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Rene Sigman Appointed to Committee Determining Model Disaster Litigation Case Management Orders

Rene Sigman of Merlin Law Group has been appointed to an elite group of attorneys and judges working on Model Case Management Orders designed to streamline insurance cases following natural disasters. The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System issued a press release which stated in part: IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement … Continue Reading

Superstorm Sandy Brings Huge Profits to Insurance Carriers

Eighty percent. Depending on what you are talking about 80% can be a very large number. When you are talking about the percentage of storm victims that were underpaid on their flood insurance claims, the number becomes unthinkable. Still, that’s the number cited by FEMA and quoted in a recent article published by NPR. In addition … Continue Reading

FEMA Extends Deadline to Request Hurricane Sandy Claims Review

While we are all preparing for the possibility of Hurricane or (hopefully) Tropical Storm Joaquin hitting the tri-state area, many east coast residents are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. To assist people who missed the previous September 15th deadline, FEMA has now extended the deadline to re-open your Sandy claim to October 15th. Additionally, the … Continue Reading

Governor Cuomo asks HUD to waive DOB for Sandy victims

On August 13th, Governor Cuomo asked U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro to waive the Duplications of benefits regulation for homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy. Duplication of benefits arises when a policyholder is paid for their property loss from one source (ie insurance carrier or government run program) and receive additional funding from … Continue Reading

So I Have a Sandy Claims Review Letter, Now What Do I Do?

Starting on May 18th and over the following weeks, policyholders that had flood insurance through a WYO carrier or a FEMA direct policy that submitted claims for Superstorm Sandy will receive a letter in the mail asking if they want to reopen their claim for review. This “claims review process”—created by FEMA—will give policyholders who felt … Continue Reading

Senators Launch Sandy Task Force in Washington, DC

“Your government failed you.” These were the words spoken by Senator Bob Menendez during his opening comments of the Sandy Task Force meeting in Washington, DC on April 28, 2015. The purpose of the task force, according to Menendez, will be to bring justice to Sandy survivors and to fix the claims process for future … Continue Reading

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? – Part 5

Well it appears that this may be the last post in this series about national flood coverage of non-owned debris removal / boat in my front yard case. On Friday, April 17, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied the policyholders’ Petition for Rehearing.1… Continue Reading

FEMA Takes Over Sandy Flood Claims from WYO Carriers

Brad Kieserman has taken swift and bold action regarding Superstorm Sandy National Flood Insurance claims. In a filing made this morning in Superstorm Sandy litigation, a March 5, 2015 letter from Kieserman indicates that FEMA—rather than the WYO flood carriers—is calling the shots:… Continue Reading

Unethical Claims Cultures Promote Outcome Oriented Expert Reports

Nicole Vinson‘s post State Farm Sued for Fraud for Katrina: More Altered Engineering Reports Alleged, a recent filing by my co-liaison counsel Steve Mostyn, and one by Javier Delgado, prompted me to write about how groups of people with power can dictate an unethical claims culture biased and driven to pre-determined outcomes. I strongly encourage those … Continue Reading

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? – Part 4

There has been some further activity to report in the flood non-owned debris, boat in my front yard case. This topic peaked my interest in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, and is my fourth update on the case. Often there will be debris scattered all around people’s yards following a flood event, especially one … Continue Reading