Hurricane Harvey

The destruction left in Hurricane Harvey’s wake is unprecedented. Houston’s integral role in the global trade is enormous and the impact of this natural disaster will be felt all around the world. With the initial emergency over, clean up and recovery efforts are starting and insurance coverage, contract, and other liability issues both anticipated and otherwise will begin to surface. Haynes and Boone stands ready to provide support and assistance as the Houston business community and all companies across the globe feeling the impact begin assessing the full scope of the damage from this historic natural disaster.

We have assembled a Hurricane Harvey Rapid Response Task Force of our most experienced partners who have worked with clients through all manner of crises both natural and manmade. This group of experienced practitioners stands ready to assist in any way and will provide our clients with quick, actionable responses to any query. To that end, our task force has assembled a short list of topics to prioritize as you begin to look at areas of need, some of which may include:

  • Insurance claims and recovery
  • Employee crisis funds
  • Force majeure
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Employee welfare, compensation, and benefits
  • Prevention of price gouging (for the retail and hospitality industries)
  • Specific application of regulatory guidance of state and federal agencies pertinent to the disaster, including the Governor’s granting of the request of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) for suspension of certain of its rules

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides you with a good starting point to help focus in-house legal teams and risk managers as they begin to evaluate next steps for their organizations. Please feel free to contact partner Suzie Trigg, who is heading up our Hurricane Harvey Rapid Response Task Force, and she will ensure your questions are answered quickly.

We plan on making updates to this page offering short helpful articles on the kinds of issues that may be facing companies large and small as they tackle the myriad of legal issues Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake.

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