Miami Condo Association Sues QBE Insurance Over Hurricane Claims

A Miami condominium association is suing its insurer, QBE Insurance Corp., and its Florida general managing agent, for more than $500 million in damages, claiming bad faith and deception in handling hurricane claims.

Daniel S. Rosenbaum, the managing partner of Katzman Garfinkel Rosenbaum, LLP, in West Palm Beach, said his firm obtained a judgment against QBE from a federal court jury trial in February, 2009 for approximately $25 million, plus another $1.75 million being awarded in attorneys’ fees, for Buckley Towers Condominium in Miami.

Rosenbaum said he has now filed another lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. This second lawsuit for $500 million is against QBE and its managing general agent, Florida Intracoastal Underwriters Limited Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown and Brown, Inc. The new lawsuit accuses both companies of engaging in deceptive and fraudulent bad faith claims handling practices as a general business practice, and having a specific intent to injure Buckley Towers while it sought insurance coverage to repair the heavily damaged buildings.

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