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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court issues one today - re insurance coverage limit admission

In State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Kimberly S. Earl and the Estate of Jerry Earl, a 10-page, 5-0 opinion, Justice Massa writes:

After Jerry Earl sustained severe injuries in a motorcycle accident, he and his wife sued State Farm to recover under the uninsured motorist provision included in their policy. We are asked to decide whether the trial court abused its discretion in admitting evidence of their $250,000 coverage limit. Finding it did not, we affirm. * * *

Although the probative value of the Earls’ $250,000 coverage limit with State Farm is admittedly low, we cannot say the trial court abused its discretion in finding that probative value was not outweighed by substantial prejudice. On these facts, we find no error in its admission. We affirm.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2015 11:03 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions