On May 6, 2013, the New Jersey state legislature approved Assembly Bill A-3642, which now becomes Public Law 2013, c.53, requiring homeowners insurance policies delivered or renewed in New Jersey to contain a one-page summary...more
Dog ownership is part of the American dream, along with the house, the two kids and the picket fence.
But did you realize the type of dog you decide to bring into your home can actually impact your homeowners...more
On March 25, 2013, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon issued a decision which found the California Department of Insurance’s regulation on estimating replacement costs for homeowners insurance to be invalid. The...more
In This Issue:
- Southern District Of Ohio: Insurer Does Not Commit Bad Faith By Voiding Policy Due To Insured’s Failure To Promptly And Fully Cooperate With Insurer’s Fire Investigation
- Pennsylvania Court...more
In Merrill v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 2013 WL 588515 (W.D.Pa., Feb 13, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed the insured’s common law bad faith claim because it was based...more
When an insured sues an insurer for bad faith, how much of the claims file maintained by the insurer is discoverable? In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court recently weakened insurers’ ability to protect confidential...more
Insurance companies are in the spotlight more than ever. After Superstorm Sandy many homeowners have been dealing with their insurers trying to thread through the detailed paperwork required to receive the benefits they...more
A recent article in the Toronto Star, Marco Chown Oved reported that residents of a condo building that caught on fire a few weeks ago will be out of their units for several months before the fire-damaged generator can be...more
When we purchase homeowner’s insurance, we do so because we want to be protected in the case of unexpected loss. Most of us consider this form of loss to be something that involves damage being done to the home in a storm or...more
In Nationwide Insurance Co. v. Central Laborers’ Pension Fund, No. 12-1784 (7th Cir. Jan. 11, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed that a homeowner’s insurer was entitled to deny coverage...more
It is a fact of life that large amounts of sensitive data are transported and stored electronically on flash drives, CDs and other devices. With mobility comes increased risk of lost or stolen information, along with the...more
Originally published in Insurance Law360 on January 8, 2013.
While 2012 will no doubt be remembered as the year of Hurricane Sandy, it is likely that 2013 will be a year notable for the proliferation of Sandy-related...more
Here is a brief outline of the legislation passed by the Senate and House extending certain tax rates, deductions, and credits for individuals....more
When Superstorm Sandy came ashore, billions of dollars of damage occurred. Many people are still reeling in the aftermath. The following discussion may help you to understand what you are dealing with when you try to recover...more
We are pleased to report that the Virginia Supreme Court has tacked down – or, more appropriately, “drywall-ed in” – the issue of whether a pollution exclusion in a property insurance policy precludes coverage for Chinese...more
When it comes to the rent, you don’t want to charge too much, but you don’t want to charge too little either. Be sure to take time to itemize all of the expenses you are incurring as the landlord, including the costs of...more
A natural disaster can leave you and your business mired in financial uncertainty and insecurity. Assessing conditions, values, and assistance need is critical to both short- and long-term recovery. Below are important steps...more
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