Tag Archives: Sandy

Limitations Periods in Insurance Policies

Here are a few universal truths. If politicians can raise taxes, they will.  If lawyers can bill, they will. And if judges can find a way to help clear their docket, they will.  That last truth can create a serious problem for the unwary dealing with insurance claims. Many business property policies and homeowners’ policies … Continue Reading

The Appraisal Provision in First-Party Property Policies

I’m not a big fan of arbitration.  I think it costs too much (which kind of goes against its main marketing point), and I don’t particularly like the fact that there’s no right of appeal absent the arbitrator committing fraud. Having said that, and with so many Sandy-related claims still pending in New Jersey, I … Continue Reading

Sandy and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance

As the weeks following Sandy have stretched into months, and the months are beginning to stretch into years, businesses and homeowners with unresolved claims have been asking me whether it’s worthwhile to complain about their carrier to the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (“DOBI”).  Truth be told, it’s a complete waste of time. … Continue Reading

Can an insurance policy shorten the statute of limitations?

With the one-year anniversary of Sandy just having passed, many policyholders are asking how long they have to sue their carrier. Be careful. Many insurance policies contain limitations periods that shorten the general six-year statute of limitations for breach of contract in New Jersey. Such provisions are enforceable both in New Jersey and in New … Continue Reading

Concurrent Causation and Superstorm Sandy

As the Sandy-related insurance disputes develop along the New Jersey coast, we’re seeing what we anticipated:  general liability and homeowners’ carriers are disclaiming coverage on the ground that the damage was caused by flood, and is therefore excluded.  Policyholders, on the other hand, are trying to establish that a good portion of the damage wasn’t … Continue Reading

Insurance claims and Superstorm Sandy

I recently got interviewed by Ed Beeson of the Newark Star-Ledger as part of his article about the looming Superstorm Sandy insurance coverage litigation.  The insurance industry has definitely circled the wagons, and the first suits are now being filed.  There will be a lot of battles over causation (e.g., wind versus flood), as well … Continue Reading
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