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SJJ Changes Iowa Insurance Law

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Monday, June 4, 2018.

SJJ attorney Tim Johnson recently won a huge case at the Iowa Supreme Court in Walnut Creek v. Depositors that will allow policyholders to have their disputed insurance claims resolved outside of court through the quicker and less expensive insurance appraisal process. The Walnut Creek case started as a disputed insurance claim.  The insurance company claimed that… Read more »

Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC.

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Friday, June 1, 2018.

We are excited to announce that we are changing the firm’s name from Roeder Smith Jadin, PLLC to Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC effective June 1, 2018. The name change is due to the retirement of founding partner E. Curtis Roeder and the addition of Timothy D. Johnson to the firm’s partnership. You won’t notice anything… Read more »

Construction Defect Litigation: Mold and Asbestos Issues

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Your home is probably the biggest and most exciting investment you will make in your lifetime.  To help protect this investment, contractors who do work on your home in Minnesota are required to provide certain services.  These include (1) completing the work property; (2) providing certain statutory warranties; (3) building to code; and (4) creating… Read more »

Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act Changes and Updates

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Friday, April 20, 2018.

During the last legislative session, the Minnesota legislature made two significant changes to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. § 515B (“MCIOA”) that will affect all common interest communities subject to that law. These changes, which have been signed into law by Governor Dayton, affect community associations’ maintenance responsibilities and rights to bring… Read more »

Airbnb Challenges with HOA and Property Insurance Claims in Minnesota

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

If you run an Airbnb or use another short-term rental site, it could impact any property insurance claims in Minnesota. Also, depending on the homeowner association (“HOA”) rules and governing documents, you could also be violating rules of the community. It is not unusual for HOA board members to approach Minnesota-based insurance attorneys for help… Read more »

SJJ Does it Again!

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Monday, April 2, 2018.

SJJ attorneys Tim Johnson and Alex Jadin won another case before the Minnesota Court of Appeals upholding a policyholder’s right to collect interest on an appraisal award. In Andersen v. Owners Insurance, the policyholder prevailed against its insurance company at appraisal and sought to recover interest on the appraisal award.  The insurance company argued the… Read more »

COURT RULES THAT INSURED IS ENTITLED TO PREAWARD INTEREST ON FULL RCV AMOUNT OF APPRAISAL AWARD, WITHOUT OFFSETS FOR PRIOR PAYMENTS MADE BY INSURER

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Friday, March 23, 2018.

SJJ attorneys Alex Jadin and Tim Johnson recently won another case with significant implications for the insurance appraisal process in Minnesota.  Niakwa Village Home Owners Association v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company involved a residential community that suffered hail damage in a recent storm.  The Association made a claim for the damage to its insurance… Read more »

Do You Have Enough Insurance Coverage Against Minnesota’s Weather?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

While most people choose an insurance policy for their home due to the price, it should not be your only consideration. It is equally important to choose the right coverage based upon the types of risks in your geographical area, and to be sure you have high enough policy limits to protect all of your… Read more »

Appraisal Demand

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

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 appraiser.  Once the written demand is sent, the other party usually has 15-20 days to respond… Read more »

Property Insurance Claims Lawyer

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Monday, March 19, 2018.

Working Through the Property Insurance Claim Process in Minnesota When fire damages your home or business, you must think fast and act quickly. You must get your family or employees to safety and summon the fire department to extinguish the flames. Next, you must call an emergency repair contractor, take steps to protect your property,… Read more »