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Rick Hammond - Orland Park, IL

15255 South 94th Avenue5th Floor Orland Park, IL 60462

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Orland Park Insurance Law Lawyer

Overview

Rick Hammond focuses his practice in the area of insurance law. He serves as national counsel on matters relating to:

  • property insurance coverage
  • fire and explosion cases
  • bad faith

He is counsel to corporate executives, municipalities, and elected officials on high profile business litigation cases. He also serves as an expert witness on insurance law, bad faith, and coverage issues and is an Adjunct Professor on Insurance Law at the Loyola University-Chicago School of Law...

Rick Hammond focuses his practice in the area of insurance law. He serves as national counsel on matters relating to:

  • property insurance coverage
  • fire and explosion cases
  • bad faith

He is counsel to corporate executives, municipalities, and elected officials on high profile business litigation cases. He also serves as an expert witness on insurance law, bad faith, and coverage issues and is an Adjunct Professor on Insurance Law at the Loyola University-Chicago School of Law.

Previously Mr. Hammond was the Assistant Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance’s Chicago office and held managerial positions in property claims and agency for two national insurance carriers. He also served as Executive Director and General Counsel for the Insurance Committee for Arson Control (a national insurance trade association).

About Rick Hammond

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1988
  • Indiana, 1996

Specialties and Certifications

  • Chartered Life Underwriter's (CLU) designation

Other Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute (Former Illinois State Representative)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Chair, Property Insurance Law Committee)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Past President)
  • Insurance School of Chicago (Board of Directors (former member), Faculty (former member))
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (Columnist, SIU Today magazine)

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1988
    J.D.
  • American College, 1980
    B.A.
    Honors: (Chartered Life Underwriter)
  • Southern Illinois University, 1974
    B.A.

Past Positions

  • State of Illinois Department of Insurance's Chicago Office, Former Head
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC), Executive Director

