Case Alert – Appellate Division Affirms Dismissal of Business Interruption Claims Due to Covid-19

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For two years M&W has been litigating the insurance implications of business interruption loss on account of COVID-19 shutdowns. On June 20, 2022 the Appellate Division provided a degree of much-needed finality, accepting the coverage arguments we have consistently advanced on behalf of the industry.more

In several matters consolidated under the lead case of Mac Property Group LLC, et al, v. Selective Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, the Appellate Division directly confronted the questions that we and our clients have been litigating in the trenches since March of 2020.  Read the full Case Alert here.

Case Alert – M&W’s Bill Bloom Testifies before State Commerce Committee

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On June 20, 2022, Bill Bloom testified before the State Commerce Committee on behalf of the Insurance Council of New Jersey to address several proposed bills that are likely to adversely affect automobile insurers and their policyholders throughout the State.

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The  subject proposed bills are S471, S481 and S2254 and the thrust of the opposition to the bills is the limit to consumer choice and increase in premiums.  Read the full Case Alert here.

Case Alert – SPECIAL REPORT – UM/UIM Bad Faith Legislation Poised for Passage

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On January 10, 2022, the New Jersey State Legislature passed the “New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act.” As Governor Murphy is likely to sign the Act in the near future, prudence dictates attention from all carriers who write auto insurance in New Jersey.

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The crux of this legislation is that an uninsured/underinsured motorist claimant may assert a “bad faith” cause of action against an automobile insurer under certain circumstances.  Read the full Case Alert.

Subrogation Industry Heavyweight Jim Cullen Joins M&W as Partner

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James (Jim) Cullen, a nationally recognized subrogation attorney with 28 years of experience exclusively in the practice of subrogation recovery, is joining Methfessel & Werbel as a Partner, effective immediately.

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In conjunction with Jim joining Methfessel & Werbel, the firm has expanded geographically by opening its newest office at 101 Federal Street in Boston.   Read the entire press release.

M&W Named Insurance Law Litigation Department of the Year for Sixth Time in Eight Years

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The New Jersey Law Journal has named Methfessel & Werbel New Jersey's top insurance law firm of 2021, making the firm an unprecedented six time winner in the eight year history of the award.more

The excellence of the firm in the fields of first party, third party and subrogation work is once again recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal.  Read the full press release.