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Stay abreast of current legal issues impacting the towing and recovery industry through up-to-date blogs written by industry-recognized towing attorneys Michael McGovern and Nicholas Porto.

  • Legal Fees

American What?!

April 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Attorneys get asked this question so much it bears repeating: if (insert name of tow company here) sue (insert name of vehicle owner here) who stiffed me on my tow bill, I can make him pay my attorney’s bill right?  Unfortunately, and it pains for me to have to say this, the answer is NO!  The American rule provides that each party is responsible for paying its own attorney's fees, unless specific authority granted by statute or contract allows the assessment of those fees against the other party.  What this means is that absent rare exception, tow companies are responsible for their own lawyer.

  • Florida Tow Show 2018

Lessons Learned from Florida 2018

April 8th, 2018|0 Comments

At the 2018 Florida Tow Show, Michael McGovern and I were pleased to present our seminar on human resources issues in the tow industry. Much of this seminar was spent discussing wage payment practices. In reflecting on the seminar, I was again reminded of the many unique features of the tow industry regarding the payment of wages to tow drivers. Many employees are paid on a commission. Most work is done “outside the office.” Many employees take trucks home at night and on the weekends. Add to this the fact that there are actual laws specific to the tow industry for the payment of overtime wages. All in all, human resources in the tow industry are complicated to say the least. 

  • Insurance

Avoid an Insurance Disaster

March 31st, 2018|0 Comments

I heard a horror story the other day.  A tow company in rural Kansas had a terrible fire that destroyed nearly every car it was storing.  Within hours, the tow company was getting inundated with phone calls from vehicle owners asking for the tow company’s insurance information so they could make a claim.  The tow company called its agent, who was not experienced in selling insurance to tow companies, to submit the claim.  After a few anxious hours, the tow company received horrible news: the tow company didn’t have garage keepers insurance and therefore the claim was denied.    In a matter of minutes, what should have been an insured claim turned into a potential financial disaster.  How can this be avoided?