The Growing Trend and Problem of Contractors Adjusting Claims for Policyholders : Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog

The Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Annual Convention starts today. I have been asked to speak to their Board of Directors this afternoon regarding their concerns about restoration companies and repair contractors acting as policyholder representatives in the negotiation and settlement of insurance claims. It is a growing trend and one which generally is […]

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Citizens loses condo court case

DAYTONA BEACH — For the second time in less than a year, a jury on Tuesday found that state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. should pay owners of a local condominium for damages sustained during Hurricane Frances in 2004. Owners of the 18-story, 124-unit Inlet Condominium in New Smyrna Beach were awarded $3.3 million for damages […]

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Attorney General files lawsuit against six large insurance companies alleging price-fixing

Attorney General Charles Foti filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court late Wednesday alleging collusion, price-fixing and anti-trust violations by six major insurance companies – including Allstate and State Farm – as well as the firms that manufacture their claims-processing software, and the companies that offer them advice or collect their data. The […]

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Florida Gov. Crist Signs Citizens Insurance Rate Hike Bill Into Law

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has signed legislation that will increase property insurance rates by 10 percent annually on more than one million customers of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and gradually reduce the exposure of the state’s hurricane insurance fund. Crist signed the bill (HB 1495) yesterday along with 30 other bills without any […]

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10 Things Your Home Insurer Won’t Tell You

1. “We have our own caste system.” Sam Mayer, a physician in suburban Chicago, had insured his home, car, and life with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 10 years without ever filing a single claim, until a damaged roof and a burglary led to two legitimate claims totaling $3,000. Mayer promptly installed a new home-security […]

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Only 2 Florida Domestic Insurers Lose Demotech Ratings Thus Far

Two domestic property insurers no longer writing in the state — one by choice, the other forced– are the only two Florida insurers negatively affected thus far by a rating agency’s review of small domestic insurers. In a May 21 report, actuarial services and rating firm Demotech, which specializes in rating newer insurers including the […]

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Homeowners Insurance and Earthquakes, Landslides, Hurricanes

Earthquake, expansive soil, flood, hurricane, landslide and subsidence damage usually not covered! “All Perils” Means:   Learn About the Geology Every year in every state many property owners discover that their homeowners insurance policy will not pay when their homes are damaged by common geological processes such as earthquakes, expansive soils, floods, hurricanes, landslides and subsidence. […]

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People’s Trust Insurance Company Memo

Several months ago, FAIA began receiving complaints that an insurance company, whose advertising was critical of agents, may also be misrepresenting its price, or the reasons for that price, in potential violation of §626.9541, F.S.—Unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices defined. And, we were told that its website quotation system […]

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Will Your Insurance Pay If Vandals Strike?

When people buy homeowner’s insurance, they usually intend for it to cover the home in which they live. That is also the insurance company’s expectation, and most of the time, that is the case. However, sometimes circumstances change and the home is left empty. For example, the family goes on a weeklong vacation, or one that lasts a month or more. One member of the couple may accept a temporary job transfer that will last for a few years, and they may decide not to sell the home. In other cases, the family may move into a new home but find themselves unable to sell the prior one. In all of these cases, the home is rendered either unoccupied or vacant. This change in status can affect the insurance coverage.

The standard homeowner’s policy provides coverage for losses caused by vandalism and malicious mischief. For example, the policy will pay for the repair and replacement of windows if the family comes home and finds all of the first floor windows broken. A reasonable person could conclude that vandals broke the windows. However, the policy will not pay if the home has been vacant for more than 60 days. Insurance companies design the policies and set the prices under the assumption that a home will be occupied. A vacant building is vulnerable to damage by vandals, so the companies have designed other policies to cover them.

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Insurer to pay $92.8 million for Katrina claims

A Louisiana judge has ordered Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to pay $92.8 million to 18,573 policyholders in the state whose claims from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina were not adjusted on time. The state-sponsored insurer of last resort is expected to appeal the judgment by Jefferson Parish Judge Henry Sullivan, according to the Times-Picayune […]

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