Natural Disasters

235 ABA Journal articles on Natural Disasters.

Judge orders teen to pay nearly $37M in restitution for starting wildfire

An Oregon judge has ordered a teen to pay $36.6 million in restitution for tossing fireworks in the Eagle Creek Canyon last September and sparking a wildfire that spread to…

Will insurance cover people who lost homes to Kilauea volcano?
Homeowners who lost their homes because of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano may not be covered for the loss, even if they have insurance.
Florida nonprofit legal clinic hires Puerto Rican attorneys displaced by Hurricane Maria
The Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida has opened a nonprofit legal clinic focused on providing legal services to Puerto Ricans who have settled in Florida after fleeing Hurricane Maria—and the clinic is employing displaced Puerto Rican attorneys.
ABA mobilizes aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
For the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the need for legal aid has been particularly great because power and telecommunications infrastructure will not be as easy to restore.
Lessons from Katrina
Hurricane Katrina taught first-responding lawyers how to handle natural disasters.
Dale Felton: Texas Lawyers’ Facebook friend
After Hurricane Harvey, Dale Felton shared tips, insights and advice about flood insurance claims on the Texas Lawyers Facebook page.
Social media unites lawyers to help those in need
Hurricane Harvey, and then Hurricane Irma, proved to be the coming of age for social media as tools for court systems and the legal profession to deal with such emergencies.
It’s difficult to describe lawyers’ situations in Puerto Rico, but hurricane damage was ‘extreme’
The impact of the hurricanes over the island was not uniform, with some areas suffering extreme devastation. There was greater havoc in the eastern and central parts of the island, so many lawyers in those communities are still without power in their offices.
Legal community meets relief challenges after hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Attorneys affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma have risen to the occasion in ways personal, professional and altruistic, even when dealing with storm damage of their own. And four months after two hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, the situation for lawyers there is still hard to assess.
Churches are now eligible for disaster aid; FEMA changed policy after lawsuits

Churches are no longer excluded from disaster aid as a result of a policy change by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA announced the policy change earlier this month and…

Judiciary’s handling of sexual harassment complaints will be evaluated, Chief Justice Roberts says
The judiciary will evaluate the way it handles complaints of sexual harassment and its own standards of conduct regarding inappropriate behavior, according to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Suits target government’s decision to release reservoir water during Hurricane Harvey

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Houston homeowners seeking compensation as a result of a federal decision to release water from two reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey.

The…

ABA partners to provide legal hotline for California fire victims

Fire victims in eight Northern California counties who can’t afford a lawyer can call a new hotline to receive free legal assistance.

The hotline number is 415-575-3120, according to a…

Napa ranch owned by former ABA president Stephen Zack and David Boies is destroyed in wildfires
Former ABA President Stephen N. Zack was planning to leave his Miami home with his wife last Monday to visit his second home, a 20-acre Napa, California, ranch he co-owns with his law firm partner, David Boies.
Investigators probe whether power lines sparked California fires, raising liability issues
Investigators probing the cause of Northern California fires that have killed at least 31 people will be examining whether downed power lines played a role in igniting the blaze, raising the possibility of liability and fines for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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