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Identifying Anti-Stacking Provisions in Policy Language

05/16/19

​Anti-stacking provisions are designed to ensure that an insurance company will not apply multiple sets of limits to a single loss event. These provisions can have a significant impact on claims and may be designed for application to intra-policy and inter-policy loss events as well as deductibles. Through various examples and scenarios, this article explains what anti-stacking provisions are, how to identify them in a Property, Casualty or Professional Lines policy, and what they mean to policyholders.

Success in the Sharing Economy Insurance Market

05/16/19

​The explosive growth of the sharing economy – businesses offering goods and services through digital platforms that match consumers and providers – presents tremendous opportunity for retailers to market insurance and risk management services to a new breed of businesses. However, the regulation of shared-services is complex, continuously growing and can vary at the state and local level. This article provides insight into the regulations and laws impacting insurance for this industry and key questions to ask when considering the right insurance program for your sharing economy customers.

State of the Property Market - Q2 2019

04/25/19

The pace of hardening continues to accelerate in every segment of the property market, creating challenges for both retailers and buyers. Adverse loss development is driving the acceleration, and underwriters and management are under pressure to return their books to profitability. As a result, in addition to increased rates, clients can expect increased deductibles, lower limits, and close review of policy forms. While the market remains well capitalized, carriers are applying a level of underwriting discipline not seen in the recent years.

State of the Casualty Market - Q2 2019

04/25/19

After years of an entrenched soft market, the pendulum is swinging back to a focus on profitability. As we head into the second quarter, buyers and brokers alike will see the differences in rates, limits, terms, and conditions across many classes of casualty coverage.

State of the Professional Lines and Cyber Market - Q2 2019

04/25/19

Professional liability is a diverse market, and differing conditions exist across various lines. Management Liability and Medical Professional Liability are seeing increased hardening, while E&O, Employment Practices Liability, and Miscellaneous Lines – with a few exceptions – remain very competitive. New players continue to enter the Cyber space, driving prices down and expanding coverage options.

Loss of Income: Is Depreciation a Continuing Expense?

03/19/19

When a company suffers a loss to a fixed physical asset, such as when a fire damages a building, the insured may incur an interruption to their business which can result in the loss of income and the incurrence of expenses. This article examines how Business Income and Rental Value Income losses in a Property policy may treat depreciation after the damage or destruction of a fixed physical asset, numerous factors that impact the treatment, and how to mitigate claim disputes.

Perils and Pitfalls of Insuring Short-Term Vacation Rentals

02/19/19

​When the housing market crashed in the 2008, many people turned their secondary homes into income-producing properties. The need for specialized insurance for short-term vacation rentals was recognized with the introduction of online booking websites such as AirBnB. However, standard homeowners insurance policies provide minimal coverage for business activities in the home. This article identifies potential coverage gaps and how rental endorsements can address these coverage issues.

Four Key Additional Insured Endorsements for Contractors

11/13/18

Construction contract negotiations, which determine the kind and amount of insurance required for a construction project, can be time-consuming, complicated and frustrating. Project owners require contractors on a project to name the project owner as an additional insured on the contractor’s casualty insurance program. It's important that both project owners and contractors understand the coverage provided by these additional insured endorsements. This article discusses four common ISO additional insured endorsements related to commercial general liability policies purchased by contractors, including their limitations, conditions and exclusions.

Understanding Property Theories of Recovery and Ensuing Loss Clauses

08/16/18

​The theories of recovery, as well as the ensuing loss provisions, contained in property insurance policies are often complex and, at times, seemingly in conflict. Although a policy may not directly address these theories, their application by courts plays a significant role in the coverage determination process after the claim. It is essential that brokers understand the primary theories of recovery – Efficient Proximate Cause, the Concurrent Causation Doctrine, and the Anti-Concurrent Causation Doctrine – in order to navigate the challenging post-claim process and effectively serve their clients.

Top 10 Misconceptions About Placing California Earthquake Insurance Coverage

07/24/18

​One of the biggest misconceptions regarding California Earthquake coverage is that it is a straightforward and elective coverage. With the lowest frequency in the CAT space, this peril is often misunderstood. However, one large event with subsequent aftershocks could result in significant losses. We have compiled a list of the top 10 misconceptions about placing CA Earthquake coverage which can help you understand this peril and what is truly being offered.

Storm Event: When Multiple Water Perils Intersect

When a storm event occurs, multiple perils often intersect, creating a very challenging environment for a policyholder to prove their loss. Whether these perils are insured by an insurance policy, and if so to what extent, depends on the terms, conditions, definitions and exclusions in the policy. This article discusses the difference between wind-driven rain and rising water, the broad impact of using wind-driven water verbiage, and the importance of clear policy wording concerning water perils.

Ordinance or Law Insurance Coverage

Ordinance or Law insurance coverage provides limited protection for costs associated with repairing, rebuilding, or constructing a structure when physical damage to the structure by a covered cause of loss triggers an ordinance or law. Compliance with ordinances and laws after a loss can add 50% or more to the cost of a claim. This article will help you educate your insureds on exclusions and limitations and help them take a proactive approach to their insurance program.

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