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DETERMINING AUTOMOBILE ACV

Recently the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Singleton v. Elephant Insurance Co., 953 F.3d 334 (5th Cir. 2020), held that an insurance policy provision which limited the insurer's liability for a totaled car to "actual cash value" of the car at the time of the accident did not include a requirement to pay taxes and fees. According to the Court, ACV was the equivalent to fair market value which, under Texas law, was the price a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept for the vehicle. While the taxes might be considered by negotiating parties when agreeing to a price, that practice did not require that taxes be added to the price when calculating fair market value.

UNDER MINNESOTA LAW, THE 8TH CIRCUIT FINDS THAT EXCESS INSURERS THAT DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INSURED'S DEFENSE WERE ALLOWED TO SEEK ALLOCATION OF THE JURY' VERDICT BETWEEN COVERED AND NON-COVERED CLAIMS

In RSUI Indemnity Co. v. New Horizon Kids Quest, Inc., 933 F.3d 960 (8th Cir. 2019), applying Minnesota law, the 8th Circuit held that when an excess insurer had not participated in the insured's defense, that insurer was allowed the opportunity to allocate the jury's verdict between covered and noncovered claims in a subsequent coverage action.

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