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February 28, 2017

Florida Supreme Court Sides with Homeowner in Insurance Dispute

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In an important decision for Florida homeowners, the Supreme Court of Florida recently held that a homeowner was entitled to full insurance coverage for damage caused by a combination of covered and non-covered perils. The Court reached this decision even though the non-covered peril – a construction defect – was expressly excluded under the plain language of the homeowner’s policy.

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February 21, 2017

A Look Back at the 2016 Hurricane Season

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After the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a “near-normal” Atlantic hurricane season in May (with a note that uncertainty in climate signals was making storm predictions unusually difficult), the 2016 hurricane season ended up being the most active season since 2010. While two storms – Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew – wreaked the most havoc on the State of Florida and the Southeastern United States, 2016 saw a total of 15 named storms, including seven hurricanes with three rated at Category 3 or higher.

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February 14, 2017

7 Signs You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Insurance Claim

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While many of us have come to expect less-than-stellar customer service from our insurance companies, there is a point at which poor service crosses a line into bad faith. Under Florida law, insurance companies have a legal obligation to faithfully adhere to the terms of their customers’ policies, and insurers that fail to meet their duties or try to take advantage of their customers can often be held legally responsible.

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February 2, 2017

Am I Covered for Property Damage from a Tropical Storm?

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In the Fort Lauderdale area, tropical storms are a fact of life. While hurricanes make headlines, tropical storms are far more common, and they present many of the same property casualty and damage risks for homeowners and commercial property owners. Of the 15 tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin during 2016, only seven (including Hurricane Matthew) became hurricanes, but the damaging winds and rains from the year’s non-hurricane-force storms still wreaked havoc for home and business owners throughout South Florida.

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