Tuesday, August 31, 2021

UIM Rejection Form for Commercial Auto Policy Found Valid

In the case of Eberly v. Firemen’s Ins. Co. of Washington, D.C., No. 5:20-CV-05471 (E.D. Pa. July 13, 2021 Leeson, J.), Judge Joseph Leeson of the Eastern District Federal Court granted a Defendant carrier’s Motion to Dismiss in a UIM case.

This matter involved a commercial auto policy.  The Plaintiff challenged the UIM rejection form on the basis that the document did not contain a policy number and because the document did not indicate the authority of the signatory to execute the document on behalf of the commercial insured.     

The court found that the form executed by the Plaintiff rejecting equal UIM coverage under a commercial automobile insurance policy was valid where that form was signed by the corporate insured’s owner, who was the only individual who had ever acted as a signatory for the company. 

The court also found the form to be valid where the relevant policy number was listed in an attached schedule to the coverage forms.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.  The companion Order can be viewed HERE.

Source: “Digest of Recent Opinions.” Pennsylvania Law Weekly (July 29, 2021).

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