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Homeowners Didn't Waive Privilege In Insurance Suit: Panel

Law360 (April 24, 2019, 9:40 PM EDT) -- A Florida court erred when it found that homeowners had waived their attorney-client privilege in a coverage lawsuit against Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and ordered them to turn over potentially privileged information without first reviewing it privately, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The Second District Court of Appeal said a Hillsborough County circuit court departed from the essential requirements of the law by finding that homeowners Joaquin and Carmen Dominguez waived their attorney-client privilege when a legal assistant from their counsel's firm contacted the insurer to report the water damage claim at issue. And the court departed again by failing...

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