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Can Post-Loss Benefits be Assigned to a Mitigation/Restoration Vendor if the Policy Contains an Anti-Assignment Provision? Can the Vendor then Sue the Insurance Company?

The Arizona Court of Appeals in a recent opinion said, Yes to both. In Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Udall,1 four homeowners insured by Farmers Insurance Exchange (“Farmers”) sustained separate losses, which required water damage mitigation and restoration services. The homeowners hired a vendor to perform the mitigation and restoration services. In each case, the insureds … Continue Reading

Are You at Odds with Your Insurer in Arizona? An Outline on Initiating Litigation in the Grand Canyon State

In Arizona, the statute of limitations for a cause of action for insurance benefits will begin to run from the date the insurer committed a breach, unless the policy states otherwise (i.e., from the “inception of” or “date of” loss). Typically, this means from the date the insurer denies claim benefits to its insured.1… Continue Reading

Assignment of Contingent Benefits in Arizona

In prior blog posts on assignment of contingent benefits, I discussed the distinction between assignments of contingent benefits and assignments of noncontingent benefits under a property insurance policy. For the purpose of this post, a contingent benefit is a benefit or payment that is either not yet fixed in amount or regarding which the carrier … 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

Arizona Statute of Limitations for Bad Faith

In Arizona, there is a six year statute of limitations for a breach of contract claim. However, Arizona law permits an insurance company to contractually shorten the statute of limitations period by which the policyholder must file suit, so it is likely that the limitations period could be as short as one or two years … Continue Reading

What on Earth is a Haboob? – Arizona Coverage Series

Unless you live in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, or in the Sahara outside of the U.S., you are probably not familiar with haboobs. What on earth is a haboob? Well, picture the sandstorm in the movie "The Mummy" (1999), but without the menacing face. Yes, a haboob ("strong wind" in Arabic) is also known as … Continue Reading

In Arizona, Delayed Notice of a Claim Does Not Necessarily Nullify Coverage

In practically every insurance policy, a policyholder is required to give prompt notice of the claim before the insurance company has any responsibility to act on the claim. What happens if the policyholder substantially delays in giving notice of the claim, or in some circumstances, fails to give notice altogether? Is the policyholder’s claim automatically … Continue Reading
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