Don’t confuse STOLIs with life settlements

Mon Nov 16th, 2015 on     Insurance Law,    

In July 2014, we wrote a series of posts about stranger-originated life insurance policies and the efforts of various states, including Florida, to regulate, even to eliminate STOLIs. With STOLIs taking so much of the spotlight, though, life insurance companies found it difficult to explain legitimate ways to turn a policy into cash.

Florida court upholds Chinese drywall insurance claim denial

Mon Oct 19th, 2015 on     Insurance Claims,    

The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal decided a case in September that illustrates just how tough it can be to fight an insurance company. It also shows that Chinese drywall complaints are still working their ways through insurance companies and the courts, but the insurance companies have taken steps to avoid paying homeowners’ claims.

Ask a simple question, get a court order to get an answer, p. 2

Mon Oct 12th, 2015 on     Insurance Law,    

We are talking about a lawsuit two taxi companies and an Uber customer filed against the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. As we said in our last post, the plaintiffs do not want money damages; they are requesting that the court order the FDHSMV to answer a question about the state’s insurance requirements for for-hire passenger vehicles.

Flood insurance changes afoot in Florida and, with luck, the US p3

Mon Oct 5th, 2015 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Florida has escaped Hurricane Joaquin, but the category 4 storm has contributed to an historic amount of flood damage. As the rain and the flooding continue, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has said her state is living through a 1,000-year flood. It could be weeks before power is returned to some affected areas. And, with so many historic buildings in Charleston, insurance companies are expecting an enormously expensive cleanup.

Flood insurance changes afoot in Florida and, with luck, the US

Tue Sep 22nd, 2015 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

With Labor Day behind us, we are nearing the end of the 10th anniversary of one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in American history. Much of the media coverage was devoted to Hurricane Katrina, perhaps rightfully so. Still, by the time Katrina hit in August, Florida had already been through Hurricane Dennis, a mere category 3 storm by the time it had finished with Cuba. In September, Hurricane Ophelia blew by, followed by Hurricane Rita. October started with Tropical Storm Tammy, with Hurricane Wilma following close on Tammy’s heels. It was a busy year.

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