Representing people who have lost homes and businesses following Sandy has been gut-wrenching. And, I have to say, many of the carriers haven’t made it any easier.
We recently marked the two year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. With that anniversary came an influx of litigation in response to insurance companies denying or overly limiting coverage. That litigation recently revealed highly questionable practices within the industry.
Three Judge Panel Again Tells Insurance Company Attorneys: Turn Over “Revised” Superstorm Sandy Reports
What is better than one smart judge telling attorneys what to do?
Judge Throws Out Yacht Club’s Hurricane Sandy Suit: Insurer Must Be Allowed to Inspect “Damaged” Property
A District of New Jersey Federal Judge dismissed a yacht club’s case with prejudice and ordered the yacht club to show cause for why its counsel should not be sanctioned for filing a baseless claim after the yacht club refused to let the insurer inspect its property after making a claim.
Too often in litigation, unfair things are happening, but it’s difficult to get one judge in one case to pay serious attention because the judge can not and does not see the big picture from one particular case.
Yesterday, I was up very early in the dark and flew from Tampa into a cool New Jersey morning in Newark – then drove down the Garden State Parkway along trees burning with red, yellow, and gorgeous shades of purple mixed with green.
Litigation related to Super Storm Sandy is still going strong; or even still getting into full swing.
On May 22, 2014 Naragansett Bay Insurance Company (“Naragansett”) signed a Consent Order with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) agreeing to pay a civil penalty of $327,400 and to enact substantial capacity upgrades for its failure to timely perform adjuster inspections on numerous properties damaged by Super Storm Sandy.
Superstorm Sandy Named Storm Deductible: Central District of California Denies Summary Judgment to Insurer Based On California Law
As we reported in March the issue of whether Named Storm deductibles apply will likely be the subject of Sandy litigation.
So I Have a Boat in My Front Yard Following Super Storm Sandy; Will My Flood Insurer Cover the Removal of It and Other Non-Owned Debris?
Back in November 2012, in the wake of Super-storm Sandy, I wrote about how questions will arise about who pays for the removal of debris that is not owned by them but it is located on their property following the storm.