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Washington’s Independent Duty Doctrine – Actual Injury or Prop Damage Not Required

Since recently departing from the economic loss rule, Washington courts have continued to expand the scope and applicability of the independent duty doctrine in a variety of circumstances. A recent appellate case, The Point at Westport Harbor Homeowners’ Association v.

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Utah Supreme Court to Rule on Named Plaintiff in Subrogation

The Utah Appellate Court recently issued an opinion in a medical subrogation case that contained broad language regarding subrogation law in Utah. See Wilson v. Educators Mut. Ins. Ass’n., 2016 UT App 38. The decision, read out of context, can

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Which Statute of Repose Applies? – Product Liability or Improvement to Real Property

Product vs. Improvement to Real Property: Which Statute of Repose Applies?  Depending on the jurisdiction of your loss, the answer to this question may significantly impact the viability your claim. A quick review of the law in South Carolina, North

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Georgia Limits Made Whole Doctrine

Georgia has traditionally adhered to the “made whole” doctrine, which provides that, “[w]here the insurer or the insured must go unpaid to some extent, the loss should be borne by the insurer, since the insurer has already been paid a

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The California Supreme Court recently addressed whether a party that voluntarily dismisses an action, in exchange for a settlement payment, is entitled to recovery of costs as “the prevailing party.” In deSaulles v Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula 2016

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Maryland Addresses Spoliation of the Physical Evidence of the Case

In a recent decision, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland considered an issue of first impression regarding the doctrine of spoliation. Maryland appellate courts had “not established how to apply the spoliation doctrine in the context of a situation”

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Going…Going…Gone! Famed Auction House Avoids Liability for Sandy Damage

Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services, Inc., the art warehousing subsidiary of the leading auctioneer company, Christie’s, has succeeded in obtaining a dismissal of negligence and breach of contract claims asserted by the property insurer of a trust which owned the

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Defining the “Fuzzy Edges” of Rule 26(b)(4)

As most attorneys involved in civil litigation are aware, Rule 26(b)(4) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was amended in 2010 to “address concerns about expert discovery.” ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOTES TO 2010 AMENDMENTS. Specifically, the Advisory Committee was concerned

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Amalgamation Explained

It is often lamented that the amount of liability that can be assessed to a defendant in a subrogation matter is inversely proportional to their ability to satisfy a judgment. The easier it is to prove a defendant is responsible,

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Four Helpful Tips for a Successful Subro Recovery

All too often, claims that would otherwise have strong potential for recovery via subrogation cannot be pursued due to issues that arise shortly following a loss. Too many times, hope for recovery is lost because of evidentiary issues or expired

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