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Merlin Law Group Webinar – How Rancosky and other Pennsylvania Regulations Help Put You in the Adjustment Driver Seat

Join Robert Trautmann and myself, on February 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm for a free one-hour webinar to discuss the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s recent decision in Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Company,1 which upheld the current bad faith standards and specifically noted that an insured need not prove malicious intent to prevail on a … Continue Reading

Roof Exclusions: A Lower Premium Could Cost You Big

When renewing your insurance premium, it’s common for your insurance agent to offer you any discounts you qualify for. These discounts can range in size from a few dollars to several hundred dollars, depending on the discount. For example, it is well known that a multi-policy discount can save you hundreds of dollars annually when … Continue Reading

REMINDER – Professional Public Adjusters Association of New Jersey Meeting November 15, 2017!

Please join the Professional Public Adjusters Association of New Jersey (PPAANJ) at its Fall Meeting on November 15, 2017, at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey. Continuing Education credits will be provided for New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania. PPAANJ is pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph A. McDougal, Manager Licensing and … Continue Reading

Hurricane Harvey FEMA/SBA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended to November 24, 2017

The deadline to apply for Hurricane Harvey FEMA/SBA disaster assistance is quickly approaching. The application filing deadline for physical damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey has been extended 30 days and is now November 24, 2017. FEMA can provide up to $33,000 in assistance to qualified applicants. Those homeowners and business owners who require … Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Upholds Bad Faith Standards But Does Not Require a Showing of Malicious Intent

In Pennsylvania, 42 Pa.C.S. § 8371 permits an insured to recover punitive damages, court costs, attorney’s fees and interest, on claims where an insurer has acted in bad faith. On September 28, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a ruling1 upholding the current bad faith standards and specifically noting that an insured does not … Continue Reading

Can an Insured Recover from Their Insurance Broker If the Broker Fails to Obtain the Coverage Requested, or Misrepresents Coverage?

If an insurance broker fails to obtain the insurance coverage requested or misrepresents the scope or extent of coverage, does an insured have a claim against the broker when the insurance they expected to cover their loss does not as a result of the broker’s negligence?… Continue Reading

New Jersey Denied Property Damage Claims

If your home or business is affected by a disaster and you have purchased property damage insurance, you may immediately feel a sign of relief. That relief could be fleeting, upon a discovery that the promptly submitted insurance claim has been denied. Immediately you realize there are statutes and regulations that protect consumers from wrongful … Continue Reading

Is Unauthorized Construction/Demolition Performed by a Tenant Covered Damage Under a First-Party Property Policy?

If a homeowner agrees to sell a home, and as part of the sale agreement allows the prospective buyer to: (1) lease the property before escrow is closed, and (2) make certain improvements to the property with the owner’s permission, but then, after taking possession during the lease, the prospective buyer tears the property down … Continue Reading

Court Upholds Policy Suit Limitations Provision and Holds Appraisal Award Unenforceable for Failure to File a Timely Lawsuit

This blog has often discussed the importance of carefully reading your insurance policy. It is imperative to know of your rights should your insurance claim become problematic. It is crucial to know the policy’s suit limitation clause as well as your state’s statute of limitations, so you don’t miss the filing deadline. Once this period … Continue Reading

Cell Phone Records Support Insurer’s Denial Based on Fraud

When insurers investigate insurance claims and suspect that something about the claim is not quite right, they often assign special investigation units evaluate whether the claim lacks merit or is otherwise fraudulent. In Young v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Company,1 a federal district court in California recently upheld an insurer’s denial of its insured’s claim for … Continue Reading

Insurance Dispute Stemming from Denial of Coverage for Stolen Baseball Card Collection Highlights Bad Faith Claims Handling

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently overturned a trial court’s dismissal of an insured’s bad faith case stemming from a disagreement with an insurance company over coverage for a stolen baseball card collection.1 As a kid who grew up collecting baseball cards, I took particular interest in this case.… Continue Reading

CoreLogic Storm Surge Analysis Identifies Nearly 6.9 Million U.S. Homes at Risk of Hurricane Storm Surge Damage in 2017

Commemorating the start of the 2017 Hurricane season, CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics, and data-enable solutions provider, released its 2017 Storm Surge Report on June 1, 2017. Alarmingly, this report projects that almost 6.9 million homes along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are at potential risk of hurricane storm surge damage with a … Continue Reading
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