The Honorable William Amesbury issued an Order in the Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County on February 1, 2010 in Paulewicz v. Fronczkewicz, et al. This case involves a claim for UIM benefits. Judge Amesbury denied the Motion for Protective Order of Defendant State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. State Farm was seeking a protective order which would preclude the plaintiff from deposing the State Farm adjuster handling the UIM claim. As a result of the court’s decision, the defendant was required to produce the claims adjuster for a deposition. However, Plaintiffs were precluded from deposing the adjuster as to his mental impressions, conclusions or opinions respecting the value or merit of the claim, defenses to the claim, or respecting the strategy or tactics in defense of claims by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
By: Scott B. Cooper, Esquire (paaj_autolaw)