Valued property regulations have been issued in several states to avoid disputes over the loss when there is a total destruction of the property. A valued property provision, regardless of the real value of the property at the time of the loss, requires the insurer to pay the amount specified as a policy limit on the policy declaration page.
I Norwood-Redfield Apartments Limited Partnership of the American Family Mutual Insurance Company, a Wisconsin Company, No. 18-2618, the United States Eighth Cycle Appeals Court (May 16, 2019), Norwood-Redfield Apartments Limited Partnership (Norwood) owned a thirty-two apartment complex. A December 2010 fire destroyed a building and injured two others. The American Family Mutual Insurance Company (American Family) insured the complex during a business owner's insurance and paid Norwood $ 2,897,896.90 for the loss. Norwood claimed that it had the right to receive a $ 31
After American family removal, the federal district court rejected that argument and granted the American family's proposal for a partial summary judgment. The final judgment was then withdrawn, and Norwood was appealed.
According to the statutory policy of the Missouri-valued policy, the insurer precludes disputing that "insured" was worth the entire policy at the time the insurer issued the policy. When the insured has a "total loss of the insured property, the damage shall be the amount for which it was insured", with deduction for any deterioration which the insurer has proved.
Norwood claims it suffered a "total loss of the property insured" because one of its buildings was completely destroyed. Norwood claims that "total loss" refers to how badly the building was damaged, not how many buildings were damaged. Norwood argues that the following languages from the policy declarations state that the US family valued each building at $ 31,773,600: "THE INSURANCE PREMIUM BUILDING LIMIT – RETURN COSTS $ 31,773,600."
According to Norwood's reading, the Missouri-valued political charter rejects the US family from questioning the policy's valuation of each "building" and requires the US family to pay $ 31,773,600 for Norwood's "total loss".
The eighth circuit concluded that the "property insured" is the thirty-two building complex and not every building in complex. On the first page of the insurance declaration, the insurance coverage area is described as "felt insurance at the following described premises" and then describes thirty-two premises, each consisting of a building. The policy's coverage cover coverage explains that "The insurance limit stated in the declarations applies to all premises described in the declarations for that coverage" (with emphasis placed) which means that the US family would pay a maximum of $ 31,773,600 for loss or damage to the thirty-two buildings. Norwood does not dispute that the policy insured the entire thirty-two building complex.
Since fire destroyed a building in the thirty-two building complex, Norwood did not suffer from a "total loss of the insured's property" and hence Missouri valued political statutes do not require the US family to pay the full amount.
The judgment was confirmed.
Valued policy provisions have been adopted with good intentions but encourage fraud. I testified once in a case that was domiciled in a precious estate where the insured bought a $ 14,000 house in a depressed area of the state, assured it of $ 87,000, and then put it to try to take advantage of the fire. He would have succeeded if he was an effective arsonist and only failed when the jury concluded that he set fire as a fire brigade for profit. In this case, the greed of a legitimate fire loss was exaggerated and the attempt to serve the fire failed because the trial and appeal court could read the policy and acknowledged that all the structures needed were destroyed to collect the full value.
© 2019 – Barry Zalma
This article and all the blog posts on this site, melt and summarize cases published by the courts of the various states and the United States. The court decisions have been modified from the actual language of the court decisions, condensed to facilitate reading and convey the author's views in each individual case.
Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant specializing in insurance coverage, insurance management, bad faith assurance, and insurance fraud nearly equal for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance-related disputes. He practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance cover and law firm and more than 50 years in the insurance industry. He is available at http://www.zalma.com and email@example.com.
Mr. Zalma is the first recipient of the first annual liability magazine / ACE Legend Award.
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