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Insurance Company owes No Duty to Defend where Policy includes Enforceable Pollution Exclusion

Back in the 2000s, Al Phillips the Cleaner, a Las Vegas dry cleaner, had a location in the Maryland Square Shopping Center near the Boulevard Mall.  A Ted Wiens Auto Service Center was just across the street.Residents of the Maryland Square area complained that they had been injured by the release of perchloroethylene, sometimes called PEC or PERC.  PEC is used in dry cleaning and as an industrial degreaser and spot remover.Of the PEC release, a local newspaper wrote: The chemical bled … [Read more...]

BLWM attends LVDL Summer Event at TopGolf Las Vegas

Aileen Cohen and Mike Mills of BLWM attended the Las Vegas Defense Lawyer’s Summer Event at TopGolf Las Vegas. Many of the judges and justices from across the state attended.The Event was successful in big part based because of the contributions of many great LVDL’s sponsors but also because of the all of the members who attended.If you have questions about defense, coverage or trucking in Nevada, don’t hesitate to contact Mike Mills or Aileen Cohen at Bauman, Loewe, Witt & Maxwell … [Read more...]


The team at Bauman, Loewe, Witt & Maxwell and the Nevada Law Blogs wish all of our clients, friends, business associates and readers a very safe and extremely enjoyable Labor Day Holiday!In 1894 Labor Day was designated a federal holiday to be celebrated on the first Monday in September. The force of American labor has contributed to the high standard of living which we enjoy in the United States.That’s why each year we pay tribute on Labor Day to the creators of so much of our … [Read more...]

The Duty To Defend Continues Through The Entire Litigation

Once the duty to defend arises, the insurer's duty continues throughout the entire litigation.  United Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Frontier Ins. Co., 120 Nev. 678, 687, 99 P.3d 1153, 1158 (Nev. 2004).  The duty to defend continues until final resolution of the claim.  Allstate Ins. Co. v. Miller, 125 Nev. 300, 309, 212 P.3d 318, 325 (2009).  An insurance company may not terminate its duty to defend by depositing the insurance proceeds with the court when the policy terms are ambiguous as to whether the … [Read more...]

An Insured Can Seek A Broad Range Of Damages If An Insurer Wrongfully Fails To Defend

In Nevada, if an insurance company breaches its duty to defend, it can expect to face a wide array of possible damagesIf the insured takes up its own defense, the insurer can expect to pay the reasonable costs incurred by the insurer in the defense of the underlying action.  Jaynes Corp. v. Am. Safety Indem. Co., 925 F. Supp. 2d 1095, 1111 (D. Nev. 2012) vacated due to settlement, No. 2:10-CV-00764-MMD, 2014 WL 8735102 (D. Nev. Dec. 3, 2014); see also Reyburn Lawn & Landscape Designers … [Read more...]