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Nevada Joins Club Cumis

In 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 App. 1984), superseded by […]

Oral Arguments Re: Nevada Independent Counsel Leave Many Questions Unanswered

On May 5, 2015, the parties made their final arguments to the Nevada Supreme Court on the issues of independent counsel in Nevada.  State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, Nevada Supreme Court Case No. 64484.  Neither attorney strayed far from his script.  The justices asked only a few questions leaving us to guess […]

Nevada Law Blogs See Lots Of Insightful Comments On Nevada’s Cumis Counsel Case

Regular readers of the Nevada Law Blogs have followed our summaries of all of the briefs filed in the Nevada case of State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, Nevada Supreme Court Case No. 64484.  Hopefully, the Hansen case will tell us if Nevada will follow California’s Cumis decision, if it will adopt a […]

State Farm Tries To Dodge The Single Shot Fired By The Policyholder That Nevada Follows California’s Cumis Rule

The Nevada Law Blogs are documenting the drama that plays itself out on the stage of the Nevada Supreme Court.  This particular drama focuses on whether an insurance company can be obliged to pay the fees of an attorney hired by the policyholder because of an alleged conflict between the interest of the insurance company […]

Homebuilders, With Their Own Axe To Grind, Argue That Independent Counsel Should Be Required Upon Issuance Of Every Reservation Of Rights Letter

The Southern Nevada’s Homebuilders Association says that the insurance industry is doing its members wrong by not giving them independent counsel. They file an amicus brief with the Nevada Supreme Court and hope that amidst all this gunfire between the parties that their axe grinding will be heard too. The Homebuilders Association lobbies for Southern […]