Eastern District Awash in Sandy Insurance Cases

, New York Law Journal

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Dr. Harold Parnes in the room of his Sheepshead Bay office where his X-ray machine once stood. The office was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Dr. Harold Parnes in the room of his Sheepshead Bay office where his X-ray machine once stood. The office was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Still, she said attorneys would settle 95 percent of the disputes without the need for judicial resolution.

As the proceedings went on, attorneys aired other thoughts like urging "a meaningful, expedient mediation process" and sparring over whether plaintiffs should be expected to itemize losses.

During the proceedings, Judge Jack Weinstein—who has dealt with a number of mass litigation cases during his time on the bench—listened in.

As the proceedings concluded, he said the jurisdiction's board of judges "decided at least tentatively not to go with one judge" taking on all the cases.

He urged speedy resolution of the cases, saying "we owe it to the community to get the cases disposed of, one way or another."

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