Tag Archives: Insurance Law

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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MN AUTO COVERAGE: NON-EXISTENT POLICY EXCLUSIONS, CONFORMITY CLAUSES & THE NO-FAULT ACT


By Greg Johnson, Esq. Every once in a while, a Minnesota motor vehicle insurer will claim that its policy incorporates an exclusion or limitation authorized by the No-Fault Act, but not found in the policy, to defeat coverage for a … 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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Auto Coverage: “Absolute” & “Frozen” Liability under the Minnesota No-Fault Act


By Greg Johnson. A parent completes a personal auto application for automobile insurance and does not disclose that there are any other licensed drivers in the household that will operate the insured vehicle. Later, after the policy is issued, a … Continue reading

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Auto Rental News Special Report: The Problem with Renting Fast Cars


I was a featured commentator in this report, the second highest viewed article of Auto Rental News in 2015: Traditional rental companies and leasing companies are protected by laws that eliminate vicarious liability (such as the federal Graves Amendment) or … Continue reading

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Minnesota Bad Faith in First-Party Benefits: Recap of Bad Faith Litigation


By Greg Johnson. In 2008, the Minnesota Legislature passed a statute, Minn. Stat. § 604.18, that limits liability for “bad-faith” denial of first-party insurance policy benefits.  This article summarizes the reported case law, all from the Minnesota Court of Appeals and all opinions unpublished. … Continue reading

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