National Flood Insurance Program News

Sandy Flood Insurance Issues Said to Be Focus of Criminal Probe

New York’s attorney general has opened a criminal probe into accusations by Hurricane Sandy victims that insurance companies rejected claims for flood damage to their properties based on falsified engineering reports, a person familiar with the matter said. New York …

Insurers Dogged by Claims of Slanted Sandy Reports

When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army of structural engineers to do some detective work. Their assignment: Find out how much damage to policyholders’ homes was caused …

FEMA Sets Up Interim Flood Insurance Advocate

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched the interim office of the Flood Insurance Advocate. The interim office will be led by Acting Flood Insurance Advocate David Stearrett beginning Dec. 22. Stearrett most recently served as chief of Floodplain …

Sandy Flood Insurers Ordered to Disclose Drafts of Engineering Reports

A Travelers Cos. unit and other flood insurers accused by Hurricane Sandy victims in New York of using falsified engineering reports must turn over the drafts to policyholders, a three-judge panel ruled amid allegations that manipulation may have been widespread. …

Travelers Unit Sued Over Allegedly Manipulated Sandy Report

A Travelers Cos. unit was sued by two New York homeowners who accused it of using a doctored engineering report to reject much of their claim for flood damage from Hurricane Sandy, making it the third insurer to face such …

Lawmakers: Sandy Flood Insurance Concerns Will Be Addressed

Federal emergency officials are taking new steps to address concerns from homeowners still struggling to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy more than two years ago, New Jersey and New York lawmakers announced on Friday, Dec. 5. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., …

Hartford Unit Faces Racketeering Suit on Sandy Claims

A couple claiming damage from Hurricane Sandy filed court papers accusing a Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. unit, an engineering firm and a law firm for the insurer of engaging in racketeering by scheming to use fraudulent reports to deny …

Update: Hartford Unit Accused of Using Fudged Hurricane Sandy Report

A Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. unit was accused by a lawyer representing Hurricane Sandy victims of using a falsified damage report to dodge paying homeowner claims, the second insurer blamed in the last month for such a practice. The …

Hartford Unit Accused of Using Fudged Hurricane Sandy Report

A Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. unit was accused by a lawyer representing policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy of denying a claim from the storm based on an altered engineering report. The lawyer submitted evidence of the altered report yesterday …

Superstorm Sandy Victims Allege Racketeering in Flood Claims Review

Wright National Flood Insurance Co. and U.S. Forensic LLC, an engineering firm, were sued by New York homeowners who claim the companies conspired to manipulate reports and avoid paying for damages from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Wright, which provides coverage …