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Cleaning Up After The Storms

Building and Development Permits - While Florida was bracing for the impact of Hurricane Irma, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-235, declaring a state of emergency for all 67 of Florida’s counties. Due to...more

FDEP Issues Order to Restore Structural Damage Post Hurricane

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Property Owners and Public and Private Entities: On September 5, 2017, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“FDEP”) issued Emergency Final Order OGC. No. 17-0989 (the “Order”) in response to the anticipated...more

Practical Tips for Owners and Contractors Impacted By Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Anyone watching what has happened in Houston, and what is predicted to happen in Florida, immediately thinks about the safety and well-being of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Once the rain stops, the water...more

Hurricane Harvey & FEMA Assistance Program

by Jackson Walker on

Our deepest sympathy goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it caused. For our clients, colleagues, and any others who may have been affected, we have put together some information about...more

Hurricane Hindsight is 20/20

It took years of depositions and other discovery to realize that that most of my 2004-2005 hurricane condominium association claims were much simpler to defend than I thought. The center of gravity of these claims was the...more

The Importance of Documenting Flood Damage

by Jackson Walker on

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey begin to dissipate, a number of you have asked another important, practical question: Can I and should I start making temporary repairs and/or removing damaged items from my home?...more

The ABC's of ACV in Subrogation Claims

Oftentimes, during the course of a subrogation claim, third-party liability adjusters will refuse to pay the full amount of the “Repair Cost Value” (“RCV”) of the damages demanded, and contend that they only owe “Actual Cash...more

Update on Labor Depreciation Class Actions

There have been two recent federal district court decisions in the widespread class action litigation involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of replacement cost value on property insurance...more

After a House Fire: Restoring your Home Without Losing Your Mind.

June 25, 2015: Lighting struck the roof of our home. The firefighters arrived seven minutes after the 911 call. After 30 minutes, the fire was out, and we were soaked and without a home. Thirteen months later, we’re back in...more

Requiring Repair, Rather than Demolition, For Church’s Violations of Municipality’s Property Maintenance Code May Impose A...

An Illinois appellate court reversed a lower court’s dismissal of RLUIPA claims asserted by the First United Methodist Church of West Dundee (the “Church”) against the Village of West Dundee, Illinois (the “Village”), finding...more

Insurance Coverage Applies for Cost of Repair, Even When Cost Exceeds Value

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

California Fair Plan Association v. Marlene Garnes - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (June 14, 2017) - On a fire insurance policy, is a “total loss” one in which the damage exceeds the fair market value of the...more

Resolving Disputes Regarding Value of the Loss through the Appraisal Process

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With an increase in storm damage events throughout the Midwest, insurers are becoming increasingly frugal when adjusting storm damage losses. In the past, disputes regarding the value of the loss typically involved...more

Appeals of Rulings by The Registrar of Contractors Must Be Timely Filed in Superior Court.

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recently in Johnson v. Arizona Registrar of Contractors, the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a homeowner’s late appeal of an adverse decision by the Registrar of Contractors (“Registrar”)...more

Prior Knowledge of Risk of Property Damage Not Enough to Preclude Coverage by Known Loss Provision

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an unpublished decision of first impression under Oregon law, held that damage sustained after a negligent repair is not a continuation, change, or resumption of known...more

Sledgehammers on hold

by Dentons on

The Valuation Office Agency has amended its practice note on how a property will be assessed for business rates when undergoing refurbishment or redevelopment. The revised practice note is a consequence of the Supreme...more

Georgia Diminished Value Putative Class Action: Motion to Dismiss Decision

In prior blog posts, I’ve covered developments in the putative class actions against insurance companies in Georgia involving diminution in value on property insurance claims (see my March 11, 2016 post, for example)....more

Nebraska Supreme Court Rules that an Insurer Can Depreciate Labor in Determining Actual Cash Value

Property policies typically provide, if there is coverage, that the insured can recover for the costs to repair or replace the property damaged by loss. But when an insured does not repair or replace the damaged property (or...more

The Option to Repair: Making it Work

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Florida homeowner insurers are seeing a significant increase in claims and litigation and are seeking ways to avoid costly litigation and expedite the claims process for their insureds. One option for the insurer is to...more

2017 Florida State Legislature to Consider Bills Aimed at Assignments of Benefits, Water Losses, Appraisers, and Umpires

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session convened on March 7. Of particular interest to property insurers are the following bills, which we are closely watching: SB 944, proposing licensing requirements upon appraisers and...more

Are Your Commercial Lease Forms ADA Compliant?

by Payne & Fears on

A commercial property owner must now provide the tenant with a current disability access inspection certificate and inspection report or a copy of a CASp inspection report, if such a report has been issued which indicates...more

Disability Access Law Update Requires Changes To Disclosures In Commercial Leases Executed On Or After January 1, 2017

by Buchalter on

In 2012, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1186 in an effort to reduce the number of disability access lawsuits faced by business owners and to spur compliance with disability access laws. The bill, codified in...more

San Francisco Election Results: Which Real Estate Measures Passed?

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Prior to the November 8 election, we reported on the long list of local propositions on the San Francisco ballot, including a number of measures impacting real estate taxes, land use and governance. The results were of...more

Immediate Action Required: California Commercial Landlords Must Provide Accessibility Disclosures During Lease Negotiations

by Allen Matkins on

Assembly Bill No. 2093 is in effect.* It amended Civil Code Section 1938 to require landlords to provide prospective tenants with any report and/or disability access inspection certificate issued by a Certified Access...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Compromise Energy Bill

Last Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill to significantly increase electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The state’s utilities will be required to purchase power from on and...more

How to Avoid Unexpected Maintenance Expenses When Structuring a Commercial Lease

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

About to enter into a long term commercial lease? You may be subject to additional expenses beyond rent. Landlords often require that tenants accept certain repair and maintenance obligations during the term of the lease (a...more

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