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Contingent Valuation Returns?

The latest battle in the timber wars provides vividly contrasting views of the impact of last summer’s Rim fire, which burned across over 250,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and on private...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Dec 11, 2013

FEMA Clarifies Time Extension for Victims of Sandy - Why it matters: Given the unprecedented meteorological event known colloquially as “Superstorm Sandy,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted multiple...more

Flood Insurance Statute of Limitations Remains Intact After Proof of Loss Deadline Extensions

Following Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended the deadline to submit a proof of loss for Sandy-related claims from the 60-day period provided for by the agency’s regulations to 12 months....more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency Reauthorization - On Tuesday, October 22, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced the first ever Federal Emergency Management...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #10

The Elevator Speech Overview - Wednesday is day nine of the Government Shutdown. Eight days until the Treasury says the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling. Democratic and Republican House leaders met today in a private...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #7

The Elevator Speech Overview - Wednesday is day nine of the Government Shutdown. Eight days until the Treasury says the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling. Democratic and Republican House leaders met today in a private...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #4 -- Weekend Highlights

House of Representatives - On Friday, House Democrats announced they plan to file what is known as a discharge petition on a bill that has been with the Appropriations Committee since March. The discharge petition is...more

Housing Market Largely Escapes Damage From Government Shutdown, For Now

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight on September 30th as the Congress failed to pass a bill to continue funding the government. The repercussions are many, including preventing 800,000 Americans from...more

Continued Efforts To Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy

The anniversary of the destruction and devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy arrives in October. Our community was rocked and continues to recover. As part of that community and as individuals, we help families and other...more

New FEMA Flood Zone Maps: Is Your Property About To Be Included In A High Risk Zone?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is set to finalize new flood zone maps for the coastal areas of New England in the next few weeks. On many of these new maps, coastal flood zones are likely to shift, putting...more

FEMA Releases Preliminary Work Maps for Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, and Atlantic Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released preliminary work maps for four New Jersey counties impacted by Superstorm Sandy. These counties are Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, and Atlantic. These preliminary...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), April 29, 2013

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

Revolving Door Risk: Failure to Follow Best Practices Can Have Severe Consequences

Not surprisingly, private industry frequently considers hiring current and former federal government employees for their experience, knowledge base, and skill sets. As a reaction to the continuing perception, however, that...more

Water Infrastructure Loan Program Reintroduced in Congress

On February 25, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) reintroduced legislation authorizing federal water infrastructure projects and creating a federal loan program modeled after the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and...more

State of New Jersey Issues Emergency Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rule Amendments Rules will impact post-Sandy Development

In response to the flood impacts of storms including Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection NJDEP) recently adopted emergency amendments to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) rules. This...more

New Jersey Adopts FEMA Flood Maps; DEP Releases FAQs on the Stringent Requirements for Rebuilding Along the Shore

On January 24, 2013, Governor Chris Christie adopted the advisory flood maps released last December by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which establish new, tougher standards for rebuilding along the Jersey Shore,...more

Real Estate Alert - New Jersey Enacts New Rebuilding Rules In Response To Superstorm Sandy

The impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey was enormous: nearly 346,000 housing units either destroyed or damaged and 190,000 businesses affected. Sandy demonstrated just how vulnerable to damage much of the low-lying areas...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 29, 2013

The current International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) contract extension expires at the end of February 6. Carrier-paid container royalties remain the central issue in the negotiation. ...more

Governor Christie Signs Emergency Regulations To Adopt FEMA’s ABFEs Maps

Yesterday (January 24), Governor Christie announced he was signing emergency regulations to adopt FEMA’s new Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) maps as the post-Sandy rebuilding standard...more

Long Branch Advances New Flood Plan

The issuance of FEMA‘s advisory maps are already having a profound impact on development and redevelopment in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As Long Branch moves to adopt FEMA‘s new advisory maps, other municipalities and...more

Infrastructure Alert - December 11, 2012

On November 27, President Obama signed S.1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011, into law. The law allows the Department of Transportation to exempt U.S. airlines from the carbon tax...more

Will Climate Change Considerations Affect Rebuilding After Sandy? The Short Answer is Yes.

West Virginia today and Virginia yesterday became the seventh and eighth states to obtain the benefits of a federal Major Disaster Declaration in connection with Superstorm Sandy. They follow New Jersey, New York,...more

Hurricane Sandy - Paths To Relief

Many small and mid-size businesses in New York City suffered severe losses due to Hurricane Sandy. Below is a practical guide for business owners seeking relief. • Insurance. - The first place business owners...more

Your Home and Business After Hurricane Sandy: 3-Point Bulletin

A natural disaster can leave you and your business mired in financial uncertainty and insecurity. Assessing conditions, values, and assistance need is critical to both short- and long-term recovery. Below are important steps...more

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