Late Notice Kills Insured’s Claim for Damage Due to Hurricane

    The insurer’s motion for summary judgment was granted based upon the insured’s late notice nearly two years after a hurricane caused property damage. Ramirez v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209716 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 29, 2021).     Plaintiff alleged he suffered property loss due to wind and water damage from Hurricane … Read more

Insureds Survive Motion to Dismiss Civil Authority Claim

    After suffering business losses due to a hurricane, the insured’s Civil Authority claim survived the insurer’s motion to dismiss. Pathology Lab. v. Mt. Hawley Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145129 (W.D. La. Aug. 3, 2021).      Hurricane Laura devastated Lake Charles, Louisiana causing severe damage to the insured property as well … Read more

Insured’s Claim for Hurricane Damage Survives Summary Judgment

    The insurer’s motion for summary judgment seeking a determination that the insured’s alleged hurricane damage was due to pre-existing loss was rejected by the court. Exhibit Network Int’l v. Union Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114267 (S.D. Texas May 25, 2021).      The insured alleged that wind and rain from Hurricane … Read more

Insured’s Failure to Prove Entire Collapse of Building Leads to Dismissal

    The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the insured’s claim for damage to her home caused by collapse. Stewart v. Metropolitan Lloyds Ins. Co. of Texas, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 14221 (5th Girl May 13, 2021).      One evening, the insured was awakened by a loud bang that shook her … Read more