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After a Hurricane: Can the Property Manager Be Blamed for a Lessee's Losses?

The recent decision in Sears Roebuck & Co. and Kmart Corp. v. W/S Lebanon LLC seems timely in light of the fact that commercial landlords, tenants and their insurance providers are grappling with the problems caused by the extreme wind and rain of hurricanes. Here's what happened in that case.

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The recent decision in Sears Roebuck & Co. and Kmart Corp. v. W/S Lebanon LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143902 (D. N.H. 9/6/17) (Sears and Kmart), seems timely in light of the fact that commercial landlords, tenants and their insurance providers are grappling with the problems caused by the extreme wind and rain of hurricanes. In the Sears and Kmart case, the hurricane in question was 2011′s Hurricane Irene, which roared up the east coast and then lingered over New England as a tropical storm, depositing flooding rains over several states, including New Hampshire.

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