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Hurricane Harvey

Texas General Land Office Releases Hurricane Harvey State Action Plan

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 10, the Texas General Land Office (“GLO”) released a draft of the State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey – Round 1 (the “State Action Plan”). The State Action Plan outlines the GLO’s proposed use...more

The Storm After the Storm

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Just as the Texas coast assessed the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey’s damage, Hurricane Irma was taking shape in the Atlantic. Fewer than two weeks later, Irma would crash into the Florida Keys. Estimates put Harvey and Irma’s...more

Post Harvey – Homeowners Face Additional Hurdles in Pursuing Claims

Homeowners facing issues in the wake of Harvey and other Texas storms need to be aware of the recent Texas Supreme Court opinion in Knox v. Eagle Water Management, Inc., that rejected testimony by homeowners as to the cause...more

TDI Reports 670,000 Insurance Claims from Hurricane Harvey

by Winstead PC on

In January 2018, the Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”) presented Hurricane Harvey data to the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee. After the hurricane, TDI requested monthly reports from the insurance industry,...more

A Quick Look at What's Ahead on the Water Infrastructure Front

by Downey Brand LLP on

I often joke with my clients that following issues too closely at the federal level can result in whiplash. To that regard, it has been a very active summer in Washington, DC on the water infrastructure front. Here’s a rapid...more

Businesses Hunt for Coverage for Hurricane Harvey Flooding

by Winstead PC on

Many in the Houston area are keenly aware of the devastating impact the rain from Hurricane Harvey had on the region. There are countless stories of residents and business owners who had never flooded that are now living...more

Employer’s Guide to Navigating Mother Nature’s Fury – Avoiding Liability in the Wake of the Bomb Cyclone 2018

From the buried streets caused by last week’s “Bomb Cyclone,” to our lasting memories and ramifications of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are reminded that mother nature’s fury packs a punch nationwide. Beyond employer...more

Congress Passes Government Funding Measures

by Baker Donelson on

On December 21, Congress passed a bill to continue funding the government through January 19, 2018, averting a potential government shutdown ahead of the December 22, 2017, deadline for the previous funding measure. The House...more

Insurers Brace for a Texas-sized Assessment for FAIR Plan Members

by Locke Lord LLP on

At its recent December 11th meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Governing Committee of the Texas FAIR Plan Association (TFPA) is reported to have approved an assessment for its insurance company members of over $64 million...more

2017 Hurricane Season the Costliest on Record

by Locke Lord LLP on

The 2017 United States Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ended on November 30, was the most expensive ever according to one report. Disaster modelers Chuck Watson and Mark Johnson concluded that total damages for...more

When a Business Entrance is Blocked: Ingress/Egress Coverage in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

by Zelle LLP on

As businesses and insurers recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it may take time to fully assess the effects of these storms on a business’s bottom line. Invariably, however, the scale of these...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Reconsideration of DACA Applications, Immigration Status in Court & Sanctuary Cities, ICE Enforcement...

– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Reconsider Delayed DACA Applications. When the Trump Administration announced in September that DACA would be ending, and that the final applications would be accepted no later...more

Three Questions on Disaster Response with Ernie Abbott, Of Counsel, Baker Donelson

by Baker Donelson on

What is the status of funding for rebuilding after the recent disasters in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and what can we expect moving forward? After each of the big disasters that have...more

The Latest on 2017 EEO-1 Reporting Requirements

by Hogan Lovells on

Employers subject to EEO-1 reporting were relieved to learn that the controversial new pay data reporting requirement for this year’s EEO-1 report was recently suspended. ...more

Big questions still to be answered by insurers and reinsurers after hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This post is the last in a three part series regarding insurance issues related to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Read about the first post on legal restoration and the second on business interruption....more

Hospitals’ Obligations to Employees Withstand Natural Disasters

by Polsinelli on

Hurricane Harvey reminded hospitals that obligations to employees do not cease during or after horrific natural disasters. Hospitals should have a plan in place when preparing for a natural disaster, such as an inclement...more

Claims Stemming from Government Regulated Flooding After Hurricane Harvey

by Zelle LLP on

In August, Hurricane Harvey directly hit the city of Houston, leaving substantial wind and flood damage in its wake. Many home and business owners who avoided flood damage breathed a sigh of relief on August 28 when the...more

In Re: Hurricane Harvey, Inverse Condemnation And Potential Subrogation Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

I. OVERVIEW - On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane. It then stalled over Houston. After landfall, winds diminished but precipitation did not, and over...more

$16 Billion Debt Cancellation Gives Breathing Space for National Flood Insurance Program

The Senate’s vote Tuesday to forgive $16 billion in debt owed by the National Flood Insurance Program gives a much-needed boost for NFIP as it faces large payouts from recent hurricanes. Packaged with other disaster aid...more

Business interruption post-Harvey and Irma

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This blog post is the second in a three part series. Business owners affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma spent the first few days and weeks cleaning up, making repairs and completing countless other activities to get...more

Agencies Issue Temporary Exceptions To Appraisal Requirements In Hurricane Areas

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Reserve Board has issued a statement providing for temporary exception to appraisal requirements in hurricane areas affected by severe storms and flooding related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria....more

Trigger for Hurricane and Named Storm Deductibles

Recent damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have focused attention on special “named storm” and “hurricane” deductible endorsements found in most property insurance policies issued for coastal areas. Such...more

Washed Away: What Rights Do You Have When Your Home is Flooded?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Bill Deron bought a 100-acre tract next to a creek outside the City of Houston. Deron planned to build a subdivision where some of the homes abut a creek. The other homes would sit about 15 feet higher than the creekside...more

Additional Hurricane Relief for Retirement Plan Participants Makes Landfall

On September 29, 2017, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (the “Act”)1 was signed into law to provide aid to victims who are recovering from the recent hurricanes in August and September...more

After the Waters Recede: The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims, Part III

In the first part of the series “The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims,” we covered assessing property damage and applying insurance proceeds in compliance with the terms of the standard mortgage...more

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