This past Friday (Aug. 4, 2017), Mississippi’s Insurance Commissioner, Mike Chaney, issued a bulletin that alerts insurers that they should not be depreciating labor in Mississippi unless policy language clearly allows it, and even then, estimates must clearly delineate that labor was depreciated.  I’ve quoted the bulletin below:

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Several years ago I discussed a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals case where the court determined that general contractor’s Overhead and Profit were recoverable if the insured would “reasonably be expected to hire a contractor to repair its property”  See Parkway Assoc., LLC v. Harleysville Mut. Ins. Co., 129 Fed. Appx. 955 (6th Cir.

I recently learned that Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (Farm Bureau) has changed the way it will pay roof claims.  Specifically, a recent endorsement changes roof coverage to actual cash value for roofing materials instead of replacement cost.  This means that roof materials will be depreciated in the event of a roof claim.  For example,

While I acknowledge Clift v. Fulton Fire Insurance Company, 315 S.W.2d 9 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1958), cert. denied, provides a rule for allowing valuation of property under a somewhat “elastic” standard of “value to the owner,” this ambiguous standard should not apply where the valuation provisions of property coverage are specifically set forth