Preparing For Art-Related Claims After Hurricane Harvey

Law360, New York (September 19, 2017, 11:11 AM EDT) -- Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Houston — the nation’s fourth largest city — was hit particularly hard by the Category 4 storm. Only a few days later, on Sept. 1, 2017, Texas’ new Insurance Code Section 542A went into effect. Section 542A, entitled “Certain Consumer Actions Related to Claims for Property Damage,” was enacted in response to a significant increase in first party property damage lawsuits involving weather-related events. The provisions of Section 542A apply in first party residential and commercial property claims for damages resulting from natural forces, including earthquake, wildfire, flood,...

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