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Supreme Court of New Hampshire
February 19, 2015, Argued; April 3, 2015, Opinion Issued
[**727] Dalianis, C.J. Respondent The Commerce Insurance Company (Commerce) appeals, and the petitioner, Terry Ann Bartlett, cross-appeals, an order of the Superior Court (Garfunkel, J.) partially granting and partially denying the petitioner's summary judgment motion, denying Commerce's cross-motion for summary judgment, and granting cross-motions for summary judgment filed by respondents Foremost Insurance Company (Foremost) and Progressive Northern Insurance Company (Progressive). We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand.
The trial court recited the following [***2] facts. The petitioner was injured in a motor vehicle accident in New York in August 2004, when the motorcycle [*524] on which she was a passenger, which Jeffrey Vilagos owned and operated, was struck by a motor vehicle operated by Myroslaw Mykijewycz. Mykijewycz is insured by Allstate Insurance Company (Allstate) under a policy that provides liability insurance coverage up to $100,000 per person. Vilagos's motorcycle, which is registered and garaged in New Jersey, is insured by Foremost. The Foremost policy was issued in New Jersey and provides uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage up to $250,000 per person.
The petitioner also owns a motorcycle, which is registered and garaged in New Hampshire, and which is insured by Progressive under a policy that also provides UIM coverage up to $250,000 per person. The petitioner's other vehicles, which are both registered and garaged in New Hampshire, are insured by Commerce under a policy that provides UIM coverage up to $250,000 per person (the Commerce Auto policy). The petitioner's home is also insured by Commerce under a policy that contains a personal umbrella endorsement that provides $1,000,000 of single limited UIM coverage (the Commerce [***3] Umbrella policy).
In September 2004, the petitioner's New York attorney requested coverage information from Foremost, which Foremost provided. In April 2005, the petitioner's attorney informed Progressive and Commerce that the petitioner intended to pursue UIM claims.
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167 N.H. 521 *; 114 A.3d 724 **; 2015 N.H. LEXIS 29 ***
Terry Ann Bartlett v. The Commerce Insurance Company & a.
Subsequent History: Decision reached on appeal by Bartlett v. Commerce Ins. Co., 2016 N.H. LEXIS 271 (N.H., Dec. 22, 2016)
Prior History: [***1] Hillsborough-northern judicial district
Disposition: Affirmed in part; reversed in part; and remanded.
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