Now that we are approaching the end of summer and the beginning of a new term for the Law Court, let’s peruse some recent rulings. While you may have been frolicking in the ocean’s surf or skimming your jet ski across a lake this month, our SJC justices were cranking out decisions.
UM Insurance – Allocca v. York Insurance Company of Maine, 2017 ME 186. This one brought out a gaggle of veteran insurance defense counsel – John Whitman, Martica Douglas, and James Poliquin. They prevailed. The question was whether UM insurance covered an event in which an assailant, operating another vehicle, forced the insured’s car onto a median, rammed the car, and shot the insured dead. By contract and statute, the Court said, the UM insurance covered accidents, and not intentional torts.