Can Courts Review The Sandy Claims Review Process?
Law360, New York (July 13, 2016, 11:43 AM EDT) -- In May 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established the "Sandy Claims Review Process" to provide relief to Superstorm Sandy flood claimants who suffered improper denials and alleged fraud in the initial handling of their National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims. In the 14 months since the Sandy claims review process was created, however, continuing problems have plagued it. Claimants in this unique, ad-hoc administrative review continue to allege systematic underpayments, substantial delays and improper claims determinations by FEMA, the agency charged with administering the NFIP. It is by now relatively clear that, in the effort to rehabilitate FEMA's image and provide a "fair, transparent and expeditious" process for Sandy claimants, the Sandy claims review has failed....
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