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17 Oct 2017 Insurance Carriers Exclude Color Matching Requirements from Policies

  The summer of 2017 saw a number of severe storms in the Midwest, with resulting insurance claims. As policyholders have made those claims, some have been surprised to see new provisions in their insurance contracts.   Things are not always black and white in insurance policies, especially when it comes to the impact of a Minnesota court decision that required insurers providing replacement cost coverage to reasonably match replacement siding. Since the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion in Cedar Bluff Townhome Condominium Association, Inc. v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, insurers have begun inserting language in their policies that expressly precludes the coverage requirement of matching based upon color, a change in product specifications, or other factors, in an attempt to circumvent this…

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10 Nov 2015 Emerging & Complex Insurance Claims Conference

It’s imperative to stay on top of developing complex coverage issues — and there are several to keep an eye on right now. The Emerging & Complex Insurance Claims Forum gives in-house and outside counsel and insurance company and policyholder professionals an edge with the latest insights on hot-button topics.   Join Barnes & Thornburg’s Scott Godes, conference co-chair, Feb. 24-26, 2016, to learn more about:   Medical marijuana D&O liability Drones Cyber liability Social media Product liability claims Additional insureds Construction claims SIRs Alternative dispute resolutions and more   Register today and get $200 off the registration fee by using the code: Barnes16.   Click here to learn more and to register. Scott GodesScott N. Godes is a veteran trial lawyer with experience in insurance coverage…

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28 May 2015 Management of Insurance Claims Webinar – Now Available for Viewing

In April, Barnes & Thornburg insurance recovery attorneys presented on best practices in managing insurance claims. The webinar was recorded and is now available for viewing.   Featured speakers discussed:   The Importance of Choice of Law – Adam Hollander This overview identified several fundamental variations in substantive state coverage law, different choice of law approaches throughout the country, and choice of law issues that all policyholders should consider to optimize their chances for a successful recovery.     Top Ten Tips for Pre-Litigation Coverage Practice – Andrea Warren This assessment highlighted the importance of initial communication with your carriers and provided best practices for getting your claim paid without litigation—or improving your position if coverage litigation is necessary.     Strategies for Creating a…

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14 Nov 2014 Inaugural ABA Women in Litigation Conference

Kara Cleary and Andrea Warren, from Barnes & Thornburg’s Policyholder Insurance Recovery Group, attended the inaugural ABA Women in Litigation conference in Chicago on November 5-7, 2014. The conference partnered with the Women in Insurance Network to provide outstanding panels and networking sessions involving coverage litigators, in-house counsel, brokers, judges and other industry representatives.   Kara and Andrea’s work in the Policyholder Insurance Recovery Group led them to particularly appreciate the panels relating to cyber coverage, as well as coverage in the context of product liability suits and contractual indemnification obligations.   One panel discussing general litigation strategies made clear the importance and efficiencies created if a company can use a single database to house and manage claimant information and litigation documents when dealing with…

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