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Limitations periods and notice provisions in insurance policies

When I was a kid in Maplewood, New Jersey, our next-door neighbor was a feisty Irish widow named Anne Byrne.  (She was related to our former Governor, Brendan Byrne, but I forget how.)  When I would do something stupid, which usually involved putting some kind of ball through one of her windows, she would grab … Continue Reading

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

When is a “reservation of rights” letter enforceable?

Lawyers and insurance companies are forever reserving their rights.  Sometimes I think it’s a reflex action against ever being forced to take an actual position.  But in the world of insurance coverage, “reservation of rights” letters do serve a function. Insurance companies fear that if they undertake the investigation or defense of a claim, for example, … Continue Reading

Late payment of insurance premiums

My father-in-law (who worked for DeLorean Motors long ago) once told me that success in business was simply a process of accumulating whip marks.  Succeeding in the law is no different.  Here’s a whip mark I got a few months ago, and which you can avoid by always paying your insurance premiums on time.  I … Continue Reading
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