Our firm just got a huge 2-1 win in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals today in Buckley v. Brethren Mutual.
The plaintiff’s lawyer in this case, who later referred the case to us, settled the underlying tort claim against the at-fault driver for $100,000. She had the client execute a general release that did not mention any exclusion for the underinsured motorist claim. Everyone agreed that the claim was worth more than the $300,000 UM limits but Brethren Mutual – I would argue – really tried to hose their insured in a way that I don’t think the likes of State Farm, Allstate, and their brethren (get it? Brethren?) never would. The trial court granted Brethren’s motion for summary judgment. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed.
I’ll try to break down the entire case later, hopefully tomorrow. Meanwhile, congratulations to us, especially our client, Rod Gaston who handled the case, and John Bratt who wrote a great brief for us.
You can find the opinion here.