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HELPFUL CASE WHEN FIGHTING INSURERS ON FIRE CASES

Battling it out against one of the national insurance companies for failure to pay on a fire loss. In doing some research today, came across an excellent Illinois Appellate decision. The case, Norman v. American National Fire Insurance is a great read for those handling fire loss cases The language I found particularly useful is at 198 Ill.App.3d 291. There, t… Read More
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THE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING LOST THE PR WAR

Recently met with a new client who was had been injured in an automobile collision. The other driver was insured by a carrier lawyers often describe as a “substandard”. The “substandard” designation is essentially code. First, it means that the available coverage is probably the minimum acceptable under the law. Secondly it means that t… Read More
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ALLSTATE AND STATE FARM SUED FOR CONSPIRACY

The Louisiana Attorney General, Charles Foti, recently filed suit against Allstate and State Farm, accusing the two companies of conspiring to limit payments to policyholders after Louisiana was pounded by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The lawsuit alleges that the two companies worked together to manipulate damages estimates and to low ball claimants who suffer… Read More
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ILLINOIS TEACHER NEEDS TO READ UP ON BILL OF RIGHTS

Steve and Kelly D’Allesandro are VERY angry with their son’s junior high school dean. With very good reason. They filed a federal lawsuit against the school arising out of an odd series of events last year. The saga started back in 2006 when their son Tyler, a student at a suburban Chicago junior high school, inadvertently brought a knife to school… Read More
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HOW LOW CAN PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE GO?

Pretty low, if the allegations made by an Atlanta couple prove to be true. Bill and Leandra Pitts, the couple in question, were injured in a 2004 auto accident. According to an recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the insurance company involved, Progressive Insurance, established a new low while “investigating” the claims made by M… Read More
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TRENT LOTT HAS AN EPIPHANY ABOUT INSURANCE ABUSES

Senator Trent Lott, the powerful Republican Senator from Mississippi, has seen the light. Lott, who, until very recently, was a longtime defender of insurance companies, is no longer. Senator Lott lost his home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He filed a claim with his insurer, State Farm. The “Like a Good Neighbor” people denied coverage on Lott&… Read More
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ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE SERVICES LIEN ACT

I recently had a situation with an Illinois Healthcare provider that I had managed to avoid for the last twenty years. Represented an older man for injuries he had received in an automobile accident. The client was a very nice guy who had come here from another country decades ago, worked hard and raised his family. Didn’t have much education, but alw… Read More
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