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Wildfires Rage: Insurance Advice for Recovery After the Smoke Clears

Some guiding principles, taken from decades of experience representing insurance policyholders in California and around the globe - The Wine Country fires, and the uncertainty of their cause, may complicate insurance...more

The Opioid Crisis: Declaring a National Emergency and the Effect on Remote Prescribing through Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 31, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. In August 2017 and again on October 16, 2017, the...more

FinCEN Provides FBAR Relief To Victims Of The California Wildfires

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced today that California wildfire victims in affected areas of California have until January 31, 2018, to file their Report of Foreign Bank and...more

Tax Relief for Victims of Natural Disasters

by Moskowitz LLP on

Losing a loved one, a home, or a livelihood due to a natural disaster is among the worst things that can happen to a person. And the last thing you should be worrying about in times of crisis is your tax bill....more

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Highlights of Available Government Assistance for Puerto Rico Residents

by Littler on

On September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico suffered the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria, which savaged the Island, taking down all communications systems, severely damaging or completely destroying many homes and roads, and...more

Reed Smith Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief Resources Guide

by Reed Smith on

Industry insured losses for Hurricane Maria are estimated to be between US$40 billion and US $85 billion. Puerto Rico, alone, will account for more than 85% of the loss. Individuals impacted by Hurricane Maria will generally...more

FCC Grants Temporary Universal Service Fund Relief for Hurricane Victims

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued an order temporarily waiving several rules and requirements related to the federal Universal...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

FinCEN Provides Updated FBAR-Filing Relief To Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, And Maria

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today updated two previous notices regarding FBAR-filing relief to victims of the recent hurricanes. Extension filers have until January 31, 2018 to...more

Beware of Federal Requirements when Selling or Leasing Facilities Funded by FEMA

by Baker Donelson on

As we are now more than ten years from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and five from Superstorm Sandy, many applicants that received federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public...more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

Today’s the Day: Nationwide EAS Test and Form 2 Deadline Arrive

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Earlier this week, the FCC and FEMA released a final reminder that this year’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will occur today, September 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM Eastern Time. The test will be transmitted in both...more

When Disaster Strikes: Picking up the Pieces

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The last few weeks have been a struggle for many Americans dealing with natural disasters. As employers and businesses attempt to make sense of losses and get back to business, below are some suggestions that may help during...more

Potential disaster relief fraud cases loom in Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria's wake

by Dentons on

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, another potential disaster lies waiting for those who apply for relief funds or assist in recovery efforts: criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. The Wall Street...more

IRS Issues Guidance to Ease Assistance for Hurricane Recovery

While Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have subsided, recovery efforts have just begun. In an effort to help bring timely assistance to beleaguered residents of areas hard hit by the storms, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has...more

The Preemption Defense to Flood Insurance Claims Under the National Flood Insurance Program

by Wilson Elser on

According to Lloyd’s of London, which helped to reinsure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more than $1 billion seven months before Hurricane Harvey, the storms in Texas and Florida may result in damage...more

IRS and DOL issue retirement plan relief for hurricane victims

by Dentons on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided welcome relief to individuals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The relief permits plan sponsors to temporarily relax restrictions on hardship withdrawals, participant...more

IRS, PBGC and DOL Provide Additional Hurricane Relief

The IRS issued an announcement paralleling the relief granted to Hurricane Harvey victims to those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. Announcement 2017-13 (the “Announcement”) relaxes hardship distribution standards for...more

Additional guidance from HUD/Freddie/Fannie/Ginnie/VA on mortgage-related disaster relief for hurricane victims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In addition to the guidance regarding Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, the housing agencies and government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) recently addressed the mortgage-related relief available to victims of both Hurricane...more

More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

by Winstead PC on

Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

Cleaning Up After The Storms

Building and Development Permits - While Florida was bracing for the impact of Hurricane Irma, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-235, declaring a state of emergency for all 67 of Florida’s counties. Due to...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces Penalty Against State Bank for Alleged Violation of the National Flood Insurance Act

by Goodwin on

?On September 14, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced the execution of a settlement with a state bank concerning alleged violations of the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”), 42 U.S.C. §...more

Podcast Episode 8 – When the Government Decides to Flood Your Property, Is There a Claim? With Derrick Carson of Locke Lord LLP,...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. Derrick Carson, Partner in Locke Lord's Houston office, joins us in Episode 8 to discuss Hurricane Harvey, the flooding in Houston and southeast...more

Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right

by Jackson Walker on

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has impacted thousands of people and businesses throughout Texas. Private nonprofits and religious organizations have been playing key roles in providing emergency relief to those who have been...more

Insurance Update for Florida Residents following Hurricane Irma

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Florida residents, property owners, and renters are returning to their properties to assess damages and commence cleanup. For many affected parties, this is also the time to start...more

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