Legislative Updates January 2024

Are you interested in shaping the legislative landscape within your region? Embrace the opportunity to serve on the NAIIA legislative committee! Your perspective and expertise can make a real difference. Contact National Legislative Chair Barry Parks of Hausch & Company at barry@hauschco.com for more details about serving on the committee and upcoming events. You can also view other members serving on the committee in your region at https://naiia.com/naiia-committees/

From our very own Regional Legislative Chair, Cathy Hester:

A petition to invoke appraisal is not the same thing as a motion to compel arbitration, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. The high court dismissed an appeal by Great American Insurance Co. that sought to overturn a trial court’s order denying its motion to compel an appraisal in a dispute over hurricane damage to a beachfront condominium complex. The insurer argued that its motion was subject to the Federal Arbitration Act because an appraisal is akin to arbitration, which means it can appeal the Baldwin County Circuit Court’s decision to deny it.

A unanimous Alabama Supreme Court disagreed. Read more about this ruling.

Thank you to Cathy for this submission! You can reach Cathy Hester, District Manager of ClaimsPro, at cathy.hester@claimspro.us.


These professionals are providing their expertise to our Legislative Committee, at no cost to our organization. At this time, we have attorneys in Illinois, California, New York, and more. They are keeping us up-to-date on important legislation affecting our industry in the states where they practice. We plan to highlight these attorneys and provide a full listing in the future.


John T. Egley received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Loyola Law School. Mr. Egley focuses his law practice on employment litigation and business litigation. He is a current shareholder at Call & Jensen in Newport Beach, California.

Mr. Egley has recent wins on behalf of a national retailer against claims of discrimination and wrongful termination on summary judgment and the successful defense of an oil industry client by defeating class certification.

Mr. Egley has been repeatedly selected as a Southern California Rising Star according to SuperLawyers, including for the years 2012-2017. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Mr. Egley is a frequent lecturer on various employment law topics and conducts seminars and training for Human Resources professionals.

Mr. Egley participates in a number of volunteer and community organizations including the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Program, and serves on the Board of a non-profit church organization.

Thank you, John, for your service to our organization!


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