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California gets new law regarding coverage for fires

Wild fires are an ongoing topic of concern and conversation for many of us here in the west. Nowhere more so than in California where the heat index has recently been Arizona-like. The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they seem right on time now that California Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation that requires insurance carriers to inform homeowners if their policies enable them replace or rebuild their home after a disaster involving wild fire.

Weinstein claims bad-faith insurance against carrier

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein has become a leading perpetrator of the #metoo movement. He is accused of assaulting and sexually harassing more than 70 women over the course of 40 years, including such notable victims as actors Uma Thurman, Ashley Judd and Dominique Huett.

Insurance companies know more about you than Facebook

Facebook got into hot water because the personal data of 50 million users was utilized by Cambridge Analytica and notably sold to the Trump campaign in 2016. It’s believed that this allowed the campaign to identify the personalities of users and then influence their decision-making process and behavior.

How far down the chain of command can an insurance suit go?

When Arizona consumers purchase goods or services, they have a right to expect fair and honest treatment from the provider. When they don't get it, the first step is often to work up a chain of representatives until someone does the right thing.

Insurance contracts could be void if they are not in English

Let's say that you are an Arizonan who speaks English as a second language. When you purchased your insurance policy, your provider gave you a contract written in your mother tongue. After all, insurance contracts can be confusing enough without trying to decipher a language with which you aren't familiar. You expect that the terms of your contract will be the same in English as in your native language.

GEICO insurance guilty of bad faith, breach of contract

For most people, GEICO Indemnity Insurance CO. (GEICO) is best known for its television commercials involving a computer-animated lizard with a British accent. But the verdict of a recent bad-faith insurance case paints it is an unprofessional and unscrupulous company that dragged out a policyholder’s insurance claim for six arduous years.

Californians wildfire victims still trying to recover financially

California’s recent wildfires have died down, ending a particularly brutal wildfire season. The past six months have been a turbulent period for wildfire victims, from private residents to local businesses. Experiencing the terrifying fires was difficult enough; now, survivors must also file insurance claims, recover their lost property and try to put their lives back together.

Insurance companies may try to charge policyholders unfair rates

Following last year’s national tax overhaul, California State is reminding its insurance companies that their rates must reflect the new corporate tax rate. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December of 2017. One of its components was a major reduction of the corporate tax rate. Under the new law, the tax rate for corporations was slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent—a 14 percent difference. This means that insurers are obligated to adjust their prices to accommodate the new tax rate.

Insurance companies often let down wildfire survivors

Although it has been nearly five months since devastating wildfires damaged thousands of California homes, thousands residents are still struggling to get their insurance providers to pay their damages. Many policyholders are realizing an uncomfortable, frustrating truth: That their insurance companies do not want to fulfill their promises.

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