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Nationwide Insurance Adjuster Mistakes Flowers for Pot—Nationwide Insurance Policyholders Wrongfully Arrested

Nationwide Insurance Company claims managers may need to add botany and common-sense training to their claims education program. A Nationwide claims specialist sent photos of hibiscus plants to police indicating that Nationwide policyholders with a fallen tree loss were growing marijuana. The Nationwide policyholders look straight out of central casting as the “perfect aging couple” … Continue Reading

The Best Hurricane Insurance Seminar Regarding Hurricanes Irma and Maria—Seriously, This Is The Best!

Have you noticed that some seminars have just a few speakers and they are not in the middle of the issues, but pretenders? Harris Martin Publishers asked me to co-chair a Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma seminar and if you are an insurance attorney, public adjuster, insurance claims manager or governmental counsel with FEMA claims, … Continue Reading

Insurance Catastrophe Claims Often Deserve a Second Opinion and Possibly a Legal Opinion

Barry Zalma recently wrote an excellent article, Claims in a Catastrophe, in the The CPA Journal. Zalma is a very experienced property insurance attorney. He is a prolific writer of articles and books involving property insurance claims. To all policyholders having felt the impact of 2017 catastrophe claims, one important point in Zalma’s article is … Continue Reading

Insurance Appraisal—The Law and Procedure

The Law and Procedure of Insurance Appraisal is a fantastic work by Jonathan Wilkofsky. It is in its third edition and 1,400 pages explaining in full everything a property insurance practitioner would want to know about the topic. Here is a video of Jonathan describing the benefits of his treatise:… Continue Reading

Hurricane Irma Closed Claim Statistics Questioned

The Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee held a public hearing last Tuesday. The video above is my very brief testimony at the hearing where I questioned the Hurricane Irma Closed Claim statistics provided by Florida’s Insurance Commissioner, David Altmaier. The Commissioner was a math teacher before joining the Office of Insurance Regulation. I have … Continue Reading

Hurricane Irma Policyholders Should File a Written Complaint About Slow, No or Low Paying Claims Insurance Adjusters

Amy Bach of United Policyholders and Paula Palozzi, Associate Director of the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Insurance Division, held a seminar at the First Party Claims Conference and called on aggrieved policyholders to file written complaints with departments of insurance. Palozzi explained that when insurance companies pay too little, a written complaint about … Continue Reading

Time Limits on Public Adjuster and Contractor Solicitation Challenged as Unconstitutional Restraint on Free Speech

A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging the free speech rights of solicitation by contractors and public adjusters.1 We have discussed this topic before in Public Adjusters Win Free Speech Rights and Ability to Promptly Help Policyholders, and History Repeats Itself When Public Adjusters Win Free Speech Rights.… Continue Reading

Hurricane Harvey Conference

Merlin Law Group attorney Rene Sigman has been asked to co-chair a Hurricane Harvey Conference sponsored by Harris Martin Publishing. It will be held on October 19 at the Four Seasons in Houston. The conference features a Who’s Who of Texas insurance and class action attorneys. It features a special panel of judges with experience … Continue Reading

Sean Shaw Appointed to Florida’s Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness

Merlin Law Group attorney Sean Shaw has been appointed to the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness. Reportedly, the committee will address evacuation planning, building codes, property insurance, flood prevention, beach renourishment, emergency shelters, school closures, power recovery, gasoline availability, and tax relief. It should also discuss FEMA public assistance and coordination with … Continue Reading
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