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Hurricane Season: Time to Determine Whether You're Covered for Weather

June 1 brings the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season. These storms have the potential to cause devastating damage for companies who own property such as apartment buildings, hotels, factories, retail outlets, warehouses...more

Court Cannot Divide An Offer To Settle

In Sugar Hut Group Ltd & ors v A J Insurance Service [2016] EWCA Civ 46, 3 February 2016, the Court of Appeal over-ruled the High Court’s judgment about how costs should be awarded where a claimant succeeds on only part of...more

Florida Regulators Approve Policy Language Aimed at Limiting “Assignments of Benefits” Claim Practice

Insurance companies that write property risks in Florida are getting in line to request approval from the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) for two key policy revisions intended to control losses from a water damage...more

Maximizing Insurance Recovery For Businesses Impacted By Recent Natural Disasters

There has been a spate of natural disasters throughout the world recently—from major earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador to torrential rainfall and flooding in Texas. These events have had devastating consequences, including the...more

Recent Washington Decisions Illustrate Need to Handle Property Claims in Timely Manner

An issue that often arises in the context of property insurance is whether a carrier’s delay in adjusting a claim can create a basis for a viable bad faith claim.  The law in each state is different and the prudent practice...more

What Constitutes ‘Physical Loss’ for Property Insurance?

In determining whether a property insurance policy responds to a loss, the fundamental, threshold question to be answered is whether or not the policyholder sustained “physical loss or damage” to insured property. In the...more

Virginia Federal Court Underscores Distinction Between a Loss and an Occurrence for Purposes of Notice Conditions

In Clarabelle Wheeler v. The Standard Fire Insurance Company, 2016 WL 1164651 (W.D. Va. Mar. 23, 2016), the insurer argued that the insured failed to give “prompt notice” of the loss as required by the policy’s notice...more

Florida’s Second District Upholds Policy Requirement Regarding Payment Of Subsurface Repairs In Sinkhole Claim

In Citizens Prop. Ins. Corp. v. Amat, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 2412 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. Feb. 19, 2016), the Second District remanded a final judgment awarding damages in a sinkhole claim for subsurface repairs without...more

The Uncertainty of Remand in Texas

The United States District Courts in Texas continue to issue conflicting opinions regarding the analysis to be used in determining whether a state court petition contains sufficient allegations against a nondiverse defendant...more

Is Cannabis Inventory Covered by Commercial Property Insurance?

A lingering question for the growing cannabis industry has been to what extent insurance could, would or should cover product inventory. Now we have a preliminary answer thanks to a recent decision denying summary judgment to...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Certifies Class

One of the issues I’ve been covering on this blog is a series of putative class actions in Georgia arising out of a Georgia Supreme Court decision in 2012, which held that diminution in value of real property is potentially...more

Private Flood Insurance Plans One Step Closer to Hitting the Market

Legislation to allow privatized flood insurance on the market surged unanimously through a House Financial Services Committee mark up. Voting 53-0 on March 2nd, the Committee approved the idea of enabling private flood...more

Texas Tornadoes: Why Risk Mitigation Matters

On Dec. 26, 2015, 12 confirmed tornadoes struck the North Texas area, killing 13 people.[1] Property damage resulting from the tornadoes is currently estimated at $1.2 billion. According to the National Oceanic and...more

New Law in New Jersey Increases Scope of Insurance Fraud to Insurance Certificates

Contractors should be aware of a New Jersey law that could cause them to be found liable for insurance fraud if they provide insurance certificates to owners containing false or misleading information. The new law, which goes...more

Tennessee Court Interprets Meaning Of “Personal Effects” Under Property Policy

In Stevenson v. Am. Cas. Co. of Reading, Pa., 2016 Tenn. App. LEXIS 48 (January 27, 2016), the Tennessee court of appeals affirmed the granting of a motion for summary judgment in favor of an insurer with regard to whether an...more

Property Insurance Claims? Insurance Attorney Offers Simple Yet Vital Guidelines

Suffering a loss to personal or business property can be a stressful situation. To make things worse, the process of reporting, submitting, and presenting your insurance claim can be complex. This article shares a few...more

Common Sense Prevails: State of Collapse Nonexistent Thirteen Years before Discovery of Decay

For years, property insurance policies that exclude rot damage have been called upon to cover rot because the policies extend coverage to “collapse”—an undefined term—caused by hidden decay, even if the structure remains...more

Insurance Recovery Group News: Was it Vandalism or Was it Theft?

Was it vandalism or was it theft? According to Connecticut District Court Judge Jeffrey Meyer, that was the $2 million question in Mercedes Zee Corp., LLC v. Seneca Ins. Co., 2015 WL 9311343 (D. Conn. Dec. 22, 2015). ...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Declaratory Judgment Claim

A while back, I wrote about a Georgia Supreme Court decision, Royal Capital Development LLC v. Maryland Casualty Co., that held that diminution in value of real property is potentially covered under a property insurance...more

New Federal Bill Would Allow Risk Retention Groups to Cover Property

A bill recently introduced in the House seeks to expand the authority of Risk Retention Groups (“RRGs”) to write property, and not just commercial casualty, coverage. HR 3794, which was introduced on a bipartisan basis, would...more

Texas Federal Court Rejects Insured’s Attempt To Destroy Diversity By Naming Adjuster As Defendant

The insured in Patel v. Acceptance Indem. Ins. Co., No. 4:15-CV-944-A, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10300 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 28, 2016), alleged that Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company and its adjuster, Charles Payne, did not fully...more

Coverage for Direct Physical Loss Does Not Necessarily Include “Matching” or Require “Aesthetic Uniformity”

When a property insurance policy covers a multi-story building or multi-building property, and a portion sustains damage, there is often a question regarding the extent to which undamaged property should be replaced to ensure...more

California Department of Insurance Orders California Fair Plan To Make Coverage Changes

On January 20, 2016, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) issued an Order to the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan Association to expand the coverages offered under its residential property...more

As Winter Storm Jonas Bears Down, Businesses Should Seek To Protect Their Insurance Rights

While this year’s winter has been relatively mild for the East Coast, Winter Storm Jonas is expected to produce prolific amounts of snow in parts of the East, rivaling infamous snowstorms of the recent past. While the...more

Insurance Coverage Issues for Hotel and Apartment High-Rises Damaged by Fire

Just before fireworks exploded across the sky to usher in 2016, a massive fire engulfed the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai. At nearly 1,000 feet tall, this five-star hotel and luxury apartment building —with about 200 hotel...more

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