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Flooding Flood Insurance

Potential Remedy for Addicks & Barker Reservoir Release Victims

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, settling in the lower Texas gulf coast and inundating southeast Texas with almost 50 inches of water over a four-day period. The storm caused...more

US: Temporary Extension of the NFIP in wake of Hurricane Harvey

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 8th, just days after Hurricane Harvey decimated the Houston metropolitan area, and while many Florida residents were evacuating as Hurricane Irma approached, President Trump signed into law the Continuing...more

Senate Passes Bill Proposing Three Month NFIP Extension

by Locke Lord LLP on

On Friday, September 7th, the Senate passed a bill increasing the disaster aid within the National Flood Insurance Program (the “NFIP”) to $15 billion. The NFIP was initially established in 1968 to provide flood coverage to...more

Texas Department of Insurance Issues Additional Bulletins Relating to Hurricane Harvey

Last week, we wrote a post about a number of bulletins of potential interest to property insurers issued by the Texas Department of Insurance concerning the appropriate conduct of those involved in the insurance claims...more

Sink or Swim – District Court Approves Removing Flood Insurance Claims to Federal Court

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

As hurricane season swings into full measure, the flooding of Hurricane Harvey has ravaged Texas, and Irma’s path remains uncertain, it is time to revisit the law of flood insurance....more

HB 1774’s “Hail Bill” and Hurricane Harvey-Time for Action

• Action Item #1: Insureds should try to report claims for all property damage, including those caused by Hurricane Harvey, by no later than August 31, 2017, in order to avail themselves of the opportunity for an 18 percent...more

When is a Flood a “Flood”: East Coast Edition

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Last month, heavy rainstorms in California brought to the forefront the issue of what is a “flood” under California law, particularly in regard to rain and surface water. We noted a California court held “flood” in its plain...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Applies Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause to Bar Combined Flood/Sewer Backup Claim

Frequent readers of the blog will appreciate that disputes involving the application of anti-concurrent causation language in the context of claims for flood or water damage have appeared with some frequency in recent years....more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

When It Rains, It Pours. When It Pours, It Floods. Is there Insurance Coverage for Your Resulting Losses?

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which is coming to a close, has been quite active (translation: destructive and costly). So far, there have been fourteen named storms this season. Six of them were hurricanes, three of...more

State-law Based Claims Against Parties Other than the United States Seeking Damages Arising Out of the Procurement of Flood...

by Carlton Fields on

Harris v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 4174381 (6th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016) - Case at a Glance - Plaintiffs purchased a home located in a federal flood zone, but they did not purchase...more

Can Disputes Related To Procurement Of Federal Flood Insurance Policies Be Litigated In State Court?

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is well-established that claim processing and wrongful denial of coverage disputes involving federal flood insurance policies belong in federal court because they present substantial questions of federal law. The U.S....more

Postdiluvian Perils: Second Circuit Weighs Coverage For Losses Suffered After The Waters Recede

by Carlton Fields on

As this blog has reported, exclusions and limits for flood coverage have generally held up against the tide of claims arising from Superstorm Sandy. Now that the water is gone, however, new losses have been discovered, and...more

A State Law Wolf in Federal Common Law Clothing: The Third Circuit Rejects Insured’s Attempt to Expand Causes of Action Under the...

Courts across the country (and particularly since Super Storm Sandy in 2012) have consistently held that, in litigation involving a dispute concerning the investigation, adjustment, or payment of a flood claim under the...more

First Floods of 2016: Insurance Recovery Tips for Midwestern Businesses

The beginning of 2016 brought floods to the Midwest—and, tragically, loss of life and extensive property damage. With the floodwaters now receding and cleanup underway, affected businesses should consider obtaining insurance...more

New Jersey Panel: If a Flood Is Excluded, So Are the Unhealthy Water-Borne Substances that It Leaves Behind

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, a unanimous panel of New Jersey’s intermediate level appellate court rejected policyholder arguments that even though flood was excluded, the proximate cause of their Superstorm Sandy loss was the non-excluded...more

Property Subrogation Alert: Potential Property Subrogation Opportunities in South Carolina Related to the Recent Historic Rainfall...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In light of the recent historic rainfall and flooding in South Carolina, Nexsen Pruet’s property subrogation and recovery team would like to advise you of potential subrogation opportunities that may otherwise go overlooked....more

New York Court: Broadly-Worded Flood Limit “Meaningless” Unless it Applies to Any Kind of Loss Caused by Flood

by Cozen O'Connor on

Tuesday, in El-Ad West LLC v. Zurich American Ins. Co., 2015 WL 4078762, 2015 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5753 (Jul. 7, 2015), a unanimous panel of New York’s intermediate level appellate court held that a flood sub-limit capped all...more

Texas Floods: What You Need To Know About Your Insurance

by Reed Smith on

Texas has recently suffered historic flooding, causing tremendous damage and destruction in areas affected by heavy rain and floodwaters. Because of the damage sustained, commercial policyholders may have significant...more

Will Insurers Respond To The Texas Floods?

by Zelle LLP on

May 2015 was a month of record rain for Texas. Meteorologists reported that in May alone, 37.3 trillion gallons of water fell in Texas — enough to cover the entire state with 8 inches of water. The nonstop barrage has caused...more

Houston Flooding and Lawyers - A Climate Change Informed View

Occasionally we venture a posting on how lawyers’ business plans incorporate climate change. We have not been a hopeful cheerleader, primarily because our observations confirm that clients don’t hire climate change lawyers,...more

Recent Decision Finds No Business Income Coverage Where Flood Caused Order of Civil Authority

When Super Storm Sandy struck the Northeast on October 29, 2012, states, cities, municipalities and towns up and down the East Coast ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate from their homes and businesses. In the...more

The Perilous 'Superperil' Ruling In NJ Storm Surge Case

by Zelle LLP on

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County's ruling in Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. v. Ace American Insurance Co. on March 23 follows a line of thought advanced by many policyholder lawyers that included a...more

A Unilateral Scrivener’s Error Can Reflect a Mutual Mistake Requiring Policy Reformation (or, Don’t Expect $20 Million in...

by Carlton Fields on

October 29 marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s assault on New York and New Jersey. Although the insurance litigation arising from this storm is just beginning, we have already seen a number of decisions out...more

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

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