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District of Colorado: Insureds Have No Obligation To Hire Public Adjusters To Recover Amounts Due Under A Policy

Norman v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., No. 13-CV-01643-PAB-CBS, 2014 WL 6478046 (D. Colo. Nov. 19, 2014). District of Colorado holds that insured has no duty to hire own adjuster in order to receive payment, and denies...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - November 2014

In This Issue: - Southern District of California Denies Motion to Dismiss Bad Faith Claim in Homeowners Policy Dispute - Northern District of Indiana: No Bad Faith Where Insurer Has a Rational Basis for its...more

Is That Covered? Hail Damage

Back in May, 2014, parts of Berks and Lancaster counties were hit with a freak hail storm. With hail as large as tennis balls reported, homes and cars suffered significant damage. Hail damage is generally covered under auto...more

Southern District of California Denies Motion to Dismiss Bad Faith Claim in Homeowners Policy Dispute

Eastman v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 14cv0703, 2014 WL 5355036 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 20, 2014) - Southern District of California denies motion to dismiss bad faith claim in connection with coverage dispute under homeowners...more

Fifth Circuit Reaffirms the Importance of a Reasonable Claim Investigation Prior to Denial

In Santacruz v. Allstate Texas Lloyds, Inc., 2014 WL 5870429 (Nov. 13, 2014), the 5th Circuit allowed a policyholder to pursue a claim for common law and statutory bad faith even though the policyholder repaired the alleged...more

Attack on Citizens’ Bad Faith Immunity Receives a Chilly Reception at Florida Supreme Court

In 2002, the Florida Legislature created Citizens Property Insurance Company Corporation (Citizens) to make affordable insurance available to Florida citizens who were not otherwise able to obtain property insurance. In...more

Florida District Court of Appeal: Insurer’s Liability For Breach Of Contract Need Not Be Determined Before Bad Faith Claim Ripens

Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company, No. 4D13-185 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Sept. 3, 2014) (en banc). Clarifying recent conflicting precedents, the Florida District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania: State Farm Cannot Refuse Appraisal of Superstorm Sandy Damage

Currie v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., No. CIV.A. 13-6713, 2014 WL 4081051 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 19, 2014). After Superstorm Sandy damaged the insureds’ house, they and their insurer came to markedly different assessments of...more

Class Action Alleging Mortgage Kickback Captive Reinsurance Survives Dismissal Pending Discovery On Tolling Of Limitations

A court denied dismissal of a putative class action involving claims against Suntrust Bank subsidiaries and a captive reinsurer for an alleged illegal kickback scheme arising out of captive reinsurance covering Suntrust’s...more

Public Adjusters Do Not Have Free Pass To The Stand

In Falcon v. State Farm Lloyds, the Western District of Texas reminded litigants that licensed public adjusters are not immune from expert witness qualification requirements. Namely, a public adjuster’s license does not...more

Sixth Circuit Blurs Line Between Primary and Excess

The Sixth Circuit recently addressed the question of whether an excess insurer must provide a defense when the primary insurer fails to do so. In IMG Worldwide v. Westchester Fire Insurance Company, No. 3836 (6th Cir. July...more

Tenth Circuit (Applying Colorado Law) Upholds Summary Judgment In Favor Of Insurer On Earth Movement And Water Damage Exclusions

Wagner v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., No.: 13-1438, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11526 (10th Cir. June 19, 2014) arose from a claim by a property owner under a homeowner’s insurance policy issued to her by American Family Mutual...more

CFPB orders New Jersey title services company to pay for illegal mortgage referrals

On June 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which a New Jersey title services company, Stonebridge Title Services Inc., agreed to pay a $30,000 civil money penalty for paying illegal kickbacks for...more

Bad Faith Claim Against Insurer Ruled Unsustainable by New York Federal Courts Where Based on Same Facts as Breach of Contract...

Two recent New York federal court decisions – 433 Main Street Realty, et al. v. Darwin National Assurance Co., No. 14-cv-587 (NGG) (VMS) (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2014) and County of Orange v. The Travelers Indemnity Co. No....more

Claims Against Loan Servicer And Force-Placed Insurer Alleging Commission And Reinsurance Kickback Scheme Survive Dismissal

A putative class action involving force-placed home insurance and an alleged scheme for mortgage lenders to obtain kickbacks in the form of commissions, reinsurance premium, and other fees, has survived a motion to dismiss. ...more

Eastern District of New York Dismisses Bad Faith Claims in Dispute Over Property Damage Caused by Hurricane Sandy

433 Main St. Realty, LLC v. Darwin Nat’l Assurance Co., No. 14-cv-587 (NGG) (VMS) (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2014) - Eastern District of New York dismisses claims for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: May 2014 #1

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - SARA WITMEYER - - Jurisdiction: where court never entered order authorizing individual to intervene and individual never became party to litigation, court had no personal jurisdiction to...more

Texas Federal Court Dismisses Insurer in Case Alleging “Bad Faith” and Violations of the Texas DTPA

On April 18, 2014, a federal district court in Texas granted summary judgment in favor of an insurer that had paid the policy proceeds demanded by the insureds, but nonetheless were sued for “bad faith.” The court’s decision...more

New York Federal Court Dismisses Superstorm Sandy Bad-Faith Claim as Redundant

In 433 Main Street Realty, LLC v. Darwin National Assurance Co., 2014 WL 1622103 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed the insureds’ cause of action against...more

England and Wales Court of Appeal: Do Not Disclose At Your Peril

The Court of Appeal in England and Wales recently affirmed the High Court’s decision in Alan Bate v Aviva Insurance UK Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 334, which held that Aviva was entitled to rescind or avoid a domestic property...more

California Court Of Appeals: Discrepancy Between Insurer’s Initial Repair Estimate And Actual Cost Of Repairs Did Not Constitute...

Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014). Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more

SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Putative Class Action In Captive Reinsurance Case

On their third attempt to state a claim for mortgage services fraud pursuant to the Real Estate Services Settlement and Procedures Act (“RESPA”), Plaintiffs in a putative class action overcame defendants’ motion to dismiss on...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending February 21 And 28, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Relation-Back: amended complaint naming third-party defendant as defendant relates back to filing of third-party complaint where (a) third-party complaint...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Lenders Can Demand Flood Insurance Coverage That Exceeds Loan Balance

Agreeing with the First Circuit’s recent en banc ruling in Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, — F.3d —, 2013 WL 5394192 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the...more

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