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Hurricane Irma – Commercial Property Damage and Business Interruption Insurance Checklist

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Hurricane Irma was one of the most devastating storms in United States history, with sustained winds of over 190 miles per hour. Insurance industry experts have estimated the insured damages arising from this storm may reach...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

FCC Extends Regulatory Fee Filing Window for Those Regulatees Affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s” or “Commission’s”) Office of Managing Director released a Public Notice extending the deadline to pay annual regulatory fees from 11:59 PM, September 26, 2017 to...more

Hurricane Irma Damage — Stress and hard work are in front of us

We are all tired of hearing about Hurricane Irma, but I am afraid we have only just begun. I worked for the insurance industry, adjusting a variety of claims, for over 16 years and handled thousands of property damage...more

IRS Announces Benefits Relief For Hurricane Victims

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the IRS provided some employee benefits-related relief to plan sponsors and participants. That relief was then extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma....more

Emergency Rules Requiring Generators in Florida ALFs and Nursing Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As a result of Hurricane Irma, eight nursing home residents died after a power failure in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home. In the wake of that tragedy, on Sept. 18, 2017, Florida regulators published emergency rules...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

IRS, PBGC and DOL Provide Additional Hurricane Relief

The IRS issued an announcement paralleling the relief granted to Hurricane Harvey victims to those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. Announcement 2017-13 (the “Announcement”) relaxes hardship distribution standards for...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

Mind the Gap! Hurricanes may have significant impact on Gap coverage

by Locke Lord LLP on

Some estimates peg the number of cars flooded by Hurricane Harvey at more than a half million. So too, the number of flooded cars following Irma will be legion. This significant loss will likely lead to a significant...more

Dealing with Disaster: Issues and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

by Alston & Bird on

In the period following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, employer plan sponsors will be faced with any number of hardship-related employee benefit plan administration issues. Many of these involve...more

After the Storm: Issues in the Construction Process

We previously discussed several post-storm employment issues to be mindful of, but what about important considerations for the rebuilding process? Once floodwaters have receded, power has returned and cleanup has begun, the...more

After the Storm: What You Need to Know for Employment Law

Recovering from the effects of a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Irma, can seem daunting, especially for employers having to address the fallout on both professional and personal fronts. It is therefore understandable...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

Hurricanes Force Manufacturers to Consider Impact on Employees

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread property damage and flooding, and some manufacturers may not be able to reopen their businesses for several months. To assist followers of this blog, I have set out below a few of...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

Hurricanes, Displacement And The Effect On Domicile

by Murtha Cullina on

In the span of three weeks, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma descended upon the southern United States causing mass evacuations, heroic rescues, and catastrophic damage, particularly in Texas and in Florida. As a result, many...more

The Impact Of Hurricanes Irma And Harvey On Snowbirds And Residency Requirements

by Akerman LLP on

Snowbirds need to be concerned about their residency status for income tax purposes in light of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Clients who retreated to New York or clients who had planned to travel from New York to Florida but...more

ILS Market: A Deep Dive into the Harvey and Irma Waters

by Locke Lord LLP on

On September 11, 2017, Locke Lord touched on the general implications of the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the Insurance-Linked Securities (“ILS”) market. With Irma having now left the Florida...more

Department of Homeland Security Extends Jones Act Waiver

by Blank Rome LLP on

Maritime - ACTION ITEM: On September 12, 2017, Acting Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Elaine Duke issued a new Jones Act waiver for refined products, effectively broadening and extending the previously...more

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Recovery Through Tax Deductions

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It is estimated that less than 20% of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and a week later Hurricane Irma, had flood insurance. Home owner’s and renter’s insurance policies exclude damage caused by floods. Those affected...more

Supply Chain Problems After The Hurricanes: What Manufacturers Should Be Aware Of

As the recovery effort continues after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, some manufacturers are starting to deal with supply chain slowdowns or shortages. The most widely reported issue that impacts both manufacturers and...more

Donating To Employees Affected By Hurricane Harvey

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

According to a recent estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, companies have pledged more than $157 million to relief efforts addressing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. But when your own employees are the people in...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

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