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Fifth Circuit Holding Breathes Life Back Into the Contractual Liability Exclusion

Liability insurance policies typically exclude coverage for obligations arising out of the insured’s “assumption of liability in a contract or agreement.” Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court took a narrow view of this...more

Principal Architects on Residential Projects Liable for Construction Defects Outside Their Control; Developers and Owners May Pay...

On July 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided the much watched case Beacon Residential Community Assoc. v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. The court held that the “principal architect” “owes a duty of care to future...more

Construction Defect Disputes and the Abandoned Policyholder: Getting the Carrier to the Table

There is much that can go wrong in any large construction project: improper installations, defective products, errors and omissions made by designers, unexpected site conditions—the list is long. Insurance coverage or a...more

Texas Supreme Court Issues Ewing Opinion

On Friday, January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued the long awaited and much anticipated Ewing Construction v. Amerisure Insurance opinion. You may have heard that the ruling was a big victory for contractors, but...more

Court Gets in Line with Majority of Jurisdictions on Faulty Products Coverage

A recent decision from an appellate court in Pennsylvania is good news for policyholders who manufacture products, as yet another jurisdiction joins the majority view that product manufacturers may be covered for damage that...more

West Virginia Reverses Course to Expand Coverage

In the construction industry, small defects in workmanship can result in dramatic losses. For example, water damage losses arising from an improperly installed bathtub could be many times the cost of installing the tub in...more

Montana Court Addresses Business Risk Exclusions

In its recent decision in Lukes v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17979 (D. Mont. Feb. 11, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Montana had occasion to consider the application of the...more

On the Horizon for 2013: Pennsylvania Courts Struggle with Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect Claims

In 2012, Judge Wettick of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas issued two decisions that have the potential to significantly limit the insurance coverage available to Pennsylvania contractors and construction companies...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

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