April 9, 2018

Two sisters. Two paths to recovery.

Susan Komar and Lynn Van Fleit each lost a home last fall when the Tubbs fire ravaged northern Santa Rosa.

Six months later, Komar and her husband, Chris, said they plan this year to start rebuilding their home in Coffey Park. But Van Fleit said she can’t afford to replace her house near the former Sweet T’s...

April 1, 2018


For many homeowners, the full extent of the devastation from the October fires is still unfolding — on their calculators.

March 26, 2018


Josh Nix thought he was doing everything right in August when he renewed the insurance policy for his Mark West area home just east of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Nix answered the questions posed by his carrier, USAA, in an online form used to determine the proper amount of coverage for his three-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Willowgreen Place. The home, which he...

March 25, 2018

If you take action to make your home less likely to be seriously damaged or destroyed in a wildfire, your insurance company should reward you with a discount on your premium ... or at the very least keep you as a customer and not drop you. United Policyholders’ Wildfire Mitigation and Insurance Project aims to make this common-sense concept a reality.

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March 24, 2018


Kitty Loberg said she could only devote minimal blocks of time to remember all the personal items she lost when the October wildfires destroyed her Redwood Valley home.

“When your body is still in a shocked state in trying to deal with the reality (of rebuilding) and everything with that ... It hurts,” said Loberg. “Your mind starts screaming at you and says, ‘No, I just don’t...

March 16, 2018
Insurance companies and policyholders will be keeping an eye out this spring for courts' guidance on a slew of key insurance issues, including the Florida Supreme Court's decision on the requirements for holding an insurer liable for bad faith claims handling and a federal court's ruling on whether a traditional liability policy covers data breach losses.
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March 6, 2018
California's high court will hear arguments Tuesday in a builder's lawsuit over its insurer's refusal to cover allegations that it negligently failed to supervise a former employee who sexually assaulted a middle school student, a case that raises the broader question of whether liability coverage applies to the unexpected consequences of intentional conduct.
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February 28, 2018
Four months after a ferocious firestorm devastated communities in California's wine country, those who lost their homes are still struggling.
Animal feeding stations remain on roadsides, monitored by volunteers searching for pets left behind when their owners fled. Cats that had been feared dead continue to be found.
Signs are...
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February 26, 2018
Residents of the state are still seeing costs that are among the highest in the United States.
Property owners in Oklahoma are already paying some of the highest homeowners insurance rates in the country due to the state’s high risk of severe weather such as tornadoes, hail, and other damaging forces of nature.
Now, insurers...
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January 30, 2018


Montecito residents who are hoping that insurance will cover damage to their homes from recent mudslides received a word of support from an important ally on Monday.

California insurance commissioner Dave Jones issued a notice to insurers outlining his office'...

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