August 23, 2014

Week of 1/6/14: Insurance and Liability News

Winter Weather

Winter weather is dominating the headlines. L & W Investigations shares a state-by-state look at how the weather will affect insurance claims.

Welcome back to the L&W Investigations insurance and liability industry news blog. This week, a cold front and winter storm are making headlines across the United States and they is sure to produce many new insurance claims once it warms up and affected homeowners and businesses are able to assess the damage. One notable story is assessing the damage state-by-state:

 

Winter Storm Hercules: At Least 16 Deaths Blamed on Winter Weather

The Weather Channel recently broke down the state-by-state impact of Winter Storm Hercules, which brought heavy snow and fierce winds in the Midwest and Northeast last week. Additionally, residents from Maine to Minnesota experienced sub-freezing temperatures and even below-zero wind chills. The end result is 15 deaths and thousands who lost power to their homes or businesses.  Many states logged more than a foot of snowfall. View the full state-by-state breakdown here: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-hercules-state-state-impacts-20140101

 

Few Katrina Legal Battles Linger Eight Years Later

In a piece that revisited the impact of Hurricane Katrina, AP reporter Michael Kunzelman revealed that very few Katrina legal battles continue to linger. A string of recent court rulings have insulated the government from liability for billions in flood damage that affected residents and business owners blamed on the Army Corps of Engineers. Plaintiffs believed the flood damage was primarily due to the shoddy design, construction, and maintenance of the system of floodwalls and levees this group constructed in the region. The bulk of the civil litigation spurred by the 2005 hurricane has already been resolved. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. of New Orleans recently dismissed tens of thousands of levee-related claims against the federal government. In the past, plaintiffs’ lawyers were able to secure modest relief for Gulf Coast victims through class-action settlements. For a full history of Hurricane Katrina legal battles, click here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/katrina-legal-battles-linger-years-21421475

 

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