Articles by Denise Johnson

Texas Roofer Appeals Class Certification in Case Alleging Hail Damage Solicitation

A Texas roofer has filed an appeal disputing a class action finding in a case involving allegations of hail solicitation that could impact 3000 of its customers. The appeals case could have implications for contractors who act as public adjusters …

Technology Gains Over the Years Improved Catastrophe Claims Response

Claims handling has come a long way in 30 years. Just ask Randall Beal, manager of the field technical unit for American Modern Insurance Group. He began working in claims in the early 1980s, when his toolkit consisted of a …

Industry Offers Donations, Free Tools to Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding in Texas and a week after Irma began taking aim at Florida, insurers and vendors are offering aid to hurricane victims in various ways. Recent reports estimate flood damage resulting from …

Employers Navigate Various State, Local Laws to Stay Compliant

Businesses risk employment practices claims if they don’t stay on top of changing state and municipal employment laws, according to Chris Williams, Employment Practices product manager for Travelers. In an interview with Claims Journal, Williams says firms with multiple locations …

Harvey Coverage Questions Loom for Businesses

Harvey’s lengthy stay over Texas and Louisiana, first as a hurricane and then as a tropical storm, will result in considerable losses for businesses located in both states. According to Finley Harckham, a shareholder in the Insurance Recovery Group at …

Federal Judge Rejects $1M Lawyer Fees in $125K Bad Faith Case

A lawyer’s request for more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees was rejected by a federal judge in Pennsylvania. Bernie Clemens sued New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company for bad faith in federal court. The case went to trial …

Cause of Fire That Destroyed 150 Collector Cars in Illinois Remains Undetermined

A large fire last month destroyed at least 150 cars and damaged several more, according to multiple news outlets. The fire occurred at Country Classic Cars in rural Staunton, Ill., located on historic Route 66. According to its website, the …

First Harvey Lawsuit Filed to Beat New Texas Law

Late Thursday afternoon, a Dallas law firm filed a lawsuit to circumvent a new law that went into effect on Friday, September 1. The newly passed law, HB1774, was meant to curb hail lawsuit abuse, but after Hurricane Harvey some …

Resale of Flood-Damaged Cars Another Worry After Harvey

In Houston alone, it’s estimated that 300,000-500,000 vehicles will be deemed a total loss because of flood damage due to Harvey. That’s according to Cox Automotive’s chief economist’s analysis of the number of vehicles lost due to Sandy (250,000), as …

Update: Claims Teams Begin Handling Onslaught of Harvey Cat Losses

Hurricane Harvey has set a U.S record, according to the National Weather Service, dumping 51.88 inches of rain in parts of Texas. As the tropical storm moves over southern Louisiana, claims catastrophe teams are moving in to devastated cities in …