Mercury Cas. Co. v. Encare, Inc.
(1st Dept., decided 12/13/2011)
If a New York no-fault insurer does not issue a timely denial of PIP benefits, is it precluded from limiting payment to the amounts prescribed by the New York workers' compensation fee schedule? In the opinion of the Appellate Division, First Department, the answer is YES, it is precluded from asserting the fee schedule defense.
Nor do we find it significant, in light of the genesis and purposes of the preclusion rule, that Insurance Law § 5108 prohibits a medical provider from seeking fees in excess of the fee schedule. Virtually every application of the preclusion rule involves the compromise of statute, policy provision, or judge-made rule in service of effectuating the important purposes of the No-Fault Law. The expansion of the lack of coverage exception proposed by Mercury would substantially weaken the long-established rule of preclusion.Jason Tenenbaum, who represented Mercury in this case, offers his observations of this decision here.
Madness. Simply madness.