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Sen. Lott Goes On the Warpath Against Insurance Companies
On October 11, Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.), the former majority leader and one of thousands of homeowners on the Gulf Coast involved in disputes with...
FEMA Makes Adjustments to NFIP Flood Map Modernization
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have made what they describe as "midpoint adjustments" in the process of modernizing the flood ...
Homeland Security Committee Chair Calls for Investigation of Katrina Claims
The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security wants to pursue congressional investigations of insurers' handling of claims arising out of Hurricane ...
Miss. Congressman Calls for Federal Probe into Insurers' Katrina Practices
Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) has called for a congressional investigation into the practices of insurance companies in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ...
State Farm Must Pay $2.7 Million for Refusing to Cover Katrina Claim
In a verdict that surprised industry observers, a federal jury has told State Farm to pay a Biloxi, Mississippi couple $2.7 million for refusing to...
State Farm Reaches Global Settlement on Katrina Claims
Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood announced on Tuesday that a global settlement with State Farm has been reached on compensation to Mississippi ...
Inspectors Say 146 Levees in U.S. In Danger of Failing
An inspection program by the Army Corps of Engineers notes that 146 levees in the U.S. are at an unacceptable risk of failing in a...
Lott, Taylor Say They Won't Give Up
Two federal lawmakers from Mississippi who have been on the warpath against the insurance industry ever since their Katrina claims were denied by State Farm...
Judge Denies Motion to Approve State Farm Katrina Settlement
Saying that the parties have a lot more explaining to do, Judge L. T. Senter Jr. of the Federal District Court in Gulfport, Mississippi issued...
Levee Finding by Army Corps Could Require More Homeowners to Buy Flood Insurance
A report last week by the Army Corps of Engineers that 122 levees from Rhode Island to California are at risk of failing could set...
Judge Reduces State Farm's Punitive Damages in Miss. Katrina Case
The federal judge overseeing the Katrina claims cases in Mississippi reduced a recent $2.5 million jury award of punitive damages against State Farm to $1...
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner
While his state's Attorney General was calling for a law to prevent State Farm from stopping writing new commercial and homeowners policies in the state,...
Insurers Accused of Fraud by Rep. Taylor During Congressional Hearing
A member of the House whose insurance claim was denied after Hurricane Katrina accused insurers of "massive fraud" during a February 28 hearing before the...
This is National Flood Safety Awareness Week
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to support The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-sponsored 2007 National Flood ...
Sen. Lott Settles With State Farm
Zach Scruggs, an attorney for Senator Trent Lott, said that Lott agreed to settle the lawsuit he filed against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co....
A Flood Program for All Agents
Whether you're a seasoned flood insurance professional or have no desire to become one but need to sell flood insurance anyway, The Hartford has a...
House Committee Advances Flood Bill With Wind Provision, PIA Comments
The House Financial Services Committee marked up HR 3121, "The Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007." The final bill was reported out of...
PIA Comments on Proposed Addition of Wind to NFIP in Financial Week
Adding wind coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will result in uncertainty as to whether losses caused by wind should be covered by...
Insurers Win Major Post-Katrina Court Ruling
On August 2 the Fifth U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that Allstate Corp. and other insurance companies do not have to cover flood damage that...
House Members Request GAO Review of Proposal to Add Wind to NFIP
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and committee member Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) have requested that the nonpartisan ...
Interim DHS Report on Flood is Contradictory, PIA Comments in National Underwriter
An interim report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on whether insurers improperly shifted Hurricane Katrina wind damage losses to the government's ...
Louisiana AG Foti Files Wind vs. Flood Lawsuit
Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti has filed a class-action lawsuit against almost every major property/casualty casualty insurer in the state. The suit ...
Florida Supreme Court Upholds Flood Exclusion
Insurers are hailing a decision by the Florida Supreme Court that held that a state law requiring full payment when a home is a total...
PIA Submits Testimony in Advance of Senate Banking Committee Hearing on NFIP
The Senate Banking Committee has scheduled a hearing about the National Flood Insurance Program on Tuesday October 2. Although the House has passed a bill...
PIA Files Senate Testimony on NFIP, Bill May Not See Senate Action Before 2008
PIA submitted testimony to the Senate Banking Committee for its October 2 hearing on reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). PIA is on...
Federal Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit Accusing Insurers of Defrauding NFIP
Last week, a federal judge threw out a "whistle-blowers" lawsuit that accuses insurance companies of overbilling the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) ...
Sen. Landrieu Places a Hold on Flood Insurance Bill
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) has placed a hold on the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act (H.R. 3121), which was passed last week by...
Senate Banking Committee Advances NFIP Reform Bill Minus Wind Provision
The House and Senate appear to be headed for a confrontation on flood insurance reform. On October 17, the Senate Banking Committee passed a bill...
Rep. Frank Threatens to Push 120-Day Extensions for TRIA, Flood Bill
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who chairs the House Financial Services Committee that produced the House bills, said if the Senate avoids compromise and adopts...
PIA of Minnesota Provides Flood Assistance to Agents
Minnesota agents Creighton Horihan of Linda Horihan Insurance Agency and Dennis Overland of Overland Insurance Agency each received a check for $3,100 from the ...