Topic: Terrorism Risk and Insurance

Heirs of Terror Victim Seek to Satisfy Outstanding Judgment Against Hamas Using TRIA

The heirs of the victim of a 1996 terrorist attack in Israel who, in an earlier federal court proceeding, were recently awarded a judgment against Hamas for over $100 million for damages suffered as a result of the terrorist attack, recently filed a Petition seeking to satisfy the outstanding judgment from funds in a Hamas bank account in the New York branch of an Egyptian bank. 

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Treasury Department Proposes Rule Implementing Cap on Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

The Treasury Department recently proposed a rule that would implement the statutory requirements in Section 103(e) of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (“TRIPRA”) that caps the annual liability of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (the “Program”) for insured losses at $100 billion. 

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New York’s Highest Court Holds that Policy with Terrorism Exclusion Restricts the Cause of Potential Covered Damages

Last month, the New York Court of Appeals held that a tenant breached its lease and, in doing so, violated New York Insurance Law § 3404.  The court ruled that the lease was breached because the tenant obtaining insurance coverage that explicitly excluded terrorism losses from coverage. 

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BREAKING NEWS — President Bush Extends Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Earlier today, President Bush signed into law the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (“TRIPRA”), which provides a seven-year extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, originally created in the wake of September 11 by Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (“TRIA”) and extended by the Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Act of 2005 (“TRIEA”). 

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New York Lawmakers Request Inclusion of “Reset” Provision in any TRIA Extension

With Congress scrambling to pass legislation extending the Federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program before its expiration at the end of the month, New York lawmakers requested yesterday that any final extension act include a “reset” provision.  Such a provision would lower the trigger levels for federal reimbursements under the TRIA program in areas already hit by a terrorist attack. 

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Federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Moves One Step Closer to Renewal

Renewal of the federal terrorism risk insurance program established by the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (“TRIA”) moved one step closer to reality yesterday when the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approved legislation seeking a seven year extension of the program by a 20-1 vote. 

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