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2017 – A Record Setting Year

by Zelle LLP on

2017 was a year of records for sure. Most notably, professional eater Joey Chestnut set a new record by eating 55 glazed doughnuts in eight minutes. At a university in Ohio, 972 people set a record by dressing as penguins. ...more

You Dropped a Bomb (Cyclone) on Me

by Zelle LLP on

Move over Snowmageddon and make way for the “bomb cyclone” which hit the East Coast January 4, 2018. While the official name of this winter storm is “Grayson”, the media focused on the phenomenon (bombogenesis) that...more

Pardon this interruption… Service Interruption Provisions and Hurricanes

by Zelle LLP on

As the urgency to repair immediate physical damage to commercial property subsides, and businesses begin to get back to business as normal in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, we will undoubtedly see claims to...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

National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorized Through December 8, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

On September 8, 2017, Congress passed legislation extending the National Flood Insurance Program until December 8, 2017. The program was set to expire at the end of September. ...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

Flood Exclusion Unambiguously Excludes Coverage For $49.5M In Hurricane Sandy Losses Caused By Storm Surge

by Cozen O'Connor on

Cozen O’Connor attorneys Thomas McKay III, Richard Mackowsky, Charles Jesuit, and Melissa Brill recently secured summary judgment from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in favor of Great...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

Insurance News - Part I Frequently Asked Questions

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

As we recover from Hurricane Irma, many of us are counting on help from our insurance companies to which we have paid hefty premiums. With this in mind, we have compiled a short list of frequently asked questions that you may...more

Subrogation Claims Arising From Dam Release Flooding During Hurricane Harvey

by Locke Lord LLP on

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 major hurricane that made landfall in southern Texas on August 25, 2017. Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States with peak accumulations of 64.58 inches. Harvey...more

Hurricane Irma: Florida Commercial Insurance Claims for Loss of Power Damages

by K&L Gates LLP on

Hurricane Irma left millions of businesses in the Southeastern United States without electricity for days and in some instances more than a week. This undoubtedly impacted the more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies...more

After Hurricane Irma, It May Be Property Owners Against Insurers

Hurricane Irma made a mess of Florida as it slammed into the Keys and pushed its way up the west coast, uprooting trees, destroying neighborhoods and costing lives. We all must now go forward and rebuild what is left....more

Claims and Concurrent Causation Issues in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Wilson Elser on

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma delivered one of Mother Nature’s most powerful one-two punches in U.S. history. Harvey struck first. On August 25, 2017, the storm made landfall near the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 Hurricane...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

Navigating Florida Property Coverage Waters After Hurricane Irma

by Carlton Fields on

As the waters recede from Hurricane Irma, there are many issues for property insurers to consider as they adjust claims in Florida, including unique issues raised by assignment of benefits, Florida law on concurrent...more

Adjusting Claims in Florida Following Hurricane Irma

by Carlton Fields on

As the waters recede from Hurricane Irma, property insurers have many issues to consider as they adjust claims in Florida. This alert discusses a few of those issues. Claims Reporting - The Florida Office of Insurance...more

El FDEP emite una orden para restaurar los daños estructurales tras el huracán

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Propietarios y entidades públicas y privadas: El 5 de septiembre de 2017, el Departamento de Protección Ambiental de Florida (Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FDEP) emitió la orden final de emergencia OGC...more

Hurricane Irma – Commercial Property Damage and Business Interruption Insurance Checklist

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Hurricane Irma was one of the most devastating storms in United States history, with sustained winds of over 190 miles per hour. Insurance industry experts have estimated the insured damages arising from this storm may reach...more

Hurricane Irma Damage — Stress and hard work are in front of us

We are all tired of hearing about Hurricane Irma, but I am afraid we have only just begun. I worked for the insurance industry, adjusting a variety of claims, for over 16 years and handled thousands of property damage...more

Maria - Concurrent Causation in Puerto Rico

by Zelle LLP on

While Puerto Rico was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, it now appears it will face the full brunt of Hurricane Maria. Maria is projected to strike Puerto Rico as a Category 4 Hurricane. Many of the same concurrent...more

Losses Caused by Hurricanes: Are You Covered?

by K&L Gates LLP on

This hurricane season represents the first time in the history of record keeping that two Category 4 or higher hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have struck the U.S. mainland in the same year. Within a month, Hurricanes Harvey and...more

FDEP Issues Order to Restore Structural Damage Post Hurricane

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Property Owners and Public and Private Entities: On September 5, 2017, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“FDEP”) issued Emergency Final Order OGC. No. 17-0989 (the “Order”) in response to the anticipated...more

Hurricanes Force Manufacturers to Consider Impact on Employees

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread property damage and flooding, and some manufacturers may not be able to reopen their businesses for several months. To assist followers of this blog, I have set out below a few of...more

Insurance Update for Florida Residents following Hurricane Irma

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Florida residents, property owners, and renters are returning to their properties to assess damages and commence cleanup. For many affected parties, this is also the time to start...more

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