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Texas Supreme Court Swings for the Fences in Case Regarding Fencing

In property claims, issues often arise regarding: (1) whether a given structure is a part of the dwelling; and (2) what coverage limits apply to certain structures. The Texas Supreme Court recently addressed these issues in Nassar v. Liberty Mutual,… Continue Reading →

Victory for Florida Policyholders Destined to Be Short-Lived

Some commentators are suggesting that the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday in Sebo v. American Home Assurance Co. was an important “win” for policyholders. On some levels that is true, but the victory may prove fleeting. The Florida high court… Continue Reading →

Court Rejects Insured’s Attempt at “Selectively Reading” Property Policy to Cover Data Breach

Republished from Tressler’s Privacy Risk Report blog. In Camp’s Grocery, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 4:16-cv-00204 (October 25, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama granted summary judgment to defendant State Farm and… Continue Reading →

Insured’s Position On “Collapse” Issue Falls Down in Washington Court

In American Economy Ins. Co. v. CHL, LLC, an insured owned an apartment complex in Seattle. The insurer issued commercial property insurance for the building from 1999 to 2005. The policy provided coverage for losses caused by a “collapse.” The… Continue Reading →

Insurers Must Analyze the Condition of Personal Property to Calculate Depreciation for ACV Purposes

A California trial court recently held that an insurer must use the “condition” of personal property as a factor in determining the depreciation value to calculate actual cash value (ACV). In The Doan v. State Farm Gen. Ins. Co., certain… Continue Reading →

5th Circuit Rejects Insured’s “Mini-Deductibles” Argument in Hurricane Loss

In Saratoga Resources, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co., Lexington Insurance Company (Lexington) issued an insurance policy to Saratoga Resources, Inc. (Saratoga) that covered various oil and gas properties. In 2012, when Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana, many of Saratoga’s properties were… Continue Reading →

Another Court, Another Interpretation of “Collapse”

Paul and Annette Fabozzi procured a homeowner’s policy from Lexington Insurance Company. After renovating their home, the interior walls rotted so much that the home was on the verge of collapse. The Fabozzis sought coverage from the Lexington policy. Lexington… Continue Reading →

Marijuana Covered Under Property Policy: Insurers Must Consider Other Factors in Claims Adjusting

Proper claims handling requires comparing policy terms and conditions with particular facts giving rise to a claim. However, a recent decision finding that an insured’s marijuana stock is covered under a property policy offers a reminder that other circumstances should… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Labor Costs May Be Depreciated in Determining Actual Cash Value

Recently, Minnesota’s highest court ruled in Wilcox v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. on whether or not labor can be depreciated in determining Actual Cash Value (ACV). Answering a certified question from the United States District Court of Minnesota,… Continue Reading →

Florida Court Rules Homeowner Can Assign Benefits Absent Insurer Consent

Elaine Gattus purchased a homeowner’s policy from Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Company (Gulfstream). The policy included a provision that stated “[a]ssignment of this policy will not be valid unless we give our written consent.” After Gattus’ home suffered damage,… Continue Reading →

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