Jim Sams, Claims Journal

Jim Sams

Claims Journal

Chula Vista, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Jim:

COVID Impacts Linger in Courtrooms, Often a Disadvantage for Defendants

GARDEN GROVE, California — Courts have reopened and trials have resumed, but the impacts of COVID-19 continue to linger in the judicial system, a panel of → Read More

Technology Delivering New Data Sources for Claims Investigations

GARDEN GROVE, California — The driver of the 2021 Toyota Sienna said he crashed because another car bumped the rear of his vehicle while passing on the → Read More

Public Adjuster Accused of Scamming Claimants Took Cash Advances on Commissions

The operators of a public adjusting firm that was cited by regulators in both Texas and Louisiana for allegedly pocketing insurer payouts have also → Read More

New Jersey High Court Backs Insurer’s New York Exclusion in Home Depot Injury Case

Clearly, Admiral Insurance Co. did not want to assume any risk in the New York City area. The insurance policy Admiral issued to Richfield Window → Read More

Claims People: PLRB, CNC and MEMIC

PLRB President Mallin Retiring Thomas W. Mallin, president and chief executive officer of the Property & Liability Resource Bureau, will retire at the → Read More

Public Adjuster Firm Accused of Pocketing $600K in Insurer Payouts in 2 States

The Texas Department of Insurance says a public adjusting firm that was sanctioned last month by Louisiana regulators has pocketed more than $300,000 in → Read More

N.J. Supreme Ct: New York Exclusion Relieves Insurer of Duty to Defend Injury Suit

Clearly, Admiral Insurance Co. did not want to assume any risk in the New York City area. The insurance policy Admiral issued to Richfield Window → Read More

S.C. Joins 3 Other State Supreme Courts, Rules No Coverage for COVID-19 Shutdown

The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday became the fourth state high court in the nation to rule that the virus that causes COVID-19 cannot cause a → Read More

ATM Theft Numbers Continue to Climb After Surpassing Historic Highs

The number of automated teller machine thefts in the United States increased another 10% in 2021 after surging during the previous year, according to the → Read More

Excess Insurer’s Policyholder Had No Duty to Settle Suit that Resulted in $13M Verdict

An insurer cannot escape liability for its share of a $6 million payout because the retailer it insured refused to accept a settlement offer by a customer → Read More

10th Circuit Revives Races Discrimination Suit by Former Farmers Agent

A federal appellate court revived a former insurance agent's race discrimination claim against Farmers Insurance Exchange. A panel of the 10th Circuit → Read More

Ordinance-or-Law Endorsement Entitles Mall Owner to Roof Replacement, 8th Circuit Says

The ordinance-or-law endorsement in a commercial property policy may require Cincinnati Insurance Co. to pay $1.3 million to replace a roof that suffered → Read More

Appellate Court Upholds Rule Allowing Longer Hours for Commercial Drivers

A federal appellate court on Tuesday upheld rules adopted during the Trump administration that allowed commercial drivers engaged in local deliveries to → Read More

Auto Claimants Waiting Longer for Collision Repairs

Auto claimants are waiting longer for collision repairs — 4.5 days longer this spring compared to the same period last year, according to a report → Read More

11th Circuit Revives Investor-Funded Medicare Secondary Payer Act Lawsuit Against Insurers

A Miami-area collections company backed by litigation-funding investors has won another appellate court victory over insurers, persuading a panel of the → Read More

NJ Supreme: Direct Action Statute Allows Construction Defect Claim; Arbitration Clause Applies

New Jersey's Direct Action Statute applies to a condominium association's construction defects claims against an insurer, but the plaintiff must comply → Read More

Electric Vehicle Sales Rise Sharply, Signaling Changes for Auto Claims

US consumers are rapidly adapting to electric vehicles, a shift away from the internal combustion engine that may change auto insurance claim → Read More

Claims People: Gallagher Bassett, Goldberg Segalla, Prodigy Care Services

Gallagher Bassett Appoints Carrier Practice Director Gallagher Bassett, an international claims management provider headquartered in Rolling Meadows, → Read More

8th Circuit Upholds Verdict Against Monsanto, but Orders New Trial on Punitive Damages

A federal appellate court on Thursday upheld a $15 million damage award to a Missouri peach farmer whose crops were damaged by pesticides that drifted off → Read More

No Malpractice Coverage Owed to Law Firm Sanctioned for ‘Frivolous’ Lawsuits

A legal malpractice insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify attorneys who were sanctioned for filing frivolous lawsuits against four Ohio school → Read More