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23 Aug 2010, 7:04 pm by Kantor & Kantor LLP
Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have published a report showing a connection, but not necessarily a causal connection, between a known virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This was not a study designed to replicate the connection between XMRV and CFS, and in fact, no XMRV was found in the study subjects. In a commentary accompanying the study, the University of Alberta's Dr. Andrew Mason suggested that one way to settle the question would be to test anti-retroviral drugs… [read post]
7 Mar 2014, 11:59 am by admin
Todd Legal, P.A. is proud to announce that the ABA Journal recently added First Party Property Insurance Blog to its Legal Blog Directory. This makes two major media outlets featuring the content from First Party Property Insurance Blog, with the other being Claims Journal: This continues the blog’s phenomenal growth this past year – nearly 9,000 views in the last [read post]
27 Aug 2010, 11:35 am by Chip Merlin
Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Company has settled a state class action case, Press v. Louisiana Citizens Fair Plan Property Insurance Corp., for failing to fully pay overhead and profit to insureds. The proposed settlement, for $23 million, covers claims from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.In Louisiana, overhead and profit (O&P) is to be paid when repairs involve three or more trades, to cover the expense of a general contractor to coordinate the work. The lawsuit contended the O&P should have… [read post]
3 Feb 2011, 4:31 am by Chip Merlin
The Windstorm Insurance Network® promotes itself as "The Educational Association for Windstorm Claims Industry Professionals."® It will be hosting a regional symposium in Atlanta on May 10, 2011, at the Emory Conference Center.Noted insurance counsel, Bill Berk, is the Secretary of the Windstorm Network and will be chairing this symposium. He is putting the finishing touches on various up-to-date topics involved with handling windstorm claims. For example, there will be an in depth analysis of… [read post]
12 Mar 2011, 5:06 pm by Darrin Mish
In my previous article, I wrote about 3 out of 7 little-known tax tips that you may miss out on in your tax returns.  Let me briefly recap on what those 3 tips are: 1. Claim your Making Work Pay Credit 2. Claim a tax break for supporting a struggling relative 3. Claim for your expenses in looking for a job Now we continue with the remaining 4 tax tips. 4. Medicare and Long-term care premiums can be deducted Only if your unreimbursed medical expenses (including health insurance… [read post]
31 Dec 2010, 11:17 am
Recently, I've had several Louisiana Homeowners Insurance Claimants contact my office about their mortgage company holding onto their insurance money. Often times the person has a hurricane insurance claim, fire insurance claim or other homeowners claim and has completed repairs or has nearly completed repairs. For whatever reason the mortgage company is giving the homeowner the runaround on disbursing the money. Although the mortgage company, as additional insured on the policy, has a right to… [read post]
6 Nov 2013, 5:45 am by thehealthlawfirm
By Michael L. Smith, R.R.T., J.D., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law, and George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A little known rule published by CMS to … Continue reading → [read post]
14 Sep 2012, 1:57 pm
The Missouri Department of Insurance issued a bulletin to every health insurance carrier operating in this state, every health insurance carrier insuring Missouri employees, and every self-insured plan covering Missouri employees. This bulletin is regarding the department's initial steps to implement SB749. Per Director John M. Huff: "Now that the General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Nixon's veto of SB749, our department is responsible for beginning the implementation of this new law. Under… [read post]
7 Sep 2011, 9:57 am by brittania
A drawn-out examination of the market conduct of Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co. in Kansas has concluded with authorities there by fining it over eight violations of administrative regulations.   The Kansas Insurance Department reviewed operations of the Glenview, Ill.-based insurer between Jan. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2008. An examiner-in-charge presented the company with a final draft of the exam on Jan. 7, 2011, and by mid-August the department issued its final order.   In the order,… [read post]
6 Aug 2012, 2:57 pm by brittania
Chubb National Insurance Co. will pay a $68,000 fine after insurance regulators in Missouri levied charges of market misconduct against it and three sister companies.   The market conduct exam conducted by the Missouri Department of Insurance covered calendar year 2009. It reviewed records of Chubb National, Great Northern Insurance Co., Pacific Indemnity Insurance Co. and Vigilant Insurance Co., all of which are affiliates of Warren, New Jersey-based Chubb Group.   Among the finds were… [read post]
28 Nov 2011, 10:26 am
