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Woman struck by vehicle. As she exited a Target store, a Pennsylvania resident was struck by a vehicle operated by the defendant. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that an insurance company extinguished its subrogation right by allowing its insured to sign a general release as part of her settlement of a claim with one alleged tortfeasor.

The case

Barbara A. Baum, a tetraplegic Pennsylvania resident who utilized a wheelchair for mobility, asserted that she was struck by a motor vehicle operated by Leanne Diamond as she exited a Target department store and headed toward her vehicle in the parking lot.

Following the accident, Baum filed a claim with Diamond’s insurance company, State Farm, which offered Baum the $50,000 policy limits of Diamond’s liability insurance.

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Steven A. Meyerowitz

Steven A. Meyerowitz, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the founder and president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. He may be contacted at [email protected]

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