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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Flood Insurance Claim Tips

Following several weeks of storms and heavy flooding in Washington State, the state Insurance Commissioner released a list of tips for homeowners dealing with flood losses under their insurance policies. Flood insurance is challenging, so the Insurance Commissioner's advice should be helpful to policyholders affected by the flooding. The upshot is: Most homeowner's and renter's …

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Deadlines in Policy Fine Print Can’t Cut off IFCA Rights Says Court of Appeals

Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) protects policyholders from insurers' unreasonable refusal to pay covered losses or provide insurance policy benefits. Unfortunately, many insurers include fine print in the insurance policy contract that supposedly provides the policyholder cannot sue the insurer once certain time period has passed since the loss. These time periods are typically …

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