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If you own any commercial, industrial or residential property, you may encounter a situation where part of your building gets damaged and the repair won’t match the undamaged portions. Will you endure the mismatch, or will you replace everything so it all matches? Insurance coverage may be a factor.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently addressed this situation under Illinois law in the case Windridge of Naperville Condominium Assoc. v. Phila. Indem. Ins. Co. A hail and wind storm damaged the aluminum siding on the south and west sides of several buildings in one condominium complex.  More on Seventh Circuit Insurance Litigation Here>
 
 
 
 
 
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On August 27, the United States Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (which, among other things, oversees federal crop insurance), announced the availability of whole-farm "coverage for hemp grown for fiber, flower or seeds" for the 2020 grow year.   A "Whole-Farm" policy insures all commodities on a farm, under one policy, against unavoidable natural causes of loss (e.g., hurricanes and other natural disasters).  This type of coverage is most often seen with specialty crops, organic grows, and the like.  It is available for any farm with up to $8.5 million in insured revenue in all counties of North Carolina. More on Hemp Crop Insurance Here>
 
 
 
 
 
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In an interesting case about wine and wine collectors, purchasers of fine wines sought coverage for wine they ordered from a seller but never received.  Turns out the seller was running a wine Ponzi scheme and hundreds of customers never received thousands of bottles of wine ordered.  The case reached the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Was there coverage?   More on Wine Insurance Litigation Here>
 
 
 
 
 
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Delaware (July 31, 2019) and New Hampshire (August 2, 2019) have become the latest states to add to the insurance cybersecurity landscape by enacting information security laws.  These laws come on the heels of Connecticut’s law enacted a few days earlier.  Notably, while Connecticut followed the New York Department of Financial Services’ 2017 Cybersecurity Regulations model, Delaware and New Hampshire followed South Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Mississippi in adopting a version of the model law put forth in 2018 by the National Association of Insurance Commissioner (“NAIC”).  Although the New York and NAIC frameworks are similar—both require written information security programs and impose a 72-hour breach notification deadline—the legislation as enacted by each state varies, resulting in a patchwork compliance framework for insurance companies that practice across multiple states. More on Data Security Insurance Laws Here>
 
 
 
 
 
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