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Tax Relief for Victims of Natural Disasters

by Moskowitz LLP on

Losing a loved one, a home, or a livelihood due to a natural disaster is among the worst things that can happen to a person. And the last thing you should be worrying about in times of crisis is your tax bill....more

In Wake of Disasters, Do Not Just Assume No Coverage Available for Cannabis-Related Losses

by Reed Smith on

As reported extensively in the media over the past week, the cannabis industry has been hit hard by recent natural disasters. While companies doing business in this industry may face some unique challenges in purchasing...more

Tax Extensions Available to Victims of California Wildfires

by Moskowitz LLP on

Yesterday, the IRS announced that victims of the California wildfires have been granted extensions to file certain individual and business tax returns. ...more

Reed Smith 2017 California Wildfires Relief Resources Guide

by Reed Smith on

Though the wildfires continue to burn across California, insurance industry insiders have estimated that the reconstruction cost value for homes potentially at risk in the Napa and Santa Rosa areas alone will be more than $65...more

Steps to Follow to Protect Your Wildfire Insurance Recovery

by Blank Rome LLP on

Steps to Follow to Protect Your Wildfire Insurance Recovery - Locate copies of your insurance policies or request them from your agent or broker. Consider and carefully review all insurance policies that might apply (such...more

You Should Know - October 2017

We Will Get Through This Together - Americans are hurting. First it was Hurricane Harvey slamming into Texas and Louisiana. Then Hurricane Irma chased thousands from their homes in Florida. Puerto Rico is still reeling...more

Fire Departments Across the Country Use Drones for Faster Response

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) are being sent out to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help fire departments in their rescue efforts. With this new tool, fire...more

2017 Wildfires Expected to Cause Surge in Insurance Claims

by Zelle LLP on

Wildfire season in North America is off to a raging start this year. Fire activity in the western United States increased significantly in June as preexisting dry conditions and record-setting heat events created the perfect...more

Environmental Law: H.R. 2936 a Solution to Fire-borrowing?

by Lewitt Hackman on

The federal House Natural Resources Committee (HNRC) recently passed H.R. 2936, a bill to improve the overall health of forests and other lands across the country. The bill was introduced by Bruce Westerman (R-AK), who is...more

110th Tennessee General Assembly Session Ends for 2017

The Tennessee Legislature completed its first session of the 110th General Assembly this Wednesday. The flag flying over the Capitol, signifying the body is in session, was taken down. The General Assembly will reconvene on...more

Gatlinburg Property Owners Affected by Wildfires May See Tax Relief

Property owners affected by the Gatlinburg fires last fall could receive tax relief – thanks to a bill approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee this week....more

Emotional Distress Damages Not Distinct from “Annoyance and Discomfort” Damages in Case Arising from 2007 California Wildfires

In Hensley v. San Diego Gas & Elec. Co., (No. D070259, filed 1/31/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held that emotional distress damages are available on claims for trespass and nuisance as...more

California Supreme Court Endorses the Insurance Commissioner’s Authority to Regulate Wayward Insurers

by Nossaman LLP on

On Monday, the California Supreme Court revived a 2011 insurance regulation designed to protect homeowners from underinsurance because of the insurance company’s use of potentially misleading estimates for home replacement...more

California’s High Court Gives Insurance Regulators New Tools To Broaden Authority

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Nearly two years ago, a California appellate court invalidated a rule promulgated by the state’s Insurance Commissioner, on the ground that the regulator lacks authority to prohibit “deceptive acts or practices” which are not...more

Anything is (Im)Possible: Applying the “Impracticability” Defense to the Tennessee Wildfires

by Butler Snow LLP on

The nation recently watched the unfortunate wildfires that overtook Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. The unstoppable flames engulfed those beautiful towns and mountains and left ashes...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar, wind developers: U.S. desert plan hurts renewable energy - Reuters - Sep 14 - On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Interior unveiled the first phase of the Desert Renewable...more

Northern Spotted Owl Listed As a Threatened Species Under the California Endangered Species Act

by Nossaman LLP on

On August 25, 2016, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to list the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act. ...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

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

Alberta Wildfires – Insurance for Financial and Other Losses of Affected Companies

by Reed Smith on

Companies potentially affected by the Alberta wildfires should be conducting a prompt review of potentially applicable insurance coverage, especially under policies that provide coverage for business interruption and loss of...more

Grateful Marijuana Grower Scores Coverage Victory in Colorado Federal Court

by Carlton Fields on

The Green Earth Wellness Center operates a retail medical marijuana business and adjacent growing facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2012, it purchased commercial insurance from Atain Specialty Insurance Company....more

High Fire Season Followed by El Nino Sets California Policyholders on Collision Course With Property Insurers

Regular readers of the San Francisco Chronicle saw two familiar headlines in the September 10, 2015 issue of that paper. The first – “Northern California wildfire explodes in size”[1] – would not have been unusual on any...more

Policyholder Insider Quarterly

Some Words Are More Equal Than Others: BancInsure vs. FDIC - In George Orwell's "Animal Farm", the governing principle that "all animals are equal" was revised by the pigs, who had ascended into power, to "all animals...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Price of solar energy in the U.S. has fallen to 5¢/kWh on average: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Sep 30: Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released...more

Hurricanes vs. Wildfires — 2015’s Dramatic Contrast

by Cozen O'Connor on

Two of this blog’s four rotating headers depict a hurricane and a fire as examples of potentially-destructive types of property damage, and the hurricane season (June through November) and the wildfire season (late spring...more

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