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David S. Evinger and Gerardo Alcazar on “How Fast Can a Fire or Explosion Case Be Extinguished?: Recent Developments Involving NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations”

By David S. Evinger and Gerardo Alcazar of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi In their article appearing in the March/April 2010 issue of Coverage , “How Fast Can a Fire or Explosion Case Be Extinguished?: Recent Developments Involving NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations...

Free Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter May 1, 2012

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant In this, the ninth issue of the 16th year of publication Zalma's Insurance Fraud Letter (ZIFL), ZIFL reports on: 1. Barry Zalma reports on an interesting appellate decision that convicted a person for failing to advise his insurer that he intentionally...

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Arson-for-Profit Fails Because of Lack of Insurable Interest and Misrepresentation: Insurance Competence Needed to Commit Insurance Fraud

Arson is relatively easy. Pour some gasoline and light a match and a fire will burn. Successfully turning an arson fire into profit is more difficult and requires some knowledge of insurance and insurance claims. In Ross v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co ., Slip Copy, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18707 (S.D.Ohio...

Federal Appeals Court Provides Detailed Discussion Of “Reverse Bad Faith”

So-called “reverse bad faith” is a double-edged sword for Coverage Opinions. On one hand, it is an issue that does not arise too often. And CO seeks to focus on cases that could have wide impact. On the other hand, because reverse bad faith does not come about every day, its uniqueness makes...

How to Defeat an Arson for Profit Attempt – Suspected Arsonist’s Bad Faith Suit Fails

Arson-for-profit is the most dangerous of all methods of attempting insurance fraud. When an insurer has sufficient evidence to suspect an arson for profit attempt and denies the claim it will expect that the insured will sue the insurer for fraud and bad faith. The best way to defeat such an action...