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Thunder and Lightning: Very, Very Frightening

The title for greatest reaper of catastrophe losses in the United States does not go to the hurricane, blizzard or ice storm but to the much more common thunderstorm. Thunderstorms don’t get cute names from The Weather...more

Global Hail—Australia

Storms that produce large hailstones (greater than 2cm in diameter) occur often in Australia, most commonly in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Losses from severe convective storms (tornadoes, hail,...more

Unequivocal Denial: District of New Jersey Court Outlines What is Not Necessary

We have previously featured New Jersey District Court decisions addressing “unequivocal” denials in the context of policies’ suit limitation provisions. In the latest, Ryan v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., No. 14-6308...more

What’s in a (Storm) Name?

Since 2012, The Weather Channel (“TWC”) has been naming winter storms according to its own internal procedures—or, as some would see it, internal whims. TWC’s criteria for naming winter storms was first implemented for the...more

Q&A With Chris Thrutchley: Tornado Drills Can Minimize Employers’ Liability Risks

Q: Does a business need severe weather policies and procedures? A: Recently, a Houston meteorologist warned during a broadcast that he would “expose” employers who fired workers for not showing up due to deadly flooded...more

Inclement Weather FAQs: Who Gets Pay for a Snow Day?

As winter progresses, employers may find themselves monitoring the weather and wondering how to handle numerous operational headaches. Should a worksite close? If so: when, and for how long? Who can work from home, and who...more

EAP – What is it and why do you need one?

If you work in a large building on one of the higher floors, you will remember the last fire drill where you walked umpteen flights of stairs following your co-worker with the orange hat. Once you reached the bottom and...more

Super-Typhoon Nock-Ten: Late-Season Abnormality or Harbinger of Larger Changes?

An unusual December super-typhoon made several landfalls in the Philippines on Christmas Day 2016, bringing heavy rainfall, fierce wind gusts, and dangerous flooding to the island nation. While the number of fatalities...more

Claims Journal Names Hail Top-Trending Story of 2016; Steven Badger Quoted

Claims Journal has named their top-five national trending stories affecting the property casualty claims industry in 2016, and hail tops the list. The video segment on the Claims Journal website notes...more

Global Hail: China

Hailstorms have been occurring for centuries across the globe. However, some regions of the world, particularly southern China, seem more prone to these destructive storms. High-impact weather (HIW) is defined as weather that...more

Winter Is Coming—Wage and Hour Considerations During Weather-Related Emergencies

With winter storms around the corner, it’s the right time to revisit employer rights and responsibilities during a weather-related emergency or other major disruption.  We discuss below some typical scenarios that you are...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

Florida Supreme Court Decides that Concurrent Causes Equal Coverage

It’s said that “defeat is an orphan,” but insurable losses often have multiple, concurrent causes. In some cases, one or more of those causes might be outside the scope of coverage, either by omission or exclusion. In Sebo v....more

In the Wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Florida Supreme Court Announces Major Victory for Policyholders in Sebo

As individuals and businesses continue to recover from a devastating hurricane season – including Hurricane Matthew – the Florida Supreme Court today provided policyholders with reason to be optimistic. Under the Florida...more

Extend Development Orders and Building Permits for Almost One Year Due to Zika State of Emergency Extension - Interested parties...

Governor Scott, for the second time, has extended the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus. As a result, holders of development orders and building permits have another opportunity to claim a longer extension. The...more

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

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

When It Rains, It Pours. When It Pours, It Floods. Is there Insurance Coverage for Your Resulting Losses?

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which is coming to a close, has been quite active (translation: destructive and costly). So far, there have been fourteen named storms this season. Six of them were hurricanes, three of...more

Florida Development Permits Eligible for Extensions Due to Storms and Other Conditions

In accordance with Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, when the governor declares a state of emergency in Florida, the time to exercise rights under a permit, authorization or development order is tolled and an opportunity to...more

New Turbulence App May Prevent In-Flight Injuries

US aircraft experience 65,000 incidences of moderate to severe turbulence each year. Turbulence-related injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to fractures, broken bones, and serious spinal and head injuries. A flight...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

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

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

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