Issue Alert

Demonstration of Insurance Policies as Contracts

Insurance policies are in fact contracts. All contracts, including insurance policies, contain rights and duties. A recent Michigan Court of Appeals case demonstrates that insurance policies are contracts. In the case of Fabatz v. Auto-Owners, December 17, 2020, Fabatz made an addition to their home in early 2017 at a cost of $150,000. The insurance […]

Questionable Auto Insurance Marketing Tactics

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Recently, clients have made us aware of aggressive and questionable auto insurance marketing tactics and premium savings promises in marketing material sent to them by various companies. These materials include promises of “extremely high discounts” and “reductions of 50%.” One promised even more discounts if you didn’t have “operating under the influence” (DUI) charges. Of […]

Recent Events and Terrorism

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Recent events around protests, civil unrest, riots, and looting have reminded us of the importance of properly constructed property insurance. One notable element was President Trump’s recent declaration of ANTIFA as a domestic terrorist organization and the potential effect that may have on the property insurance exclusion language related to terrorism. In addition, could that […]

Indemnification and Hold Harmless Language in the COVID-19 Era

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We have become aware of instances whereby certain indemnification and hold harmless language in contracts are being modified to include exposure for COVID-19 resulting from any property condition or your employees at a location. We urge clients to carefully review these provisions as counterparties may be modifying them without notice. Accordingly, please seek counsel as […]

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