January 22, 2018

Heather Wiechert was very concerned that her daughter Mia was not growing.

At 11 months old, she weighed just 14 pounds.

"A mother's desire to feed her child runs deep," said Wiechert.

Unable to keep food down, Mia started losing weight and ended up in the hospital. A feeding tube with a special formula is keeping Wiechert's little girl alive.

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January 17, 2018


State legislators have introduced a package of bills that would beef up or extend insurance coverage to policyholders following declared disasters, but only one would be retroactive and apply to victims of the recent wildfires.

Critics say the bills could drive up insurance premiums and reduce competition in California.

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January 17, 2018

Tragic losses from the October firestorms are still very fresh in our hearts and minds. Discussions about how to rebuild are difficult and sensitive. Dan Wade of United Policyholders says, "Rebuilding in a fire ecology can present unique challenges in the insurance process. Knowing how to maximize insurance benefits can help ensure that homeowners are able to rebuild with fire-resistant...

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January 17, 2018

Local lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a flurry of bills that would strengthen consumer protections for homeowners in the aftermath of the North Bay wildfires, where local residents have found themselves underinsured and overly burdened attempting to itemize their personal property destroyed in the blazes.

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January 14, 2018

It’s hard enough thinking about what things we would, or did, grab when our houses were threatened. It’s another to have to remember everything — every pot, every package of food and every keepsake — that was left behind when our houses were lost.

Then imagine having to take time every day proving the existence of those items and...

January 11, 2018

As the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments in a coverage dispute between Office Depot and AIG, an amicus curiae brief was filed by nonprofit United Policyholders. 

The dispute stems from AIG’s denial of...

January 10, 2018
Courts around the country are set to grapple with critical coverage issues under directors and officers insurance policies in 2018, including at what point a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation triggers coverage and when an insurer can withhold consent for a policyholder's settlement.
Here, Law360 breaks down three key D&O cases that will...
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January 8, 2018


Debra Salem-Drake was packing to evacuate  as a wildfire moved within a half-mile of her Ventura home when she got a surprising call. Her insurance company was offering to come spray her home with fire-blocking gel...for free. 

It was Dec. 5, the second day of the disastrous Thomas Fire, which went on to burn more than 1,000 structures, mostly homes, and more than 440 square...

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January 7, 2018

When the overnight firestorm raged through Santa Rosa in October, nothing in the three-bedroom house at 1445 Starview Court survived.

“Nothing,” said homeowner Holly Webb. “It’s all gone.”

And so, Webb was stunned when State Farm told her that getting the full $237,000 listed on her insurance policy for the contents of her home will...

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January 4, 2018
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today released a report on the growing problem of homeowners fire insurance availability and affordability in many areas throughout the state. The report recommends needed changes in law-the legislature...