Hurricane Issac is slowly battering the Louisiana Coast and Mississippi Sound this morning. After initially making landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River, it made a western jog back into the Gulf of Mexico. Then, it made a second landfall by Grand Isle.
A statute of limitations determines the limit for when a lawsuit can to be filed. Failure to file by that deadline may bar the action forever. The statute of limitations was raised as a defense in a recent property insurance case in Mississippi, Greater Trueway Apostolic Church v. Church Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 1143947 (S.D. Miss. April 4, 2012).
Some things just hit emotionally, leaving me wishing they weren’t true. I felt this way after learning of Judge Senter’s death. I recently wrote about his retirement in ATribute to Hurricane Katrina Judge Senter. It doesn’t seem fair that he could not have more fully enjoyed his retirement.
As happy as I was to report A Public Adjuster Wins a Seat in the Florida House of Representatives, I was saddened to learn of Gene Taylor‘s defeat. Slabbed reported the story in Election 2010 Fallout: Media From Across the Country Weigh in on Gene Taylor’s Election Loss.
This morning I am in Dallas at the Windstorm Symposium. Steve Pate and I will be giving a presentation about the most significant property insurance cases from the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Lousiana and Texas over the past year.
I hate to make doomsday predictions, but there is a possibility that the BP Oil Spill could be worse than any hurricane or catastrophe that I have been involved with. I spent yesterday speaking with others about the current situation. Indeed, my father teaches those in the oil industry how to recover and react to oil spills. Unless the source of the oil is stopped or slows down soon, oil is going to be all over the northern Gulf Coast and Florida. If the spill cannot be contained or slowed in the near future, it will significantly impact our economy.
A number of former and current clients have called our offices about the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They have expressed fear about damages to their business and property, as well as actions that they can take take to protect themselves from the consequences of this disaster. We have already been retained for business losses as customers of clients are cancelling plans for travel to the Gulf Coast. If something does not change soon, this disaster will likely be much worse than most hurricanes. It has the potential to be worse than any of them.
The Mississippi Department of Insurance finally issued its report regarding State Farm’s claims handling following Hurricane Katrina. The findings were long and will undoubtedly be subject to criticism and interpretation. I am certain State Farm publicists will try to undermine the Rigsby sisters’ claims even more since the report essentially concluded that their assertions were unsubstantiated. State Farm will also point to the findings that no penalties were warranted. Those same State Farm publicists will NOT point out that the investigation found State Farm employees were not forthright in their interviews. State Farm attorneys will certainly not tell judges or others that State Farm employees had various and contradictory explanations as to what the anti-concurrent language means and how it worked in the adjustment of claims in Mississippi.
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