Monthly Archives: June 2015

Wisconsin Court Upholds Claimant’s Right to Wis. Stat. § 628.46 Interest

The Court in the case of Dilger v. Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company (“Metropolitan”), Appeal No. 2014AP1851, determined that a claimant, upon proper compliance with the statutory requirements, is entitled to interest pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 628.46(1). In … Learn More

Wisconsin Court Interprets Wisconsin Statute Chapter 814 Governing Costs In Civil Actions

In a lawsuit setting forth a common factual scenario found in many civil cases, the court had an opportunity and did decide with specificity the applicable provisions in Chapter 814 of the Wisconsin Statutes. In the case of Weber v. … Learn More

Wisconsin Court Upholds “Drive Other Car” Exclusion And Claim For Underinsured Motorist Benefits

In a recent Wisconsin case, Smith v. Acuity Insurance, Appeal No. 2014AP1587, the Court was confronted with an interpretation over the “drive other car” exclusion within a policy issued by Acuity Insurance. In this case, the plaintiff, while riding a … Learn More

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: But It Could Cost You Much More

When dealing with photographs taken of other people, prudence requires that we consider the legal rights of the subject and the ethics of publishing the photo without their permission. Since the advent of digital photography, photographs have played a big … Learn More

South Dakota Supreme Court Decides Matter Of First Impression

Future Credit Reduced By Health Insurance Payments On April 1, 2015, the South Dakota Supreme Court declared for the first time that medical expenses paid by health insurance plans, and not by an injured employee personally, can be applied to … Learn More

Vehicle Total Loss Thresholds In All 50 States

When and whether a vehicle involved in a collision is considered to be “totaled” for first-party insurance purposes is an issue of great angst and confusion for most consumers. It is one of the most frequent questions we receive. Many … Learn More

Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to reflect … Learn More

Gary Wickert’s Op-Ed Appears In Ravalli Republic Newspaper

On April 20, 2015, the Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 288, making it easier for Montana’s employers to subrogate workers’ compensation claims. Trial lawyers cried foul, and on April 29, 2015, Democrat Governor Steve Bullock vetoed the business-friendly Bill. In … Learn More