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Summary Judgment In Favor Of Broker In Malpractice Case Reversed, Where Special Relationship With Insured May Have Existed

In a case involving alleged broker malpractice with respect to certain underinsured business interruption losses under a commercial property insurance policy, the New York high court reversed a lower appellate court’s...more

Washington Bars Insurers from Maintaining Legal Malpractice Suit Against Policyholder Defense Counsel

In Stewart Title Guar. Co. v. Sterling Savings Bank, et al., Wash. No. 87087-0 (October 3, 2013), the Washington Supreme Court held that a nonclient insurer may not pursue a malpractice claim against appointed defense counsel...more

Nevada Supreme Court Extends Design Professional Economic Loss Rule Defense to Negligent Misrepresentation Claims on Commercial...

In 2009, the Nevada Supreme Court (“NSC”) applied the economic loss rule to bar claims of professional negligence by design professionals in commercial construction projects, ruling that “[i]n the context of engineers and...more

Construction Contracts: Best Practices for Minimizing Risk

Reducing risk starts before the ground is broken on a construction project. Construction contracts are unique in that they anticipate change will occur during the project for a multitude of reasons. However, not even the...more

Costly Importance of "Another Set Of Eyes"

The failure to carefully proof our work product is painfully reflected in this article courtesy of, my eagle eye partner, Pat Owens....more

No Chance - Court of Appeal rules not to extend 'loss of chance' to commercial valuations

In this article, we look at how the courts assess damages in 'loss of chance' cases. Michael Axe also reports on the English Court of Appeal's recent warning regarding the dangers of applying these principles to commercial...more

Negative Pledge Agreements: Are They Enforceable?

Many lenders are willing to provide a commercial line of credit without obtaining a deed of trust, but require the borrower to execute a negative pledge agreement. These negative pledges or negative covenants, which are...more

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