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Gang Members Charged With Violent Takeover of New York Fire Mitigation Industry

FBI, Homeland Security and New York police officials have charged nine defendants including gang members with a violent racketeering and extortion conspiracy in attempting to take over an entire industry designed to help victims after a fire. The defendants, who …

Homeowners Can Record Insurance Company Adjusters’ Inspections, Florida Court Says

Homeowners and public adjusters may now feel a little more emboldened to record an insurance adjuster’s inspection of a home, after a Florida appeals court ruled in favor of the practice last week – the third such ruling in as …

Fines on Public Adjuster Actions Would Double Under Bill Passed By Florida House

The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday approved its version of a bill that would increase penalties for unlicensed public adjusters and would improve the digital insurance application process. House Bill 749, sponsored by Rep. Charles Clemons, R-Newberry, also aims …

Eyebrows Raised After Universal Drops Complaint About Florida Adjusters

The Florida property insurance community was abuzz this week after word got out that a closely watched complaint about some public adjusters’ apparent conflicts of interest had been withdrawn. The head of investigations for Universal Property & Casualty Insurance, one …

A Hint of Light in the Public Adjusting World

I recently read an article on Claims Journal about licensing for public adjusters. Here it is. Public Adjusters Winning Broad Support for Licensing as Carriers Fret About Inflated Claims Let me quote from a paragraph that was surprising to me. …

Notes on Public Adjusters

I recently had a conversation about public adjusters. Here’s the short version of that conversation. What is a public adjuster? Would you recommend someone use a public adjuster? That made me think that we could bring some of that conversation …

Explaining a Policy to Someone Who Knows Better

A good friend and colleague forwarded me a press release written and sent out by a public adjusting company. Since I was wondering what to write about this week, I’m truly grateful for the article, but when I read it, …

New Law in Oklahoma Sets Requirements for Public Adjusters

Oklahoma’s governor has signed legislation proposed by the state insurance department that specifies certain required and prohibited actions of public adjusters. According to Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak, Senate Bill 439, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin aims to protect Oklahoma …

N.Y. Enacts Referral Disclosure Requirement Law for Public Adjusters

New York State’s Act 5775, which took effect Jan. 1, restricts public adjusters from receiving a referral fee or having an ownership interest in a restoration or repair company working on the claim unless such compensation to the public adjuster …

Connecticut’s Disaster Claims Mediation Program Bill Takes Effect

In Connecticut, the state’s insurance department now has the legal authority to establish a mediation program for claims disputes arising from catastrophic losses. The state’s Public Act 13-148 — which was signed into law by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy in …