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Intra-Policy UM/UIM Stacking


Unambiguous Anti-Stacking Language Until a year ago, the law on stacking uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages under a single policy insuring several vehicles was clear. In Goodville Mut. Cas. Co. v. Borror, 221 Va. 967, 275 S.E.2d 625 (1981) (“Borror”), the Virginia Supreme Court had held that it was “the rule in…

Virginia Super Lawyers/Rising Stars


In 2012, the following Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in theVirginia Super Lawyers/Rising Stars. Mike Harman – Transportation/Maritime – Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia John Claytor – Insurance Coverage David Corrigan – Employment Litigation: Defense Stan Wellman – Civil Litigation Defense – Top 25 Richmond Area Super Lawyers…

WHAT IS AN “ACCIDENT”? Part II


On September 23, 2011, we sent a Legal Alert concerning the Virginia Supreme Court‟s decision in AES Corp. v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 282 Va. 252, 715 S.E.2d 28 (2011). The court in that case considered whether there had been an “occurrence,” which was defined as an “accident,” for purposes of coverage under…

Virginia Lawyers Weekly – Influential Women of the Year Recipient Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman congratulates Lynne Jones Blain on being named one of 44 “Influential Women of the Year.”  Lynne and her fellow honorees were celebrated on May 10, 2012 at a luncheon held at the Downtown Richmond Marriott.

WHAT IS AN “ACCIDENT”? Part I


The standard commercial general liability insurance policy provides coverage for bodily injury or property damage caused by an “occurrence.” The term “occurrence” is defined as “an accident, including continuous or repeated exposure to substantially the same general harmful condition.” In the recent case of AES Corp. v. Steadfast Ins. Co., ____ Va….

Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman congratulates David Corrigan on being one of 23 inducted lawyers as its 2012 Class of Fellows by the Virginia Law Foundation.  David was inducted at a dinner ceremony held on January 19 in Williamsburg.  Induction as a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation is a special honor conferred by the VLF…

The question of whether multiple uninsured or underinsured motorist (“UM/UIM”) coverages can be combined when a single policy insures more than a single vehicle is of considerable importance to motor vehicle insurers. When intra-policy stacking is allowed, what was intended to be a policy with the UM/UIM limit stated in the declarations…