The Missouri Department of Insurance states some insurance companies are setting unreasonable timelines for Joplin homeowners attempting to rebuild after the May 22nd tornado. The department issued a bulletin to the industry stating many home and business owners can't be expected to rebuild within the time limits required by some insurance policies. In the bulletin, John M. Huff, director of the Department of Insurance, states the unprecedented scale of the Joplin tornado prevented many consumers… [read post]
28 Oct 2013, 5:27 am by Cari Rincker
I gave this presentation to Lawline last Thursday.  It was the first part of a two part series on “Counseling the Local Food Movement.”  I discussed the history of direct farm marketing, current trends, cottage food operations (i.e., home based food processing), liability and insurance.   You can listen to my presentation and get a FREE CLE by clicking here. I will be giving Part II of the presentation on local food law next month on November 18, 2013.  You can attend… [read post]
29 Oct 2010, 5:45 am by Hopkins
In a recent Automobile Association of America (AAA) questionnaire, Rick Scott illustrates his naivety of the complex insurance problems that uniquely face the State of Florida:: "My plan to address the homeowners' insurance crisis in Florida is to re-invigorate the private insurance market and let it work. To do this, I would reverse the policies that have expanded Citizens' product offerings to include multi-peril policies, thus keeping Citizens' premiums artificially low." First, what about the… [read post]
6 Aug 2012, 2:57 pm by brittania
Chubb National Insurance Co. will pay a $68,000 fine after insurance regulators in Missouri levied charges of market misconduct against it and three sister companies.   The market conduct exam conducted by the Missouri Department of Insurance covered calendar year 2009. It reviewed records of Chubb National, Great Northern Insurance Co., Pacific Indemnity Insurance Co. and Vigilant Insurance Co., all of which are affiliates of Warren, New Jersey-based Chubb Group.   Among the finds… [read post]
24 Oct 2012, 6:20 am by Mark J. Rose, Esq.
Tampa Bay Fox 13 recently featured a segment regarding the effect of House Bill 119, the 2012 PIP law change, on PIP premium rates.  Lynne McChristian of the Insurance Information Institute, shed some light what appears to be a lack of a premium decrease.  McChristian indicates that the recent insurer reports are not indicative of what could likely be the case after January 1, 2013, when all of HB119?s changes take effect. [read post]
17 Jun 2009, 10:25 am by Bradley Wrightsel
Most of us do not need to worry about planning for the federal estate tax. With the current exemption amount at $3.5M, a married couple can pass along $7M to their children without paying any federal estate tax.What if you are one of the fortunate few who do need to plan for the federal estate tax? Also, what if in addition to having a large estate your estate contained illiquid assets, like real estate and/or a family business? One possibility is an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT). The idea… [read post]
11 Feb 2014, 5:15 am by Dianne Saxe
Read your insurance policy. That’s the bottom line advice for businesses of all kinds, especially when it comes to pollution exclusions in property damage and liability insurance policies. A used car company and its principal learned this the hard way. Mississauga Motor Mart, and its directing mind, unsuccessfully sued its insurer for coverage and defence, after the Motor Mart’s former landlord sued them for waste oil damage. The former landlord’s statement of claim alleges… [read post]
4 Jun 2010, 10:11 am by Kantor & Kantor LLP
The new federal healthcare legislation could bestow broad new powers on California’s next insurance commissioner, already one of the nation’s most powerful jobs of its kind, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Healthcare reform raises the stakes in California insurance commissioner election.” Four candidates are running for their parties’ nominations in the June 8 primary election -- Democrats Dave Jones and Hector De La Torre, and Republicans Brian D. Fitzgerald and Mike Villines – and the… [read post]
24 Jan 2012, 4:56 pm by brittania
The U.S. Government has dipped its toes into insurance company rate proposals - long the domain of state authorities - in calling for a rollback of rate increases proposed in five states by Trustmark Life Insurance Co.   Kathleen Sibelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,  called Trustmark’s proposals unreasonable and asked it to rescind the increases, issue refunds, or “publicly explain their proposal to do so.”   In the affected states - Alabama,… [read post]
22 Aug 2011, 10:22 am by Dave Wingate, Senior Life Care Planning
If you’re self-employed, then likely you know just how much the flu or even a short-term injury can set you back. If you are out of the “game” for even a short period of time, then there is a direct impact on your bottom line. There is no sick leave to fall back on, is there? What if an illness or injury were to take you out of the game for an extended period of time? You might just lose your business and, with it, your home and the rest of your assets. That is not a pretty… [read post]