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ATF, Vermont Police Offer $15K to Solve Stowe Arson Fires Causing $4M in Damage

A series of arson fires in the town of Stowe has prompted the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Vermont police to offer a $15,000 reward for help leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is …

Proposed Virginia Bill Making Localities Responsible for Protest Damage Stalls

A Virginia General Assembly bill is likely dead for the session that would have held localities accountable for damages caused by protesters if an adequate police response was not provided. Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, said he proposed House Bill 5026 …

Delaware Issues Insurance Reminders After Tropical Storm Isaias

Tropical Storm Isaias produced tornado activity, heavy rain and flooding, hail and strong winds throughout Delaware, causing significant destruction in several Delaware communities, according to a press release issued by the Delaware Insurance Department. Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro visited residents …

Virginia Offers Guidance for Policyholders in Wake of Tropical Storm Isaias

The Virginia State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) Bureau of Insurance is encouraging policyholders that sustained property damage from Tropical Storm Isaias to contact their insurance company or agent as soon as possible to file a claim. The Bureau is reminding Virginians …

Judge Sanctions Mountaire in Delaware Wastewater Lawsuit

A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The …

Looting Not Included in Grand Rapids’ Estimated $448K in Protest Damage

Officials in a western Michigan city are estimating $448,000 in damage was caused during protests over the death of George Floyd that turned violent last weekend. The estimate by Grand Rapids is preliminary and is for damage to public and …

Insurers Prepare for Claims as East States See Property Damage from Civil Unrest

Scenes that played out over the past few days in several East region states are serving as a stark reminder for the insurance industry of civil unrest that took place in New York and other U.S. states more than 50 …

Mayor Takes Heat for Response as Minneapolis Burns

First-term Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey appeared to be doing everything right. He worked with the city’s booming business community and the City Council. He reached out to minority neighborhoods and advocated for affordable housing. He implemented stricter disciplinary measures against …

Fires Set and Stores Damaged in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Protests

Thousands of people gathered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on Saturday to protest the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, but the peaceful demonstrations later turned violent with police cars set ablaze and protesters smashing store windows and journalists attacked. Both …

Property Damage – Is It Because the Government Says It Is?

Property Damage: Is it “Property Damage” Just Because a Jurisdictional Order Uses the Term “Property Damage”? Some plaintiff attorneys are almost giddy over the fact that several jurisdictions used the term “property damage” in their respective emergency declarations to justify …