November 17, 2016
Nonprofit policyholder advocacy group United Policyholders on Tuesday asked the Seventh Circuit to order two insurers to cover window maker Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc.'s costs to defend a class action over defective windows, arguing that the lower court's ruling is contrary to Wisconsin law and would improperly curtail the insureds' coverage.
 
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November 14, 2016
A home is perhaps the single largest investment of a person’s life. When someone takes out a mortgage, they are also required to take out a homeowners’ insurance policy that is acceptable to their lender. If they let the policy lapse for any reason, while still owing on the mortgage, the loan will go into default.
 
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November 12, 2016
Shopping around at area hospitals and outpatient surgery centers for the cost of procedures could save patients thousands of dollars, a Sunday Times analysis found.
 
Using an online cost estimator developed by Aetna insurance, the newspaper found significant price variations for several common medical procedures. In most cases, procedures cost more if they are...
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November 8, 2016
Credit is playing an increasingly important economic role in Americans’ lives these days, and according to a recent study, your credit history can be a major factor in what you pay for home insurance.
 
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November 8, 2016
If you’ve got your eye on a new city where you can buy a bigger house with an affordable mortgage payment, don’t be too quick to sign those closing documents.
If you don’t do a little research first, you may get ambushed by unexpected costs of living in the city of your dreams.
 
Below are five cost-of-living factors you need to check out before you...
November 7, 2016
Auto technology is moving ahead faster than a Texas speed limit. Automatic braking prior to an accident, blind-spot warnings in traffic, rear-view cameras and a host of other options now increase the safety of new models.
 
But will these new devices lead to discounts by auto insurers? No, according to a study by The Zebra, a car insurance comparison website....
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October 30, 2016
Does being behind on your bills make you more likely to crash your car?
 
Yup, statistically speaking.
 
That’s why Missourians with rotten credit pay an average of $704 per year more for auto insurance than people with good credit. The difference in Illinois is $745, according to a recent analysis by Insurancequotes.com.
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October 25, 2016
A bevy of construction trade organizations and a nonprofit policyholder advocacy group urged the Florida Supreme Court on Monday to rule that a construction defect claim notice constitutes a suit triggering an insurer's defense obligations, throwing their support behind a building contractor in its coverage dispute with Crum & Forster.
 
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October 20, 2016
Twenty-five years after a horrific firestorm killed 25 people and wiped out nearly 3,500 homes in the Oakland hills, the conditions are ripe once again for a similar — if not worse — disaster.
 
The 1991 inferno led to improved policies and equipment for fire and emergency crews, as well as fire-proof materials on homes and roofs. But the highly flammable trees...
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October 18, 2016
This month — Thursday of this week to be exact — is the 25th anniversary of the Oakland/Berkeley hills firestorm. Many of you were here that day. Some of you — like my husband and me — escaped the flames with just the clothes on our back and the knowledge that our lives would never be the same.
 
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