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25 Oct 2012, 4:11 am by Charles A. Yuen
The California Supreme Court has unanimously recognized that all insurance policies triggered by continuing injury or damage must pay "all sums" they have promised in their language, and that the policyholder therefore may obtain the benefits of a stacking of policy limits for different policies obtained over many years.  (State v. Cont’l Ins. Co., 281 [...] [read post]
10 Jan 2014, 6:36 am by admin
Good morning!  As most of you know, I recently opened Todd Legal, P.A..  I wanted to explain why there have not been as many legal updates flowing to your inbox lately. It was time to create larger solutions to some of the biggest problems facing Florida’s property insurers: diminishing case predictability, increasing costs, and declining results.  I started Todd Legal, P.A. to [read post]
13 Dec 2012, 9:03 am by Steven Karp
In a presidential election year, every ad on television seems to be a political campaign ad. In a non-election year, every ad on TV seems to be an automobile insurance company ad. The four automobile insurance companies that advertise the most are Allstate, State Farm, GEICO and Progressive. One might wonder why these companies spend [...] [read post]
21 Nov 2013, 3:36 am by admin
In a case where I was the attorney at the trial court level, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals determined the insureds did not have homeowners insurance coverage for a sinkhole claim under an HO-3 policy because they did not reside at the property. photo from http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/2011/03/28/real_estate/us_housing_vacancy_rates/vacant_house.gi.top.jpg If you are not familiar with the HO-3′s coverage requirement that the homeowners reside [read post]
5 Apr 2012, 7:50 am by Austin Mehr
As a follow-up to the $2.2 million dollar verdict awarded by the jury in Bell County in August 2011, the trial judge has now added $353,796.07 to the verdict for attorney's fees. [read post]
19 Feb 2010, 9:08 am by Austin Mehr
Austin Mehr will be speaking on two matters at the KJA Insurance Claims Handling Practices Seminar, on April 16. Austin will be presenting a general session on Kentucky's Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act and discussing claims practices in disability insurance claims. [read post]
29 Oct 2013, 6:17 am by admin
As discussed this summer, Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott organized a Bill of Rights Working Group to create a Bill of Rights for Florida’s insureds.  They addressed the following issues in great detail: education, transparency, and monitoring the insurance marketplace; improvements to the claim process; assignment of benefits and emergency remediation companies; examinations under oath; alternative dispute resolution; post-claim [read post]
16 Dec 2009, 2:41 pm by structuredsettlements
My latest video on Legal Broadcast Network begins to explore the use of life insurance in the settlement planning process for both plaintiffs and plaintiff attorney. For more information click Life Insurance in Settlement Planning [read post]
10 Jan 2014, 7:16 am by steinlaw
The first time most people deal with an insurance company is with their car. You are involved in a crash and everyone thinks "What about my car?" Or "My car is a total loss. Now what?" A smart insurance adjuster... [read post]
20 Dec 2013, 7:41 am by admin
In Land O’ Lakes on Thursday morning, a dropout occurred during a neighboring property’s sinkhole repair effort.  Reports describe the hole as 12 wide and 6 feet deep. http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_pasco/land_o_lakes/2-land-o-lakes-homes-evacuated-for-possible-sinkhole-activity Some ground movement often occurs during the stabilization process. Tens of thousands of homes have been repaired without any dropouts like this occurring; however, as the Dunedin sinkhole… [read post]
11 Jul 2013, 1:14 am by Paul
Any time you purchase auto liability insurance, the agent is required by law to offer you uninsured/under insured motorist coverage and personal injury protection (PIP).  If you turn either coverage down, they must get your signature on a rejection form.  The reason these coverages must be offered is that they are the best protection that a driver can buy for himself and his family.  Thus, it is important to understand what they are, how they work, read more [read post]
23 May 2013, 11:13 am by steinlaw
I have talked about this before. It is even part of my presentation when I speak to high school students. What information do you need to get at the scene of an accident? First, if the police come and separate... [read post]
28 Aug 2012, 11:28 am by steinlaw
It has been a while since I have shared this so I thought I would put it out there again. I have written a TON of free reports about the legal system, the law, insurance companies and personal injury cases.... [read post]
6 Jun 2011, 4:44 pm by brittania
The California Department of Insurance announced it will launch market conduct examinations of the 10 largest life insurers operating in the state as it widens an investigation of potentially unfair practices in handling of dormant policies.   Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced the initiation of the examinations during a joint investigative hearing with Controller John Chiang into the payment practices of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. The market conduct examinations, as did the… [read post]
6 Apr 2010, 5:54 am by Rich Vetstein
Fannie Mae’s new Loan Quality Initiative (LQI) mandates become effective on June 1, 2010, and this will definitely curtail borrowers’ spending before their home closings, and could derail some closings for buyers who rack up purchases before their home sales have closed. The June 1 changes are part of a new effort by mortgage giant Fannie Mae to cut down on slipshod underwriting by lenders and frauds by borrowers. Fannie’s so-called “loan quality initiative” will require lenders not only… [read post]
25 Feb 2011, 11:27 am by John LeBlanc
By John M. LeBlanc and Jason C. Love On February 17, 2011, California Insurance Commissioner David Jones announced in a press release that the California Department of Insurance had contacted several unnamed medical malpractice insurers to raise concerns about excessive rates and request that these insurers submit rate filings with the CDI to reduce their rates.  California Insurance Code sections 1861.01 and 1861.05, enacted in 1988 as part of Proposition 103, specifically grants the CDI the… [read post]
14 Feb 2014, 6:06 am by steinlaw
When you get in an accident, you may be injured. You may know it right away, or you may not. At the time, you may not believe you are injured. However, you may then develop pain. You decide to go... [read post]
25 Jan 2012, 8:16 am by HCWadmin
If you have been injured through the fault of another in any type of CT car accident, motorcycle crash, a slip and fall, dog bite injury, or through doctor or hospital malpractice there are a number of issues that you … Continue reading ? [read post]
18 Feb 2014, 5:50 am by admin
The Fifth DCA, in State Farm v. Fred & Carol Phillips, held that the homeowners had to enter into a contract to obtain coverage for sinkhole stabilization repairs determined by the appraisal process. The full order is here: http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/4fa29707eab8eaf23d000005/sinkhole.jpg This is a positive order for the insurance industry; however, it may not be broad enough to provide certainty in the [read post]
10 Sep 2010, 9:29 am by Douglas Reiser
A new court opinion mandates the recovery of sales tax in property losses In a new opinion, the Washington Supreme Court decided that the term “actual cash value” was ambiguous enough to include payment for sales tax. While this is not absolutely construction specific, its worth mention here on Builders Counsel. This is especially true for equipment lessors, materials producers, property developers and other businesses seeking recovery of the value of lost property. In Holden v. Farmers… [read post]