Academic journal article Journal of Risk and Insurance

Law of Insurance Contract Disputes

Academic journal article Journal of Risk and Insurance

Law of Insurance Contract Disputes

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Law of Insurance Contract Disputes, second edition, by Jeffrey W. Stempel, 2000, Gaithersburg, Md.: Aspen Publishers.

Reviewer: Patrick L. Brockett, University of Texas at Austin

Readers of the Journal of Risk and Insurance are familiar with Jeffrey Stempel, who is editor of the "Recent Court Decisions" section for this journal. The current (second) edition of his book on the laws of insurance contract disputes continues to provide in-depth analysis of contract issues in a full and complete manner. While written in a legal style directed primarily towards insurance lawyers, the style is quite readable to risk management and insurance professionals (especially those who read the Recent Court Decisions section of the journal). Many "current" topics are presented that would be useful for discussions in risk management and insurance classes. These topics include discussions of "sudden and accidental" triggers as related to environmental pollution coverages; bad faith and fraud litigation; intentional acts exclusions; punitive damage insurance coverage; the use of the RICO (anti organized crime legislation) statutes in insurance; insurance insolvency and its effect on liability claims; employment claim coverage; and even an extended discussion of Y2K problem coverages issues. …

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