Top News   January 13, 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Late Notice Revisited
The timely notice of claims is generally an express requirement of an insurance policy. However, the modern trend by U.S. courts and legislatures has been to diminish "late notice" as a defense to coverage. Read more

Calif. Quake Damages Estimated at $12.5M
The 6.5-Mw earthquake that struck off the shore of northern California on Jan. 9th created widespread blackouts in several coastal communities but caused only minor structural damages and no major health injuries. Learn about the estimated losses here.

Lawsuits Filed Against 14 Insurers for Chinese Drywall
A lawsuit seeks indemnification for losses and breach of contract arising from claims for the development and sale of homes allegedly containing defective Chinese manufactured drywall. Read about the 14 insurance companies named in the complaint here.

Tweet Suite Digest — January 13, 2010
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Fraud of the Week: Father's Arson Leaves Family in the Cold
A 50-year-old Lancaster, Ohio man set fire to his rented home to collect insurance money but failed to ponder the toll this would have on his family. Read more

Claims IQ

Each week we test readers on their claim knowledge. This week's question is:

Which of these ranks as the most powerful earthquake to date, having registered 9.5 MMS?

A. Great Kanto earthquake (1923)
B. Valdivia earthquake (1960)
C. Mexico City earthquake (1985)
D. Afghanistan earthquake (1998)

Answer Here!

Last week's question was:

According to Munich Re, the costliest natural disaster of 2009 was Winter Storm Klaus, which killed at least 26 people in Spain, France, and Italy. In what month did it occur?

A. March
B. September
C. January
D. November

E-News readers made a valiant effort, as 47 percent correctly identified the month in 2009 when Winter Storm Klaus hit northeast Spain and southwest France. Klaus swooped in between January 23 to 25th, costing insurers $3 billion.

Here are the final results for last week:

A. 42%
B. 3%
C. 47%
D. 8%

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