SJJ Secures Another Victory for Policyholders

SJJ attorneys already established a policyholder’s ability to recover interest on an underpaid insurance claim when the policyholder is forced to resolve it through the appraisal process in 2017 before the Minnesota Supreme Court.  Since then, some insurance companies have tried to alter their policies in an attempt to prevent policyholders from receiving interest on these underpaid claims.  

Minnesota Appraisals

Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC recently won a decision in the Federal District of Minnesota compelling a reluctant insurer to participate in an appraisal of a disputed insurance claim. After the insured demanded an appraisal, the insurer commenced litigation seeking to avoid coverage for the claimed loss and refused to participate in appraisal.

Colorado House Bill 1290: Eroding the Failure to Cooperate Defense

2020 has been a bit of a roller coaster, to say the least.  Governor Polis and the Colorado legislature have certainly had their hands full dealing with the pandemic, but nonetheless, they found time to protect policyholders in Colorado by preventing Insurance Carriers from engaging in revisionist history and asserting the failure to cooperate provision as a basis to avoid paying benefits owed under an insurance policy. 

Association Insurance Deductibles

Insurance claims can create financial burdens for homeowner association who have to pay often-substantial deductibles under their master insurance policies. While every insurance policy is different, many HOA insurance policies now have separate deductibles for wind...

Colorado Matching Law

What happens when your property's exterior is partially damaged by a covered event, but the original roofing or siding materials are no longer manufactured? Mismatched repairs can have a huge impact on the value of your home, but is your insurance company obligated to...

Appraisal Demand

Most jurisdictions provide that a disputed insurance loss can be resolved through the appraisal process.  That process typically begins when either the insurance company or policyholder sends a written demand to the other invoking appraisal and naming their own...

MATERIAL MATCHING

The summer of 2017 has been filled with severe weather storms across Minnesota. Thousands of homes have been affected by hail and wind damage. For those with homeowners insurance policies, one of the most common issues is whether the policy provides coverage for...

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