UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
|DIXIE ALETA HAMLIN,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
R.S.J. TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INC., a foreign corporation; TEDDY L. GLAHA; and CONTINENTAL WESTERN INSURANCE COMPANY, a foreign insurer,
Defendants - Appellants.
This action arose from a collision involving Plaintiff's vehicle and a truck owned and operated by a trucking company. Plaintiff filed an action against the truck driver, the trucking company, and its insurance company, alleging negligence. Plaintiff's action was tried before a jury, which returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiff, awarding her $180,000. The district court entered judgment accordingly.
On appeal, Appellants claim that the trial court violated Oklahoma law by allowing evidence and argument to be presented to the jury regarding the existence of liability insurance.(1) Because Appellant failed to preserve this issue for appeal, our review is for plain error.
In Blanke v. Alexander, 152 F.3d 1224, 1228, 1230 (10th Cir. 1998), we held that "joinder of the motor carrier and its insurer being proper in this case, the general rule against references to liability insurance does not apply." Id. at 1230 (quoting Be-Mac Transport. Co. v. Lairmore, 129 P.2d 192, 194, 196 (1942)). "[P]recedent of prior panels which this court must follow includes not only the very narrow holdings of those prior cases, but also the reasoning underlying those holdings, particularly when such reasoning articulates a point of law." United States v. Meyers, 200 F.3d 715, 720 (10th Cir. 2000) (citation omitted). Otherwise, "this panel cannot overturn the decision of another panel of this court." Id. (citation omitted). In light of Blanke, we cannot find plain error. We need not certify the question because of our decision in Blanke.
AFFIRMED. Appellants' Motion to Certify Question of State Law is
Entered for the Court
Monroe G. McKay
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.
1."It is not disputed in this action that Continental Western was properly named as a party in this suit." Aplt. Br. at 5. See also Okla. Stat. tit. 47, § 230.30; Jacobsen v. Howard, 23 P.23 185, 187 (Okla. 1933), Enders v. Longmire, 67 P.2d 12 (Okla. 1937). "It is beyond dispute that Oklahoma substantive law holds that a joint action may be maintained against a tortfeasor motor carrier and its insurer." Id.