News & Analysis as of

Hurricane Season

New Hurricane Legislation Grants Additional Distribution, Withdrawal and Loan Relief for Certain Retirement Plan Participants

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The new Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 provides additional relief and flexibility for retirement plan participants impacted by recent hurricanes, including relaxed rules for plan...more

Congressional Hearing on HHS’s Emergency Preparedness for and Response to 2017 Hurricane Season

by King & Spalding on

On October 24, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine HHS public health preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season. The hearing addressed...more

Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency in the Spotlight with DOE Pricing NOPR & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Pushing through a record hurricane season has tested the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as that of the energy infrastructure we so heavily rely upon. In the last month, we have seen efforts on multiple fronts with a...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

Alabama and Mississippi Insurance Law Questions Following Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near the city of Biloxi on Sunday, October 8, 2017, as a Category 1 Hurricane. The eastern quadrant of the storm’s center also passed over significant portions of...more

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

Hurricane Shutters and Hurricane Protection Policies: Does your Condominium have what it needs?

With the recent threat from Hurricane Irma, many condominium associations were faced with emergency requests from unit owners for the association to install or for the association to allow owners to install hurricane shutters...more

Client Alert: Congress Provides More Hurricane Relief for Employees and Employers

On September 29, 2017, President Trump signed the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (the “Act”). In addition to extending the funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Act contained...more

Current Port Conditions // Central U.S. GOMEX

by Burr & Forman on

Burr & Forman’s Mobile, Alabama office is located in the geographic center of the US Gulf of Mexico coastline (GOMEX). We service clients’ needs in the ports in this area, including – from west to east – Gulfport and...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

Insurance News - Part II: FAQs for Restoring Order After the Wind and Rain Have Gone

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Recent experiences have demonstrated that commercial policyholders who document their losses and seek to pursue coverage promptly and diligently will stand the greatest chance of maximizing their insurance recoveries for...more

New Emergency Declarations Allow Extension of Development Approvals; Notification Deadline for Tropical Storm Emily Extensions...

by Akerman LLP on

Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, allows certain permits and authorizations to be tolled and extended due to a state of emergency, if the permit holder files a particular notice with the agency or government which issued the...more

Steps For Government Contractors To Take After Hurricanes

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and...more

Civil Authority Coverage in the Wake of Harvey and Irma

by Zelle LLP on

As the category 4 Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas Gulf Coast, many areas evacuated in preparation for the storm. And in the wake of the hurricane and the widespread flooding that followed, additional evacuations and...more

Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, And Power Loss: What’s A Government Contractor To Do? Act Now Under Your Contract, While You Fix...

The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and...more

Hurricanes and Flooding: Surely EPA Regulations are Suspended?!

by Williams Mullen on

It seems to happen every year. A natural disaster disrupts fall football season, and interstates are full of evacuees gobbling up hotel rooms and squatting in the nearest safety zones. In those times, no one ever thinks of...more

Hurricane Maria Insured Losses Potentially as High as $85 Billion

by Locke Lord LLP on

Catastrophe-modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that Hurricane Maria caused up to $85 billion in insured losses. Puerto Rico is believed to account for more than 85% of this loss, with an estimated loss range between $40...more

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Don’t Flood Again in Texas Any Day

by Zelle LLP on

In 2001, Houston, Texas was in the path of the slow-moving, rain-heavy Tropical Storm Allison. That storm caused extensive flooding in downtown Houston and surrounding areas, ultimately dropping over 40 inches of rain in...more

Considerations on Insurance Recovery for Property Damage and Business Interruption Losses for REITs

by King & Spalding on

The peak of hurricane season passed on September 10, but the threat of tropical cyclones remains and will continue through the November 30 end of the Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricanes pose a particular threat to REITs...more

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Insurance Coverage for Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria

by Blank Rome LLP on

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is already one of the most devastating in history. In late August, Harvey struck at the heart of Houston, Texas, and dropped 51.88 inches of rainfall in Texas, the highest rainfall total to...more

“Yet Another Record-Breaking Storm”: Assessing Climate Risk

by Locke Lord LLP on

Hurricane Harvey brought “500-year” rainfall and flood conditions to Southeastern Texas for the third time in three years, according to the Washington Post. According to Moody’s Analytics, estimates of the combined Texas and...more

Recent Hurricanes May Spur Reinsurance Disputes over “Hours” Clauses

by Locke Lord LLP on

This hurricane season has packed a powerful punch to the south and southeastern United States and Caribbean Islands, causing widespread devastation that could take years to overcome and will surely have ripple effects...more

Paying Employees During A Shutdown Due To Natural Disasters And Inclement Weather

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Do I need to pay my employees if my company has closed or temporarily shut down operations due to a natural disaster or inclement weather? A: It depends. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and in...more

Hurricanes, PREPA, and Puerto Rico electric grid

by PretiFlaherty on

Hurricane Maria has hit Puerto Rico, damaging the island's electric grid and causing systemic power outages. The storm made landfall on September 20 as a Category 4 hurricane with winds at 155 miles per hour. ...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

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