Publications

Stutman Law Settles Suppression System Case for $2,750,000 on Eve of Trial

(NASP Subrogator Fall 2016 Issue) A fire destroyed a commercial building that housed multiple paint spray booths which were utilized to apply paint spray and finishes to commercial truck bodies and chassis. The precise cause of the fire was never determined but investigators were able to conclude that the fire had originated within ventilation ductwork […]

Stutman Law attorney presents NASP webinar series on spoliation of evidence

On February 16th 2016 Stutman Law attorney Michael Wallace and certified fire investigator John Goetz presented a NASP webinar on advanced topics related to spoliation of evidence. The webinar was entitled Spoliation 201. This followed up a previous webinar presented for NASP on basic spoliation issues entitled Spoliation 101. Please click the link if you […]

Stutman Law Attorney Michael Wallace Featured in Claims Journal

Stutman Law attorney Michael Wallace was featured in Claims Journal for his presentation “Investigating of Subrogation Claims from Adjacent Construction,” at the 2014 Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Conference in Indianapolis.  This presentation focused on the key issues surrounding the investigation, necessary information and documentation for the investigation, and gaining access to and investigation of the adjacent […]

Stutman Law Attorney Daniel Hogan Featured in Claims Journal

Stutman Law attorney Daniel Hogan was featured in Claims Journal for his Spontaneous Combustion presentation at the 2013 Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Conference in Boston. This presentation focused on recovering on spontaneous combustion fires, identifying products susceptible to spontaneous combustion and preserving evidence at the early stages of the investigation. To read the full […]

Stutman Law Opens Office in Downtown San Francisco

As of June 1, 2013, Stutman Law is proud to announce the opening of its sixth office, nationwide, and its third office in the state of California. The new San Francisco office will better enable Stutman Law to serve its clients in Northern California and the surrounding regions. The office is located in the heart […]

Roundtable Discussions From New Loss Through Trial

Roundtable discussions provide the opportunity to share ideas and develop game plans for subrogation cases. These discussions can be invaluable, because they provide the opportunity for additional sets of eyes and ears to review a matter. However, if some thought is not given to the “process,” the benefits of a roundtable discussion may not be […]

Water Heater Supply Failures on the Rise

Stainless steel braided water heater supply lines contain an inherent design defect which causes them to rupture during ordinary use… Read More >> (Reprinted with permission from Spring/Summer 2012 NASP Subrogator)

Recovering on Water Supply Line Losses Through Aggregation

Among the most common inhome water-related losses are those caused by failures of plumbing supply lines, which are used to connect toilet water tank fill valves to a home’s water supply… Read more at: (Winter 2011 NASP Subrogator)

Preventing spoliation is messy, but pays off

Usually it’s simple to prevent spoliation: identify potentially interested parties, invite them to inspect the loss site, and preserve evidence. But when the Stutman firm received a refrigerator fire loss in 2007, preventing spoliation got messy. After immediately retaining a cause and origin investigator and putting the refrigerator manufacturer on notice, we scheduled a joint […]

Mass Torts: Having Economies of Scale Work in Your Favor

The majority of homeowner property damage claims in the United States involve damages that range from three to seven thousand dollars per claim! Althought the insurance industry pays billions of dollars a year as a result of these claims, many are not investigated or pursued for subrogation. Whether these claims involve smoke damage caused by […]

Show Me the Evidence! Inspecting Evidence that Does Not Belong to You

Evidence retention and preservation are often done as a matter of course in losses that may have subrogation potential. Unfortunately, roadblocks are frequently encountered when trying to effectively maintain evidence necessary to a subrogation case. One such roadblock involves locating and retaining evidence that is in the custody or control of someone other than your […]

Just when You Thought You Didn’t Need an Expert… Damages!

Supporting a claim with competent expert testimony is essential to recovery. The right expert can turn a good claim into a recoverable claim. While many people are quick to secure causation experts, they may neglect to consider the need for expert testimony on the issue of damages. Building a recoverable claim means choosing the right […]

Fire Spread Claims: Persistence Leads to Recovery

After the fire trucks leave and only smoking embers remain, the challenge of recovery begins. Ideally, when investigating fire losses, theories are discovered and refined, and responsible parties are identified. Often, however, the cause cannot be determined, and the responsible parties, when identifiable, are penniless and uninsured. Many subrogations professionals consider this the end of […]

Persistence Leads to Recovery in Arson Fires

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 43% of the 67,504 arson offenses reported in 2005 under the Uniform Reporting Program involved buildings. Arsons of industrial and manufacturing buildings resulted in the highest dollar losses with an average loss of $356,324 per incident. While up to 20% of these offenses result in arrest and prosecution… […]

Pyrolysis – A Viable Recovery Theory

Pyrolysis is the chemical decomposition of organic material caused by extended exposure to heat. When pyrolysis of wood occurs, the originally complex chemical compound degrades into more simple, but more volatile, chemical compounds. Further, the cracking and splitting of wood as it dries from exposure to heat increases the surface area exposed to oxygen, further […]