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RMI OBTAINS $651,355.00 JURY VERDICT ON SUBRO PROPERTY LOSS

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After a four day trial, a Franklin County, Ohio jury issued a verdict in favor of a subrogated insurer and its insured, awarding damages in the amount of $651,355.00.

The case, COMTEX, et al. v. Turner / PSC Metals, was tried by Roberts, Matejczyk & Ita attorneys Glenna Roberts and Dustin Smith.

The $651,355.00 award was the exact amount requested in closing by Attorney Roberts.

The subrogated insurer and insured successfully argued that the defendant, a large nationwide scrap metal company, had wrongfully converted product belonging to the insured. The defendant made only a nominal offer prior to trial. The case involved expert testimony as to standards of care in the industry and valuations.

On the fourth day of trial, the case went to the jury, who deliberated for two hours before making the award. A motion for prejudgment interest has been filed.

10/3/2017

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ATTORNEY DUSTIN SMITH JOINS RMI - Brings Engineering Background to Firm

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Dustin Smith has joined Roberts, Matejczyk & Ita Co. as an associate attorney.

“Dustin brings an engineering background that makes him a natural fit to the property section of our subrogation practice,” noted partner Glenna Roberts.

He will primarily work on subrogation assignments from insurers involving commercial and residential fires, cases involving electrical and mechanical failures, water losses, construction defects, structure failures and product liability claims.

Dustin is a 2014 graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a 2010 graduate of the engineering program at the Ohio State University. At Ohio State he obtained his bachelor degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He was a member of the university’s freshman Engineering Honors Program.

His engineering studies included extensive course work in electrical circuits, structural stress analysis, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. While in college, Dustin also worked for a construction company in Columbus, Ohio.

At Cleveland State, he worked as an assistant to an associate dean, doing academic research with the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Dustin also worked as an intern in the Marietta (Ohio) Municipal Court.

Dustin’s unique background in both the legal and engineering fields, and desire to pursue a legal career in the insurance subrogation field make him a valuable addition to RMI’s growing practice.

Since joining the firm in July, he has been quite active on property losses including sitting second chair on a $651,355.00 verdict in September, participating in several scene and forensic lab investigations, and depositions.

RMI for over a quarter century has represented insurers in Ohio on property, automobile, health care and workers compensation subrogation claims throughout Ohio. The firm through its history has obtained significant recoveries on subrogated losses.

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RMI PARTNER GUEST SPEAKER ON SUBROGATION TRENDS AT ANNUAL AMERICA’S CLAIM EVENT CONFERENCE IN CHARLOTTE, NC

RMI partner David Matejczyk was invited by Claims Magazine and sponsors of the ACE annual conference as a guest speaker at the annual ACE Conference held June 20-22, 2017 in Charolotte, North Carolina.

Dave was asked to present the topic “Maximizing Property Subrogation Recoveries: A Study of Current Subrogation Trends” to claims managers and professionals from across the country. The presentation covered not only trends in the industry, but a discussion of the role of the claims professional in the subrogation process.

 “It was enjoyable to not only address the claims side of our industry, but also having the oportunity to meet in person individuals who have been on the other side of multiple subrogation cases I have litigated througout the years,” noted Matejczyk. The session included an interactive dialoge as to the importance of front line adjusters and their initial involvement in the subrogation process. A formula and model used by many insurers on large claims was presented.   

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2017 Litigation Skills Conference on Subrogating Construction Defects a Success!

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The 2017 NASP Litigation Skills Conference held in Scottsdale Arizona, April 27-28, 2017 was a success. The two day conference featured experts, insurers and attorneys from across the country addressing the topic of subrogating construction defects.

RMI Partner Glenna Roberts chaired the conference.  Here is a link to the Subrogator Magazine conference wrap up: 2017 NASP Litigation Skills Article 

David Matejczyk was a co-presenter at the conference on the topic of "Overcoming the Independent/Subcrontactor Defense in a Subrogation Construction Case."

In addition to presenting the legal issues involved in this topic, attendees were provided with sample discovery materials to use when addressing this defense to a subrogation case. If you would like a copy of the sample discovery, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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RMI Partner Chairing the 2017 NASP Litigation Skills Conference

RMI Partner Glenna Roberts is chairing the 2017 National Association of Subrogation Professionals Litigation Skills and Management Conference being held in Scottsdale Arizona, April 27-28, 2017.  This years conference topics will center on Construction Defects.

David Matejczyk will be a co-presenter at the conference for the April 28 morning session.  Dave's topic will be "Overcoming the Independent/Subcrontactor Defense in a Subrogation Construction Case."  If you would like a copy of the power point presentation on this topic, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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