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Catastrophe and the Law: What Lawyers Need to Know to Advise Clients to Prepare and Respond to Disasters 2013

Thursday April 04

  • By: PLI
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Source: New York > Foreclosure

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (E.D.T.)

9:00 Emergency Management and Government Benefits

A. Government Response

•Federal, state and local emergency declarations
•FEMA, state and local emergency response measures, including mandatory evacuation orders
•Relationship between federal, state and local governments for disasters, e.g. Hurricane Sandy
B. Government Benefits and the Impact of a Disaster on Individuals •FEMA benefits and services
•Emergency support and assistance for evacuees
•Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
•State unemployment compensation
Speakers: Sumani Lanka, Lai Sun Yee

10:15 Real Estate Litigation, Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Law


I. Property and Landlord-Tenant Law relating to Casualties
•Differences in the law in the commercial and residential contexts
•Landlord's duty to repair and tenants' obligation to pay rent
•Can your client break their lease?
•Eviction proceedings
•Effect of Department of Building's restrictions after inspection - certificates of occupancy, temporary certificates of occupancy- restoration of fire safety systems and other infrastructure
•Commercial lease termination if premises cannot be occupied because of the casualty
•Other Commercial lease clauses regarding Acts of G-d, Acts of War and
•Force Majeure

Speakers: Luise A. Barrack, Robert R. Desir

11:15 Networking Break

11:30 Environmental and Land Use Law
•Oil spills and hazardous substance releases, reporting and cleanup obligations
•Cleanup liability for harm for release of oil or hazardous substances
•Regulatory issues (OSHA, EPA, state and municipal) relating to the exposure of first responders, cleanup crews and others to asbestos, mold and other toxic substances
•Disposal and recycling of construction and demolition materials, soil, mud, and sand; electronics; white goods; vehicles and marine vessels; building contents; biological wastes; chemicals and mixtures
•Land use, zoning and other planning measures to encourage location-appropriate development
Speakers: J. Kevin Healy, Philip E. Karmel

12:30 Adjourn

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