COVID-19 Insurance Updates

Here are some updates in the fast-evolving COVID-19 insurance world: Washington State's insurance commissioner extended the deadline for insurers to file certain kinds of lawsuits over property insurance coverage. Most homeowners' insurance policies require any lawsuit against the insurer be filed within a certain length of time from the loss (often one year). Missing the …

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Replacement Cost Coverage Under Homeowners Insurance Can Be Broader Than You Might Think

Most homeowners insurance provides what's known as "replacement cost" coverage. Replacement cost coverage varies from policy to policy, but generally provides that the insurance company will pay to repair or replace damaged portions of the home with materials of the same or similar quality that existed before the loss. This coverage basically provides the insurer …

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Lawsuit Over Neighbors’ Target Shooting Triggers Homeowners’ Insurance Coverage Says Court of Appeals

Most homeowner's insurance policies include coverage protecting the policyholders from certain kinds of lawsuits. For example, many policies provide that, if the policyholder gets sued for "personal injury" claims, the insurance company will pay for lawyers to defend the policyholder in court. This liability coverage is an important part of most homeowners insurance policies. Determining …

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Ninth Circuit Reiterates Insurers Can’t Re-Write Policies to Justify Denying Coverage

As we've often observed, insurance policy fine print matters. Insurers can only deny claims if the policy language excludes the claim from coverage. A recent decision from our local federal appeals court confirms insurers cannot re-write the policy after the fact to support denying coverage. On February 18, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, …

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