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U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown of the Eastern District of New York, citing “startling findings” of “reprehensible gamesmanship by a professional engineering company that unjustly frustrated efforts by two homeowners to get fair consideration of their claim” following Superstorm Sandy – and evidence that “these unprincipled practices may be widespread,” and may have similarly affected “hundreds” and “possibly more” Sandy flood insurance claims – has sanctioned an insurer and its counsel, and has significantly broadened discovery in all Sandy cases in the district.

Specifically, Magistrate Brown stated in his memorandum and order that the “evidence adduced in this matter” demonstrated that U.S. Forensic, an engineering firm retained by Wright National Flood Insurance Company to examine a storm-battered house in Long Beach, New York:

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