Harvey Nosowitz, an attorney in Anderson Kreiger’s insurance practice, was quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article “Possibly ‘negligent’ insurer didn’t violate 176D, 1st Circuit rules,” on November 27, 2019. In River Farm Realty Trust, et al. v. Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company, Lawyers Weekly No. 01-244-19, the First Circuit Court of Appeals found that a $120,000 disparity between an insurer’s appraisal of ice-dam damage to a residence and the award the policyholder obtained in a reference hearing did not amount to bad faith under Chapter 176D. Harvey said the six-month delay between the insurer’s first estimate and the homeowners coming back with their own contractor’s estimate was a key fact in the case. It highlights the importance of homeowners with water-infiltration claims quickly getting their own contractor involved, ideally one who will advocate for them with the insurer, he said. Harvey’s practice includes representing clients in complex insurance coverage matters and extra-contractual litigation.
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