In 2001, Houston, Texas was in the path of the slow-moving, rain-heavy Tropical Storm Allison. That storm caused extensive flooding in downtown Houston and surrounding areas, ultimately dropping over 40 inches of rain in Southeast, Texas. And with that rain, and rain-caused flooding, people made insurance claims. Texas courts were therefore given the opportunity to analyze how water and flood in insurance policies should be interpreted under Texas law.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Last month, as Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico, we reposted our Puerto Rico claims checklist and an analysis of causation under Puerto Rico law. In Maria’s devastating aftermath, many Puerto Ricans are still focused on necessities, and filing an insurance claim for damage to their home or business is not top of mind. But as recovery efforts gain momentum, the claims will begin to come in. Now is the time to review our posts from last month and consider how Puerto Rico law may apply to handling Maria insurance claims.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
As the category 4 Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas Gulf Coast, many areas evacuated in preparation for the storm. And in the wake of the hurricane and the widespread flooding that followed, additional evacuations and curfews followed.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
After Hurricane Harvey slammed into southeast Texas on August 25, 2017, our colleague Shannon O’Malley posted about the contingent business interruption (CBI) claims that would inevitably follow due to damage suffered by refining, chemical, and petrochemical facilities that supply critical products to manufacturers and other businesses across the country and around the world. (See “Contingent BI: Why Do I have a Hurricane Harvey Claim from Hoboken?”)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico late Thursday, September 7, 2017. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the state of Chiapas – the southernmost state in Mexico. Because of the magnitude of the quake, its effects were felt throughout Mexico and as far north as Mexico City – 600 miles from its epicenter. Approximately 50 million people across Mexico felt the tremors from the quake. The earthquake, one of the most powerful ever recorded in Mexico, toppled hundreds of buildings, and killed at least 61 people.
While Puerto Rico was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, it now appears it will face the full brunt of Hurricane Maria. Maria is projected to strike Puerto Rico as a Category 4 Hurricane. Many of the same concurrent causation issues that we predicted may occur with Irma are also likely to exist with Maria and may be even more pronounced with the increased severity of damage from Maria.