Why is the recent 2018 partial summary judgment in Hicks vs. American Integrity Insurance Company of Florida so important?
Many policies in Florida have language that states, “We do not insure for loss caused by constant or repeated seepage or leakage of water over a period of 14 or more days.”
If you read the case, there is a partial summary judgement in Hicks favor provided that for losses occurring after the first thirteen days, the burden will be on AIIC (The Insurance Carrier) to prove that a particular loss was sustained after the thirteenth day and is therefore not covered under the language of the exclusion provision.”
Here is the link from Find Law to read more: https://caselaw.findlaw.com/fl-district-court-of-appeal/1890216.html
You will find it reads, “We, therefore, reverse the summary judgment entered in favor of AIIC and remand this case to the trial court to enter partial summary judgment in Hicks’s favor on the sole issue of coverage within the first thirteen days of the leak, the extent of the losses to be determined at trial. As for losses occurring after the first thirteen days, the burden will be on AIIC to prove that a particular loss was sustained after the thirteenth day and is therefore not covered under the language of the exclusion provision.
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