Topic: Catastrophe Claims

New York Assembly Passes Bill Prohibiting “Anti-Concurrent Causation” Clauses

The New York State Assembly recently passed a number of bills seeking to amend the state’s insurance laws. Most significantly, Assembly Bill 7455A seeks to amend New York insurance law by prohibiting insurers from using “anti-concurrent causation” clauses in homeowner and commercial insurance policies to preclude coverage for flood claims. 

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Lessons Learned from Sandy: National Hurricane Center Report Highlights Issue of Whether “Hurricane” Warnings and Definitions Should Be Modified

In a report issued last week analyzing Superstorm Sandy, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reviewed why Sandy was downgraded from hurricane status to a post-tropical cyclone before it made landfall in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere in the northeast, and made recommendations for changes in definitions and procedures going forward. 

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New Jersey issues Order to Speed Up Processing of Superstorm Sandy Claims

On February 5, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (“DOBI”) issued Order No. A13-104 (the “Order”) requiring insurers to expedite their response to claims complaints resulting from Superstorm Sandy. Insurers must now respond to inquiries from DOBI within five business days of receipt of a DOBI claim inquiry, and may only request one extension for an additional five business days in which to respond. 

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Sandy: Déjà Vu?

Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans.  In the days that followed Katrina, we and others who focus on questions of insurance coverage debated whether the devastation in Mississippi and Louisiana had been caused by water or by wind.  We discussed slabs, anti-concurrent causation clauses, levees, efficient proximate cause, valued policy laws, and local and national political dynamics. 

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“Sandy” Brings Costs to Homeowners, but not Hurricane Deductibles

In response to the extensive damage suffered throughout the northeastern corridor during October, 2012 as a result of Superstorm Sandy, multiple state insurance agencies are intervening on behalf of homeowners by announcing that they will not be required to pay hurricane deductibles on their insurance policies. 

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Edwards Wildman to Attend Premier Industry Fracking Conference in Philadelphia

The  Marcellus Shale Coalition will be hosting SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from Wednesday, September 19, through Friday, September 21.  Edwards Wildman attorneys Marc Voses, Tony Hopp, Len Kurfirst and Greg Hoffnagle will provide live updates throughout the conference at and @EdwardsWildman on Twitter. 

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