Law Journal

Currently, under Virginia law the surviving spouse can collect both from the insurance company for the life insurance proceeds and from the tortfeasor.  This can be remedied by allowing subrogation of life insurance claims where negligence occurred causing the death of the insured.  Furthermore, insurers...

Virginia common law prohibits another person bringing a wrongful death claim on behalf of another.  This arises from the principle that personal legal actions die with the individual from whom they arise.  However, if one examines the Virginia Workers' Compensation statutes it is clearly stated...

The degree of attenuation between the amount paid out under a life insurance policy and the potentially limitless value of life presents another counter argument to allowing life insurance subrogation in Virginia.  One of the conditions precedent in allowing a subrogation action is the recompense...

Brevity and the law are common, if not intentional, partners.  The latest article in Slate discussing the constitutionality of body paint under the purview of the 1st amendment confirms as much.  Brian Palmer, the author of the article, discusses the inconsistent application of anti-nudity laws throughout the...

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The future of subrogation, especially automotive claims, largely hinges upon the political reactions to the burgeoning autonomous vehicle field.  Pioneered by Google and integrated in small ways by various car manufacturers, automation and computer-assisted driving is the future of transportation.  In a recent article by...

What Is Equitable Subrogation? The concept of equitable subrogation is an old one.  In the case of Centreville Car Care v. North American Mortgage, 263 Va. 339 (2002), the Supreme Court of Virginia summarized the law of equitable subrogation as follows: Subrogation is the substitution of another person in place of...

It is rare that a topic like insurance subrogation comes up in popular culture, but in a recent Pawn Stars episode tangentially touched on the topic.  In the episode titled "Shekel and Hyde" the pawn shop owners bought a Shekel of Tyre coin.  Shekel coins...