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First-Party Property Insurance Law in North Carolina

North Carolina Bar Association; Insurance Law Section newsletter

December 2, 2013

Nexsen Pruet attorneys Jim Bryan and Catherine Lane co-authored an article for the inaugural issue of the North Carolina Bar Association Insurance Law Section e-newsletter entitled, "First-Party Property Insurance Law in North Carolina."

The article addresses the many legal issues involved in first party property insurance coverage disputes in North Carolina.

It begins:

Property insurance is first-party coverage designed to compensate the policyholder for accidental damage to its own property.  Whether it be an arson/fire loss, hurricane damage, or a business interruption claim, and whether the policy is a homeowner’s policy or a commercial policy, knowing the law on coverage is essential to prosecuting or defending a claim on the property policy. This article will address many of the legal issues involved in first-party property coverage disputes in North Carolina and will give you a roadmap needed to find your way through the complexities of a claim in litigation.

Jim Bryan has appeared in the federal and state courts of North Carolina including the North Carolina Business Court. His litigation practice concentrates on insurance coverage/bad faith, trucking industry defense, commercial disputes, lender liability, premises liability and environmental disputes.  He also has great familiarity with class actions, toxic and mass torts, and product liability. Jim is chair of Nexsen Pruet's insurance litigation and insurance bad faith defense groups and co-chair of the firm’s transportation and truck accident defense groups. 

Catherine Lane practices in Nexsen Pruet's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Group, and represents clients in a wide range of bankruptcy, workout, and collections matters.  She also represents clients in a variety of commercial, insurance, and contractual disputes.