BMHJ Blog: Legal Information, Resources, & News: Legislative Updates

New Virginia UIM Legislation Changes Landscape of Litigation and Settlement Upon Tender of Policy Limits by Liability Insurance Carrier

Martin Schubert, Esquire
June 14th, 2015
By: Martin Schubert, Esquire

In 2010 the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in an attempt to prevent the underinsured motorist (“UIM”) carrier from delaying litigation. The measure was designed to pass certain costs onto the UIM carrier once the primary liability insurance carrier made an irrevocable offer of the policy limits. Once a written offer of the policy limits was made, the UIM carrier had 60 days, after which it had to assume the costs of defense. The duty to defend remained on the tortfeasor’s liability carrier however. The measure was largely ineffective in application however.

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Virginia Rules of Evidence Taking Effect July 1, 2012

June 4th, 2012
By: Wesley D. Allen, Esquire

Virginia now has an official set of evidentiary rules that takes effect next month. Practitioners do not be alarmed — no major change in practice is anticipated, as the rules simply mirror existing Virginia statutes and case law with respect to evidentiary issues.

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What constitutes waiver of personal jurisdiction?

Dawn E. Boyce, Esquire
May 13th, 2011
By: Dawn E. Boyce, Esquire

On July 1, 2011, a bill recommended by the Boyd-Graves Conference, which delineates what affirmative conduct on the part of a party constitutes a waiver of any objection to personal jurisdiction or defective service, will go into effect. In summary, if a party files any pleading, conducts discovery or asks for or participates in any proceeding on the merits, any such objection is waived.

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Additional Legislative Changes

Nicholas J. Lawrence, Esquire
April 15th, 2011
By: Nicholas J. Lawrence, Esquire

Effective July 1, 2011, the general assembly has amended Va. Code Section 16.1-107 to eliminate the requirement for an appeal bond when the defendant has liability insurance coverage available to pay the judgment at issue. The insurer must provide a written irrevocable confirmation of coverage in the amount of the judgment in order to eliminate the requirement for a bond.

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Legislative Changes

Heather K. Bardot, Esquire
March 28th, 2011
By: Heather K. Bardot, Esquire

Less than a Year after Enactment, the General Assembly Amends Virginia Code Section 38.2-2206(L)

Less than a year after enacting Virginia Code Section 38.2-2206(L), which allows an underlying automobile insurer to make an irrevocable offer of settlement to a plaintiff in an effort to pass defense costs to the UM/UIM carrier, the General Assembly has amended the section. Effective July 1, 2011, the statute will read as follows:

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