Classes and Seminars

  • Insurance Law, Insurance School of Chicago
  • Earth, Wind, Fire and Water: Cutting Edge Issues in Property Insurance Claims Following a Natural or Man-Made Disaster
  • Ethical Dilemmas of Representing a Suspected and/or Confirmed Liar
  • State Farm Insurance Companies’ Programs, West Central's Fall Special Investigation Unit Meeting
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control 11th Annual National Arson Investigation Training Seminar
  • Examinations Under Oath, National Insurance Crime Bureau Advanced Academy
  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute – “COVID-19 Claims: novel exclusions; manuscript policies; and virus, market and governmental authority exclusions – Chicago (April 2021)
  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium “The Coronavirus’ Impact on Business Interruption Coverage – Is There a Direct Physical Loss to Property?” – NYC (December 2020)
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators – “Good Faith/Bad Faith: An Overview of Conduct that Causes Allegations of Bad Faith Under the Property Policy” – Cleveland, Ohio (December 2020)
  • American College of Coverage Counsel 8th Annual Meeting – “The Emerging Landscape of Claims for First-Party Coverage for COVID-19 Losses” – (Webinar – September 2020)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – Marketing and Business Development: Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Methods – (Webinar – August 2020)
  • DRI – Good Faith Claim Handling and Adjustment of Business Interruption Claims in a COVID-19 World (Webinar – July 2020)
  • American College of Coverage Counsel and Boston College Law School – “Emerging Insurance Law Responses to the Global Pandemic” – (Webinar – July 2020)
  • DRI – Law Firms Business Interruption Claims: Point–Counter-Point (Webinar – June 2020)
  • American College of Coverage Counsel – “A Dialogue on Coverage Issues Relating to the Coronavirus” (Webinar – March 2020)
  • Insuralex – Moderator of the U.S. Seminar on Cutting Edge Issues – Chicago (September 2019)
  • Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce – Moderator: Illinois Mayors Panel Presentation – “What Keeps You Up at Night?” – Peoria, IL (August 2019)
  • DRI Bad Faith Seminar – “Punitive Damages: The Latest Trends and Theories” – Washington, DC (June 2019)
  • American College of Coverage Counsel Annual Meeting – “Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg.; Ensuing Loss Theory, Debate and Answers or, what the Cluck is Covered After All” – Chicago, IL (May 2019)
  • HeplerBroom, LLC and the Chicagoland Chapters of CPCU – Insurance Law and Coverage Seminar (Moderator) – Chicago, IL (May 2019)
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units, Illinois Chapter Seminar – “Good Faith/Bad Faith” – Chicago, IL (May 2019)
  • Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies – “Application in the Hot Seat” and “Before it’s Too Late” – Bloomington, IL (April 2019)
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units, Illinois Chapter Seminar – “Good Faith/Bad Faith” – Greenfield, IN (April 2019)
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Seminar – “Ethical Advocacy in Mediation. As Distinct from What You May Be Doing?” – Tucson, AZ (March 2019)
  • DRI Young Lawyers Boot Camp – “Litigating the Declaratory Judgment Action” – Chicago, IL (September 2018)
  • Iowa Fraud Bureau’s Annual Insurance Fraud Conference – “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Insurance Fraud Claims Investigations” – West Des Moines, Iowa (August 2018)
  • Good Faith Claims Handling – Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Litigation Management College – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 2018)
  • Chicago Northwest Suburban Chapter of CPCU – “How Insurers Get Setup (or Set themselves up) for Bad Faith” – Downers Grove, IL (March 2018)
  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium – “Technology’s Impact on Business Interruption Coverage – Data Breaches, Protests, and Power Outages” – New York, NY (December 2017)
  • The American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel – University of Michigan Law School Symposium – “Insurance Fraud: Why we Should All Worry” – Ann Arbor, MI (October 2017)
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units, 2017 Seminar & Expo on Insurance Fraud – “One Dimensional versus Two Dimensional Experts” – New Orleans, LA (September 2017)
  • Arrupe College of Loyola University – Freshman Orientation Presenter – Woodstock, IL (August 2017)
  • HeplerBroom, LLC and the Chicagoland Chapters of CPCU – Insurance Law and Coverage Seminar (Moderator) – Chicago, IL (May 2017)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators’ Insurance Training Conference – “Preparing Your Claims Department and SIU Representatives for Trial” – Las Vegas, NV (April 2017)
  • Insurance Fraud Management Conference – “SIU Litigation Issues, Expert Panel” –Phoenix, AZ (March 2017)
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals Webinar – “One-Dimensional versus Two-Dimensional Fire Experts” (February 2017)
  • ExecuSummit – Bad Faith Litigation Strategies – “Discovery in Bad Faith Litigation: Is the Attorney Client Privilege in jeopardy” – Uncasville, CT (November 2016)
