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Maryland Legislative Update

On April 13, 2015 after the release of the traditional sine die balloons and streamers, the first General Assembly of the newly elected Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. concluded with much success. With bills awaiting...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

President Signs Flood Insurance Bill

On March 21, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013, which includes several provisions impacting previously enacted mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements. The bill, among...more

FIO Focus - November 2013, Issue 43

On November 19, 2013, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory." The hearing covered the use of disparate impact...more

And You Thought Ending Flood Insurance Subsidies Would Be Difficult? Try Persuading a Politician to Support “Managed Coastal...

Earlier today, I posted about the political difficulties inherent in reforming flood insurance programs to avoid subsidizing those who choose to live in coastal areas subject to flooding. When even Democratic legislators...more

Yet More on the Adaptation Front: Where You Stand Depends on Whether Your Property Is Underwater

A story in E&E Daily on October 30 highlighted the difficult choices – including political choices – that are going to have to be faced in the process of adapting to climate change. The story noted that a number of...more

Legal Alert: Federal Insurance Issues We Are Watching During Fall 2013

The United States Congress has returned from its summer recess. On its first full day back in session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed (by a vote of 397-6) long-stalled legislation that would fundamentally alter the...more

Senate Banking Leaders Offer Bipartisan FHA Reform Bill

On July 15, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) released a discussion draft of a bill intended to improve the solvency of the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI...more

Rogers Towers: Florida House Bill 909 (2013): A Sigh of Relief for Water Mitigation Contractors and Restoration Companies

This past spring, the insurance and banking lobbies created quite a stir in the water and fire damage mitigation and restoration industry....more

Far-Ranging Consequences Of Superstorm Sandy Legislation

The damage and dislocation caused by Superstorm Sandy have triggered the recent passage of numerous bills by the New York Legislature. One of the most controversial governmental responses is embodied in two similar bills —...more

New York Assembly Presents Insurance Reform Overhaul in Wake of Superstorm Sandy

We previously reported on the New Jersey Legislature’s attempts to enact a bill that would allow policyholders to sue an insurer for bad faith in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Assembly Bill A3710 is still...more

Capitol Report: Property Insurance Bill Creating Citizens Clearinghouse Passes 2013 Florida Legislature

Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1770 (CS/SB 1770) passed by the 2013 Florida Legislature creates a “keep-out” clearinghouse to reduce the size and type of exposures insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation...more

Is this the Future of Adaptation? Who Pays to Avoid the Cost of Coastal Flooding?

The New York Times reported today that Governor Cuomo is proposing to spend $400 million to buy out owners of property to avoid a recurrence of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. I have to say that I have been persuaded...more

Weekly Brief: Hurricane Sandy, GC Donations, Tweeting Fake News [Video]

Nov. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast of the United States and legal issues are beginning to emerge. Also, General...more

Stormchaser Legislation and Mechanic’s Liens

April 17 marks the end of legislators’ per diem, but session will continue beyond that date as budget and property tax negotiations continue. Progress has been made however, with most budget bills being assigned to conference...more

The New and Improved California Residential Property Disclosure Form: A Harbinger of More Significant Reforms in Replacement Cost...

Introduced by Assembly Member Ted Gaines (R), AB 2022 revamps California’s Residential Property Disclosure Form (current page 3; new page 10) and the accompanied California Residential Property Insurance Bill of Rights...more

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