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    NJ High Court Won't Disturb Waterfront Permit Approval

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has rejected bids by Hoboken, New Jersey, and a residents' group to review an appellate panel opinion in favor of a state environmental permit granted to a developer looking to construct two high-rise residential buildings...
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    Insurer's Coverage For Tower's Sandy Damage Capped At $20M

    A New York federal judge ruled on Thursday that the owner of a Manhattan office building is not entitled to further coverage from Factory Mutual Insurance Co. for property damage resulting from Superstorm Sandy, holding that the insurer has already fulfilled...
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    Can Courts Review The Sandy Claims Review Process?

    While the statute of limitations has run for policyholders who want to litigate their initial Sandy insurance claim determinations, the unique nature of the failed Sandy claims review process may have reset the clock for legal redress in the courts, says...
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    NY's Evolving Acceptance Of Policyholder Bad Faith Claims

    New York courts and the Legislature have recently taken up the issue of whether policyholders should be able to seek extracontractual damages when denied full and prompt payment of their claims — which is a crucial means of leveling the playing field...
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    Why FEMA's Sandy Claims Review Process Isn't Working

    Concerns over the administration and implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program following Superstorm Sandy resulted in a novel, ad hoc procedure for the adjustment and payment of previously closed flood claims, but the review process that...
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    Storage Co. Must Face Suit Over Spoiled Goods In Sandy

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid for quick judgment to the operator of a storage warehouse being sued by Cincinnati Insurance Co. and its policyholder who claim the warehouse didn’t take precautions before Hurricane Sandy struck...
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    4 Insurance Battlegrounds To Watch In New Jersey

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will soon decide whether insurers can deny coverage on the grounds of late notice without showing prejudice, while courts statewide grapple with sublimits and deductibles in Superstorm Sandy suits. Here, Law360 explores four...
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    NJ Condos Say FEMA Owes Coverage For Sandy Damage

    A New Jersey condominium association Monday accused the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency in New Jersey federal court of breaching its contract when it declined to pay flood insurance benefits in connection with damage purportedly caused by Superstorm...
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    NJ Court Follows FEMA Lead On Sandy Settlement Program

    A New Jersey federal judge Friday ordered a 60-day stay of all Superstorm Sandy-related cases against insurance companies that participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's “Write Your Own” program to streamline litigation...
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    FEMA Signals Possible Deals Over Altered Sandy Reports

    A panel of magistrate judges on Tuesday scuttled a hearing over allegations that insurers used secretly altered engineering reports to cheat Superstorm Sandy victims, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was pushing for settlements in...
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    Year In Review: Insurance Developments In 2014

    2014 was not without its fair share of insurance-related legislative and regulatory developments — the year saw the passage of the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2014, which addressed flood insurance cost increases, and legislation and regulation requiring...
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    Sandy Attys Blasted For Using Same Mediators Over And Over

    A New York federal judge overseeing Superstorm Sandy litigation expressed frustration on Wednesday with the parties’ failure to retain a mediator in four cases, puzzling over why they have repeatedly turned to one small group of mediators when there...
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    AIG Unit Hit With $1.6M Verdict In Sandy Deductible Case

    A California jury on Friday found that American International Group Inc. unit Lexington Insurance Co. stiffed a New York science center on Superstorm Sandy damage claims, reaching a $1.6 million verdict that includes damages and attorneys' fees. ...
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    Policyholders Say Defense Is Delaying Sandy Mediation

    A firm representing policyholders in Superstorm Sandy insurance litigation in New York federal court on Monday blasted attempts by the insurers' counsel to cease mediations to conduct more site inspections, saying the attempts amount to "erecting...
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    NJ Pilot Program To Restore Salt Marshes For Storm Defense

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday announced an $8 million pilot project to evaluate a process to restore salt marshes near coastal communities, the Christie administration's latest effort to install measures to protect the state from another...
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    NJ Senate Committee Considers Coastal Permit Changes

    New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection appeared before a state Senate committee on Monday to defend its plan to amend coastal zone management and permit rules, telling lawmakers its rule proposal will streamline the rebuilding of the...
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    Zurich Sued For Denying $37M Hurricane Sandy Claim

    Zurich America Insurance Co. was hit with a lawsuit Monday in New Jersey federal court over its refusal to reimburse $37 million in losses that a Bergen County-based graphics company allegedly sustained during Superstorm Sandy. ...read more
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    NY Takes Wait-And-See Approach In Sandy 'Placeholder' Row

    A New York federal court overseeing Superstorm Sandy insurance litigation said Tuesday it would hold off on ruling on the validity of so-called placeholder proofs of loss provided by policyholders who couldn't meet deadlines, citing the Federal Emergency...
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    FEMA Targets 'Placeholder' Claims In Sandy Litigation

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday urged the New York federal judges overseeing the consolidated Hurricane Sandy insurance litigation to dismiss all of the claims for plaintiffs who haven't submitted proof of loss, arguing that they...
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    NY Court Axes Bad Faith Claims In Sandy Coverage Suits

    Three New York federal judges overseeing Superstorm Sandy insurance litigation on Wednesday directed courts to throw out bad faith claims against insurers, as well as requests for punitive damages and attorneys' fees, after plaintiffs in more than...
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    NY Court Says Sandy Bad Faith Claims Should Be Tossed

    Three New York federal judges overseeing Superstorm Sandy insurance litigation on Wednesday directed courts to throw out bad faith claims against insurers, as well as requests for punitive damages and attorneys' fees, after plaintiffs in more than...
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    FEMA Grants $403M In Sandy Relief For NY Tunnels

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday it would give $403 million to the New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help repair damage sustained after Superstorm Sandy flooded tunnels with seawater. ...read more
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    Monmouth, Ocean Counties Seeing Most NJ Sandy Suits

    New Jersey state courts have seen at least 1,011 cases stemming from Hurricane Sandy since the storm struck in October 2012, with the hard hit, shore-area counties of Ocean and Monmouth bearing the bulk of those actions, according to figures provided...
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    De Blasio Expands Sandy Rebuild, Buy-Back Program

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday released a new set of recommendations for assisting homeowners whose property was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, expanding the administration's commitment to rebuilding and financial support. ...read more
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    REIT's Sandy Loss Suit Against Lexington Survives

    A California federal judge on Thursday trimmed a real estate investment trust’s lawsuit accusing Lexington Insurance Co. of stiffing it on Superstorm Sandy damage claims, finding a jury needs to decide exactly how the damage occurred. ...read more