Category Archives: BAP

MINNESOTA NO-FAULT ACT: WHEN IS AN INJURED CLAIMANT “OCCUPYING” A VEHICLE – “IN,” “ON,” “ENTERING INTO” AND “ALIGHTING FROM”


By Greg Johnson, Esq. Whether a person is “occupying” (or is an “occupant” of) a motor vehicle is often a significant issue in motor vehicle insurance coverage litigation. Under the Minnesota No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act, the determination of whether an … Continue reading

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Auto Coverage: Minnesota No-Fault Act Does not Apply to Out-of-State Insurers?


By Greg Johnson, Esq. In Founders Insurance Company v. Yates, A15-1174 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 29, 2016), the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently held that an auto insurer that is not licensed to write motor vehicle insurance in Minnesota (“out-of-state … Continue reading

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Auto Coverage: Are Household (Family Member) Step-Down Exclusions Void Under Minnesota Law?


By Greg Johnson. A 2014 decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court decision invalidating a household (a/k/a “family” or “intra-family”) “step-down” (a/k/a “drop-down”) to a personal auto policy caused me to dust off my research from over a decade ago … Continue reading

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Oops!! Self-Insured Owner of Rental Vehicle that had no Obligation to Afford Omnibus Coverage to Permissive Users not entitled to recover $260,000 Settlement Payment.


By Greg Johnson. In an unusual twist, a rental car company insisted it was obligated to pay damages to a third party who was injured by the permissive operator of its rental vehicle and the renter maintained it was not. … Continue reading

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The Graves Amendment: Does it Shield a Taxi-Cab Company from Vicarious Liability?


By Greg Johnson. Does the federal Graves Amendment apply to insulate taxi-cabs from vicarious liability for the negligence of their drivers? The issue is obviously important in the twelve jurisdictions which by statute impose vicarious liability on the owner of … Continue reading

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The Graves Amendment: Does it Shield Membership-Based Car Sharing Services from Vicarious Liability?


By Greg Johnson. Does the Graves Amendment apply to membership-based car-sharing companies like Zipcar? In a previous post, I provided an overview of the Transportation Equity Act of 2005 (49 USC § 30106) (a/k/a “Graves Amendment”), a federal law which … Continue reading

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The Graves Amendment: Is an Auto Dealer Vicariously Liable for a Customer’s Negligent Operation of a Loaner Vehicle?


By Greg Johnson. Does the Graves Amendment apply to auto dealerships who provide loaner vehicles to their customers? In a previous post, I provided an overview of the Transportation Equity Act of 2005 (49 USC § 30106) (a/k/a “Graves Amendment”), … Continue reading

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