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Understanding Business Interruption Insurance and Wide-Impact Catastrophes

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, policyholders can expect insurers to put forward strong objections to some of the most consequential claims asserted by insureds. - Takeaways - In construing policy language...more

Builder's Risk Insurance: Resurrecting the Project After the Storm - Best Practices for Securing Coverage for Project and Claim...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Catastrophic storms such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma invariably cause property damage, schedule delays and other "soft costs" when they hit during a project's construction. • Owners and contractors engaged in...more

Not for Bermuda Only—"Bermuda Form" Pollution Insurance for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Jones Day on

If your company has insurance under the so-called "Bermuda Form" of liability insurance, it might have coverage for property damage or personal injury that otherwise might be excluded by a pollution exclusion. But prompt...more

Handling Assignment of Benefit ("AOB") Claims in the Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have damaged large areas of Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, as well as brought heavy rain and wind to Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As insurers handle thousands of property damage...more

Hurricane Harvey and Irma: Is Your Company Prepared for a Disaster? The Property and Business Interruption Insurance Checklist

An unexpected or catastrophic loss can force any company out of business, even if it is insured. You must understand your company’s risks and how your insurance policies cover those risks in order to manage them and maintain...more

Will the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) be reauthorized, extended, or what?

by Downey Brand LLP on

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire at the end of the month. For anyone that has read the newspaper lately, this is a lousy time for the program to expire with two hurricane’s bearing down on the Eastern...more

Hurricane Irma: Maximizing Insurance Recoveries

Hurricane Irma’s epic scope and wind speed suggest that affected businesses and other organizations take immediate and proactive steps to maximize insurance recovery....more

The Importance of Documenting Flood Damage

by Jackson Walker on

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey begin to dissipate, a number of you have asked another important, practical question: Can I and should I start making temporary repairs and/or removing damaged items from my home?...more

New Law That May Affect Hurricane Harvey Claims Takes Effect Sept. 1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

While insurance claims may be far from the first priority for clients affected by Hurricane Harvey, a new law takes effect on Sept. 1, 2017, that may affect first-party property insurance claims stemming from Harvey, floods...more

Maximizing Insurance Recoveries for Hurricane Harvey Losses

by Jones Day on

With Hurricane Harvey having pummeled much of the Texas Gulf Coast, businesses will soon look to secure insurance recoveries for the estimated billions of dollars in property damage and business income losses left in its...more

Two Storms: Hurricane Harvey And HB 1774

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Although insurance claims may be the last thing on the minds of many folks in Texas at the moment, HB 1774, which governs “force of nature” related insurance claims, is currently set to go into effect on September 1, 2017....more

HB 1774’s “Hail Bill” and Hurricane Harvey-Time for Action

• Action Item #1: Insureds should try to report claims for all property damage, including those caused by Hurricane Harvey, by no later than August 31, 2017, in order to avail themselves of the opportunity for an 18 percent...more

What a New Texas Insurance Law Means, and Doesn’t Mean, for Harvey’s Victims

As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak historic damage in Texas, recent updates to a state law dealing with the responsibilities of insurers are scheduled, by sheer coincidence, to take effect this Friday, September 1, 2017....more

Texas Department of Insurance Issues Bulletins Relating to Hurricane Harvey

With flood waters yet to fully recede, and the cleanup and recovery efforts from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath in southeast Texas just beginning, the Texas Department of Insurance issued a number of...more

Texas House Bill 1774 and Hurricane Harvey

by Jackson Walker on

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our employees, clients, and friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation caused by the storm. Your personal safety, and that of your family and loved ones, is our top...more

Hurricane Harvey: Helpful Insurance Information and FAQs

by Jackson Walker on

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our employees, clients, and friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation caused by the storm. Your personal safety, and that of your family and loved ones, is our top...more

House Bill 1774 Requires Urgent Action by Texas Policyholders to Preserve Coverage for Hurricane Harvey Flood Claims

Even as Hurricane Harvey’s effects continue to unfold, Texas policyholders face another imminent threat. On September 1, 2017, a new Texas law becomes effective that dramatically limits insurance recoveries for Texan...more

Hurricane Harvey: Insurance Statutes and Regulations

by Carlton Fields on

Because Hurricane Harvey claims may be taking you and your colleagues to different states, we thought it might be helpful to bear in mind the claims adjusting standards and regulations in those states that will likely be...more

Statutory Duties to consider in Underwriting (including some that deal with animals)

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Keep in mind that statutes or ordinances can be a source of a duty of care towards members of a specific class. See, e.g., Kiriakos v. Phillips, 448 Md. at 495, 139 A.3d 1006 (concluding that a social host owes a duty to...more

Earth Movement: "Any" Means Any; Home-Owners Insurance Company v. Dominic F. Andriacchi (Michigan Court of Appeals)

Property policies typically include an exclusion for loss caused by or resulting from earth movement. Some insurers will provide coverage for earth movement, but that coverage will usually have a sub-limit. For years,...more

WV Court Rules Earth Movement Exclusion Unambiguously Precludes Coverage Regardless of Whether Landslide Was a Man-Made or...

by Carlton Fields on

In Erie Insurance Property and Casualty Company v. Chaber, No. 16-0490 (W. Va. June 1, 2017), the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a lower court’s decision, holding that damage caused by a landslide was...more

Florida's Third District Court of Appeals provides a warning: When insureds communicate about their policy needs, agents better...

In Kendall South Medical Center v. Consolidated Insurance Nation, No. 3D16-926, 2017 WL 1908376, *1 (Fla. 3d DCA May 10, 2017), the Third District Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s fourth dismissal of Kendall South...more

Resolving Disputes Regarding Value of the Loss through the Appraisal Process

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With an increase in storm damage events throughout the Midwest, insurers are becoming increasingly frugal when adjusting storm damage losses. In the past, disputes regarding the value of the loss typically involved...more

CAR Insurance: Insuring the Works vs Insuring the Owner's Property

by White & Case LLP on

For the purposes of insuring construction and engineering projects, there is a critical and sometimes overlooked distinction between insuring the works carried out under the contract, and insuring the underlying property of...more

Insurance Proceeds Payable To Tenant Diverted To Pay For Property Owner's Back Taxes

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals sitting in Pennsylvania recently issued a precedential decision that interpreted the definition of a “named insured” under a tax delinquency statute to encompass tenants of a property even...more

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