Natural Disasters

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Hurricane Maria shuts down federal courthouses; Sotomayor can’t reach some family members

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said on Thursday that she has not heard from half her family in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck the island.

Speaking at the Newseum, Sotomayor said…

ABA helps set up hotline for islanders needing legal assistance after hurricanes

With the infrastructure of the U.S. Virgin Islands heavily damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the ABA has helped launch a mainland hotline for those needing legal assistance.

By dialing…

Texas judges reportedly get in tiff over shared bench after Hurricane Harvey

Two judges in Harris County, Texas, reportedly clashed while sharing a bench in the civil courthouse after the main criminal court was damaged in Hurricane Harvey.

Judge Jim Wallace wanted…

Legal aid hotline opens for Hurricane Irma victims

Updated: A legal aid hotline has opened for Hurricane Irma victims in Florida who can’t afford a lawyer.

The hotline number is 866-550-2929, report the Orlando Sentinel and an…

Many offices of Florida’s BigLaw firms are open again after Hurricane Irma closings

Many offices of Florida’s large law firms were reopening after Hurricane Irma swept through the state.

Cesar Alvarez, senior chairman of Greenberg Traurig, told Bloomberg Big Law Business and…

Suit claims sheriff misused emergency shelters ‘as unlawful pedestrian checkpoints’

A lawsuit filed electronically on Sunday argues that the sheriff in Polk County, Florida, violated the constitutional rights of a man seeking emergency shelter by requiring him to undergo a…

Florida Bar raises income cap for Free Legal Answers website to help Hurricane Irma victims
The Florida Bar has raised the income cap for users of the Florida Free Legal Answers online legal clinic to help more victims of Hurricane Irma get answers to their legal questions.
First responders sue chemical plant owners for failing to warn of dangers from fire

A group of seven first responders have filed a lawsuit against the owner of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, for alleged negligence and failure to warn about the…

Those with outstanding warrants at Florida shelters will be escorted to jail, sheriff’s office warns
A Florida sheriff is standing by controversial tweets warning that IDs will be checked at hurricane shelters and those with warrants will be escorted to jail.
Florida Bar Foundation allocates up to $500K for civil legal aid after hurricane, establishes fund

The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors has approved allocating up to $500,000 to support legal organizations after Hurricane Irma.

The money can be spent to repair building damage, cover…

Who is responsible for hurricane damage? Suits could be based on climate-change science
Pioneering lawsuits based on climate-change science could blame hurricane damage on municipal planners, architects and engineers who failed to plan for foreseeable damages, some lawyers say.
Florida state courts to close Friday for Hurricane Irma; some Georgia courts also announce closings

Updated: The Florida Supreme Court has issued an order closing all Florida state courts on Friday and extending time limits through Monday. Some state courts in Georgia, meanwhile, were also…

3 Texas churches sue FEMA over exclusion from disaster relief

Three churches in Texas have filed a lawsuit seeking equal access to disaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair their buildings after Hurricane Harvey.

The Becket religious…

Lawyers offering help to Hurricane Harvey victims include 1,600 volunteers from across the nation

Lawyers from legal-aid organizations and law firms have been working shifts at Texas shelters to offer free help for Hurricane Harvey victims, while at least 1,600 lawyers from across the…

Courts and one law school in Florida announce closures as Hurricane Irma strengthens
Court officials are preparing for Hurricane Irma's possible arrival in Florida with advance announcements of court closings and an emergency website maintained by the Florida Supreme Court.

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