Disqualification Standards: Party-Selected Appraisers

Law360, New York (February 8, 2010, 1:38 PM EST) -- Appraisal panels often play a major role in property insurance disputes, and the impartiality of their members is sometimes challenged.

A recent decision by a California appellate court clarifies party-selected appraisers’ disclosure obligations and the circumstances under which an appraiser selected by a party may be subject to disqualification, thus providing valuable guidance to practitioners.

Fire insurance policies on California properties are required to use standard language set forth in section 2071 of the Insurance Code. This statute requires that, in the event the insurer and...
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