Coffee Break Training: Fire/Arson and Explosion Investigation Curriculum: Arson Reporting Immunity Legislation [open pdf - 174KB]
"There is often a large amount of information collected by an insurance company during the course of a fire and arson investigation that can be invaluable to public sector fire investigators. Therefore, to be successful, cooperation and coordination between public and private sector investigators during a fire/arson investigation is crucial. However, historically, insurance companies have been reluctant to share information and cooperate with law enforcement investigations due to the risk of claims of defamation, bad faith, malicious prosecution or harassment. In response to these concerns, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed some form of arson reporting immunity legislation that insulates an insurer and its employees and agents from civil liability for information disclosures to law enforcement officials. Since the passage of these laws, the ability of fire and law enforcement agencies to obtain and successfully use information from insurance claim files to solve and prosecute cases has dramatically increased."
Coffee Break Training - Fire Investigation Series No. FI-2013-13
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/