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NAIC Report: 2014 Spring National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Spring National Meeting in Orlando, Florida from March 29 through April 1. Typical for the first national meeting of the year, much activity was focused...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

Flood Insurance Reform Bill with Escrow Amendments Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed, and the President is expected to sign into law, amendments to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The legislation seeks to address...more

New Ruling Permits Lenders to Require Flood Insurance Coverage in Excess of Loan Amount

Recent events have been highlighted in the press, regarding the redrawing of federal flood hazard maps and proposed increases in premium rates for flood insurance for property owners within special flood hazard zones, which...more

2014 Legislative Session: Bills To Watch

On Tuesday, March 4th, Florida lawmakers gathered in Tallahassee for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Lawmakers now have 60 days to pass their bills into law. For those of us in South Florida, we want to follow this...more

Maximum Flood Insurance Available For Multi-Family Residential Buildings With Five Or More Units Increases To $500,000 As Of June...

The maximum amount of flood insurance available under the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) for multi-family residential buildings with five or more units will increase from $250,000 to $500,000 effective as of June...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Lenders Can Demand Flood Insurance Coverage That Exceeds Loan Balance

Agreeing with the First Circuit’s recent en banc ruling in Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, — F.3d —, 2013 WL 5394192 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Lender Can Require Increased Flood Insurance Coverage

For the second time in less than five months, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the FHA Model Mortgage sets a floor, not a ceiling, on the amount of flood insurance coverage a borrower must maintain. Feaz v. Wells Fargo...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Nominations - The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector General of the U.S. Department of...more

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, January 27, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. At...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Jan 17, 2014

N.Y. Court Rules In Deductible Battle For Flood Damage Caused By Sandy - Why it matters: The destruction left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has resulted in a mess of insurance battles for policyholders as well. In a...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Homeland Security Nominations - The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector...more

New York State Court Allows Policyholder to Pay Minimum Deductible for Flood Loss

In a January 2014 decision that may prove valuable to policyholders in their disputes over deductibles, a New York state trial court ruled that the appropriate deductible applicable to an oil terminal operator’s $2.28 million...more

FDIC Releases Technical Assistance Videos Concerning Flood Insurance and Appraisals

The FDIC released a new set of two technical assistance videos (the “Videos” and each, a “Video”) designed to provide useful information to bank directors, officers and employees. ...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

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

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

Amendments Proposed To Federal Flood Insurance Regulations

Federal banking agencies have issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to implement certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The proposed rule will amend each agency’s flood...more

First Circuit Holds Lender Can Require Increased Flood Insurance Coverage

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a putative class action alleging that a lender improperly required borrowers of FHA-insured mortgages to buy and maintain...more

New Flood Insurance Rule Proposed by Joint Regulators

On October 11, five agencies issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to amend regulations related to loans secured by property located in flood hazard areas. The proposed rule would implement portions of the...more

Agencies Proposed Flood Insurance Rule

On October 11, the FDIC, the OCC, the Federal Reserve Board, and other federal agencies (collectively the agencies) proposed a rule to implement changes to certain flood insurance regulations required by the Biggert-Waters...more

Federal Agencies Propose New Federal Flood Insurance Regulations

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation recently approved for release joint proposed regulations to implement provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The proposal would amend the Flood...more

Fannie Mae Announces Numerous Selling Policy Changes

On September 24, Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2013-07, which includes changes to various selling policies. The announcement states that the flood insurance coverage requirements have been updated to...more

First Circuit Rules Constitution's Appropriations Clause Quashes Flood Policy Claim Lacking Proof-Of-Loss

You know it is not going well when the court cites the Constitution at you in a breach of contract case. But so it went in DeCosta v. Allstate Insurance Co., where the First Circuit last Friday reversed the trial court and...more

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