Dickie McCamey Applauds Its Super Lawyer and Rising Star Selectees

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is proud to announce that 40 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for the 2017 list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

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An Increase in Ransomware Attacks Are You Prepared for the Inevitable?

On May 12, 2017, a ransomware cryptoworm (now referred to as the “WannaCry” worm) was unleashed worldwide on systems utilizing Microsoft Windows operating systems. The effects were ubiquitous, with governmental and private systems located in over 150 counties compromised in the attack. By encrypting data on the infected systems, the attackers were able to demand ransom payments in Bitcoin in exchange for the encryption key to release of the systems. Although the attack garnered substantial media attention, indications are that the attack itself was not expensive for the insurance industry. Nevertheless, the Financial Times has reported that so-called “ransomware” has become “the fastest growing cause of cyber insurance claims.” The ransomware attack is not new — its prevalence, however, has increased.

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Insurer's Failure To Obtain Stacking Waiver On Added Vehicle Results In Stacked Benefits, Pa. Judge Rules

Second Dismissal Affirmed, Based on the Law-of-the-Case Doctrine

A Pennsylvania state court judge has decided that a driver was entitled to $400,000 in stacked coverage because the driver did not sign stacking waivers when adding the most recent vehicles to his policy.

In Newhook v. Erie Ins. Exchange (Monroe C.P., May 30, 2017), Monroe County Court of Common Pleas Judge David J. Williamson granted declaratory relief sought by Kenneth Newhook when he filed a complaint against Erie seeking entitlement to the stacked coverage.

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In 2016, attorney Joe Nelson obtained a dismissal of the legal malpractice claims in the North Carolina case of Freedman v. Payne, applying the in pari delicto doctrine. However, four counts remained pending.

Following remand, the Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of the remaining counts, this time applying the law-of-the-case doctrine, finding that the facts underlying all claims had already been determined in the first decision.

Here is what happened when a hog farmer first had trouble with his farm, then with the law, and pushed the blame onto his defense attorneys.

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