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A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Faulty Work Not a Covered “Occurrence”

In Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Metro North Condo. Ass’n, No. 16-1868, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 4107 (7th Cir. Mar. 8, 2017), the Seventh Circuit had occasion to consider whether claims of faulty workmanship could constitute...more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Duty To Defend Property Owner Based On Potential For Vicarious Liability For Subcontractor’s...

In Pekin Ins. Co. v. Centex Homes, 2017 IL App (1st) 153601, the Illinois Appellate Court Circuit had occasion to consider whether an insurer had an obligation to defend two putative additional insureds when its named insured...more

Agree to use your “professional best” ? You may lose insurance coverage! (law note)

Yesterday, I was part of a panel at the NC Bar Association Construction Law Winter Meeting, discussing insurance issues for design professionals. ...more

Could You Be More Specific . . . About My Excess AI Coverage?

Are you a general contractor who is pretty sure that you have additional insured coverage for some stuff under your sub-subcontractor’s excess policy? Advent, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, Case No....more

Arizona Court of Appeals Confirms “Subcontractor Exception” to “Your Work” Exclusion Does Not Apply to Additional Insured General...

In Double AA Builders, Ltd. v. Preferred Contractors Insurance Company, LLC, --- P.3d ----, 2016 WL 7508079, *1 (Ariz. Ct. App. Dec. 30, 2016), the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s grant of summary...more

Construction One-Minute Read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being an Additional Insured

The “additional insured” provision is one of the most critical provisions in a contract, yet is usually an afterthought. Contract negotiations over scope, schedule, and budget can and should demand your full attention, but...more

California Court Holds Continuous Progressive Injury Exclusion Applicable to Construction Defect Claim

In its recent decision in Saarman Construction, Ltd. v. Ironshore Specialty Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13633 (N.D. Cal. Jan 31, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California had occasion...more

Dangers When a Contractor Agrees to Indemnify or Name an Architect/Engineer as an Additional Insured on an Insurance Policy

Contractors are often required to contractually indemnify and defend owner's engineers and architects, and include them as additional insureds on liability insurance policies. However, a recent federal case demonstrated the...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES

Alberta Court of Appeal confirms an obligee/trustee under labour and material payment bond has no legal duty to disclose the existence of such a bond to potential bond claimants until specifically asked about its...more

Reservation of Rights Requirements Adopted by South Carolina Supreme Court

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s recent decision in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., Appellate Case Nos. 2013-001281 and 2013-001291, 2017 WL 105021 (S.C. Jan. 11, 2017) affirms what is and is not...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Rules That Coverage for an Additional Insured is no Greater Than Coverage Afforded a Named Insured - -...

In a matter of first impression, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently ruled that the “Your Work Exclusion” in a Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) insurance policy bars coverage for an additional insured when the only...more

Insurance Coverage – “Other Insurance” Provisions Between Excess Carriers

Advent, Inc. v National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (December 6, 2016) - Historically, “other insurance” clauses in liability policies were designed to prevent...more

Court Finds No Occurrence for Installation of Defective flooring and Explains Coverage for Attorney Fee Awards

In Navigators Specialty Ins. Co. v. Moorefield Const. (No.G050759, filed 12/27/16), a California appeals court held that the knowing installation of flooring over a vapor-emitting slab was not an accident or occurrence,...more

Are You Really An Additional Insured?

Parties structuring transactions or business relationships often attempt to shift risk to their counter-party by having such party included as an additional insured on the counter-party’s insurance policies. In the real...more

Oregon High Court Clarifies How To Read the Four Corners of a Complaint

On December 8, 2016, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a decision, West Hills Development Co. v. Chartis Claims, Inc., 360 Or. 650 (2016), clarifying what allegations in a construction defect suit will implicate coverage under...more

Florida, Sebo and the Concurrent Causation Doctrine

The Florida Supreme Court recently issued a widely reported decision, Sebo v. American Home Assurance Co., which applied the concurrent cause doctrine in ruling that an all-risk homeowner’s insurance policy provides coverage...more

Montana Supreme Court Holds Co-Insurer Breached Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in J & C Moodie Properties, LLC v. Deck, 2016 MT 301 (Mont. Nov. 22, 2016), the Supreme Court of Montana had occasion to consider what constitutes a breach of an insurer’s duty to defend in a...more

New Jersey Court Holds Pre-Suit Demand Letter Constitutes a Claim

In its recent decision in S.M. Elec. Co. v. Torcon, Inc., 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2289 (N.J. App. Div. Oct. 19, 2016), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, had occasion to consider what constitutes a...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms a Declaratory Judgment in Favor of the Insurer Where the Underlying Suit Did Not Allege an...

In Westfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, the Appellate Court of Illinois, affirmed the trial court’s decision holding that the developer, West Van Buren, LLC (“Van Buren”), was not entitled to defense and indemnification...more

Defense Lawyers Beware: Failure to Supplement Answers to Interrogatories Estopped Insurer from Relying on Coverage Limitation

How often do you hear defense attorneys say, “I’m not interested in anything related to coverage. That’s not my concern.” From a coverage lawyer’s perspective, this is a dangerous position, both ethically and legally....more

New York Court Confirms: Additional Insured Coverage Limited to Contractual Privity

On September 15, 2016, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department found that an additional insured endorsement provided additional insured coverage only to the entity in direct contractual privity with...more

CT Supreme Court Permits a Workers' Compensation Insurer to Sue Third Parties for Reimbursement

In a decision to be officially released on September 27, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court holds that a workers’ compensation insurer can maintain an equitable subrogation claim against third-party tortfeasors to recover...more

Court of Appeals Changes Calculation of Statute of Repose

Colorado law generally prohibits construction defect lawsuits against a construction professional brought “more than six years after the substantial completion of the improvement to the real property.” § 13-80-104, C.R.S....more

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