A massive effort is underway to repair the damage to public and private entities caused by the windstorm and water surge associated with Hurricane Sandy. Once the immediate emergency restoration stage has been completed, the long-term effort to rebuild infrastructure, communities, homes, and businesses will begin.
During this multi-year stage of the recovery process, state and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, and companies will face a broad variety of issues concerning the allocation of legal responsibility for harms they have suffered, obtaining the financial resources necessary to reconstruct facilities and restore operations to pre-disaster levels, and undertaking the necessary repair work, including obtaining necessary entitlements for certain repairs or infrastructure enhancements.
From our experience in prior disaster situations, we expect several important legal issues, including those listed below, will arise with some frequency.
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