STRUBLE, P.A. represented a homeowner that was insured by Federated National Insurance Company (“FEDERATED NATIONAL”).  After having agreed for years that an insured’s public adjuster can serve as an appraiser, FEDERATED NATIONAL took the position that its insured was required to hire an appraiser and pay the appraiser on an hourly basis.  The trial court entered summary judgment in favor of our client and FEDERATED NATIONAL appealed.  The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court order, which had declared that the insured’s public adjuster could serve as an appraiser.  An additional bad-faith lawsuit is currently pending, related to FEDERATED NATIONAL having taken a contrary interpretation of its own insurance policy and singling out an insured to attempt to make case law it deemed favorable.