Participation of Bifurcated UM Counsel

If UM carrier bifurcates out of trial, does it still get to participate in discovery, or are they just an observer to the extent necessary to protect their if the liability settles?

Answer: As I have always readTidmore v. Fullman, 1982 OK 73, 646 P.2d 1278, to mean once the UM carrier bifurcates out, they are not permitted to participate in the case. It may be that that is just the agreement State Farm made in Tidmore but I’ve never had a UM carrier participate after bifurcating.