  • The DRI Insurance Law Young Lawyer Boot Camp – “Proactive Approaches and Tips for Avoiding Allegations of Bad Faith” – Chicago, IL (September 2016)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo – “The Fire Investigator Becomes an Expert Witness a Review of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire Investigation and 1033 Qualification for the Fire Investigator” – Chicago, Illinois (June 2016)
  • Congressional Fire Services Institute – “Canine Crime Fighters – “Man’s Best Friend, Arsonists’ Worst Nightmare” – Washington, D.C. (May 2016)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – “From Day One – “Reflections on Successful Associates and Their Early Career Marketing Techniques” – Chicago, Illinois (April 2016)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Presentation – “Assignment of Property Claims to Third Parties” – San Antonio, TX (April 2016)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control – “EUOs Issues and Answers” – Savannah, GA (March 2016)
  • Chicago Northwest Suburban Chapter of CPCU – “Good Faith/Bad Faith: A Legal View –- Downers Grove, IL (March 2016)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel – “The Increasing Role of Government Regulation and the Disruption of Litigation.” –Banff, Alberta, Canada (July 2015)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Presentation – “One Dimensional versus Two Dimensional Experts” – Anaheim, CA (March 2015)
  • West Suburban Chapter of CPCU Society – “Good Faith/Bad Faith: “An Examination of an Insurer’s Duty to its Insured.” – Chicago, IL (March 2015)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control – December 2014 (webinar) and February 2015 – “Improving Fire Investigations While Giving More Ammunition to Trial Attorneys: A Fresh Look at the 2014 Editions of NFPA 1033 AND 921”– Orlando, Florida (December 2014)
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Presentation – “Mechanics of Reporting a Claim – Insurer’s Point of View” – (September 2014)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control Webinar – “One-Dimensional versus Two-Dimensional Fire Experts” – (May 2014)
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter of IASIU – “Avoiding the Pitfalls and Minimizing Bad Faith Exposure during Insurance Fraud Investigation” – Denver, CO (May 2014)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Presentation – “Rescission and Cancellation a Tale of Two Remedies” – Indianapolis, IN (May 2014)
  • “DRI – Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium – Ensuing Loss Exceptions within Certain Policy Exclusions” – “Drawing the Line” – Chicago, IL (April 2014)
  • FDCC Winter Meeting – “Fire Litigation Alert: The 2014 Editions of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 Combine to Raise the Bar for Experts and Attorneys in Fire Cases” – Marco Island, FL (March 2014)
  • American Conference Institute’s National Conference on Bad Faith Litigation – “Discovery Requests: Defining Permissible Limits Within the Scope of Discovery” – Miami, Florida (November 2013)
  • PCI Fraud Committee – “Recent Court Decisions Regarding Suspected Fraud Referrals to Law Enforcement” – Des Plaines, IL (September 2013)
  • International Association of Insurance Fraud Investigation Units Illinois Chapter Presentation – “Punitive Damages and the Latest Trends and Theories” – “How the Foundation Is Laid and the Bricks Are Assembled” – Chicago, IL (September 2013)
  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Liability conference – “Punitive Damages and the Latest Trends and Theories” – “How the Foundation Is Laid and the Bricks Are Assembled” – New York, NY (June 2013)
  • Northwest Illinois –CPCU Chapter Presentation – “Increases in Foreclosures and Mortgage Fraud and Their Impact on Insurance Coverage” – Downers Grove, IL (March 2013)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Presentation – “Rescission and Cancellation a Tale of Two Remedies” – Boston, MA (March 2013)
  • West Suburban CPCU Presentation – “Good Faith/Bad Faith: An Overview of Conduct that Causes Allegations of Bad Faith Under the Property Policy” – Downers Grove, IL (November 2012)
  • CLM Annual Meeting Presentation – “Good Faith/Bad Faith: An Overview of Conduct that Causes Allegations of Bad Faith Under the Property Policy” – Long Beach, CA (October 2012)
  • Indiana IASIU – “Increases in Foreclosures and Mortgage Fraud and Their Impact on Insurance Coverage” – Indianapolis, IN (September 2012)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control Annual Training Conference – “Good Faith/Bad Faith” – Charlotte, NC (February 2012)
  • ALFA International Global Legal Network – Insurance Law Roundtable – “Increases in Foreclosures and Mortgage Fraud and Their Impact on Insurance Coverage – Insurance Companies and Mortgage Companies: Friend or Foe?” –– New York, NY (June 8 – 10, 2011)
  • Nebraska/Iowa Chapters of the International Association of Special Investigation Units – “Avoiding Bad Faith Claims” – Omaha, NB (May 2011)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control National Training Seminar – “Organized Claims Activities- A New Trend?” –– Nashville, TN (February 2011)
  • “West Suburban CPCU Chapter – Mortgage Foreclosure Issues for Property Insurers” –Lombard, IL (February 2011)
  • Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units – “Rise in Foreclosures + An Increase in Mortgage Fraud = Increase in Arson Claims” – Indianapolis, IN (November 2010)
  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium – “Good Faith/Bad Faith: An Overview of Conduct that Causes Allegations of Bad Faith Under the Property Policy” – New York, NY (November 2010)
