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State insurance regulator tells Pasco to just say ‘no’

Fri Jun 27th, 2014 on     Insurance Law,    

The subject of insurable interest does not come up often. It looks as if the last time we touched on it here was almost four years ago. Those posts (here) covered some basic insurance concepts, but they were not about a Florida case. Now, thanks to an offer from a group of investors, Pasco County has its own insurable interest story to tell.

Insurers know: The sky is falling and the water is rising p2

Sat Jun 21st, 2014 on     Insurance Claims,    

When we hear about insurance companies involved in lawsuits, it usually has something to do with suspected fraud, a denied claim or bad faith. The lawsuit we started to talk about in our last post struck us as unusual on just about every level — well, most levels, because the bottom line is still insurers’ bottom lines. They are arguing over property insurance claims they believe they should not have been forced to pay.

Insurers know: The sky is falling and the water is rising

Wed Jun 18th, 2014 on     Insurance Claims,    

One of the things critics of the insurance industry sometimes overlook is that most insurance companies are businesses, not charitable organizations. That means insurers have to answer to shareholders, and shareholders want their investments to grow. Insurance companies provide a valuable service, even a social good, but they are just as subject to pressure to make a profit as the corner drugstore or Exxon Mobile Corp.

Life insurance payouts and slayer statutes add to family’s burden p5

Wed Jun 11th, 2014 on     Insurance Claims,    

Charles and Judy Cox must have mixed emotions as December 6 nears. That Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance. It will also mark the end of that terrible waiting period that families must endure between a disappearance and an official declaration of death. The Coxes’ daughter, Susan Powell, may or may not have been murdered by her husband in 2009, and the state will finally acknowledge what so many have believed for a long time: She is not coming back.

Life insurance payouts and slayer statutes add to family’s burden p3

Thu Jun 5th, 2014 on     Insurance Claims,    

We are discussing a court decision about life insurance policy payouts under unusual circumstances. Generally, the insurance company pays the beneficiary as soon as it learns of the insured’s death. If the company cannot locate the beneficiary, it retains the payout for a set period of time before turning it over to the state. Florida has been instrumental in holding life insurance companies’ feet to the fire, so to speak, to make sure they actively search for the beneficiary.

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