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Louisiana Court Finds In Favor Of Insurer On Standard Flood Insurance Policy Claim

In Parr v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146372 (E.D. La., October 14, 2014), the court analyzed the amount payable on a flood insurance claim sustained by Rickey Parr to his house during Hurricane Isaac. Parr had...more

Editorial: Drowning in Place: Local Government Costs and Liabilities for Flooding Due to Sea-level Rise

Many areas of Florida are experiencing increased tidal flooding due to sea-level rise (SLR). Florida has experienced eight to nine inches of SLR over the past 100 years. The roughly four and one-half inches of rise in the...more

Construction & Land Use Newsletter - September 2014

In This Issue: - Water, Water, Everywhere - D.C. Office of Planning Takes a Stand Against Pop- Ups with New Zoning Text Amendment - Excerpt from Water, Water, Everywhere: Despite the lingering...more

If Rainwater Lands Where it Doesn’t Belong, It’s Still “Surface Water” in the Eleventh Circuit

The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a decision of the Southern District of Georgia, finding an insured’s claim for water damage fell within an exclusion for loss or damage caused by “surface water.” In Williams v. State...more

New Jersey Federal Court Examines Claim Dispute Under Standard Flood Insurance Policy

The court in Damiano v. Harleysville Ins. Co., Case No. 13-cv-07293-FLW-LHG, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97988 (D.N.J. July 17, 2014) recently addressed the scope of claims that can be asserted against property insurers issuing...more

Sandy in the Courts

Hurricane Sandy (also known as Superstorm Sandy) struck the northeast coast of the United States in October 2012, causing an estimated $65 billion* in property damage, including wind damage, severe flooding and power outages....more

Argument That Rain Alone Can’t Cause a Flood “Would be News to Noah” Says a California Court

Last month an appellate court in California looked to the Bible, citing the Book of Genesis when rejecting the argument that an inundation caused solely by heavy rain was not an excluded flood. The opinion was handed down in...more

New York Court: Storm Surge is a Species of Excluded Flood

One of the most litigated issues in the Gulf States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was whether flood exclusions bar coverage for loss by storm surge. The courts ultimately decided that the answer was yes....more

City Not Liable for Flood Damage to Private Property After Court Determines City Acted Reasonably

In Biron v. City of Redding (April 30, 2014, C071094) --- Cal.App. 4th ----, the Court of Appeal declined to hold the City of Redding ("City") liable for flood damages caused to private property owned by Philip Biron, et al....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

On Remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Affirms Ruling that Temporary Flooding Resulted in Compensable Taking

As you may recall, last December we reported on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States, in which the Supreme Court held that government-induced flooding of limited duration may...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: Environment

Legislative Activity - Flood Repairs in Colorado - The short-term continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress will allow “the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to use up to $450 million of funds previously...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

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

Condo Water Invasion: Potential Medical Liability? [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff on how condo owners may address concerns arising from water infiltration in their homes. Howard is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld...more

New California Law Establishes Additional Requirements for Conducting Elections Involving Stormwater and Flood Control Service...

Public Agencies Must Adhere to New Steps By Next Summer - Public agencies that handle water, sewer, and solid waste services in California are required to comply with certain mailed notice and majority protest public...more

Infrastructure Alert - October 1, 2013

As Congress has now failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund most federal operations, a government shutdown began this morning, the beginning of the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year. While exceptions are made for...more

Colorado Flooding Implicates Insurance Coverage for Energy Companies

The damage caused by the recent flooding in Colorado is catastrophic and has evermore changed the lives of many who live in and around the affected communities. As the waters recede, the impact of the destruction is being...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

Lives and Businesses Interrupted by Rocky Mountain Floods

Over the past several days, severe flooding has inundated several states in the Rocky Mountain Region. Following the nearly fifteen inches of rain dumped on parts of Colorado, the resulting floods continue to wreak havoc in a...more

Ninth Circuit Says Los Angeles County Flood Control District is Liable for River Pollution - Appellate Court Sidesteps Supreme...

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on August 8, 2013, that elevated pollutant levels in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers represent a violation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit...more

Walking On Eggshell Skulls: Louisiana's Levees Take On The Oil And Gas Industry Over Coastal Land Degradation

Ground zero for climate change and rising sea levels in the United States is not a status to which any state aspires. ...more

Alberta Flood 2013: CRA Extends Tax Filing Deadlines and Offers Guidance to Taxpayers

While the immediate business disruptions resulting from the recent flooding in Southern Alberta have, to some extent, been dealt with, the hard work of rebuilding has only just begun. ...more

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