Massachusetts’ High Court Declares Third-Party Inherent Diminution In Value Auto Damages Are Now Recoverable

When an automobile is damaged in an accident and then repaired, the resale value may be less than a comparable automobile that has not been damaged. In other words, the damage results in a reduction or “diminution” in the resale … Learn More

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. Welcomes Sarah E. Byrom To The Firm

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. (“MWL”) is pleased to welcome a new litigation associate, Sarah E. Byrom, to the firm’s Austin, Texas branch office. Sarah began her career as an attorney within the Travis County District Attorney’s office in Austin. … Learn More

Subrogation And The Sudden Emergency Doctrine

It’s happened at least once to every subrogation professional. A significant claim file involving an auto accident in which liability appears to be a lock, suddenly goes into a tailspin when the other side denies the claim because the tortfeasor … Learn More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer would like to thank our clients and local counsel for a wonderful year and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a blessed Holiday Season. Regardless of what Christmas means to you, we hope … Learn More

MWL Donates Toys To The Gingerbread House Toy Drive

For the 9th year, MWL’s Hartford office donated toys to the Gingerbread House and Youth and Family Project Toy Drive, which benefits children of need in Washington and Waukesha counties in Wisconsin. We believe every child should share in the … Learn More

Montana Supreme Court Suggests That Insurer May Have Pre-Suit Duty To Reveal Liability Policy Limits

Wilkie v. Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co., 494 P.3d 892 (Mont. 2021). A brand-new Montana Supreme Court decision has sounded off—sort of—in the nationwide debate over whether a liability insurer has a duty to provide liability policy limits to a third-party claimant … Learn More

Subrogating Automated Driving Systems And Autonomous Vehicle Failures

Imagine beginning your day with a cup of coffee in the car on the way to work, watching the morning news from a holographic projection on the windshield while making notes in preparation for a 9:00 a.m. meeting. All this … Learn More

Enforcing Unpaid Arbitration Awards

According to Arbitration Forums, Inc.’s website, the 5,200 members who subscribe to Arbitration Forums file over 949,000 disputes and nearly 1.7 million subrogation demands worth more than $13.9 billion in claims annually. Most of the insurance companies in the U.S. … Learn More

Washington Court Of Appeals Further Imperils Automobile Subrogation

The Washington Court of Appeals decision in Kosovan v. Omni Insurance Company, 2021 WL 4530640 (Wash. App. 2021), holds that a bad faith claim and a claim for violation of the Consumer Protection Act are both warranted when the PIP … Learn More

The Ten Worst Natural Disasters In U.S. History

Ranking natural disasters tends to be somewhat arbitrary. Whether or not a storm which kills three people is worse than one which causes $1 billion in damages is perhaps something that should be left to philosophers and theologians. Ranking the … Learn More