Lawyers, FEMA reach tentative deals on about 50 Sandy fraud suits - Newsday

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Asbury Park PressLawyers, FEMA reach tentative deals on about 50 Sandy fraud suitsNewsdayLawyers say they have reached tentative deals with federal officials to settle roughly 50 lawsuits filed by superstorm Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey who say the National Flood Insurance Program cheated them out of tens of thousands of ...Twice-wounded Sandy victims seek payout as FEMA presses insurersChicago TribuneFEMA in Settlement Talks Over Sandy Flood ClaimsThe GuardianFEMA open house...

Superstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally Conflicted - NPR

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NPRSuperstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally ConflictedNPRHomeowners say engineers hired by insurance companies falsified damage estimates and that the homeowners aren't being repaid for the actual damage that Sandy caused. Some are questioning whether FEMA can be a watchdog for both disaster victims ...FEMA's bungled response to superstorm Sandy needs scrutinyNewsdayFEMA in Settlement Talks Over Sandy Flood Insurance ClaimsClaimsJournal.comall 31 news articles »

Montana oil spill response stalled by weather - UPI.com

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UPI.comMontana oil spill response stalled by weatherUPI.comCrews responding to a Jan. 17 breach from the Poplar pipeline, operated by Bridger Pipeline, have been unable to remove any residual oil since Feb. 20 because of cold weather and ice conditions on the Yellowstone River. About 1,000 barrels of oil ...Glendive Oil Spill Still Impacting EnvironmentKFYR-TVFWP: Oil Found in Yellowstone River Fish Near SpillFlathead BeaconConsumption...

FEMA In Talks To Settle Sandy Flood Insurance Claims - NPR

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FEMA In Talks To Settle Sandy Flood Insurance ClaimsNPRBut FEMA is negotiating a sweeping settlement as if the allegations are true. Steve Mostyn is the lead lawyer for the homeowners already in litigation, but he says this future settlement will likely include many more Sandy victims. STEVE MOSTYN: In ...

Montana governor calls for deeper pipelines after oil spills - Town Hall

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Water Online (press release)Montana governor calls for deeper pipelines after oil spillsTown HallBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor called on the Obama administration Friday to strengthen rules that require oil pipelines to be buried just 4 feet beneath major waterways, after two breaches that spilled a combined 93,000 gallons of crude ...Montana Oil Spill Sparks Call For More RegulationsWater Online (press release)Governor Bullock...

Oil spill cleanups are a myth, change needed now - The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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The Bozeman Daily ChronicleOil spill cleanups are a myth, change needed nowThe Bozeman Daily ChronicleIt wouldn't be fair to blame Bridger Pipeline for its inability to clean up the spill. After all, the surface of the river was frozen solid for 20 miles below the ruptured pipeline, and a swift current was carrying the oil underneath the ice towards ...and more »

State considers penalty for Yellowstone oil spill - Great Falls Tribune

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State considers penalty for Yellowstone oil spillGreat Falls TribuneBenzene, a component of oil, made its way into the Glendive water treatment plant following the Jan. 17 pipeline spill of 30,000 gallons. “Also, the presence of the oil in the water could adversely affect beneficial uses including fishing, swimming ...

Don’t Mess With Texas Adjusters In Hail Damage Claims

Source: Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP

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Texas hail claim policyholder lawyers, like many plaintiffs’ lawyers, clearly prefer to be in state court rather than federal court. To accomplish this and prevent the defendant insurer from properly removing the lawsuit to federal court, Texas policyholder attorneys simply sue the adjuster (who, like the policyholder, is almost always a Texas resident). This common act of gamesmanship ostensibly destroys the complete diversity of citizenship required for federal court diversity...

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Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000

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The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000 a year to fill new positions requiring just over one week's work per month. The public insurer is looking for candidates from within its workforce for "base contractor" positions, as loss adjusters and estimators, around the country. The jobs pay $65,000 plus GST a year for 54 hours work a month, which is about $100 an hour, with each contractor being paid even if there is no work. That is about double the going hourly rate...

Oil spill caught Montana city off guard - Great Falls Tribune

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Great Falls TribuneOil spill caught Montana city off guardGreat Falls Tribune"It wasn't, 'Push the panic button, here we go,'" Rhett Coon, a Glendive City Council member, recalled one day last week at the water treatment plant, a stone's throw from the frozen Yellowstone River, where 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline ...Oil and Water: Amidst another oil spill, the pipeline debate resurfacesMontana KaiminMontana River Pipeline Spill Claims...

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