Deadline today for mobile home insurance hurricane settlement

Jan 30, 2012

The following article was published in the Palm Beach Post on January 30, 2012:

Deadline toda for mobile home insurance hurricane settlement

By Charles Elmore

Today is the postmark deadline to submit a claim in a $40 million settlement involving more than 7,700 mobile home owners in Florida whose homes were damaged in hurricanes from 2003 to 2006.

Qualifying owners are expected to receive varying amounts up to $8,000 each, according to Fort Lauderdale firm handling the class action suit for the owners, Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman. Defendants included Liberty American Insurance Group and related firms.

Most of the mobile owners are on the west coast of Florida, a spokesman for the plaintiff firm said, though court documents show some of those who opted out of the settlement live in east coast cities such as Fort Pierce, Melbourne and Margate.

The insurer underpaid for damages to mobile homes by failing to cover replacement costs, plaintiff attorneys argued. Judge Donald L. Graham of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida entered the judgment Jan. 26. Liberty’s attorneys did not return a call for comment.

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