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Judge: World Trade Center Properties Cannot Recover Against Aviation Defendants
Posted on 19 Jul 2013 by Jennifer Hans

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) World Trade Center Properties LLC and its holding companies’ $4.09 billion insurance recovery stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks corresponds to and offsets their maximum potential tort damages recovery... Read More

Reforming the Insurance Industry to Better Compensate Victims of Catastrophe
Posted on 24 Mar 2008 by Robert M. Lopatin

A plenary session at the ICLC Annual Meeting on February 28 was entitled “Confronting Catastrophe: Pandemics, Hurricanes, Terrorists – Oh My!” The program noted that “ The extreme ruin caused by Hurricane Katrina would pale in... Read More

Earthquake Insurance Coverage
Posted on 7 Mar 2009 by Roy A. Mura

Here on the east coast, most people probably don't know or don't care that their property insurance policies -- both commercial and personal lines policies -- exclude coverage for losses due to earthquakes . The HO-3 (10/00 edition) , for example... Read More

Catastrophe Insurance: Do it right or not at all
Posted on 29 Oct 2008 by John Nixon

This forum focuses on legal issues and my background is in underwriting, specifically commercial property insurance, so I’m hoping to bring a different perspective to the table. Public policy debates on catastrophe insurance plans have been a hot... Read More

Chinese Drywall: Testimony of David Kodama on Behalf of PCI Before Catastrophic Insurance Working Group
Posted on 8 Dec 2009 by David Kodama

TESTIMONY OF DAVID KODAMA ON BEHALF OF THE PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURERS ASSOCIATION OF BEFORE THE CATASTROPHE INSURANCE WORKING GROUP OF THE PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE COMMITTEE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC HEARING ON... Read More

SNR Denton on Bilbe v. Belsom: If Storm Surge Would Have Destroyed House, Prior wind Damage Not Covered
Posted on 10 Jun 2008 by William T. Barker

Karen Bilbe's house in Louisiana was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. State Farm paid her the policy limit, $96,400, under a flood policy, but only $1466.27 under her homeowners policy. Appearing pro se, she sued State Farm. The district court granted... Read More

March is "Hurricane Katrina and Catastrophic Loss Month" (more or less) on the Insurance Law Center
Posted on 22 Mar 2008 by Karen C. Yotis

We’re going to try something a little different in an effort to enrich your experience when you visit the insurance law center. With the assistance of that eclectic group known as the Insurance Law Center Advisory Board (two coverage attorneys,... Read More

5th Circuit Affirms Insureds Not Entitled To Additional Coverage For Katrina Damages
Posted on 31 Aug 2007 by Gina Cappello

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has had a busy month handing down rulings in Hurricane Katrina insurance coverage cases, issuing its fifth decision on Thursday in a Hurricane Katrina coverage case. This time, the issue centered around an insurer's... Read More

Beware the Benign Hurricane Forecast
Posted on 23 Jul 2009 by Michelle Harnick

The 2009 hurricane season is expected to be moderate, but that’s no reason to let your defenses down. In setting your expectations for the coming months, it pays to consider severity as well as frequency. Most major forecasts address the number... Read More

Scruggs, Four Others Indicted For Attempt To Bribe State Judge
Posted on 29 Nov 2007 by Gina Cappello

Prominent Mississippi attorney Richard Scruggs has made news headlines again. This time, the headlines are focused on an indictment handed down yesterday by a federal grand jury, alleging that he and four others attempted to bribe a state judge assigned... Read More

Preparing Your Business for the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Posted on 19 May 2009 by Vincent E. Morgan

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, though peak activity usually occurs in August and September. With the beginning of tropical storm activity just around the corner, now is the time to prepare your company and review... Read More

Prosecutors Claim Mississippi Attorney Willfully Violated Injunction
Posted on 24 Oct 2007 by Gina Cappello

Since first reporting on the filing of criminal contempt charges against prominent Mississippi attorney Richard F. Scruggs ( USA v. Scruggs , N.D. Ala., No. 07-325), special prosecutors have filed a reply to the attorney's response to show cause order... Read More

Appeals court revives Katrina insurance case
Posted on 22 Feb 2009 by Karen C. Yotis

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Feb. 17 reversed a lower court ruling that dismissed a suit resulting from Hurricane Katrina brought on behalf of the US against eight flood insurers. A three-judge panel ruled... Read More

Louisiana Judge Reluctantly Dismisses U.S. Army Corps From Katrina Suit
Posted on 31 Jan 2008 by Gina Cappello

While insurance coverage cases are normally the focus of the Hurricane Katrina litigation that I follow, an important non-insurance ruling in the Katrina Canal Breaches litigation is worth noting here. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval... Read More