Hurricane Irma Declare Is Lastly Going to Appraisal | Property Insurance coverage Protection Regulation Weblog


Hurricane Irma struck over six years in the past. A policyholder who couldn’t get hold of a good restoration took the choice to litigation by invoking appraisal. Little did the policyholder know that the insurance coverage firm would make a federal case out of the matter. The matter has been stagnant in federal courtroom for years, attempting to get the matter out of courtroom and earlier than an appraisal panel. Final week, the eleventh Circuit Courtroom of Appeals held that events couldn’t problem a decide’s ruling compelling the matter to appraisal.1 

The courtroom held: 

Right here, we conclude that the order compelling appraisal on this case is just not a last order appealable beneath § 1291. In its order, the district courtroom explicitly contemplated additional proceedings, explaining that the appraisal wouldn’t eliminate any of the claims within the case nor Empire’s protection defenses. Additional, in Florida, ‘[a]ppraisal exists for a restricted function—the dedication of ‘the quantity of the loss.’ ‘ Residents Prop. Ins. Corp. v. Mango Hill #6 Apartment. Ass’n, Inc., 117 So. 3d 1226, 1230 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013). ‘[A]n settlement for appraisal extends merely to the decision of the particular problems with precise money worth and ‘quantity of loss,’ ‘ and ‘all points apart from these contractually assigned to the appraisal panel are reserved for dedication in a plenary motion.’

The courtroom additional held that even when the courtroom thought-about it an appraisal beneath the Federal Arbitration Code, the Order compelling appraisal wouldn’t be an Order topic to attraction. 

The sensible outcome will probably be a rise within the energy of judges to maneuver circumstances in direction of appraisal if a celebration calls for the appraisal. It doesn’t imply the award will probably be paid as a result of protection points and different points will be raised after the award, which the trial courtroom should rule upon. 

Thought For The Day 

You might have undertaken to cheat me. I gained’t sue you, for the regulation is simply too gradual. I’ll wreck you.

—Cornelius Vanderbilt

1 Positano Place at Naples I Apartment. Assn. v. Empire Indemnity Ins. Co., No. 22-11059 (11th Cir. Oct. 20, 2023).


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