While reading Michelle Claverol’s post yesterday, Understanding Replacement Cost Coverage: Valuation Issues in Florida, Part 5, I had some personal thoughts on two cases she discussed. I also want to emphasize a very significant case we noted last week in Court Finds State Farm Cannot Withhold Money After Appraisal Award for Sinkhole Remediation. There are some very practical practice pointers for all involved in insurance coverage from these three cases.
The issue whether Florida will join the majority of states recognizing an insurer’s duty of good faith at common law is squarely before the Florida Supreme Court. In Citizens Property Ins. Co. vs. Louis Bertot, the Third District Court of Appeal noted the issue before it: