August 17th, 2015/By Admin/In CE Training, Firm Events, Real Estate and Construction Law, Real Estate and Construction Law

Robert M. Freedman will be an invited guest panelist on the topic of “Insurance Coverage and Current Trends” at the 21st Annual CLM West Region Construction Litigation and Insurance Coverage Conference to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, from September 16-18, 2015. Mr. Freedman is a Partner of Tharpe & Howell, LLP, and Chair of its Real Estate and Construction Law Practice Group. His 25 years of litigation experience includes Federal and State jury and bench trials, mediations, arbitrations, class-actions, administrative proceedings and appeals.

Bad Faith Claim Defeated!

August 11th, 2015/By Admin/In Bad Faith and Coverage, Firm News, Firm News, Locations, Los Angeles, Transportation Law

Tharpe & Howell’s Bad Faith Team successfully defended a nationally recognized insurance carrier in a bad faith action stemming from a claim for theft of a tractor. In this case, the insured made a claim under a commercial vehicle policy for the theft of his Freightliner tractor. In response to the claim, the insurer denied coverage on the basis that the insured’s independent insurance broker failed to properly apply for theft coverage on the insured’s tractor.  As a consequence, the policy did not list the tractor as a vehicle for which theft coverage was provided. According to the insured’s wife More

California Supreme Court Upholds Policy Exclusion for Landslide Damages

August 10th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog

An article in the Insurance Insider stated that “the Supreme Court of California recently upheld the application of a weather conditions exclusion within an ‘open peril’ homeowners insurance policy, denying coverage for damages arising from a rain-induced landslide.  This dispute originated when a homeowner filed a claim with his insurer for damages caused when a tree crashed into his house as a result of a nearby landslide. Upon investigation of the claim, the insurer denied coverage finding that weather conditions, primarily heavy rainfall, brought about the damage to the property. The policy in question contained a ‘weather conditions’ clause, which More

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