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New Jersey Legislature Considers a Bad Faith Statute for Catastrophe Claims

Initially introduced in January 2014, Assembly Bill No. 231 made its way before New Jersey lawmakers during a committee hearing on December 10, 2015. The bill, "establishes a private cause of action for insureds or their assignees regarding unfair practices in the settlement or attempted settlement of insurance claims arising out of a declared disaster."… Continue Reading

Federal Task Force Set to Create Drone Registry

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you’re well aware that for the last few months my colleague Nicole Vinson and I have been writing posts on the continuously evolving and changing landscape of drones and their use in the insurance industry. Some of our prior posts included Nicole’s blogs, The Debate on … Continue Reading

Public Adjusters on a Contingent Fee May Not Testify As Expert Witnesses in Pennsylvania

A question lawyers representing insureds often must answer when preparing for trial in a first-party property insurance claim is, “In what capacity can I use the public adjuster as a witness?” In Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas for Lycoming County has stated that a public adjuster on a contingent fee may not testify as … Continue Reading

Save the Date: First Party Claims Conference October 19-21, 2015 in Warwick, RI

The First Party Claims Conference (FPCC) will be hosting its annual meeting in Warwick, Rhode Island from October 19-21, 2015.  For those who are unfamiliar, “FPCC is a nationally recognized provider of education specifically designed for adjusters, public adjusters, attorneys and others in the first party property insurance claims community.”   They are also closely associated … Continue Reading

Public Adjuster “Kingpin” Arrested Along with 30 Others in Alleged Miami-Dade Organized Insurance Fraud Scheme

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced the arrests of 31 individuals, “charged with bilking insurance companies out of more than $7 million by intentionally setting fires and causing floods in homes across the state.”1 Everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence, and Miami has more than its share of arrests … Continue Reading

FEMA’s Brad Kieserman Stepping Down

On June 2, 2015, it was announced that Brad Kieserman, the Deputy Associate Administrator for Federal Insurance and the man brought in to investigate the allegations of wide spread fraud on behalf of the Write Your Own (“WYO”) insurance carriers, is stepping down.… Continue Reading
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