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Is a Dispute Over General Contractor Overhead and Profit Appropriate for Appraisal?

In Windridge of Naperville Condominium Association v. Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company,1 a federal district court in Illinois recently addressed the issue whether appraisal is appropriate to resolve a dispute over the need for a general contractor to perform repairs following a covered loss. There, hail damaged townhome buildings, requiring repairs. Philadelphia paid for losses it … Continue Reading

Be Sure to Tell Your Carrier the Reason Why Your Witness is Significant to Their Investigation

It is well established in Arizona that an insurance “carrier has an obligation to immediately conduct an adequate investigation, act reasonably in evaluating the claim, and act promptly in paying a legitimate claim.”1 The Arizona Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act likewise provides that a carrier shall not “[r]efuse to pay claims without conducting a reasonable … Continue Reading

New York Choice of Law

Insurance policies are complicated enough without getting into what law from what state will apply. Some policies have a special “choice of law” or “governing law” provision that allows the parties to agree that a particular state’s laws will be used to interpret the agreement even if the insured lives in a different state.… Continue Reading

Claims Handling Requirements by State – Arkansas

I recently received a request to write about the claims handling guidelines in Arkansas. As always, I am happy to help. The Arkansas Insurance Rules and Regulations state that the “purpose of this rule is to define certain minimum standards which, if violated with such frequency as to indicate a general business practice, will be … Continue Reading

Assignment of Benefits, Part 2: Maryland

I launched a new blog series last week that will provide our readers with the law in each state concerning Assignments of Benefits (“AOBs”) and their validity and applicability. In response to my first post, I received a request from a reader as to Maryland, so in this post we’re going to look at AOBs in … Continue Reading

Assignment of Benefits, Part 1: New Jersey

I am often asked whether an Assignment of Benefits (“AOB”) is valid in [insert state here] under a property insurance policy. The purpose of this blog series will be to provide readers with an answer to the question on a state-by-state basis. As New Jersey is my home-state, it’s up first.… Continue Reading

Property Insurance 101 Webinar

As the Chair of the Property Insurance Law Committee for the American Bar Association I am excited to announce and invite you to attend our 90-minute audio webinar: Property Insurance 101 ! Covering topics such as insurable interest, policy language, exclusions, endorsements, limitations, and bad faith, the program is a great refresher for any seasoned … Continue Reading

Court Upholds Post-Loss Assignment of Claims

Larry Bache and I have many cases in Nebraska where we represent a contractor with assignments of insurance claims from homeowners. These assignments were made after a hail loss. The policyholder assigned his rights to the insurance claim to the roofing contractor working on his property. Most insurance policies contain what is called an anti-assignment … Continue Reading

Merlin vs Badger II – Gonna Be the Baddest Show in Orlando

The Windstorm Insurance Conference in Orlando will feature a debate re-match between yours truly representing the policyholder view and Steve Badger who represents insurance companies. Many of my policyholder friends often ask how I can have such a good professional relationship with Badger whom they view as somebody akin to Darth Vader. I am certain some … Continue Reading

“Other Insurance” Provisions

In 2012, the Barnard Elementary School Building (“Barnard Building”) in Tulsa, Oklahoma sustained approximately $6 million in fire damage in 2012. There were two insurance policies covering the same policy period: (1) a policy issued by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company (“Philadelphia”) to the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences for coverage of the building it … Continue Reading

Insurance Bulletins Can Help Consumers Looking for Full Recovery

Rarely do insurance commissioner bulletins warn insurance companies of paying too much or that consumers are not entitled to insurance benefits. Most departments of insurance only write bulletins because insurance company adjusters pay far too less to similarly situated consumers suffering from the same loss.  Of course, insurance company lobbyists now go into overdrive to … Continue Reading
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