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Steven Plitt, Expert Witness

Steven Plitt, Expert Witness

Insurance Bad Faith Claim Handling Expert Serving Clients Nationwide

TENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FINDS THAT INSURANCE POLICY’S APPRAISAL CLAUSE ALLOWS CAUSATION DETERMINATIONS

by | Mar 31, 2022 | Insurance Law

In BonBeck Parker, LLC v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of America, 14 F.4th 1169 (10th Circ. 2021) the Court held that the Travelers policy permitted either party to request an appraisal on “the amount of loss,” which was a phrase with an ordinary meaning in the insurance context that unambiguously encompassed causation disputes.  The Circuit Court predicted that the Colorado Supreme Court would recognize that in the insurance context, the phrase “amount of loss” would encompass causation.  In doing so, the 10th Circuit rejected Travelers’ argument that the appraisal clause was limited to monetary determinations, thereby precluding causation determinations.  Rather, the 10th Circuit concluded that nothing in the dictionary definition of an appraiser did not indicate that appraisers were limited from considering causation as part of the estimation of value.

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