Another State Bans Hand-Held Devices While Driving

Georgia has joined fifteen other states which have outlawed the use of hand-held cellphones and mobile devices while driving. A new law signed by Governor Nathan Deal makes watching movies, shooting video, and even the mere “holding” of hand-held devices … Learn More

New Legislation On Discovery And Statutes Of Limitations

On April 3, 2018, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted 2017 Wis. Act 235 which substantially changes certain rules governing civil litigation in Wisconsin. Included in this Act are new rules regarding discovery practice and the Rules of Civil Procedure. It is … Learn More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Clarifies Event Triggering Notice-of-Claim Requirement In UIM Policy

On April 5, 2018, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the operative event which triggers a notice of claim requirement in an underinsured motorist (UIM) policy is the tender of the tortfeasor’s underlying policy limit and not the accident itself. … Learn More

Employer Business Auto Policy Coverage Of Employee Personal Vehicles

Who covers what when an employee is involved in an accident while driving a personal vehicle for business purposes? It is a question as old as insurance itself. It should come as no surprise that the Holy Grail for trial … Learn More

Subrogation Adjusters Can Now Sign Texas Medical Expense Affidavits

A generation ago, subrogation professionals were almost unheard of. Over the years, however, as prudent businesses and insurance companies began to insist on their statutory and contractual rights of subrogation, the profession has grown. On February 8, 2018, the Texas … Learn More

Future Credit In Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Third-Party Recovery Applies Only To Indemnity Benefits—Not Medical Benefits

A long-standing controversy in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation subrogation has been resolved—and resolved in a manner most unfriendly to Pennsylvania small businesses and the entire workers’ compensation industry. On June 19, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court hung their hat on a … Learn More

Settling Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Claims Independent of Employees’ Claims

Aggressive subrogation practitioners always look for short cuts. Ours is an industry in which the “bottom line” means the difference between success and failure. If a workers’ compensation subrogation claim can be resolved quickly—even before the employee settles the third-party … Learn More

SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT: A Summary of State “Keep Right” Traffic Laws

It is the universal trigger and a pet peeve of millions of drivers. You’re making good time traveling 75 MPH in the left lane of a freeway with a 70 MPH posted speed limit. You tap your brakes, turning off … Learn More

The Blame Game: Understanding Exculpatory Agreements and Liability Waivers

Society has gone from risk-averse to risk-intolerant. It is hard to participate in any activity without being asked to read and sign some sort of release, exculpatory agreement, or liability waiver in advance. A key tool of risk management is … Learn More

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. Welcomes Three New Attorneys To The Firm

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. is growing. We would like to announce the joinder of three new attorneys to our firm – one in Wisconsin, one in New Orleans, and one in our Los Angeles office. Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer … Learn More