Peter Dworjanyn

Peter Dworjanyn

Collins & Lacy, P.C.

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Judgment Against Insurer For Fire Loss Reversed Due To Admission Of Opinion Testimony Of Non-Expert Volunteer Fire Chief

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a half million dollar verdict against a homeowner’s insurance company because the fire chief was allowed to testify regarding his opinion on causation. Fowler v. Nationwide...more

8/13/2014 - Fire Damage Homeowner's Insurance Property Damage

“Your Work” Exclusion Bars Coverage for Tearing Down & Rebuilding Wall

The S.C. Court of Appeals recently applied the “your work” exclusion in a declaratory judgment action arising out of a construction defect suit to find the policy did not provide coverage. In Precision Walls v. Liberty Mutual...more

8/1/2014 - Commercial General Liability Policies Construction Contracts Construction Defects Construction Workers Contractors Subcontractors

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Excess Insurers Bad Faith Claim Against Primary Insurer Due to Lack of Damages Causation

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Florida district court’s award of damages to the excess insurer on the ground that the excess insurer failed to prove the primary insurer’s alleged bad faith had caused the...more

7/1/2014 - Appeals Bad Faith Damages Excess Policies Insurers

S.C. Supreme Court Rejects Reasonable Expectations Doctrine as a Substantive Right

The S.C. Supreme Court declined to adopt the doctrine of reasonable expectations within the insurance coverage context in Bell v. Progressive Direct Insurance Co., Op. No. 27381 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed April 9, 2014). Instead,...more

4/29/2014 - Insurance Contracts

4th Circuit Holds Insurer Not Equitably Estopped From Denying Coverage

In an unpublished opinion, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a South Carolina District Court judge’s finding that an insurer was equitably estopped from denying coverage to a new owner of the insured business for a...more

4/2/2014 - Denial of Benefits Equitable Estoppel Insurers

Court of Appeals Reverses Commission’s Order that Claimant did not have Radiculopathy

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the hearing commissioner, and appellate panel, and concluded that an injury to a claimant caused radiculopathy (contrary to the Commission’s finding), and therefore claimant could pursue a...more

3/28/2014 - Bodily Injury Wage and Hour Workplace Injury

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