News & Analysis as of

Hurricane Season

Hurricanes, PREPA, and Puerto Rico electric grid

by PretiFlaherty on

Hurricane Maria has hit Puerto Rico, damaging the island's electric grid and causing systemic power outages. The storm made landfall on September 20 as a Category 4 hurricane with winds at 155 miles per hour. ...more

Hurricane Maria Barrels Towards Puerto Rico

by Locke Lord LLP on

Hurricane Maria is set to strike Puerto Rico today, with forecast wind speeds of more than 150 miles per hour. Maria already struck the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 storm, with sustained winds of 160 miles per...more

Earthquakes & Hurricanes in Mexico (Any End in Sight?): Tips for International Insurers

by Zelle LLP on

A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico late Thursday, September 7, 2017. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the state of...more

Maria – Re-Post of Puerto Rico Claims Checklist

by Zelle LLP on

With the Imminent Arrival of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, we are re-posting our claims checklist for Puerto Rico - Insurers Should Keep in Mind the Following Claim Handling Requirements from the Puerto Rico Insurance...more

Maria - Concurrent Causation in Puerto Rico

by Zelle LLP on

While Puerto Rico was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, it now appears it will face the full brunt of Hurricane Maria. Maria is projected to strike Puerto Rico as a Category 4 Hurricane. Many of the same concurrent...more

Losses Caused by Hurricanes: Are You Covered?

by K&L Gates LLP on

This hurricane season represents the first time in the history of record keeping that two Category 4 or higher hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have struck the U.S. mainland in the same year. Within a month, Hurricanes Harvey and...more

How is Hurricane Season Impacting Your Supply Contracts?

The 2017 hurricane season has already had a significant impact, with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma causing billions of dollars of damage in Texas and Florida. And more hurricanes are likely on the way. ...more

Irma - Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Emergency Order

by Zelle LLP on

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued an Emergency Order related to Hurricane Irma. Some of the more notable provisions of this emergency order are...more

Land Use Lessons from the Eye of the Hurricane

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As I write this article, powerful Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida, and Hurricane Jose is close behind it, farther out in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean Islands, and...more

Called to Action: Alabama Provides Job Protections for Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders

As catastrophic hurricanes threaten the southeastern region, Alabama employers may want to reflect on the state’s emergency response statute. Alabama law provides job protection for employees who also serve as volunteer...more

The Impact of Force Majeure on the Oil and Gas Supply Chain

by King & Spalding on

Supply chain interruption caused by Hurricane Harvey - Early indications are that shut down and curtailment of Gulf Coast oil and gas infrastructure caused by Hurricane Harvey, from Friday, August 25th (landfall) through...more

Harvey, Irma and the ILS Market

by Locke Lord LLP on

Not since Katrina in 2005 has the mainland United States been witness to a category 5 storm that resulted in widespread and costly devastation. Now, first Harvey, and then Irma. What does this mean for the ILS market? To...more

Why Do I Have A Hurricane Harvey Claim From Hoboken?

by Zelle LLP on

As businesses and insurers sort out the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, it will take time to assess the physical damage and resulting business interruption losses. Invariably, however, business interruption impacts from Harvey...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #2

Congress returned this week from its August recess to begin a legislative period of 11 straight weeks in which the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, or both chambers will be in session—all the way up to the...more

Hurricane Recovery Client Alert: Managing Employees after Hurricane Harvey

by Morgan Lewis on

As businesses and employees begin the journey to recovery, employers should be mindful of federal and state laws related to leaves, planned and unplanned absences, accommodations, and pay practices....more

Ten Tips to Preserve First-Party Coverage for Losses Arising from a Hurricane

by Reed Smith on

After a major hurricane, when people move from the press of survival and immediate recovery to rebuilding, insurance plays a critical part. In particular, “First Party” or “Property” Insurance – covering policyholders for the...more

Hurricane Irma – The State of Concurrent Causation and ACC Clauses in Florida

by Zelle LLP on

For years Florida courts were plagued by the issue of determining the appropriate theory of recovery to apply when two or more perils converge to cause a loss and at least one of the perils is excluded from an insurance...more

Blizzards, Hurricanes, and That Dreaded TORCON Index (Update)

Many “it was the worst day of my life” stories begin with a weather event. I will never forget sitting with a client in an early April morning mediation several years ago when she received a call on her cell phone. She was...more

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

by Fisher Phillips on

This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12...more

Hurricane Ready: 5 Ways Florida Employers Can Prepare for the Next Big Storm

With the peak of hurricane season approaching, the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey fresh in our minds, and Hurricane Irma intensifying in the Atlantic Ocean with a westward path, Florida employers may want to...more

Hurricane Harvey Client Alert: Addressing Environmental Releases and Obligations

by Morgan Lewis on

As the cleanup begins, companies face challenges in meeting existing environmental obligations and addressing the environmental impacts of the storm....more

Irma - Florida Property Insurance Claims Checklist

by Zelle LLP on

On September 4, 2017, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order officially declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida in response to Hurricane Irma. Florida insurers are subject to...more

Hurricanes Headaches:  HR FAQs for Employers

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose have hit, are hitting, and will soon be hitting the United States, and first and foremost, employers need to make sure their employees, customers, and guests are safe from the...more

Civilian Drones Asked to Stay Out of the Sky During Hurricanes

For years, drones have been used to support recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other disasters, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is proving to be no different, and we suspect that the same will be true...more

Severe Weather And Apartment Management

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Severe weather hit Texas a couple of weeks ago. And a new storm system is turning toward Florida as I write this post. Real life and real serious. While safety of our residents and employees remains paramount, it is a best...more

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