The Court of Appeals recently issued its opinion in Maples v. Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., E2015-00285-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015). The Maples case dealt with fire damage to the Maples’ home in Crossville, Tennessee, insured with Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company.  Coverage was denied on August 26, 2013.  Suit was filed on August

In March 2012, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion concerning the liabilty of insurers and insurance agents in cases involving failure to procure and maintain appropriate insurance coverage.  The case is Allstate Ins. Co. v. Tarrant.  The case is a "must read" for insurance practitioners, and is full of good nuggets.  Today I’ll

This is the third installment of my recent discussion of the Morrison v. Allen decision.  Assume these facts (a skeletal version of the facts in Morrison):  John Doe requests life insurance from his insurance agent in the amount of $1,000,000.  A policy is issued, but a claim by John’s wife, Jane, for benefits under

One of the issues that arises far too often in cases I handle is lack of understanding of the purpose or role of documents called “Certificates of Insurance.” A “Certificate of Insurance” is not an insurance policy – it has no insuring provision, no exclusions, and typically no terms or conditions. These “Certificates” are usually issued by