BLWM Blog

BLWM Welcomes Two New Associates

Apr 02, 2018

BLWM is pleased to announce the addition of Paul T. Landis and Lubko Berezowsky to our Scottsdale office.  Paul recently moved back to Arizona after spending 5 years practicing in Seattle, WA.  Lubko was previously with a civil litigation firm in Phoenix.  Both attorneys will focus their practices on large loss subrogation and civil litigation matters.  

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BLWM Welcomes Senior Litigator Frank Jancarole

Jan 12, 2018

Frank Jancarole has over 25 years of experience litigating and handling all types of civil and commercial litigation, subrogation and insurance defense matters in Arizona and California. Frank’s areas of practice involve civil and commercial litigation, contract disputes, large loss property and casualty claims, product liability, trucking and cargo claims, marine vessel claims, med-pay liens, health…

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Nevada Supreme Court Enforces Employee Exclusion

Nov 09, 2017

Pacific Clay Products makes concrete pipes.  Pacific Clay Products telle its driver, Mr. Wambolt, to deliver a load of concrete pipes to Ace Plumbing & Heating in Las Vegas, Nevada.    When Mr. Wambolt arrives in Las Vegas, he needs a forklift to unload the pipes.  Lucky for Wambolt, Ace Plumbing & Heating has a forklift available.  Ace rented it from A-1 Inland Rentals.  Sadly for Wambolt,…

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TIDA Volunteers Assist NPHY

Nov 06, 2017

  On the morning of October 25, 2017 BLWM attorney Mike Mills and a dedicated group of volunteers descended upon the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) drop in shelter to lend a hand.   The volunteers were in Las Vegas for the 25th annual seminar of the Transportation Industry Defense Association (TIDA).  Whenever a TIDA conference comes to Las Vegas members choose a local non-profit…

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BLWM attends LVDL Summer Event at TopGolf Las Vegas. What Is A Commercial Motor Vehicle Anyway?

Sep 06, 2017

Aileen Cohen and Mike Mills of BLWM attended the Las Vegas Defense Lawyer’s Summer Event at TopGolf Las Vegas. Many of the judges and justices from across the state attended.     The Event was successful in big part based because of the contributions of many great LVDL’s sponsors but also because of the all of the members who attended.    If you have questions about defense, coverage or…

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What Is A Commercial Motor Vehicle Anyway?

Aug 02, 2017

In order to understand many of the laws surrounding commercial driving, you have to know the definition of a commercial motor vehicle.  For example, a person cannot drive a commercial motor vehicle on the highways of Nevada unless that person has a commercial driver’s license.  NRS 483.924.  Do I need to hold a CDL to drive my pickup truck on the roads of Nevada?.  In other words, is my pickup…

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BLWM Opens Portland, Oregon Office

Jul 25, 2017

BLWM is pleased to announce the opening of our PORTLAND Office located at: 650 NE Holladay StreetSuite 1600, #108Portland, Oregon 97232  Partner Christopher J. Brennan will be managing the Portland Office.  Areas of practice at this location include Large Property Subrogation, Catastrophic Losses and Wildfire Subrogation, Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage, and Trucking Litigation. With the…

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The Duty To Defend Continues Through The Entire Litigation

Jul 22, 2017

Once the duty to defend arises, the insurer's duty continues throughout the entire litigation.  United Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Frontier Ins. Co., 120 Nev. 678, 687, 99 P.3d 1153, 1158 (Nev. 2004).  The duty to defend continues until final resolution of the claim.  Allstate Ins. Co. v. Miller, 125 Nev. 300, 309, 212 P.3d 318, 325 (2009).  An insurance company may not terminate its duty to defend by depositing…

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An Insured Can Seek A Broad Range Of Damages If An Insurer Wrongfully Fails To Defend

Jul 06, 2017

In Nevada, if an insurance company breaches its duty to defend, it can expect to face a wide array of possible damages   If the insured takes up its own defense, the insurer can expect to pay the reasonable costs incurred by the insurer in the defense of the underlying action.  Jaynes Corp. v. Am. Safety Indem. Co., 925 F. Supp. 2d 1095, 1111 (D. Nev. 2012) vacated due to settlement, No. 2:10-CV-00764-MMD,…

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Insurance Fraud Can Be A Lot of Things.

Jun 26, 2017

Nevada’s definition of “insurance fraud” is very broad. NRS 686A.2815.  Some may think that it requires presenting papers or evidence to an insurer in order to commit fraud.  However, those people would be incorrect.  Fraud can include concealing information or omitting information material to an insurance matter.  Id. at (1)-(3).   A person who knowingly provides false or misleading information…

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