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies – “Rise in Foreclosures + An Increase in Mortgage Fraud = Increase in Arson Claims” – San Diego, CA (September 2010)
  • Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units: “Testimony Under Fire – Proper Techniques for Testifying at Deposition and Trial” –Chicago, IL (May 2010)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel – “Rise in Foreclosures + An Increase in Mortgage Fraud = Increase in Arson Claims” – Orlando, FL (March 2010)
  • Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units – “Rise in Foreclosures + An Increase in Mortgage Fraud = Increase in Arson Claims” – Chicago, IL (September 2009)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – “Diversity in Law Firms – Increasing the Retention of Minority Lawyers” – Chicago, IL (May 2009)
  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute – “Use and Abuse of Public Insurance Adjusters” – Chicago, IL (April 2009)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – “Bad Faith Under the First-Party Policy” –Chicago, IL (March 2009)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control National Training Seminar – “Rise in Foreclosures + An Increase in Mortgage Fraud = Increase in Arson Claims” – Destin, FL (February 2009)
  • American Bar Association (CLE Teleconference) – “Examination Under Oath: Not Just Another Deposition” – Chicago, IL (October 2008)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel/Property Loss Research Bureau – “Bad Faith Law Update” – Chicago, IL (September 2008)
  • DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute – “Playing with Fire – Proper Investigation of Arson Claims” – Chicago, IL (April 2008)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau – “Procedural Overview of the Appraisal Process under the Property Policy” – Boston, MA (April 2008)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control National Training Seminar – “Good Faith/Bad Faith” – Las Vegas, NV (February 2008)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Presentation – “Effective Mediation, Arbitration, and Appraisal of Property Claims.” – Orlando, FL (2007)
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators – “Information Sharing and Immunity Laws” – Chicago, IL (June 2007)
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau – “Examinations Under Oath” – Albuquerque, NM (March 2007)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau – “Procedural Overview of the Appraisal Process under the Property Policy – Orlando, FL (March 2007)
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies – “Denying a Claim the Correct Way” – Springfield, IL (February 2007)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control National Training Seminar – “Good Faith/Bad Faith” – Destin, FL (February 2007)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Presentation – “Effective Mediation, Arbitration, and Appraisal of Property Claims” – Nashville, TN (2006)
  • Michigan Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units – “Avoiding Bad Faith” – Livonia, MI (October 18, 2006)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel/Property Loss Research Bureau – “The Waning Wisdom of Appraisal” – Chicago, IL (October 2006)
  • Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units – “Legal Actions Under Civil RICO – Chicago, IL (May 2006)
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau – “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Insurance Fraud Claims Handling” – Minneapolis, MN (April 2006)
  • Insurance Committee for Arson Control National Training Seminar – “Good Faith/Bad Faith” – Savannah, GA (January 2006)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Presentation – “Effective Mediation, Arbitration, and Appraisal of Property Claims” – San Antonio TX (2005)
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting – “Earth, Wind, Fire and Water: Cutting Edge Issues in Property Insurance Claims Following a Natural or Man-Made Disaster” – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (April 2001)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel’s Annual Meeting and Spring Seminar –“Management of Law Firms in the New Century” – Chicago, IL (May 2001)
  • Casualty Adjusters Association of Chicago Spring Seminar – “Third Party Bad Faith” –Chicago, IL (March 2001)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – 1999 IDC Rookie Seminar – “Effective Investigation and Discovery Plans” – Chicago, IL (November 1999)
  • Illinois State Bar Association’s 1994 Annual Meeting – Moderator: “A Primer on Insurance Coverage and Defense” – Lake Geneva, WI (June 1994)
  • Illinois State Bar Association – Update on Significant Insurance Issues for the 1990’s, “Insurance Issues Arising from the Chicago Flood” – Chicago, IL (September 1992)
  • Illinois State Bar Association – Insurance Policies: A Primer, “Property Damage Insurance” – Chicago and Bloomington, IL (March 1991 & March 1992)
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting – “Making the Business Interruption Loss” –San Francisco, CA (August 1992)
  • Conference of Insurance Legislators’ 18th Annual Meeting – “Arson and Fraud, an Update” – Nashville, TN (November 1987)
  • Claims Executive Council Workshop, National Association of Independent Insurers – “Arson Update” – Toronto, Canada (October 1987)

