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Congress Agrees to Spend $500 Million on Disaster Recovery Efforts

As part of the agreement over the CR, Congress agreed to spend $500 million to help Louisiana and other states recover from recent flooding. At least $400 million is expected to go to Louisiana, where August flooding killed...more

IN Catastrophes: Preparing for Hurricane Matthew Claims in the Carolinas

Thousands of homes and other buildings both on the coast and in the interior of the Carolinas have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, and ongoing flooding continues to cause damage and hinder recovery efforts. By...more

Disaster Unemployment Assistance available for 23 counties in NC

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, 23 North Carolina counties have been approved to receive federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Gov. Pat McCrory has directed the state Department of Employment Security not to...more

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

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

Important Insurance Coverage Considerations for Losses Caused by Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew hammered the south eastern United States from October 6 through October 9, before finally veering off into the Atlantic. Matthew devastated parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina...more

Hurricane Matthew Relief

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has set out its directives to offer immigration relief measures for those persons affected by unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters, such as Hurricane...more

Post-Hurricane Matthew: Insurance Statutes and Regulations

Because Hurricane Matthew claims may be taking you and your colleagues to several different states, we thought it might be helpful to bear in mind the different claims adjusting standards and regulations in those states that...more

Five Ways to Prepare for Business Interruption Insurance Claims in a Natural Disaster

The extraordinary images and reports of the devastation from Hurricane Matthew have filled the news outlets. While the focus remains on the human toll and concern for the well-being of friends, colleagues and business...more

Hurricane season brings unique employer issues

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, evacuation orders are lifting and recovery efforts are in their early stages. Employers are facing a number of storm-related issues as they prepare to resume normal operations. Here...more

Hurricane Matthew insurance tips for businesses

With Hurricane Matthew downgraded to a tropical cyclone, it is time for affected businesses, property owners, and insurers to focus on quantifying the amount of damage caused by the storm. By some estimates, Hurricane...more

Insurance Recovery for Losses Related to Hurricane Matthew

Action Item: Businesses and homeowners along the East Coast from Miami to Charleston may suffer significant property damage and/or business interruption as Hurricane Matthew moves along the coast. Insurance will be a critical...more

As Hurricane Matthew Approaches: A "Top Ten" List for Handling Condominium Association Claims

Condominium association property claims can be contentious and confusing. Large condominium buildings often are the subject of multi-million dollar insurance claims, lawsuits, and appraisals.The “cookie cutter” nature of...more

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

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

Best Practices for Safeguarding Protected Health Information in Inclement Weather

As the East Coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, covered entities and business associates should take the opportunity to remind their workforce members to safeguard protected health information (PHI) that is...more

Hurricane Matthew and Crisis Management: An Employer’s Checklist

Evacuation orders are being issued as Hurricane Matthew is about to bear down on the Southeastern United States. Employees and employers working in areas affected by the oncoming storm are balancing their personal and...more

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

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

Global Hail

The United States experiences a large number of hail events, but hail can occur anywhere in the world – especially in areas near mountainous terrain. Western China and northern India experience hail quite frequently, as do...more

Everything is fine, until it isn’t.

Over a period of just 14 months in 2004 and 2005, no less than six hurricanes made landfall in Florida – basically back-to-back years of hurricanes coming at the rate of one per month during the height of hurricane season. ...more

Ambiguity And Ensuing Loss: The Second Circuit Affirms The Southern District Of New York’s Holdings In a $675 Million Superstorm...

In National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Aspen Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16074 (2d. Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), Amtrak sought the entire $675 million of available coverage from a number of its insurers for damages...more

Tropical Storm Hermine | A Quick Reference Compliance Guide to Adjusting Storm Related Claims in Florida

..Once a wind storm is named as a hurricane by the National Weather Service, and a warning or watch for any part of Florida is issued, all wind losses in the state from that time until 72 hours after the last warning or watch...more

Spotlight on Louisiana: IRS Grants Tax Relief to Louisiana Flood Victims

Over the past week, Louisiana has been victim to severe flooding that left thousands of people stranded and homeless. On August 15, in the wake of the flooding, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granted Louisiana storm...more

Insurance for Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters

It’s a good time to insulate your wine business against getting burned or shaken up in a disaster. The California wildfire season is well underway. Only a year ago, the Lake County fire destroyed hundreds of homes,...more

Disaster Recovery: Navigating FEMA's Cumbersome Financial Assistance Rules

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, and will end on November 30. Hilary S. Cairnie offers his views on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) policies for reimbursement of disaster...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

Second DCA Refuses to Allow Insurer to Obtain Settlement Information from Settling Co-Defendant

In Allen v. State Farm Florida Ins. Co., 2D15-3114 (Fla. 2d DCA June 10, 2016), a sinkhole plaintiff sued two insurers for the same damage, and then settled with one of them before trial. The non-settling insurer wanted to...more

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