Windstorm Insurance Network is a unique insurance claims organization because it insists on providing competitive insurer and policyholder positions on claims issues. Long ago, in 2008, I discussed the history and philosophy of the Windstorm Insurance Network in 2009 Windstorm Insurance Conference:
The Windstorm Insurance Conference was founded nearly a decade ago by insurance defense attorney Janet Brown. Her law firm bio doesn’t do her justice. She has been nationally recognized as one of the top insurance company litigators for some time. Janet and I have argued in court about almost everything. She is competent, creative, professional and a person who quietly knows the weak points of any argument.
Fortunately, she had the brilliant idea to start a Windstorm Insurance Network whose membership included all industries and professions dealing with windstorm claims issues. There is no other such group or association in the insurance industry. Most insurance groups, seminars and conferences are exclusive to others.
The Insurance Windstorm Network is hosting a review of case law in the western states on September 14 with one expert from the policyholder’s point of view and another from the insurer’s point of view. Larry Bache has worked actively in Western government insurance litigation and will present from the policyholder’s point of view. Here is a link to a case where a Colorado client walked into our Denver office seeking $20,000 and ended up with over $1 million after Larry Bache and Jon Bukowski agreed to help.
This balanced educational review of case law features a highly experienced partner at the firm of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, Sanjit Shah. Sanjit is a stubborn opponent, and his practical, no-nonsense analysis can be found in an article, Up in smoke: Considerations for property insurers as more states legalize marijuanawhere he concluded:
To avoid the uncertainty created by the conflict between state laws on marijuana use and federal law and policy, insurers should consider including in policies sold in states that permit marijuana use a clause that would provide coverage for marijuana plants and cultivation equipment in accordance with the general policy expressed by the state. Such a provision would not be inconsistent with federal public policy in the absence of any statute prohibiting insurance coverage of such property, and would enhance the marketability of the insurance. It would also allow the insurer to deny coverage for property loss related to the recreational use of marijuana in a state where only medical use is permitted.
The price for this educational conference cannot be beat. The speakers are experts. The link to participate is here.
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