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Nevada Joins Club Cumis

Cumis AggregateIn State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, No. 64484, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 74 (Nev. 2015) the Nevada Supreme Court adopted the independent counsel model outlined by the California Court of Appeals in San Diego Federal Credit Union v. Cumis Ins. Society, Inc., 208 Cal. Rptr. 494, 506 (Ct. App. 1984), superseded by statute as stated in United Enters., Inc. v. Superior Court, 108 Cal. Rptr. 3d 25 (App 2010). In its opinion issued on September 24, 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court said that an insurance company has a duty to pay for independent counsel for its insured when its interests and those of its insured are in actual conflict. The foundation for this obligation rests in the insurance policy’s duty to defend and the attorney’s professional duty to provide representation without conflict. Nev. R. Prof. Conduct 1.7(a). [Continue reading]

Mike Mills Invited to Speak at the Nevada Trucking Association “Safety Round Table”

NTA Safety Round Table

Mike will be speaking on the topic: "Using Independent Contractors in Trucking Operations; Risks and Mitigation". For more information on the "Safety Round Table" contact the Nevada Trucking Association. For more information on the topic, contact … [Continue reading]

How To Upgrade Your Motor Carrier Safety Rating


There’s no way to know when a truck accident might happen. But if I am a broker or a shipper, I am going to do best to select truckers that are the safest and most reliable. I don’t want my goods damaged in an accident. In this world of ever … [Continue reading]

Nevada Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Finding Right-Of-Way Violator Only 25% At Fault

The traffic light at the intersection of Sahara and Fort Apache was green for east-west travel. Raymond Yeghiazarian, travelling westbound, wanted to turn left on a permissive green ball. Heading eastbound in his patrol car was LVMPD Officer Jared … [Continue reading]

The 2015 Nevada Legislature Repeals Offer of Judgment Statute NRS 17.115.

Repeal OJ

Another interesting change made by the 2015 Nevada Legislature was the repeal of Nevada's Offer of Judgment statute, NRS 17.115. This change should have little or no practical effect because every offer of judgment I have ever seen that was served in … [Continue reading]