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Graves Amendment

Subrogation Division, Inc. (SDI) won a recent rental car damage recovery case in federal court. Here’s how SDI was formed and became a player in a Graves Amendment case important to the car rental industry.

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SDI v. Brown: Implications for Car Rental

David Purinton, who filed the case as the owner of Subrogation Division, Inc. (SDI), explains how the decision upholds the Graves Amendment in a primary insurance state and that car rental companies can seek recovery even if they initially pay the claim.

Trial Lawyers Seek Supreme Court Review of Graves Law

Graves Law, originally passed in 2005, prohibits states from imposing vicarious liability on non-negligent owners of rented and leased vehicles. A group of lawyers recently filed a petition for review and responses to the petition are due by Oct. 21.

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Graves Law

In Vargas v. Enterprise Leasing Co., the Florida Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff's argument that Florida statutes that set caps on vicarious liability are "financial responsibility laws" that are preserved by the Graves Law.

ACRA Panel: A Rational, Safe Way to Handle Recalls

During its panel at the Car Rental Show, the American Car Rental Association board worked through recall legislation, threats to vicarious liability reform and what’s next with no-show fees (let’s start calling them guaranteed reservations).