Understanding Insurance Law, Fifth Edition (2012)

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This comprehensive Understanding treatise can be used as the course text or as a supplement to any insurance law casebook. Insurance Law is designed to make the substance of insurance law accessible to the student and to the general practitioner unfamiliar with the subject.

The premise of this book’s organization is that insurance law is best understood if its legal principles are arranged according to the various stages in the life of a contract. Part A considers the question “what is insurance law.” Part B considers issues germane to the establishment of the contractual relationship between insurer and insured. Part C considers issues relevant to the performance of contractual obligations. Finally, Part D examines a few topics that defy easy categorization, including special problems in group insurance, special issues in automobile insurance, issues in reinsurance, and a new chapter on excess and umbrella coverage.

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Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 

PART A: WHAT IS INSURANCE LAW?

Chapter 1. What Is Insurance? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Chapter 2. Sources of Insurance Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

PART B: ESTABLISHING THE CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP

Chapter 3. Contract Formation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Chapter 4. The Insurable Interest Requirement . . . . . . . 255

Chapter 5. Scope of Obligations: Persons and Interests

Protected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

Chapter 6. Scope of Obligations: The Risks Covered . . . . 375

PART C: PERFORMING THE CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

Chapter 7. The Insured’s Duty to Pay Premiums . . . . . . 555

Chapter 8. The Mechanics of Claim Presentation . . . . . . 571

Chapter 9. The Insurer’s Duty to Pay Proceeds . . . . . . . 611

Chapter 10. Excuses for the Insurer’s Nonperformance . . 717

Chapter 11. The Additional Duties in Third-Party Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 781

PART D: SOME REMAINING MATTERS

Chapter 12. Group Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901

Chapter 13. Automobile Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 917

Chapter 14. Excess Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975
Chapter 15. Reinsurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 995

Table of Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TC-1

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-1