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Earthquakes

Earthquake Experts Urge Acceleration of California Retrofitting Requirements

by Zelle LLP on

On September 19, 1985, more than 5,000 people in and around Mexico City lost their lives when the 8.0 magnitude Michoacán earthquake collapsed 412 buildings and seriously damaged several thousand more. Many of the buildings...more

Resolving The Multiple Peril Puzzle In First Party Insurance Claims

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

First party insurance claims involving multiple perils present unique challenges when assessing whether an insurance policy provides coverage. For example, suppose an insurance policy covers damage resulting from fire, but...more

México: Medidas de Apoyo a Empresarios y Trabajaores con domicilio en diversos Estados de la República declarados en desastre...

by Littler on

Mediante comunicado oficial el Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores (“INFONAVIT”), implementó una serie de medidas de apoyo para empresarios y trabajadores cuyo domicilio se encuentre ubicado en...more

Mexico: INFONAVIT Implements Support Measures for Employers and Employees Located in the Various Mexican States Impacted by the...

by Littler on

The INFONAVIT announced the implementation of support measures for employers and employees located in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Guerrero, Morelos, Tlaxcala, and/or Mexico City, which are areas declared to be in a...more

Mexico City: Lessons learned – and action taken – helps the world’s largest city get back to business after earthquakes

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Mexico City Managing Partner Juan Francisco Torres-Landa – “Paco” to everyone – talks about how his city is recovering from the earthquakes earlier this month, and how it was spared the...more

México: STPS Amplía El Periodo De Días Inhábiles Por Sismo

by Littler on

El 26 de septiembre del 2017, la Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social (“STPS”) amplió el periodo de días inhábiles, esto con el fin de permitir que las autoridades inspeccionen las oficinas locales debido al sismo...more

Mexico: STPS Expands Period Of Non-Working Days Due To Earthquake

by Littler on

On September 26, 2017, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (“Secretaria del Trabajo y Previsión Social” or “STPS”) expanded the block of days that are deemed as nonworking days, to allow authorities to inspect the damage...more

México: Declaratoria de diversas autoridades de días inhábiles a causa del terremoto

by Littler on

Mientras siguen los esfuerzos de recuperación tras el terremoto en México, diversas autoridades continúan declarando días inhábiles en medida que los daños se presentándose. Esto se traduce en que varias acciones y...more

Mexico: Various Governmental Authorities Declare Non-Working Days Due to Earthquake

by Littler on

As Mexico's earthquake recovery efforts continue, the list of government authorities that have declared non-working days due to this natural disaster continues to grow. This means that various actions and proceedings before...more

México: Cierre del Tribunal Federal de Justicia Administrativa a Causa del Terremoto

by Littler on

En vista del sismo ocurrido el pasado 19 de septiembre de 2017 que impactó Ciudad de México y estados colindantes, el Pleno General de la Sala Superior del Tribunal Federal de Justicia Administrativa, declaró inhábiles los...more

Mexico: Closure of Federal Court of Administrative Justice Due to Earthquake

by Littler on

Due to the earthquake that occurred on September 19, 2017, which impacted Mexico City and neighboring states, the General Plenary Session of the Superior Chamber of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice declared that...more

México: Se declaran días inhábiles para el Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social a causa del sismo

by Littler on

El 19 de septiembre de 2017, la Ciudad de México y algunos estados colindantes sufrieron un sismo de una magnitud de 7.1 lo cual provocó daños graves como la pérdida de vidas y estructuras colapsadas. Como resultado, mediante...more

Mexico: Government Declares Non-Working Days for IMSS Proceedings and Transactions Due to Earthquake

by Littler on

On September 19, 2107, Mexico City and neighboring states were rocked by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that inflicted grave damage, including the loss of life and collapsed structures. ...more

Earthquakes & Hurricanes in Mexico (Any End in Sight?): Tips for International Insurers

by Zelle LLP on

A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico late Thursday, September 7, 2017. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the state of...more

High Court confirms position on assignment of insurance claims

by DLA Piper on

The High Court has recently confirmed that purchasers of an earthquake damaged house who took an assignment of the vendor's insurance claim can only claim the indemnity value from the insurer. The purchasers are not able to...more

Policy inception: timing is everything

by DLA Piper on

It is common for contracts of insurance to have an inception date but not an inception time. The question then arises as to the time at which the policy incepts. The issue was considered recently by the High Court in...more

Earth Movement: "Any" Means Any; Home-Owners Insurance Company v. Dominic F. Andriacchi (Michigan Court of Appeals)

Property policies typically include an exclusion for loss caused by or resulting from earth movement. Some insurers will provide coverage for earth movement, but that coverage will usually have a sub-limit. For years,...more

A Development in Earthquakes and Fracking

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating LLC et al is news more shocking than “Man Bites Dog”! A federal court has acknowledged that others are better equipped to address certain issues than the judiciary!...more

Leave It to the States: Oklahoma Federal Court Dismisses Fracking Suit In Favor Of Administrative Regulation

by Liskow & Lewis on

On April 4, 2017, a federal district court dismissed a citizen-enforcement action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that could have profound impact on fracking suits against the oil and gas industry. In...more

District Court Invokes Burford Abstention and Primary Jurisdiction Doctrines to Dismiss RCRA Citizen Suit

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has dismissed the Sierra Club’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit, filed against several oil and gas producers seeking declaratory and...more

New Year - New Insurance Law

by DLA Piper on

In an earthquake related judgment issued in late December 2016, the High Court (Court) found a mutual duty of good faith applied to parties to an insurance contract, including during the claims handling process. A breach of...more

Can You Predict Earthquakes? Well, Sort Of

by Zelle LLP on

Followers of the CAT-Law Navigator know that our blog posts often address recent earthquakes around the world. As catastrophes go, a massive earthquake is about as bad as it gets so it’s a natural topic for us. And if...more

Fracking, Earthquakes and Civil Authority

by Zelle LLP on

In last week’s post, we discussed the rapid development of the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry in the United States, and some of the innate risks presented by those operations. In particular, the post focused on a...more

California Ballot 2016: Los Angeles County Measures A & M

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the fourth and final blog in our 2016 California Election Guide Series – the first three providing brief synopses of the 17 state-wide ballot initiatives residents will see in November. In this final segment, we will...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s petition...more

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