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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 ...
Decision on Louisiana's "Valued Policy" Law Appealed to Supreme Court
Plaintiff attorneys in Louisiana are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out an August decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involving...
House Passes Bill Phasing Out Some Flood Subsidies
The House has unanimously passed a bill (HR 3959) to end premium subsidies for the costliest homes insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)....
GAO Says NFIP Claims Processing Creates Conflict of Interest
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report that found that private insurers processing claims for the National Flood Insurance Program ...
Sen. Clinton Urges Wind Be Included in NFIP
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) sent a letter Friday to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Mass.) saying she believed that adding coverage to ...
Top Ten Reasons to Buy Flood Insurance Now
FEMA has just released its "Top Ten Reasons to Buy Flood Insurance Now." This is good information to pass along to your insureds to reinforce...
Global Warming Poses Coastal Flood Risk, Federal Agencies Report
Two new reports from the federal government call for immediate action to avoid or mitigate problems in the nation's infrastructure that could result from ...
Newly Designed NFIP Web Site
The National Flood Insurance Program launched a new and improved www.FloodSmart.gov Web site. The primary goal of the redesign is to make it easy for...
FloodSmart to Promote "Agents Who Are Doing It Right" - Submit Now!
www.FloodSmart.gov will soon begin featuring testimonials that showcase the agents' positive experiences in writing flood insurance policies for customers who ...
Senators Block Reauthorization of NFIP
Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program has been put on "hold," literally, by senators from Mississippi and Louisiana. Mississippi's Republican ...
Federal Rulings On Payouts Are in Conflict
Although federal judges in New Orleans have ruled that the amount of money Hurricane Katrina victims can recover from their homeowners insurance policies is ...
Floods Devastate Midwest
Over the past week, areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio have been devastated by flooding. And although water levels farther upstream have begun to...
PIA's Auerbach Comments on Homeowners and Flood in National Underwriter
PIA National President-elect Kenneth R. Auerbach, Esq. offers his observations throughout a lengthy article about homeowners insurance in coastal areas which ...
Senate Passes NFIP Overhaul, Minus Wind Provision
The Senate passed a measure on Tuesday May 13 to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program and reauthorize it for five years. The measure (S....
Mississippi Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Wind vs Water Case
The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to hear Corban vs. USAA, a Hurricane Katrina case that will resolve the dispute in Mississippi over how wind...
Flood Bill Heads to Conference Committee
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) plans to ask Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to appoint conferees so that differences ...
Faith in Levee System Leads Homeowners to Drop Flood Insurance
There are two separate issues that arise when flooding hits the Farmland in the Midwest. First, it is not uncommon that a farm family...
Fifteen Years Later, Levees Still Not Up to Snuff
Fifteen years after large swaths of the Upper Midwest were devastated by record setting floods, many of the regions levees are still not up to...
Now, More Than Ever, A Flood Program for All Agents
With the recent flooding in the Midwest, now is a good time to review your agency's flood insurance strategy. PIA members have three options when...