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May 01, 2013 | Publication| Examination Under Oath: A Vital Tool in Examining Potentially Fraudulent Claims

This article was originally published in the CLM's Litigation Management publication, summer, 2013. © Copyright 2013 by CLM. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from CLM.

SIU Manager, Ryan West, was used to the smell. You know the smell. It is scorched. It is bitter. It is the seemingly everlasting and sticky odor of smoke.  He's at the fire scene to take a recorded statement of Belinda Peters. Her house burned last night. Burned as she started frying some chicken for dinner.  Her attention was diverted from the stove while she took a call from her aunt in the Netherlands. Her story, to the fire department, is that she left the stove unwatched, unattended, for a mere minute.

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April 15, 2016 PublicationIt's a Recovery: Opportunities to Recover Advanced Deductibles, LAE and Unpaid Premiums

Reimbursement claims stem from basic contract principles. These recovery rights turn on the promises contained in the insurance policy that the law will enforce. After all, it is all about enforceable promises that give rise to contractual recovery from one’s insured.

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January 26, 2016 PublicationSmart Mediations: The Who, What and How of Successful Mediations

This was Ms. Miller’s first mediation of any significant matter.  She was nervous. She had practiced her opening in the hotel, pacing her room, countless times.  She was young, she was apprehensive, she was well prepared.  She had worked with her mentor and had outlined what it takes to mediate, and negotiate, well.

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October 01, 2014 PublicationIlluminating Fraud: Spotlight on Affirmative Litigation

Insurance companies are defensive by nature. The very concept of insurance is to indemnify losses, not to prevent them. When it comes to insurance fraud schemes, however, denying claims is not enough to avert the cost of ongoing illicit behavior. Sadly, fraudsters recognize that the insurance industry is generally not particularly effective in stamping out multi-claim fraudulent activity. Insurance fraud today requires insurers to be more proactive.

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