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Portland’s Downtown Police Precinct Boarded Up

PORTLAND, Ore. — Workers have installed plywood over windows and washed off graffiti near the entrance to the downtown Portland police headquarters after police say windows were smashed and plywood was removed from doors. The vandalism happened after the Multnomah …

Unrest After George Floyd Death Reminds Insurers of 1968 Uprising

Scenes that played out over the past few days in several East region states are serving as a stark reminder for the insurance industry of civil unrest that took place in New York and other U.S. states more than 50 …

Police Arrest Man in Arson of Historic Nashville Courthouse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man who set fire to a historic courthouse in Tennessee during weekend protests has been arrested, police said. Wesley Somers, 25, is charged with felony arson, vandalism and disorderly conduct. He is accused of setting fire …

Shady Adjuster and Alleged Fake Racist Attack Top Fraud Roundup

SoCal Adjuster Jailed for Embezzlement A former licensed public adjuster from Huntington Beach, Calif., was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and five years of felony probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts of embezzlement and one felony …

Court Says Policy’s Vandalism Exclusion Doesn’t Bar Coverage for Arson

Setting fire to a house is much more than an act of vandalism and if insurers want to exclude such damage from coverage they had best use the term “arson” in policy exclusions, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals …

Vacancy Exclusion Applies to Vandalism But Not Arson Loss

A federal court in Ohio, faced with the question of whether a vacancy exclusion applied in the case of arson, a matter of first impression in that state, attempted without success to get the answer from the Supreme Court of …

Owner of Limo Torched in Washington D.C. Protest Says Insurance Unlikely to Pay

Insurance likely won’t cover the damage to a limousine set on fire during an Inauguration Day protest in Washington, the limo company president says. Muhammad Ashraf, the president of the Virginia-based Nationwide Chauffeured Services, said Monday that replacing the car …

Farmers: Rising Temps Leads to More Auto Thefts and Vandalism

Theft and vandalism is the leading cause of non-collision auto claims in the summer, according to the latest Seasonal Smarts Digest from Farmers Insurance. Among Farmers Insurance customers during the two year period of 2013 and 2014, almost 30 percent …

California Court Finds That Fire Caused by Vagrant on Premises is Not Excluded

So, the tenants have moved out and you’ve turned off the gas and electric utilities. However a fire burns the house down. You turn the claim over to your insurance company for coverage. The insurance company investigates the claim and …

A Homeowner Policy’s Vacancy Exclusion Includes Arson in Florida

Homeowner policies contain a vacancy exclusion. Under the terms of the standard vacancy exclusion, damage caused by “vandalism and malicious mischief” are excluded from coverage. However, is arson encompassed within the phrase “vandalism and malicious mischief?” That issue was recently …