Hurricane Sandy has garnered attention worldwide. The hurricane’s impact devastated the Northeast of the United States with unprecedented strength. However, some of the damage is easily overlooked in comparison to the number of homes without power, schools closed or public transportation systems. Moreover, this damage implicates the law and a need for legal remedy. In conjunction with last week’s link to tenant-landlord conflicts, the hurricane has also precipitated problems with falling trees. Though property owners may call upon the “Act of God” defense in an effort to claim innocence when a tree falls from their property and damages another person or property, the gravity of the hurricane does not simply sweep the matter aside. As this legal blog points out, property owners must still exercise reasonable care in maintaining the trees on their property. Trees represent another in the broad line of legal issues implicated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

-Christopher Chaulk

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