Superstorm Sandy News

New Jersey Couple Sues Insurer Over Sales Tax Dispute

A New Jersey couple sued an insurance company on March 13, claiming it defrauded them out of the sales tax in their Superstorm Sandy claim, and their lawyer said others might also have been affected. Charles and Beverly Mooney sued …

FEMA Sets Up Review Process for Sandy Flood Claims

In light of recent allegations that some insurers in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may have denied or rejected Superstorm Sandy flood damage claims based on falsified reports, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now prepared to reopen “every …

FEMA to Impose More Oversight on Flood Insurers, Engineering Firms

Federal disaster relief officials are keeping a closer eye on companies that help it provide flood insurance, following allegations by Hurricane Sandy victims that claims were denied or underpaid based on manipulated engineering reports. A spokesman for the Federal Emergency …

Senator: FEMA Will Re-examine More Cases, Reform NFIP Claims Process

A top Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official has committed to taking aggressive steps to make sure victims of Superstorm Sandy get “every penny to which they’re entitled” from their national flood insurance claims, said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). …

N.J. Congressman Calls for FEMA Chief’s Resignation

A New Jersey congressman is asking for the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator W. Craig Fugate and an immediate investigation into FEMA after reports that FEMA was aware of allegedly fraudulent engineering reports that may have been …

Hurricane Sandy Victims Reach First Set of FEMA Insurance Settlements

Federal disaster assistance officials have begun reaching settlements with more than 1,000 Hurricane Sandy victims who allege they were unfairly denied flood insurance claims or paid too little for them. Lawyers for property owners told federal magistrate judges overseeing lawsuits …

FEMA Exec Tells ’60 Minutes’ He’s Seen Evidence of Fraudulent Reports

The head of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood insurance program acknowledged he has seen evidence of fraudulent engineering reports that may have been used to deny flood claims by Superstorm Sandy victims, according to CBS’s “60 Minutes” program that …

NYC Gets $116M Reimbursement for Sandy-Related Fixes

The federal government is sending $116 million to New York City to compensate for funds spent in a program that made flooded homes habitable after Superstorm Sandy. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were joined by New York City Mayor …

Twice-Wounded Sandy Victims Seek Payout as FEMA Presses Insurers

Some homeowners hit by Hurricane Sandy say they’ve been victimized twice: first by the storm and later by insurers. John Clancy says his insurer, an Allstate Corp. unit, paid just $46,000 of the more than $200,000 in repairs needed on …

New Jersey’s U.S. Senators Seek Probe of Any Sandy Insurer Fraud

New Jersey’s U.S. senators want the state attorney general’s office to investigate possible fraud by insurance companies following Superstorm Sandy. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker asked Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman to investigate any fraud by insurers looking …