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PA Supreme Court Grants Important Victory for Insurers Regarding CGL Coverage for Progressive Property Damage

In a comprehensive and sweeping opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed several key principles of commercial general liability (CGL) policy interpretation in Penn National v. St. John, decided on December 15, 2014....more

Regional Steel: the continuing effort to avoid the cost of correcting the insured’s work

Casualty insurers normally do not expect to pay the cost of their insureds simply doing a good job. Insurers typically view their contracts as assuming the risk of delineated consequences – damages – if the insured’s work...more

Construction Case Law Update - October 2014 #2

Disputes over a mediation agreement’s validity must be resolved prior to a court ruling on discovery requests regarding matters potentially settled by the agreement. A dispute arose after Jilco, Inc. (“Jilco”) subleased a...more

Florida Insurer Waives Two-Year Requirement by Waiting That Long to First Raise It

Florida court recently held that the insurer could not rely on a policy requirement that conditioned recovery of the cost of complying with current building codes during reconstruction on having completed the work within two...more

Choose Your Words Wisely: The Allegations in a Construction Defect Complaint

On August 5, 2014, the Supreme Court of Connecticut, in Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Netherlands Ins. Co., 312 Conn. 714 (2014), affirmed a trial court's decision that allegations of years-long, continuing and progressive...more

“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

Think You Are Covered By An Additional Insured Endorsement? Recent Opinion Serves as a Reminder to Read the Coverage Language

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion this month that should serve as a reminder to prime contractors to review the coverage granted to them as additional insureds on their subcontractors’...more

Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement

In Woodward, L.L.C. v. Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company, WL 535726 (5th Cir. 2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held the insurer had no duty to defend the contractor named as an additional insured under a...more

New Jersey Bill Would Compel Insurers to Cover Faulty Construction Work

The New Jersey Legislature has entered the ongoing national debate about whether faulty construction work is considered an “occurrence” under general liability insurance policies. Introduced on November 25, 2013, A. 4510...more

A Guide To Making O&P Payments On Texas Roof Repairs

Nearly every estimate submitted on behalf of a Texas building owner for the replacement of a commercial roof includes the same last two line items... Originally published in Texas Law360 on December 2, 2013....more

One Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Still Offers Viable Recovery Opportunities for Insurers

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy serves as a reminder to property insurers that key deadlines are approaching that can directly affect recovery efforts. Viable subrogation opportunities still exist, but carriers...more

The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a Case of First Impression, Holds Negligent Construction Insured Under General Liability Policy

In Capstone Building Corp. v. American Motorists Insurance Co., 67 A.3d 961 (Conn. 2013), the Supreme Court of Connecticut held, in a case of first impression, that commercial general liability insurance policies may cover...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Determines Damage Caused by Unintended Faulty Work Constitutes Property Damage Resulting from an...

Jurisdictions are split over whether defective construction can give rise to an occurrence under commercial general liability insurance policies. Some jurisdictions have held that faulty workmanship cannot constitute the...more

Disclosing Lawsuits To Buyers Of Residential Property

Sellers of existing residential property are required by California law to make various disclosures to a prospective buyer. [See generally Disclosures In Real Property Transactions, published by the California Department of...more

Can an Intervening Insurance Company Sue for Breach of Contract?

If a party in litigation has a default judgment entered against it, can its insurance company still file a motion to intervene and use the same defenses that would have been available to the insured if not procedurally barred...more

Real World - May 2013: Mind the gap – insurance issues for tenant fit-out works

Imagine the following scenario; your company has acquired a lease of a prime piece of real estate to accommodate its fast expanding business. The building’s footprint lies in the heart of the city’s commercial centre. The...more

Capitol Report: Property Insurance Bill Creating Citizens Clearinghouse Passes 2013 Florida Legislature

Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1770 (CS/SB 1770) passed by the 2013 Florida Legislature creates a “keep-out” clearinghouse to reduce the size and type of exposures insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation...more

The “Occurrence” Debate Continues: Pennsylvania and North Dakota Edition

As noted in our previous installment of CDCQ, the “occurrence” issue is one of the most hotly litigated topics in construction defect coverage cases. This last quarter was no exception. Two recent cases addressing this issue...more

Your CGL and Property Insurance May Not Cover All The Property You Think It Should

Typical CGL policies state that they cover damage to property “to which this insurance applies.” CGL policies commonly exclude from coverage property owned or rented by the insured, property rented by the insured, and...more

North Carolina Legislature Uncovers "Hidden Liens"

Executive Summary: North Carolina implements “lien agent” law for construction projects. The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted significant changes to North Carolina's mechanics lien laws. These changes...more

Ten things to do in the wake of this past weekend's severe winter weather

The recent severe winter weather left behind legal and financial problems even deeper than the snow. But it may also have presented you with resources for help that you weren't previously aware of. Businesses may wish to act...more

Construction And Procurement Law News- 2012 Fourth Quarter

In this issue: - Ninth Circuit: Underbids Can Constitute False Claims - State Courts Limit CGL Coverage for Property Damage Arising From Defective Construction - Construction Contractor Prevails in...more

Real Estate Alert - New Jersey Enacts New Rebuilding Rules In Response To Superstorm Sandy

The impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey was enormous: nearly 346,000 housing units either destroyed or damaged and 190,000 businesses affected. Sandy demonstrated just how vulnerable to damage much of the low-lying areas...more

Pennsylvania Court Finds No Coverage for Construction Defect Claims Under General Liability Policies

In the case of American Home Assurance Co. v. Trumbull Corp., No. GD-11-006886 (Ct. Com. Pl. Allegheny County, Oct. 10, 2012), the court granted summary judgment in favor of two excess general liability insurers on a matter...more

Pinnacle's Limited Impact On California Property Litigation

Originally published in Insurance Law360 on November 2, 2012. The California Supreme Court recently issued an important decision concerning the forum for litigation of construction defect claims. However, as a practical...more

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