In claims handling and litigation, a little creativity with definitions can help advance a case forward. Occasionally, though, that creativity gets pushed a little too far. Fireman’s Fund recently won a declaratory judgment ruling they did not owe coverage to a luxury apartment building. The case hinged on the interpretation of a relatively simple word in the insurance policy - “vehicle.”
In the wake of an aggressive hurricane season doing extensive damage to the southeast part of the United States, many homeowners are realizing that their basic homeowner’s policy does not cover flood damage. Instead, flood damage insurance in the United States has to be purchased separately. Most people who have flood insurance policies purchase their policies through the National Flood Insurance Program. That Program faces a number of challenges moving forward that may affect the affordability of its offerings.
Green Energy has become more affordable, and therefore more attainable for many homeowners, building management companies, and business owners. With more brands, options, and price points available consumers have many choices to make. With the most important thing to remember is to have a shutoff or interrupter/ isolator switch installed, but it is often neglected- resulting in expensive property damage and danger to occupants and workers.
The Atlantic hurricane season has already been underway for a couple of months now, running officially from June 1 to November 30, 2015. The 2015 hurricane season is expected to be relatively tame, with various agencies projecting a below average season with 3 to 5 hurricanes, only 1 or 2 of which will qualify as major hurricanes.
Drones are barely (if even that) legal for use by businesses at this time, but the drone industry is already predicting massive economic impacts. Estimates have put the number of commercial drones in operation by 2018 at around one million. Other prognosticators expect the drone industry to be a $14 billion within the next three years. Some of the industries expected to benefit from this technology include agriculture, realtors, researchers, and media.