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Past Lists

  • 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Illinois Super Lawyers list

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Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation (2009-2010)
  • “Insurance Lawyer of the Year,” Lexis Nexis Insurance Law Center (nationally, one of only two attorneys selected) (2008)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2020-2021)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2012-2019)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2006, 2019-2020)
  • Top Illinois Super Lawyer – Insurance Coverage (2008)

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Office Information

Address

15255 South 94th Avenue5th Floor Orland Park, IL 60462

Publication

Articles

  • Prevailing Fee-Shifting in First Party Coverage – Contributor – American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel (2016)
  • Good Faith/Bad Faith: A Legal View – Co-Author – Published by the Insurance Committee for Arson Control (2016)
  • First Party Insurance Appraisal Compendium – Contributor – American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel (2014 and 2016)
  • Strafford – Insurance Law & Litigation – Editorial Advisory Board (2009 – 2014)
  • IDC Quarterly – Editor-in-Chief – Legal Journal Published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2004 – 2005)
  • Good Faith/Bad Faith – Author – Published by the Insurance Committee for Arson Control, Copyright, 1998
  • The Regulation of Insurance – Assistant Editor – Published by the Insurance Institute of America, Copyright, 1995
  • A Procedural Overview of the Appraisal Process in First-Party Property Policies
  • Appraisal Provisions in Property Policies
  • “Balancing the Pressures by Consumers, Courts, Legislators and Regulators” How Public Policy is Impacting the Insurance Industry’s Response to COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims
  • California Appellate Court Refuses Insurer’s Request to Consider the Application of Comparative Bad Faith
  • Claim Denied Following an Inadequate Fire Investigation and Insurer Accused of Defamation – The Perfect Storm
  • Comparative Bad Faith (Coming Soon to a Courthouse Near You)
  • The Coronavirus’ Impact on Business Interruption Coverage – Is ‘Direct Physical Loss’ Being Redefined?
  • Court Denies Insured’s’ Demand for a Confidentiality Agreement as a Condition Precedent to an EUO
  • Court Finds Multiple Recorded Statements of an Insured Do Not Substitute for an EUO
  • Court Finds that Insureds Lacked Insurable Interest Following Foreclosure
  • Court Rules that Insurer Cannot Exclude Public Adjuster from Insured’s EUO – “Insurers Respond with Updated Policy Terms”
  • Court Stays Insured’s Bad Faith Suit and orders Appraisal of Hailstorm Damage Claim – “Insurer did not Waive its Right to Demand Appraisal”
  • Court Voids an Insurer’s Intentional Loss Clause – “Fires Caused by Intentional Conduct are Covered if All Other Conditions are Met”
  • Cosmetic Hail Damage to Insured’s Roof is Deemed a Covered Loss – Court Disagrees with the Concept of “No Harm No Foul”
  • Coverage Issues Relating to the Rights of Mortgagees – “Economic Crisis Spawns Need to Clarify the Mortgage Clause”
  • Diminution in Market Value of Repaired Vehicles: An Analysis of Property Coverage under the Personal Auto Policy
  • Discoverability of Insurance Company Claim Files
  • Effect of Rescission on a Mortgagee – To Pay or Not to Pay
  • Estoppel of the Right to Demand Proof of Loss
  • Evidence of a Low Impact Collision Does Not Equate to Evidence of an Exaggerated Injury
  • Evidence of Concealment and Misrepresentation Leads to Suit Dismissal
  • Examination Under Oath: Not Just Another Deposition: An Analysis of an Insurer’s Right to Examine Its Insured Under Oath
  • Failure to Disclose Pending Lawsuit in a Bankruptcy Filing Causes Personal Injury Lawsuit to be dismissed – “Debtors have a continuing duty to disclose a legal claim while the bankruptcy case remains open.”
  • False Swearing in a Proof of Loss “When does a Mistake Become a Misrepresentation”
  • Fire Department Official Allowed to Testify on Issues Regarding Origin and Cause -“Does a Fire Chief Meet the Qualifications of an Expert?"
  • Fraud and False Swearing: An Analysis of the Insurer’s Right to Avoid Coverage
  • Fraud in the Application for Insurance ‘Appellate Court Upholds Insurer’s Right to Rescind
  • Illinois Supreme Court Broadens the Scope for Extra-Contractual Suits Against Insurers
  • Indiana Appellate Court Applies Innocent Insured Doctrine to Corporations
  • Information Sharing with Law Enforcement – Good Faith is Required
  • Innocent Insured Doctrine Creates Potential Loophole
  • Innocent Insured Doctrine ‘Still an Unsettled Area of Law
  • Innocent Corporate Insured Doctrine Reexamined
  • Insurance Adjuster Can Be Held Personally Liable for Bad Faith and Violating the Consumer Protection Act – “There is a Duty of Good Faith on all Persons Involved in Insurance”
  • Insurance Companies and Mortgage Companies: Friends or Foes?
  • Insurance Company Claim Files: Are They Discoverable? An Analysis of the Attorney-Client, Work-Product Privileges in Property Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Company’s Rights of Recovery against Their Policyholders “Attorneys’ Fees and Costs Recoverable by Insurer when Insured Commit Fraud”
