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Property Insurance Hurricane Sandy

District of New Jersey Dismisses Third Party Claims Sounding in Policy Handling on Preemption Grounds

A federal court in New Jersey recently dismissed state law claims brought by third party plaintiffs, including the insured’s broker, against a Write Your Own insurance carrier. The claims at issue in Residences at Bay Point...more

New York Court Upholds Suit Limitation Period, Ruling Appraisal is Not a Condition Precedent to Filing Suit

by Carlton Fields on

Courts will generally uphold reasonable suit limitation periods in property insurance policies, if the insurer does not affirmatively waive or extend them. In MZM Real Estate Corp. v. Tower Ins. Co. of New York, No....more

Appraisal Award Unenforceable Where Suit Limitation Period Expired Prior To Filing Suit: New York County Dismisses Storm Sandy...

Suit limitation provisions in insurance policies shorten the statutory period of time that a plaintiff may bring a suit against an insurer for certain causes of action. A New York court recently held that an appraisal award...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

Hurricane Sandy, Flood, and Sewer Backup: New Jersey Federal Court Confirms Anti-Concurrent Causation Bars Insured’s Claim

As we have written about before on this blog, the water damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 gave rise to important questions concerning the applicability of so-called “anti-concurrent causation” clauses. Such was...more

Title Bout: Second Circuit Limits Parties’ Control Over Construction Of Policies

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Like other contracts, insurance policies are divided into parts, and most of the parts appear under headings or captions. A separate contract term (known as a “titles clause” or a “headings clause”) sometimes specifies that...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

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

The Nuts and Bolts of Tolling an Insurance Policy’s Suit Limitation Provision in New Jersey

A recent New Jersey Federal District Court decision provides a good example of how an insurance policy’s Suit Limitation period may be “stopped” and “re-started” by equitable tolling during the adjustment of a property...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

What Constitutes an Unequivocal Denial of Coverage? New Jersey District Court Provides Some Guidance

Like most jurisdictions, New Jersey allows parties to an insurance contract to shorten the six-year statute of limitations for contract actions. See N.J.S.A. 2A:14-1 (“Every action at law . . . for recovery upon a...more

New Jersey Court Rejects Theory of Spoliation By Encouragement

by Cozen O'Connor on

Three years out, Superstorm Sandy litigation continues to wend its way through New Jersey’s courts.  Last weekend, a federal judge in the state handed a victory to the insurer in Stiso v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2015 U.S....more

New Jersey Judge Writes a Primer on How Not to Draft a Denial Letter

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last month, a federal trial court in New Jersey shot down an insurer’s arguments that it had unambiguously denied coverage for Superstorm Sandy damage in a letter to the insured. In Liguori v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds,...more

Motion To Compel Arbitration Granted In Hurricane Sandy Row

by Carlton Fields on

A New York district court granted Hudson Specialty Insurance Company’s (“Hudson”) petition to compel arbitration against New Jersey Transit Corporation (“N.J. Transit”) after determining that the parties had agreed to...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

Policy’s “Named Storm” Deductible Applies To New Jersey Superstorm Sandy Claim

In Wakefern Food Corp. v. Lexington Insurance Company, No. MID-L-6483-13 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div. filed Oct. 29, 2014), the Superior Court of New Jersey held in favor of Lexington Insurance Company in connection with a $50...more

New Jersey Court Holds $22 Million “Named Storm” Deductible Applicable to a Superstorm Sandy Loss

by Cozen O'Connor on

On October 29th, a New Jersey trial court held that a commercial policyholder’s Superstorm Sandy claims were subject to a $22 million “named storm” deductible equal to 2% of the total insurable values at risk at all of the...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

New York Court: All Sandy Losses, Including “Downstream” Financial Ones, Capped By Annual Aggregate Limit For Flood

by Cozen O'Connor on

Superstorm Sandy jurisprudence is starting to shed light on some unresolved issues in the effected states. In El-Ad 250 West LLC v. Zurich American Ins. Co., — N.Y.S.2d —, 2014 WL 2931058 (N.Y.Cty., June 27, 2014), a New...more

Eastern District of New York Dismisses Bad Faith Claims in Dispute Over Property Damage Caused by Hurricane Sandy

by Saul Ewing LLP on

433 Main St. Realty, LLC v. Darwin Nat’l Assurance Co., No. 14-cv-587 (NGG) (VMS) (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2014) - Eastern District of New York dismisses claims for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and...more

New York Federal Court Addresses Direct Physical Loss Requirement

On April 24, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued its decision in Newman Myers Kreines Gross v. Great N. Ins. Co., No. 13 Civ. 2177, 2014 U.S. Dist LEXIS 57338 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2014), a...more

Superstorm Sandy and Con Edison’s Power Shutdown: Lessons from Johnson Gallagher

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, property insurers have repeatedly denied coverage for business owners in lower Manhattan – arguing that ConEd intentionally cut off power to its networks and that flooding damaged ConEd’s...more

Superstorm Sandy Is Causing New York and New Jersey Legislators to Reconsider Passing Legislation that Would Establish a Private...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Policyholders in New York and New Jersey presently have no private right of action against insurance companies for alleged violations of each state’s respective statutory claim handling guidelines – New York’s Unfair Claim...more

New Jersey Establishes a Mediation Program for Open Superstorm Sandy Insurance Claims, Notice of Which Must Be Provided to...

by Cozen O'Connor on

New Jersey has now joined New York in instituting a voluntary mediation program for insured victims of Superstorm Sandy with “open and unresolved first-party insurance claims.” The program became operative with the issuance...more

New York and New Jersey Announce Mediation Program for Superstorm Sandy Related Insurance Claims

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On February 25, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie separately announced their respective states were setting up voluntary mediation programs to help resolve disputed Superstorm Sandy...more

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