Tag Archives: Motor vehicle

Minnesota Car Rental: Handling BI/PD, UM/UIM & Rental Vehicle Damage Claims

By Greg Johnson. This article provides a brief overview of Minnesota rental car coverage law, from priority of payment for bodily injury and property damage liability claims to uninsured and underinsured motorist claims to no-fault claims to rental vehicle damage … Continue reading

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Uber, Lyft and TNC’s win (Again) in California: New Insurance Requirements Approved

In late August, the California Assembly voted 70-0 to pass AB2293, an Act specifying insurance requirements for transportation network companies (TNC) like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.  I recently posted an article about the TNC’s victory in Minneapolis (“Uber, Lyft and … Continue reading

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Uber, Lyft and other Transportation Network Companies Hitting the Streets in Minneapolis (and further Eroding the Traditional Taxicab Business Model)

A major battle is taking place across the country involving who can — and who cannot – legally give customers a “taxicab” ride. The dispute pits traditional taxicab companies and new, tech savvy companies such as Uber and Lyft that … 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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Odd Federal Graves Amendment Case: to Avoid Vicarious Liability Owner of Vehicle Must Prove its Affiliate was also Free of Negligence.

By Greg Johnson. In Stratton v. Wallace, 11-CV-74-A HKS, 2014 WL 3809479 (W.D.N.Y. Aug. 1, 2014), the court came to an odd result under the Graves Amendment (Transportation Equity Act of 2005 (49 USC § 30106)), a statute intended to … Continue reading

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Leasing, Rentals and Vicarious Liability: An Overview of the Graves Amendment

By Greg Johnson. Over the past twenty five years, I’ve represented many companies engaged in the business of leasing or renting vehicles.  In the 1990’s, prior to the passage of the Transportation Equity Act (49 USC § 30106) (a/k/a “Graves … Continue reading

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Commercial Auto: Owner of Semi-Trailer not Vicariously Liable for Negligent Operation of Semi-Truck.

What definition of “motor vehicle” applies when determining whether the Minnesota motor vehicle vicarious liability law applies?   The Minnesota Court of Appeals addressed the issue in late 2009. By 2005, only eleven states imposed vicarious liability on the owner of … Continue reading

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