The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot sue the flood carrier unless the insured has complied with all requirements of the policy and the insured must “start the suit within one year after the date of the written denial of all or part of the claim, and . . . file the suit in the United States District Court of the district in which the covered property was located at the time of the loss.”
The Fourth Circuit recently determined that an SFIP insured is time barred from filing suit if the date that the suit was filed in federal court is more than the allowable year specified in the SFIP even if the insured filed an action in state court within the one-year period. Woodson v. Allstate Ins. Co., Docket No. 16-1935 (May 3, 2017). In Woodson, the insureds suffered damages to their home as a result of Hurricane Irene, and submitted a claim to Allstate for flood damages pursuant to their SFIP. Allstate denied the Woodsons’ claim for flood damage on February 28, 2012, and the Woodsons filed suit in in state court on February 27, 2013 alleging breach of contract, and violation of the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
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