Strategies, Challenges, and Answers

Nevada Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Finding Right-Of-Way Violator Only 25% At Fault

The traffic light at the intersection of Sahara and Fort Apache was green for east-west travel. Raymond Yeghiazarian, travelling westbound, wanted to turn left on a permissive green ball.Heading eastbound in his patrol car was LVMPD Officer Jared Wicks. Running without lights or siren, Officer Wicks was travelling faster than the posted speed limit of 45 mph. Yeghiazarian made his left turn in front the oncoming Officer.  The two collided in the intersection.Yeghiazarian suffered severe … [Read more...]

The 2015 Nevada Legislature Repeals Offer of Judgment Statute NRS 17.115.

Another interesting change made by the 2015 Nevada Legislature was the repeal of Nevada's Offer of Judgment statute, NRS 17.115. This change should have little or no practical effect because every offer of judgment I have ever seen that was served in Nevada litigation was made under the duplicate provisions of this statute and Rule 68 of the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.One day I might look back in the legislative history and figure how and why these duplicate provisions came to be. But … [Read more...]

The 2015 Nevada Legislature Repeals NRS 690B.042 Requiring Policy Limit Disclosures

For the last 20 years, insurance companies operating in Nevada have been required to disclose their insured’s policy limit to Plaintiff’s attorneys if certain conditions are met.  However, Nevada’s 2015 legislature repealed NRS 690B.042 altogether.  Insurance companies no longer are required to disclose the liability limits of their insured before a lawsuit is filed.Plaintiff’s personal injury attorney Bob Massi is upset and suggests that this change will result in an increase in the number … [Read more...]

Is Your Company’s Intra-Family Auto Liability Exclusion Enforceable?

Nevada law authorizes insurance companies to enforce exclusions that limit or eliminate intra-family liability for bodily injuries. NRS 687B.147. Or so said the Nevada Supreme Court in Progressive Gulf Ins. Co. v. Faehnrich, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 19, 327 P.3d 1061 (2014). However, as we mentioned in our explanation of Faehnrich, the Court made only a passing reference to NRS 687B.147, the law that allows such a limitation or exclusion. The court did not provide any sort of analysis of the law. And … [Read more...]

At Renewal, An Insurer Must Give Adequate Notice Of Intended Policy Changes. Otherwise, The Policy Renews Under The Prior Terms

On November 21, 1980, a devastating fire swept through the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The fire killed 85 people and injured more than 700.  A complete copy of the Clark County Fire Report can be downloaded HERE.At the time, the Grand Hotel Gift Shop served the guests of the hotel.  Fire destroyed the Shop resulting in damage of almost $1,000,000 including lost fixtures, inventory and business interruption.  The Gift Shop sued its insurance agent and its insurer Granite State … [Read more...]