As insurers’ claim count from the California wildfires soared above 14,000 and modelers said insured losses could hit $1.6 billion, a reinsurance expert suggested last week that carriers should have an easier time collecting on their reinsurance coverage than they did in 2003.

Lara Mowery, Guy Carpenter managing director in the reinsurance brokerage’s Minneapolis office, said changes in contract documents since 2003 should lessen the number of disputes over California wildfire losses between reinsurers and primary insurers.

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