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Amended Complaint Says Texas Public Adjuster Losses Nearly $8 Million

A public adjuster who is accused of pocketing insurance payouts intended for policyholders took a total of $7.9 million from 14 customers, including four churches, according to an amended complaint filed by the Texas Department of Insurance. The Texas State …

Insurer That Denied Appraisal Can’t Seek Declaration That it Made the Right Choice

If an insurer wants confirmation by a court that an appraisal is inappropriate, it needs to file a request for declaratory judgment before denying the appraisal request, an Illinois appellate panel ruled Monday. A panel with the 3rd District of …

8th Circuit: Policyholder Entitled to Appraisal to Determine Cause of Damage

A Minnesota property owner has a right to an appraisal to determine the cause of a loss even if the insurer contends the damage existed before it issued its policy, a panel of the US 8th Circuit Court Appeals ruled …

General Contractor Overhead And Profit And AOB Insurance Scams

A storm is rising, and it is not the type which causes damage to homes and vehicles. It causes damage of a much more insidious nature. Following a storm or other natural disaster, canvassers hired by the “hail cartel”—lawyers or …

Zesty.ai Refines Fire Risk Model by Adding IBHS Data on Building Materials

Zesty.ai, a California insurtech start-up, is hoping to fine-tune fire-risk scores that sometimes can make it challenging for homeowners to find coverage. Marketing Director Nick Allain said the company wants to help insurers who might otherwise overlook fire-resistant structures that …

How One Startup is Trying to Help Car Dealers Weather Hailstorms

Nick Pacifico has been working at his family’s Cadillac dealership in Denver since 2003. He’s never seen insurance costs this bad. “Getting coverage is nearly impossible,” said Pacifico, vice president at Rickenbaugh Automotive Group. Two years ago he paid about …

Adjuster’s Comment About ‘Homeys’ Enough to Allow Discrimination Claim to Proceed

A claims adjuster’s comments about “homeys” and “you people” when talking to a South Chicago property owner were enough to merit further proceedings on a discrimination claim against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. However, several counts that alleged a …

Public Adjusters Winning Broad Support for Licensing as Carriers Fret About Inflated Claims

While the insurance industry has been ringing alarm bells about inflated claims pushed by overzealous public adjusters, an organization pushing to make independent claim adjusters more professional is winning support from both Republicans and Democrats in statehouses across the nation. …

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Bad Faith in Appraisal Process

An insurer’s payment of the appraisal value after disputing a claim does not establish that it was liable, nor does that payment prevent a policyholder from pursuing penalties under the Prompt Payment of Claims Act, a split Texas Supreme Court …

Heavy Rain and Widespread Power Outages Hit Southeast Texas, Louisiana

Hailstones the size of golf balls accompanied by as much as four inches of rain pelted the U.S. Gulf coast from Texas to Louisiana, flooding highways, downing power lines and closing some schools, officials said. About 150,000 homes and businesses …