June 9, 2010

A Coast policyholder is appealing to the state Supreme Court for access
to Mississippi Insurance Department records that would show the dollar
amount of Katrina claims denied by insurance companies.

Long Beach policyholder Kevin Buckel filed a written request in January
2009 for records showing the total amount of damages homeowners claimed,
the total...

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June 9, 2010

Some residents of areas burned by the Station
fire are buying flood policies on top of fire and earthquake plans,
hoping that at least one will accept mudslide damage claims.

Charred slopes in the foothills towering above William Johnson's
La Cañada Flintridge home are now a mudslide in the making after being
burned by recent...

June 9, 2010
  • Contact your insurance agent to determine what exactly your current homeowner insurance policies cover and whether they're up to date, then assess whether flood insurance is necessary. 
  • If you need flood insurance, act fast. Policies usually go into effect 30 days after purchase, and the winter rainy season is not far away. 
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June 9, 2010

The wildfire survivor profiled in this Orange County Register
article has been attending United Policyholders’ Roadmap to Recovery
meetings and was pictured in our spring newsletter receiving her copy of
the Disaster Recovery Handbook and Household Inventory Guide.

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June 9, 2010

Three of Alabama's four largest home insurers are raising rates,
although State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., the state's largest, is
giving coastal residents something of a break.

No. 1 State Farm, No. 2 Alfa Mutual group and No. 4 Farmers Insurance
Group — the firms that have won state approval for increases — together
control 57 percent of the state's...

June 9, 2010

California’s burning, again; the flames north of Los Angeles, also known
as the Station Fire, have already killed two people, and are
threatening tens of thousands of homes, causing the governor to declare a
state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterey counties.

So of course it’s time for a little primer on fire insurance. I know,
you may think you understand...

June 9, 2010

In a state parched by a three-year drought, wildfires are at least
partly to blame for the price increases, industry officials and even
some consumer advocates agree.

Reporting from Sacramento - As California heads into another
season of wildfires that have been growing more frequent and more
ferocious, homeowners are facing higher prices to insure...

June 9, 2010

OCEAN SPRINGS — It was just another in the rush of federal suits against
Mississippi insurers last August, just before the three-year statute of
limitations after Hurricane Katrina expired.

Except it wasn't. Without a lawyer, then-77-year-old Maralou Richards of
Ocean Springs filed a handwritten complaint against a unit of AIG, at
the time the world's largest...

June 9, 2010

My View

In the strongest possible terms, we urge Gov. Charlie Crist to veto the home insurance deregulation bill, SB2036/HB1171.

This bill is an invitation for insurers to game the Florida regulatory system and abuse consumers. No price can be too high, no discrimination can be found

unfair if a policy is issued under these terms. The regulator can only come in and raise...