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The New 2017 AIA Contract Forms Add Exhibit A Requiring Greater Specificity in Contractually Required Insurance

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In negotiating contracts based on the AIA’s widely-used construction industry forms, construction owners and contractors will soon start seeing the AIA’s new seven-page Insurance “Exhibit A,” which requires a more...more

Subrogation Following a Hurricane is All Hands on Deck

Hurricane season began June 1st, and runs through November 30th. However, we are about 30 days from approaching the peak of hurricane season, when the season becomes its most active. Weather predictors are predicting an...more

Positive Signs in the Enforcement of Late Notice Provisions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This year was off to a positive start in the realm of property insurance with a decision out of the Second Circuit upholding an at times embattled policy provision that is found in nearly every property insurance policy: the...more

Texas Passes Bill to Curb Hail Litigation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed legislation designed to curb the state’s recent spate of hail litigation against homeowner’s insurers. The new legislation, House Bill 1774 (and its counterpart Senate Bill 10), will...more

Earth Movement: "Any" Means Any; Home-Owners Insurance Company v. Dominic F. Andriacchi (Michigan Court of Appeals)

Property policies typically include an exclusion for loss caused by or resulting from earth movement. Some insurers will provide coverage for earth movement, but that coverage will usually have a sub-limit. For years,...more

Court Finds That Split in Underground Storage Tank is Not a Covered Collapse

In Tustin Field Gas & Food v. Mid-Century Ins. Co. (No. B268850, filed 7/3/17), a California appeals court ruled that a split in an underground storage tank, caused by the tank sitting on a rock for years, was not a covered...more

Ambiguous Application Questions Preclude Summary Judgment on Rescission Claim

In Duarte v. Pacific Specialty Ins. (No. A143828; filed 6/12/17, ord. pub. 6/29/17) a California appeals court held that an insurer was not entitled to summary judgment on its rescission claim because the disputed questions...more

WV Court Rules Earth Movement Exclusion Unambiguously Precludes Coverage Regardless of Whether Landslide Was a Man-Made or...

by Carlton Fields on

In Erie Insurance Property and Casualty Company v. Chaber, No. 16-0490 (W. Va. June 1, 2017), the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a lower court’s decision, holding that damage caused by a landslide was...more

Florida's Third District Court of Appeals provides a warning: When insureds communicate about their policy needs, agents better...

In Kendall South Medical Center v. Consolidated Insurance Nation, No. 3D16-926, 2017 WL 1908376, *1 (Fla. 3d DCA May 10, 2017), the Third District Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s fourth dismissal of Kendall South...more

Resolving Disputes Regarding Value of the Loss through the Appraisal Process

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With an increase in storm damage events throughout the Midwest, insurers are becoming increasingly frugal when adjusting storm damage losses. In the past, disputes regarding the value of the loss typically involved...more

CAR Insurance: Insuring the Works vs Insuring the Owner's Property

by White & Case LLP on

For the purposes of insuring construction and engineering projects, there is a critical and sometimes overlooked distinction between insuring the works carried out under the contract, and insuring the underlying property of...more

Repair Cost Exceeding Actual Cash Value Does Not Establish “Total Loss” Under Fire Insurance Policy

In California FAIR Plan Assn. v. Garnes (No. A143190, filed 5/26/17), a California appeals court ruled that “total loss” under Insurance Code section 2051 refers to physical damage or loss, not the economic fact that the cost...more

Texas Legislature Votes to Restrict Policyholders’ Rights

by Reed Smith on

Texas lawmakers are now on the fast track to restrict policyholders’ rights when their insurance companies fail to pay property insurance claims arising out of weather events, such as storms involving heavy winds and hail....more

Insurance Takeaways From Texas’ New Hailstorm Bill

by Zelle LLP on

On Feb. 1, 2017, the Texas Department of Insurance published the results of its presentation to the Texas Legislature titled: “Interim Charges: The Cost of Weather-Related Property Claims and Related Litigation.” Notably, the...more

Defence & Indemnity - An Analysis of Insurance Case Law and Legislation - April 2017

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - A. The Alberta Court of Appeal reiterated that policies cover insured perils but not pre-existing deficiencies in the property that are not caused by the peril, but only discovered as a result of...more

First Quarter Numbers for Property Insurers Look Bleak, But is it Too Early to Call it a Trend?

by Zelle LLP on

The insurance industry has been able, in the past few years, to avoid a string of major catastrophes like those in the early 2000’s. One might think that property insurers have gotten off easy. Appearances can be deceiving,...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

In Florida, House Bill 805 Will Likely Allow Insurance Policy Transfers

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 805, regarding insurance policy transfers. If, as anticipated, the governor signs the bill into law, it will allow insurance companies writing personal lines residential and...more

When is a Flood a “Flood”: East Coast Edition

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Last month, heavy rainstorms in California brought to the forefront the issue of what is a “flood” under California law, particularly in regard to rain and surface water. We noted a California court held “flood” in its plain...more

District of New Jersey Dismisses Third Party Claims Sounding in Policy Handling on Preemption Grounds

A federal court in New Jersey recently dismissed state law claims brought by third party plaintiffs, including the insured’s broker, against a Write Your Own insurance carrier. The claims at issue in Residences at Bay Point...more

New York Court Upholds Suit Limitation Period, Ruling Appraisal is Not a Condition Precedent to Filing Suit

by Carlton Fields on

Courts will generally uphold reasonable suit limitation periods in property insurance policies, if the insurer does not affirmatively waive or extend them. In MZM Real Estate Corp. v. Tower Ins. Co. of New York, No....more

Appraisal Award Unenforceable Where Suit Limitation Period Expired Prior To Filing Suit: New York County Dismisses Storm Sandy...

Suit limitation provisions in insurance policies shorten the statutory period of time that a plaintiff may bring a suit against an insurer for certain causes of action. A New York court recently held that an appraisal award...more

Georgia Diminished Value Putative Class Action: Motion to Dismiss Decision

In prior blog posts, I’ve covered developments in the putative class actions against insurance companies in Georgia involving diminution in value on property insurance claims (see my March 11, 2016 post, for example)....more

I-85 Bridge Collapse: Business Interruption Coverage Issues

by Carlton Fields on

In the wake of the March 30 collapse of the I-85 bridge in Atlanta, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency calling for closure of both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-85 in Fulton County. A copy...more

Nebraska Supreme Court Rules that an Insurer Can Depreciate Labor in Determining Actual Cash Value

Property policies typically provide, if there is coverage, that the insured can recover for the costs to repair or replace the property damaged by loss. But when an insured does not repair or replace the damaged property (or...more

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