Category Archives: Agents and Brokers

Negligence Claims Against Insurance Adjusters?

Claims professionals, a/k/a "adjusters" play an important role in evaluating and defending an insured claim as part of the tripartite relationship. When something goes wrong, it is not uncommon for the insured to turn on her attorney but the adjuster is never a target, right? Maybe not. At least two jurisdictions, New Hampshire and Alaska, permit claims of negligence against individual insurance adjusters on the theory that they owe a duty of ordinary care to conduct adequate investigations into an insured’s claim. Pennsylvania recently considered the issue and concluded that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court may permit such a claim against an insurance adjuster.

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Cleveland Indians Sue Insurance Broker following Wrongful Death Claim

It is generally understood that an insurance broker may be held liable for failing to obtain requisite insurance for the insured. But, there is plenty of room for debate when the broker fails to obtain coverage for a third-party; i.e. an additional insured. This issue was put to the test by the Cleveland Indians following the death of one of its patrons attending pre-game activities. According to the Sixth Circuit, the team stated a valid claim.

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Insurance Agents in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy’s wind and rain are long gone but the storm’s legal wrath has only just begun. As the cleanup continues, and insurance and legal issues pile up, we are starting the see the first wave of lawsuits following the storm. In particular, the initial targets appear to be insurance agents.

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Botched Weather Report Leads to Unusual Insurance Claim

A feud is developing between flower enthusiasts and the Philadelphia media arising from an "overly hyped” weather report. The possible remedy may be in the form of a lesser known insurance product. The Philadelphia Flower Show usually generates about $1 million in profits from its annual exhibit. But not this year. Reportedly, the show drew substantially fewer attendees than expected this year and organizers of the event are blaming a “botched” weather report. Now the event’s president is accusing Philadelphia media outlets of “hyping up” a major snowstorm during the week of the flower show that never materialized but led to scores of cancelled visitors. In turn, this led to about $1 million in losses. Is there insurance for this? You bet.

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