NJ Court Follows FEMA Lead On Sandy Settlement Program

By Alex Wolf (March 16, 2015, 1:27 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge Friday ordered a 60-day stay of all Superstorm Sandy-related cases against insurance companies that participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's "Write Your Own" program to streamline litigation following FEMA's new policy of intensive negotiation and settlement efforts in flood cases.

Chief U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle issued the order just a day after it was announced that FEMA agreed to reopen claims filed by about 144,000 homeowners whose properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy and to not limit corrective action to the 2,200 of those claims already in litigation. The order, which was recommended...

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