Casaccio v. Curtiss (Signed Opinion)Annotate this Case
The executor of the estates of a family who were killed in an accident filed a wrongful death action against an individual and trucking company. The trucking company was bankrupt, but insurance coverage for the accident was available through a policy issued to the company by Converium. Converium subsequently entered into an agreement with National Indemnity Company, which agreed to purchase all or certain portions of Converium. No representation of National Indemnity appeared at the court-ordered mediation. National Indemnity's vice president and legal counsel, Joseph Casaccio, failed to appear at the second mediation but appeared at the third mediation. The case was eventually settled. The circuit court subsequently imposed monetary sanctions against Petitioners, National Indemnity and Casaccio, for failing, without good cause, to appear at the mediation. The Supreme Court reversed the order imposing sanctions, holding (1) W.V. Trial Ct. R. 25.10 did authorize a trial court to sanction Petitioners, but (2) no sanctionable conduct occurred in this case.