Articles by Denise Johnson

Targets of Trademark Bullies and Patent Trolls Differ

Even though real world bullies make the news, it’s trademark bullies and patent trolls that worry businesses. Trademark bullies are typically large firms that seem to go out of their way to keep others from using brand names that the …

Targets of Trademark Bullies and Patent Trolls Differ

Even though real world bullies make the news, it’s trademark bullies and patent trolls that worry businesses. Trademark bullies are typically large firms that seem to go out of their way to keep others from using brand names that the …

Virginia Begins Enforcing Proper Usage of Certificate of Insurance

Widespread misunderstanding regarding the proper use of certificates of insurance has led to new changes relating to their use, according to Virginia’s Bureau of Insurance. The changes went into effect July 1. The Bureau reported that some private and public …

Understanding Premises and Dram Shop Liability Triggers

Claims involving allegations of alcohol intoxication require careful analysis when determining what policy or policies may apply. Two common theories centered on alcohol-related allegations that come into play include premises liability and dram shop liability, according to John P. Cunningham …

Virginia Begins Enforcing Proper Usage of Certificate of Insurance

Widespread misunderstanding regarding the proper use of certificates of insurance has led to new changes relating to their use, according to Virginia’s Bureau of Insurance. The changes went into effect July 1.The Bureau reported that some private and public entities …

Navigating Construction Accident Litigation

Between 2006 and 2008, there were 7,461 claims involving falls resulting in $243 million-plus in reserves, according to Bradford S. Purcell, a partner at the Illinois-based law firm of Purcell & Wardrope. During that period, 23 percent of construction accident …

Consumer Group Says Auto Insurers ‘Lowball’ Injury Payments with Computerized Systems

A report by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) raises concerns that computerized claims systems used by many of the nation’s largest auto insurance companies can be easily adjusted to make “lowball” claims payments to injured motorists. The group said …

Why Workers’ Compensation Claimants Hire Attorneys

Workplace trust, fear of claim denial and injury severity are the main reasons for attorney representation in workers’ compensation claims, according to Bogdan Savych, a public policy analyst with the Workers Compensation Research Institute. In a recent study of 11 …

After Joplin Tornado, Town Looked Like a War Zone, Adjusters Say

“One of the eeriest things was … the lack of noise. There were no birds. There was no sound. There was no vegetation. There was nothing. There were no dogs. There were no cars. It was just mounds of rubble,” …

Joplin, Missouri: One Year Later

After the Tornado, Town Looked Like a War Zone, Adjusters Say “One of the eeriest things was … the lack of noise. There were no birds. There was no sound. There was no vegetation. There was nothing. There were no …