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Viewpoint: Alvarez Defense May Stem Use of Exaggerated Estimates

The recently minted Alvarez defense has become an important sword in Florida homeowner’s property insurance carriers’ arsenal against overstated, excessive, and false claims. Every Florida insurance defense attorney and adjuster should be aware of and using this very effective defense. …

Connecticut’s Disaster Claims Mediation Program Bill Takes Effect

In Connecticut, the state’s insurance department now has the legal authority to establish a mediation program for claims disputes arising from catastrophic losses. The state’s Public Act 13-148 — which was signed into law by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy in …

NFA President Testifies Before NAIC’s Catastrophe Loss Committee

National Fire Adjustment (NFA) President Ronald J. Papa recently testified before the Catastrophe Loss Committee with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) at the Gaylord Hotel Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Insurance company executives, media representatives and pro consumer …

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Issues Fee Cap Notice to Public Adjusters

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak issued a bulletin to Oklahoma-licensed public adjusters advising them not to charge customers more than 10 percent of the total claim settlement. “Oklahoma storm victims need alternatives and assistance, but they also need to …

Florida Supreme Court Weighs If Public Adjuster Law Limits Free Speech

Public adjusters would have more access to homeowners in the immediate aftermath of a storm if the Florida Supreme Court rules Florida’s current public adjuster law unconstitutional. The Florida Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the case of Atwater …

Public Adjuster Controversy Continues for State Regulators

Despite acknowledgment through licensing requirements in 44 states, public adjusters continue to face skepticism as evidenced by new legislation and criticism from the remaining states. In a statement released shortly after April tornadoes ripped through the state, causing more than …