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Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

The homeowner’s association for a luxury, oceanfront condo tower in Florida recently settled its construction defects lawsuit against the tower’s developer, contractors and architect for $17.5 million. The Regalia on the Ocean Condominium Association in Sunny Isles Beach filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging construction flaws including improperly-installed pool joints, unsafe steam rooms and problems with sliding glass doors. […]

How to Avoid Hitting a Deer

Autumn is beautiful, but it also introduces some fall driving hazards… deer collisions being one of them. From October to December, mating and hunting season make deer go on the move. For drivers, that means you’re more likely to hit one. But have you ever wondered how your auto insurance can cover hitting a deer? Are deer collisions […]

After the Hurricane, Dealing With Insurance Claims

As Hurricane ETA churned north this week, residents along the Atlantic coast were preparing to assess the possible damage to their homes, and to determine what their insurance policies will cover. Homeowners whose properties were affected by the storm should act as quickly as feasible to take stock of the extent and likely cause of […]


TODAY IS THE DAY FOR MAXIMUM IMPACTS FROM TROPICAL STORM ETA IN SOUTH FLORIDA The center of Tropical Storm Eta is just moving off the north coast of Cuba and into the Straits of Florida. But the bands of heavy rain and gusty winds already extend well north of the center, and will increasingly rotate […]

Tropical Storm Eta

Tropical Storm Eta is lashing the Caribbean with torrential rainfall and damaging winds on Saturday as it approaches Cuba. The storm is currently moving northeast away from the Cayman Islands and toward central Cuba at 13 mph as of 10 p.m. ET. It has sustained winds of 65 mph with tropical storm-force winds extending up […]

Florida in the path of Eta and it could become a hurricane again

The 2020 hurricane season continues its relentless onslaught as Eta, the 28th named storm of the season, lashes Central America with torrential rains and whipping winds. Typically Central America is a graveyard for hurricanes — but not Eta. Increasingly, forecasters are concerned Eta will reemerge over the warm Caribbean waters and then head toward Florida this weekend. […]

As Healthcare Industry Evolves, Michigan’s Largest System Reports Second Breach in 12 Months

Michigan’s largest healthcare system recently announced a data breach that may have compromised 6,000 patients’ protected health information. The breach reportedly occurred after six employee email accounts were exposed in a phishing scam in January. The eight-hospital network with 167 outpatient locations, notified patients on July 28 of a “data security incident” that could have exposed patient names, dates of birth, […]

Crews bringing wildfires under control in Central Wash.

ONASKET, Wash. – Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on two wildfires burning in north central Washington state despite the intense, record-breaking heat which has gripped the region, the State Patrol reports. The Anglin Fire, which broke out Monday afternoon about eight miles east of Tonasket, is now 50% contained and all mandatory Level 3 evacuation orders […]

1st 2020 hurricane: Hanna makes landfall on Padre Island, Texas

Hurricane Hanna, the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, strengthened Saturday evening before making landfall at 6 p.m. EDT on Padre Island, pummeling the southeast Texas coast with 90 mph winds. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center reported the system was moving west-southwest at 8 mph and a west-southwest motion […]

Preliminary magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes off coast of Alaska

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck off the coast of Alaska early Wednesday morning. The earthquake was centered 60 miles, or 98 kilometers, south-southeast, of Perryville, Alaska, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake is considered shallow at about six miles, or 10 kilometers, deep. “Anything below 70 kilometers is considered a shallow […]