Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Big Post-Koken Question Of How to Handle "Insurance" At Trial Will Remain Unanswered For Now

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the Petition for Appeal in the Post-Koken case of Stepanovich v. McGraw and State Farm.  Click HERE to review the Court's Order.

Too bad....another opportunity for much-desired appellate guidance on important and novel Post-Koken issues is lost.

Tort Talkers may recall that, at the Superior Court level, that appellate court found no error in allowing two defense attorneys to participate in the trial, one for the tortfeasor Defendant and one for  the UIM carrier Defendant, in a case where the jury was not advised as to the identity of the insurance company Defendant or why there were two defense attorneys.  The double-team defense against the Plaintiff in that matter resulted in a defense verdict.

For more details on the import of the Pennsylvania Superior Court's decision in Stepanovich, which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has now refused to review, click HERE to review my November 19, 2013 Pennsylvania Law Weekly article on the case entitled "Superior Court Leaves Big Post-Koken Question Unanswered."


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