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Insurers’ Duty to Defend Does Not Require Coverage for Counterclaims in Massachusetts

?In a win for insurers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled on June 22, 2017 that a duty to defend does not require insurers to fund an insured’s counterclaim, even if it is “inextricably intertwined” with...more

Massachusetts Court Refuses to Entertain Non-Compete Action Against California-Based Employee

A Massachusetts trial court judge sitting in the Business Litigation Session recently issued a decision, in Oxford Global Resources, LLC v. Hernandez (1684CV003911-BLS2) (June 9, 2017), refusing to enforce Massachusetts...more

Construction Law Advisory - March 2016

The use of drones on construction projects is increasing rapidly, as the construction industry realizes their many beneficial uses, including: collecting and analyzing aerial imagery; surveying; digitizing geographic terrain;...more

Construction Law Advisory - December 2015

Use of Drones Increasing in Construction Industry - Affordable and easy-to-fly, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as “drones,” now are widely available for consumer purchase and use. Companies...more

Construction Law Advisory - October 2015

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors. In August 2015, the Attorney...more

Attorney General Crackdown on DBE/MBE Representations in Subcontracts

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors....more

Construction Law Advisory - August 2015

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) is a powerful tool for contractors and subcontractors to ensure that they receive prompt payment for their work and may entitle them to expansive remedies,...more

Construction Law Advisory - May 2015

In This Issue: - Beware of penny bidding: Contractors could be stuck footing the bill for differing site conditions - Pennsylvania Supreme Court weighs whether good faith refusal to pay is a factor in awarding...more

Construction Law Advisory - December 2014

In This Issue: - Retainage limited to 5 percent in Massachusetts: Outlier or coming to your state? - Pennsylvania overhauls mechanic’s lien law with creation of state construction notices directory -...more

Supreme Court rules that statutes of repose may bar state tort claims under CERCLA

On June 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, ruled that an individual state’s statute of repose is not preempted by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2014

In This Issue: - Indiana Bad Faith Ruling is Reminder that Resolution of Breach of Contract Claims in Favor of Insurer Does Not Necessarily Require Disposal of Tort-Based Bad Faith Claims - Fifth Circuit Court...more

New Workforce Regulations for Federal Government Contractors About to Take Effect

On November 19, 2013, the Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”) filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the implementation of new federal regulations affecting employers with more than 50 employees and with more than $50,000...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - October 2013

In This Issue: - Wisconsin Court of Appeals: Insurer Does Not Commit Bad Faith by Refusing to Pay the Undisputed Portion of an Insured’s Claim Where the Policy Does Not Require Payment - Southern District of...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - August 2013

In This Issue: - Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Insurer’s “Paid When Incurred” Practice is Not Bad Faith or a Violation of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law - California Court...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - July 2013

CONTENTS - Northern District of Texas: No Bad Faith for Denying Property Damage Claim Due to Insured’s Failure to Allow Insurer More Than a Day’s Time for Inspection Prior to Insured’s Remediation - District of...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - April 2013

In This Issue: - Western District Of Washington: Denial of a Defense Where Additional-Insured Status Was Arguable, and Doing So in Reliance on Extrinsic Evidence, Were Both Acts of Bad Faith - New York Court...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - March 2013

In This Issue: - Southern District Of Ohio: Insurer Does Not Commit Bad Faith By Voiding Policy Due To Insured’s Failure To Promptly And Fully Cooperate With Insurer’s Fire Investigation - Pennsylvania Court...more

Beware of Payments to Contractors and Subcontractors under Assignment Agreements

In a decision under the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) that could apply in any state, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“Court”) ruled this month that when a general contractor agrees to an assignment of payments to...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2013

In This Issue: CONTENTS - Southern District Of California: Excess Insurer Liable For Bad Faith For Two Month Delay In Responding To Insured’s Demand To Either Pay Negotiated Settlement Or To Take Over Insured’s...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - December 2012

In This Issue: - Florida Court Holds That Insurer’s Claim File, Including Log Notes And Internal Emails, Is Protected By Work Product Protection pages 1 - 2 - Southern District Of Mississippi: Insurer Has Right to...more

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