June 1, 2017
Hurricane season is fast approaching, but don't be too focused on the official June 1 start date. This year, late April saw Arlene, the first named tropical storm of the season. Coastal...
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May 31, 2017

 

An insured homeowner whose home has been badly damaged is entitled to coverage for the cost of repairs, even if those far exceed the property’s market value, a state appeals court has ruled.

Reversing a Contra Costa County judge’s decision, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said a Richmond woman whose home was damaged by a kitchen fire in 2011 should...

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May 31, 2017
An insured homeowner whose home has been badly damaged is entitled to coverage for the cost of repairs, even if those far exceed the property’s market value, a state appeals court has ruled.
 
Reversing a Contra Costa County judge’s decision, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said a Richmond woman whose home was damaged by a kitchen fire in 2011...
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May 25, 2017
Scottsdale Insurance Co. recently asked the Ninth Circuit to uphold a ruling that an exclusion in an education technology company’s policy for claims related to professional services bars coverage for a False Claims Act suit, and attorneys say a decision in the insurer’s favor could severely limit D&O coverage for privately held service providers.
 
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May 17, 2017
The Atlantic hurricane season is a little more than two weeks away, so now is a good time for homeowners along the coast to check their insurance coverage.
 
The annual hurricane season runs for six months, from June through November.
 
“A good place to start is your deductible,” said Amy Bach, executive director of United Policyholders,...
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May 13, 2017

 

COBB MOUNTAIN 

The wooded path between Maya Leonard’s house and the elementary school where she is a sixth-grader remains scarred and blackened, a reminder of the epic wildfire that stole so much from this community on a September afternoon in 2015.

But as she has traveled to and from classes at Cobb Mountain Elementary...

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May 11, 2017
A policyholder advocacy group and two Christian organizations urged California's high court Wednesday to rule that an employer's negligent hiring or supervision of a worker who intentionally injures a third party is an accidental "occurrence" under a general liability insurance policy, saying state precedent supports that conclusion.
 
The issue came before the...
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May 9, 2017
The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association has urged the Eleventh Circuit to seek the Georgia Supreme Court's guidance on whether insurance carriers may be held liable for negligent, as opposed to bad faith, failure to settle a claim against a policyholder, saying the issue is key to deciding Nationwide's appeal of an unfavorable $8 million trial award.
 
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May 4, 2017

It’s no secret that credit scores play an increasingly important role in our financial lives, determining everything from whether we qualify for a mortgage to what interest rate we’ll get on a new credit card. What still may surprise some, however, is how significant credit scores are in...

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April 23, 2017
An April 2017 report by United Policyholders reveals the state rankings of homeowner insurance protections that impact buying insurance. The research revealed that many major insurance companies and many states withhold coverage and policy provisions from consumers during the purchase. These same companies and states also withhold payment information....