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Is Oregon Going to Allow Suits For Insurance Bad Faith?

Oregon to date has declined to recognize first-party bad faith claims against insurers, and only allowed tort claims against an insurer in limited circumstances where a special relationship existed between insured and insurer. This means that in Oregon, first-party claims against insurers have been limited to contract damages and not allowed the recovery of extra-contractual […]

How Do You Win A Bad Faith Lawsuit?

What is bad faith? In many states, including California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, when your insurance company breaches their contract with you, it could potentially be more than a breach of contract. It could also be a breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, which is known as “bad faith.” […]

California Department of Insurance Cracking Down on Wildfire Underinsurance

In the past few years, the California Department of Insurance (“DOI”) has received thousands of complaints related to underinsurance. And it is starting to act.It has found misrepresentations and failure to pay claims against several insurers, as summarized below in their ongoing series of investigations, all titled “Following the Wildfires of 2015 and 2017.” While […]

Fire Season in California Begins for 2022

On May 11, 2022, a wildfire destroyed at least 20 homes in the Laguna Niguel neighborhood of Orange County. Fire season is beginning earlier each year. Meanwhile, the costs to rebuild continue to skyrocket. These costs are rarely reflected in a homeowner’s insurance coverage, which means that every year, hundreds of people in California who […]

Farmers Insurance Called to Task on Homeowner Underinsurance Claims

Farmers Insurance Called to Task on Homeowner Underinsurance ClaimsMost homeowner insurance companies in California have been avoiding responsibility for often massive underinsurance in their customer’s policies, in the wake of wildfires, by saying that it is up to the insured to select policy limits. Underinsurance has been an issue long enough that now some customers […]