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Chris Gerold Featured in WSHU, WNYC Article “Why Sandy Homeowners Were Left in the Lurch”

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Chris Gerold Featured in WSHU, WNYC Article “Why Sandy Homeowners Were Left in the Lurch”

Christopher Gerold, an attorney in Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi’s Disaster Recovery Claims Group and author for the Flood Insurance Attorneys blog, was featured in an article titled “Why Sandy Homeowners Were Left in the Lurch.”  The report, a collaboration between WSHU and WNYC published on May 14, 2015, claims the Federal Emergency Management Agency set up a system giving insurance companies an incentive to underpay claims. Click here to read the full...

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Wolff & Samson now Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Wolff & Samson has changed its name to Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC. The name reflects the deep bench of firm experience and its new firm-wide leadership: the addition in 2013 of former U.S. Senator and N.J. Attorney General, Jeff Chiesa; the 38 year contribution of member Armen Shahinian, one of the most respected surety, commercial crime insurance and construction litigation attorneys in the nation; and former Essex County, NJ counsel, Frank Giantomasi, who joined in 2014 after 4.5 years as a named member at Genova Burns...

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Did FEMA Encourage Engineers to Deny Foundation Damage after Hurricane Sandy?

Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

By now, anyone with foundation damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy has heard the stories of engineering companies altering reports that resulted in homeowner’s being denied coverage. But did FEMA create an environment that fostered this type of conduct? On June 27, 2013, I examined a similar question in my blog: Why Aren’t Flood Insurance Companies Covering Cracked Foundations Caused By Flood? For those of you that may have missed it, I examined FEMA’s guidance in National Flood Insurance Program Adjuster Claims Manual (NFIP Manual). Below...

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FEMA to Review Hurricane Sandy Claims in New Jersey and New York

Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

FEMA to Review Hurricane Sandy Claims in New Jersey and New York

After more than two years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, FEMA has announced that it will review more than 140,000 flood insurance claims in New Jersey and New York.  FEMA is agreeing to review these claims after allegations were made and substantiated that certain engineering firms were altering reports to underpay and wrongfully deny homeowners’ claims. In November 2014, Eastern District of New York Magistrate Judge Gary Brown sanctioned a flood insurance company for secretly altering engineering reports that resulted in homeowners...

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Chris Gerold Quoted in AP Article on “Slanted Sandy Reports”

Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Chris Gerold Quoted in AP Article on “Slanted Sandy Reports”

Wolff & Samson associate Christopher Gerold, a member of the firm’s Disaster Recovery Claims Group and author for the Flood Insurance Attorneys blog, was quoted in an Associated Press article titled “Insurers Dogged By Claims Of Slanted Sandy Reports.”  The article, which was published on December 27, 2014, discusses how some engineering firms assigned to determine Sandy-related structural damage to homes and businesses allegedly falsified reports to insurance companies. When asked of the validity of such claims, Chris...

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Chris Gerold Quoted in NJLJ Article on Federal Court’s Decision to Speed Up Hurricane Sandy Cases

Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Chris Gerold Quoted in NJLJ Article on Federal Court’s Decision to Speed Up Hurricane Sandy Cases

Wolff & Samson associate Christopher Gerold, a member of the firm’s Disaster Recovery Claims Group and author for the Flood Insurance Attorneys blog, was quoted in a New Jersey Law Journal article titled “Fed. Courts Move to Speed Up Hurricane Sandy Litigaton.”  The article, which was published on August 27, 2014, discusses how the federal judiciary in New Jersey recently moved to speed up cases that are being sent for alternative dispute resolution.  When asked if most of the lawsuits are being filed because carriers...

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Hurricane Sandy Arbitration and Mediation Training

Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Hurricane Sandy Arbitration and Mediation Training

On July 30, 2014, Christopher Gerold will be presenting the plaintiff’s perspective on flood matters to the District of New Jersey Sandy Litigation Committee, as well as a number of mediators and arbitrators, at the “Hurricane Sandy Arbitration and Mediation Training” hosted by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  The day-long training will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. For more information, please click...

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Does Flood Insurance Cover Oil Damage Caused by Flood?

Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Does Flood Insurance Cover Oil Damage Caused by Flood?

The short answer is yes.  According to FEMA’s June 7, 2010 Bulletin w-10065a, the Standard Flood Insurance Policy covers the damage to the structure and contents up to the policy limits on residences and condominiums.  For commercial buildings, damage caused by pollutants is limited to $10,000.   Of course, there must first be a defined flood in the area, which for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy is not typically disputed.  There are, however, some limitations to the coverage.  According to the FEMA Bulletin, they include: • Damage to...

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Flood Insurance Deadline Quickly Approaching – Further Extensions Doubtful

Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Flood Insurance Deadline Quickly Approaching – Further Extensions Doubtful

For victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York still fighting with their flood insurance carriers for additional payments the deadline to file a Proof of Loss is quickly approaching.  On April 28, 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) announced that it was extending the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) Proof of Loss deadline another six months to October 29, 2014. FEMA further stated in its announcement that it did not anticipate any further extensions.  These means that those who have not resolved their...

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Chris Gerold Quoted in The Record Article on Superstorm Sandy Lawsuit Deadline Dispute

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Chris Gerold Quoted in The Record Article on Superstorm Sandy Lawsuit Deadline Dispute

Wolff & Samson associate Christopher Gerold, a member of the firm’s Disaster Recovery Claims Group and author for the Flood Insurance Attorneys blog, was quoted in The Record article “Superstorm Sandy Lawsuit Deadline in Dispute.”  The article, which was published on May 19, 2014, discusses the ongoing debate over the filing deadline of Superstorm Sandy claim-related lawsuits by policy holders against flood insurance carriers. Click here to read full...

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