  • Insurance Company’s Rights of Recovery against Their Policyholders – “Attorneys’ Fees and Costs Recoverable by Insurer when Insured Commit Fraud” – (Updated)
  • Insurance Fraud Reporting and Immunity Laws – Limitations on the Disclosure of Information
  • Insurance Fraud Ring Investigations: Ripe Area for Defamation Suits
  • Insured Admits Fraud in the Presentment of his Claim: Insurer Still Owes Duty to Third-Party
  • Insured Files Underinsured Motorist Claim with Insurer and Simultaneously Submits Case to the American Arbitration Association “Court Holds that Arbitration Rules Do Not Supersede the Policy Terms”
  • Insured Refuses Fire Department’s Request for a Polygraph Exam – Evidence of Refusal Inadmissible to Support Insurer’s Defense of Bad Faith Claim
  • Insured Suspected of Arson Fails to Produce Cell Phone Claiming it’s “Lost” – Insurer Argues Spoliation of Evidence and Seeks Dismissal of Suit
  • Insured’s Exaggeration of Damages in Proof of Loss Causes Policy to be Voided ‘World’s Best Dressed Man Loses Suit
  • Insured’s Failure to Disclose his Ownership of Home in Bankruptcy Petition causes Estoppel of his Right to Obtain Coverage for Fire Loss
  • Insured’s Initial Lie Followed by a Confession of Truth is an Insufficient Basis for Denial by Insurer
  • Insurer Files Suit Against Public Adjuster – “Does an Insurer Have Standing to Sue a PA for Failing to act in Good Faith?”
  • Insurer Has the Right to Demand a Second EUO of Its Insured – Compliance is Not Optional
  • Insurer Learns the Truth Before the Insured Misrepresents the Facts – Does a Coverage Defense on the Basis of Fraud Still Exist
  • Insurer Not Required to Reimburse Health Care Provider
  • Insurer’s Alleged Failure to “Meaningfully Communicate” with its Non-English Speaking Insured Supports a Bad Faith Claim
  • Insurer’s Conduct After a Claim is Denied Leads to Charges of Bad Faith
  • Insurer’s Post-Litigation Conduct Leads to Charge of Bad Faith ‘The Remnants of Hurricane Katrina’
  • Is There a Statute of Limitations on Bad Faith? Or, Does the Policy of Insurance Control?
  • Judicial Estoppel – Examination of the Insurer’s Right to Assert a Coverage Defense
  • Kansas Court of Appeals Finds Waiver of Right to Assert Counterclaim of Fraud Against Insured
  • Late Payment Results in Suit Alleging Bad Faith Delay – Eighteen Month Delay in Issuing Claim Payment was not Unreasonable
  • Litigating the Declaratory Judgment Action – “From a First-Party and Good Faith Perspective”
  • Long Investigations Do Not Equate (Necessarily) to Bad Faith Delay
  • Louisiana Appellate Court Limits Insurer’s Rights to Demand an Independent Medical Exam and Criticizes Insurer’s Physician
  • Managing Crisis: The COVID-19 Pandemic and an Insurer’s Duty of Good Faith
  • Misrepresentations and Concealments in the Application for Insurance: An Analysis of the Insurer’s Right to Rescind
  • Mortgage Company Fails to Disclose Foreclosure Proceedings to Insurer – Economic Conditions May Cause Increase in Rate Evasion
  • Named Insureds’ Relatives Refuse to Submit to an Examination Under Oath – U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds the Insurer’s Claim Denial
  • No Blanket Rule Protecting the Discovery of Attorney’s Investigative Reports
  • Opinion of Fire Origin and Cause Expert Stricken “Fire Labeled as ‘Suspicious’ is Inconsistent with NFPA 921 Principles”
  • Payment of Claim Doesn’t Equate to Waiver of a Fraud Defense: “Rights Were Properly Reserved”
  • Pennsylvania Court Orders Deposition of Insurer’s Attorney – Claim of Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privileges Denied
  • Policyholder Demands the Production of Insurer’s Prior Claim Denials, Insurance Department Complaints, and Coverage Attorney’s Deposition – “When is Enough Discovery Enough?
  • “Public Adjusters: Loss Payees or Assignees” An Analysis of Their Right to Recover Bad Faith Damages Against an Insurer
  • Punitive Damages: The Latest Trends and Theories
  • Rescission Based Upon Fraud in the Application of Insurance: Not Appropriate if Injured Third-Party Exists
  • Rise in Foreclosures + an Increase in Mortgage Fraud = More Homeowner Fires -‘Insurance Coverage Issues Arising Out of the Mortgage Crisis’
  • Son with Insured’s Power of Attorney Not Obligated to Submit to EUO
  • State Courts Disagree on the Application of the Innocent Insured Doctrine
  • State Reporting Law Does Not Make Insurance Investigators ‘Agents’ of the State
  • State Supreme Court Rules that Insurer is Not Required to Prove “Motive” in an “Intentional Acts” (Arson) Coverage Defense
  • Supplemental Claims Disputes
  • Suspect Water Losses – What Does it Take to Prove Fraud?
  • Technology’s Impact on Business Interruption Coverage – Data Breaches, Protests, and Power Outages
  • The Florida Court of Appeals Analyzes Daubert
  • The Right of Subrogation by an Insurer against its Insured and the Impact of Recent Legislation
  • The Use and Abuse of Public Insurance Adjusters – Examining the Scope of their Authority
  • Waiving the Right to Demand Proof of Loss
  • When an Insured Becomes a Victim of Fraud, Should Theft Coverage Apply
  • When an Insured’s Claim Lacks Credibility

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