2013 marks TAP&G’s 15th Anniversary. To kick-off the year, TAP&G attorneys have been busy attending loss site inspections throughout the upper Midwest. We hope that you continue to visit our website to stay tuned to what’s happening inside our doors.
Firm highlights from 2012:
- TAP&G received a favorable decision from the Minnesota Supreme Court in November,
2012 when it denied further review of the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ decision in
a negligence and product liability action. TAP&G defended a compressor service
company after a fire caused thirty million dollars in damage to a butter manufacturing
plant in southern Minnesota. The court of appeals affirmed the district court’s decision
that granted TAP&G’s client summary judgment. The court of appeals agreed with
the district court’s decision that the plaintiff failed to produce sufficient evidence that
TAP&G’s client’s negligence was the proximate cause of the fire’s origin and/or the
fire’s unreasonable spread.
- 2012 was a positive year for TAP&G’s subrogation practice. Steve Pfefferle and his
subrogation teams obtained several six figure settlements for losses that occurred in
Minnesota and Iowa. These recoveries involved an unwarranted sprinkler discharge in
a northern Minnesota hospital, a fire at an Iowa educational facility caused by a radiant
heater in which the defendant later accepted 100 percent liability, and a fire that started
in an underground utility in Iowa sending smoke into a neighboring building. Steve
Pfefferle also reached a seven figure settlement as a result of a fire at an Iowa animal
facility. Congratulations to Steve and his subrogation teams in these recoveries!
- On November 13, 2012 Ryan Johannsen and Steve Pfefferle of TAP&G, and Scott
Futrell of Futrell Fire Consulting and Design, gave a lecture at the National Association
of Subrogation Professionals (“NASP”) annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their
lecture was entitled “Investigating Sprinkler Losses: Gathering the Right Evidence.” The
lecture focused on the unique characteristics of subrogation cases involving fire sprinkler
systems, and specifically on what evidence is crucial to your case. The lecture was
also loosely based off of a 2009 article they drafted for the NASP Subrogator magazine, as well as a sprinkler subrogation checklist they developed.
- Lisa Griebel has broadened her practice to include an ever growing ADR practice.
She served as a mediator and arbitrator in a large number of cases that resulted in the
resolution of personal injury, professional negligence, property damage/construction
defect, and health care facility contractual disputes.