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NC Court of Appeals Clarifies Calculation of Underinsured Motorist Coverage

by Austin Walsh On 5/3/22, the North Carolina Court Appeals published its decision in Tutterow v. Hall, et al. and changed the way Underinsured Motorist (UIM) carriers calculate the coverage available for UIM claims.  The holding gives UIM carriers a credit for all liability policies when tendered, not just the first liability policy that offers […]

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Reposition Your Thoughts About Repose

by Ross Bromberger What happens when an owner brings a lawsuit against its former general contractor six years to the day from substantial completion?  Or if the owner brings a suit one month before the claim is barred by North Carolina’s statute of repose but the complaint is not served until more than six years […]

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Pump the Brakes Before Departing

by Williams B. Britt According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 1,759,961 large truck and/or bus inspections in 2020.1 These inspections were conducted predominately at the state level and were for a multitude of reasons, i.e. related such as inoperable tail lights. In fact, out of the 1,759,961 vehicle inspections, four out […]

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500 Weeks of TTD Benefits, Part 2

by Joe D. Delfino In a recent publication, we discussed the issue of what standard the North Carolina Industrial Commission and North Carolina Courts would use to interpret the provision of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act dealing with the 500-week cap on weekly TTD benefits. By way of review, for workers’ compensation claims arising […]

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DOT/FMCSA Noteworthy Updates

Allen C. Smith, Austin R. Walsh On 2/7/22, the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry went live. The Registry maintains a list of registered training providers and a record of all individuals who have completed entry-level driver training. State agencies will have access to the Registry to verify that commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants have completed the […]

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Medicare Aims to Shut Down Non-CMS-Approved WCMSAs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an updated Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA) Reference Guide – Version 3.5, on January 10, 2022. In that Reference Guide, CMS reiterated that submitting a WCMSA proposal for review is never required, but is recommended, as the WCMSA review process is “the only process that […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

On 11/12/21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit threw out portions of the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2 (“Phase 2”) as it relates to trailers, tanks, car carriers, logging trailers, and platforms. The Rule, which was set to take […]

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Medicare Provides New Way to Terminate Ongoing Responsibility for Medicals (ORM)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an updated Section 111 NGHP User Guide – Version 6.4, on June 11, 2021. CMS will now allow the termination of ORM if the following criteria are met. Where there is no practical likelihood of associated future medical treatment, which is reflected by meeting ALL of the following: […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

On 2/3/2021, Pete Buttigieg was sworn in as the 19th Secretary of Transportation. On 1/20/2021, President Biden issued an executive order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis. On 4/22/2021, in response to PresidentBiden’s executive Order, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposedwithdrawing the SAFE I […]

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