Force-placed insurance targeted in possible class action

Sat Jun 16th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

About a year ago, a North Miami Beach homeowner slipped up: He let his homeowners insurance lapse. Today, he finds himself petitioning a federal court to certify his lawsuit as a class action. He claims that the defendants, an insurance company and his former mortgage lender, have not acted in good faith and that their practices are deceptive and unjust.

Florida court to policyholders: Quit your whining! (p. 3)

Wed Jun 6th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

We are finishing up our discussion of the Florida Supreme Court’s decision that consumer advocates say could be a game-changer. The case involved a hurricane insurance policy that did not conform to state requirements. In particular, the high deductible warning was in a smaller font and used the word “windstorm” instead of “hurricane.”

Florida court to policyholders: Quit your whining! (p. 2)

Sun Jun 3rd, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

Hurricane forecasters have revised their 2012 predictions. Originally, the experts said the season would boast just 10 named storms, four of which would be hurricanes; two of the hurricanes would develop into major hurricanes. When the official hurricane season started this week, though, the numbers increased to 13 storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Florida court to policyholders: Quit your whining!

Fri Jun 1st, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

At the request of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Florida’s Supreme Court has handed down a decision that commentators say is clearly anti-consumer. The case involved the language of a hurricane insurance policy that did not comply with Florida law. The plaintiff also alleged the insurer had breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

NFIP reprieved, Florida’s flood risk should be low in 2012

Thu May 24th, 2012 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

The U.S. Senate voted today to extend the National Flood Insurance Program for 60 days beyond its May 31 expiration date. The only movement toward a long-term renewal came on Wednesday, when Senate leadership and the author of an NFIP reform and long-term renewal bill agreed to “allow debate” about the measure this year. The news is likely both a relief and a major source of frustration for homeowners in Florida’s Coastal Region.

Second verse same as the first: Flood insurance debate continues

Tue May 22nd, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

The Economic Policy subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on May 9 to examine some of the issues in the area of flood insurance. With the National Flood Insurance Program currently scheduled to expire before June, some committee members called on their fellow legislators to take prompt action both to reform the program and to reauthorize it for the long haul. The program has provided important benefits and safeguards against property damage to homes in Florida and elsewhere in the country.

Baby, you can’t drive my car – it drives itself! So who’s liable?

Mon May 14th, 2012 on     Insurance Claims,    

A bill quietly made it through the Florida Legislature this session that poses some tricky questions for the insurance industry. Surprisingly, it is not related to property insurance or personal injury protection coverage, the two “hot button” insurance issues in the state. Rather, the new law deals with autonomous, or driverless, motor vehicles, and our question is this: If the car drives itself, is an auto insurance company obligated to defend the policyholder from a third-party lawsuit?

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