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Insurance Law Research Guide

This guide provides a starting point for research in insurance law in the United States.


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This guide is intended as a starting point for research in insurance law at Georgetown Law Library. It includes both primary and secondary materials, in both print and electronic formats.

Lee R. Russ, Thomas F. Segalla & Steven Plitt, Couch on Insurance 3rd
Available on Westlaw
This is the definitive multi-volume looseleaf treatise on insurance with forms, analysis and case law. Some of the major parts analyze the insurance contract, premiums, dividends and loans, risks and activities covered by an insurance policy and adjustment of disputed claims. It is continually updated with new looseleaf pages.

John F. Dobbyn, Insurance Law in a Nutshell (2016) Reading Room Study Aid KF1164.3 D6
This study aid is an introduction to the fundamentals of insurance law. It covers topics such as insurable interest, risk, insurer defenses, waiver and estoppel, recovery, subrogation, reinsurance, and bonds.

New Appleman on Insurance
Available on Lexis
This is a comprehensive and up-to-date treatise in the field of insurance law. It covers all aspects of insurance law, including personal insurance, casualty insurance, state funds, no fault insurance, commercial insurance bonds and liquidation. Leading cases from all jurisdictions are included. It analyzes each of the principal groupings of insurance contracts: personal, property, casualty, and commercial bonds, including matters common to all policies and it discusses many new types of insurance, such as franchise, credit life and disability, uninsured motorist and no-fault. It is updated annually.

Insurance Handbook, A Guide to Insurance: What it Does and How it Works
The Insurance Information Institute publishes this basic informational text on the various types of insurance. The detailed glossary with over 500 entries defines insurance terms regarding auto, home, life, annuities and long-term care products. Topical sections look at a myriad of issues, including credit scoring, earthquake risks, the liability system and medical malpractice and insurance regulation.

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Revised 12/10 (NKR)