Property in 60 Seconds

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Property In 60 seconds: California Addresses Policyholder’s Desire to Video EUO

A California appellate court recently decided that policyholders can video-record insurer representatives and attorneys during Examinations Under Oath. While the California Insurance Code allows video-recordings during Examinations, the Code does not specify which individuals can be recorded, aside from the witness. That court considered the legislative intent of the Code and its language, allowing parties the “right …

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Property in 60 Seconds: Texas and Florida Supreme Courts Weigh In On Appraisal Issues

The Supreme Courts for both Florida and Texas issued opinions addressing appraisal in those jurisdictions. The Texas Supreme Court in Rodriguez v. Safeco held that an insurer’s full payment of an appraisal award plus statutory interest precludes the recovery of attorney’s fees in an action under Chapter 542A of the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act. The court …

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Property in 60 Seconds: Florida Federal Court Enforces “Time of Loss” Language in Valuation Provision

Three years makes a difference. A Florida federal court has held that repair costs are to be measured at the time of the loss – not at the time of the later repairs – when calculating actual cash value/replacement cost. The court considered and applied a common policy provision, which required that the value of …

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Property in 60 Seconds: Florida Supreme Court Defines “Disinterested” Party in Appraisal

The Supreme Court of Florida recently resolved a long disputed issue holding that an appraiser who enters into a contingency agreement with a homeowner is not a disinterested party for appraisal purposes. In Jon Douglas Parrish v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company, the Court found that an appraiser cannot be disinterested if they, or a …

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Property in 60 Seconds: Texas Federal Court Addresses Depreciation of Labor

A federal district court in Texas has become the latest to weigh in on whether insurance carriers may depreciate labor when determining the Actual Cash Value (“ACV”) of a loss. On January 11, 2023, in Sims v. Allstate Fire,  the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas was asked to decide whether labor could be …

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PROPERTY IN 60 SECONDS: Bob Horst Quoted in Claims Journal

HKR’s Bob Horst has recently been quoted in two articles published in Claims Journal dealing with appraisal: Appraisals, Water Damage Fraud Among ‘New Normals’ Discussed at PLRB (April 5, 2022) Insurers Challenging Awards When Appraisers’ ‘Disinterest’ in Question (April 19, 2022) The law surrounding the appraisal process has been developing rapidly throughout the country in recent months.  …

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PROPERTY IN 60 SECONDS: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules for Insurer in COVID-19 Coverage Dispute

This morning, in the first state supreme court opinion on COVID-19 business income coverage, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that the virus does not cause physical loss of or damage to property that could trigger coverage under commercial property policies. In Verveine Corp. v. Strathmore Ins. Co., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the trial court’s ruling in favor of …

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PROPERTY IN 60 SECONDS: Harvesting Undamaged Siding is a Reasonable Repair

Property insurers are enjoying a late Winter harvest courtesy of Minnesota. In Elm Creek v. State Farm, the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that the “harvesting” of undamaged siding was a reasonable method of repair.  The loss location was a “residential, common-interest community” with 21 buildings, some of which were damaged during a 2017 hailstorm.  …

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