member” within the definition of the term “insured.” In turn, the policy defines “family member” as follows: Read More

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Security Guards and Company Police in Premises Liability Cases

26 September 2019 S. Mark Henkle Premises liability comes in all shapes and sizes.  More and more, private companies and landlords are employing private security to provide some measure of protection, but their activities can sometimes lead to liability claims.  At its core, private security can take two different forms:  typical security guards (like the Read More

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Offers of Judgment: A Tool for Early Resolution

18 September 2019 Lee M. Thomas Claim professionals and defense attorneys often review cases in which liability of the insured/client is beyond dispute.  What is less clear, however, is the methodology (or lack thereof) utilized by plaintiff attorneys in calculating wildly exorbitant pre-suit or post-litigation demands.  Plaintiff attorneys may argue the case is a “limits Read More

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4 September 2019 Joe Fulton HAVE A CLAIM INVOLVING MULTIPLE UIM CLAIMANTS? THE LIMITS MIGHT NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK THEY ARE: ASSESSING N.C. FARM BUREAU V. DANA   The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently issued its decision in N.C. Farm Bureau v. Dana, a UIM case with multiple claimants.  No. COA18-1056, 2019 N.C. Read More

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