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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

Tenth Circuit: Property Damage Surrounding Defective Windows Is an “Occurrence” Because Damage Is Unexpected from Insured’s...

In Cincinnati Insurance Company v. AMSCO Windows, No. 13-4155 (10th Cir. November 26, 2014), Cincinnati insured AMSCO, which manufactures windows for use in homes and sells the windows to distributors. Certain AMSCO windows...more

Seventh Circuit Declines to Issue Bright-Line Rule Regarding Trigger in First-Party Property Cases

The Seventh Circuit addressed Strauss v. Chubb Indem. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. 21794 (7th Cir. November 18, 2014) on an appeal from the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The Strausses constructed a home in Mequon, Wisconsin in...more

Ninth Circuit Enforces Waiver of Subrogation Clause in Design/Build Agreement Against Post-Construction Property Insurer

Travelers Indem. Co. v. Crown Corr, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 21101 (9th Cir. 2014) - This action arose out of the construction of the University of Phoenix Stadium (the “Stadium”), home of the Arizona Cardinals. ...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

No CGL Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Under Pennsylvania Law

In State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. McDermott, 2014 WL 5285335 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 15, 2014), a federal court recently held that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify its insured against an underlying construction defect...more

U.S. District Court of Hawaii Holds That Claims Arising From Contractors Failure To Provide Metal Framing and Installation of...

In State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. RK Wooten, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146196 (D. Haw. Oct. 14, 2014), the U.S. District Court of Hawaii recently determined that State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance Company (“State Farm”) had no...more

“California’s Right To Repair Act Is Not A Homeowner’s Exclusive Remedy When Construction Defects Cause Actual Property Damage.”

The California Court of Appeals recently issued two decisions holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (“SB 800”) is not the exclusive remedy for a homeowner seeking damages for construction defects that have also...more

Alabama Joins Recent Trend of States Finding Defective Work May Be Covered Under a Commercial General Liability Policy

The Supreme Court of Alabama recently held in Owners Ins. Co. v. Jim Carr Homebuilder, LLC that a contractor’s commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy provided coverage for property damage caused by the defective work of...more

Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Course, Finds Insurance Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Claims

Companies such as homebuilders, construction companies and contractors face significant financial risk from bodily injury and property damage claims arising from allegedly faulty workmanship or construction defects. Although...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Construction Defects

Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 13, 2014) - There has been a split of decisions in California as to whether incorporation of...more

Policyholders Must Be Vigilant for Construction Defect Exclusions, Including For Impaired Property to Combat Insurance Companies’...

Continuing the most recent trend in coverage litigation, insurance companies are increasingly engaging “Big Law” firms to develop legal arguments for narrower interpretation of their policies when troublesome claims threaten...more

Alabama Supreme Court Clarifies Position on Construction Coverage Question: Damage to Contractor’s Work Resulting from Faulty...

In an important decision for policyholders in the construction business, the Supreme Court of Alabama recently clarified that Alabama law is in accord with the growing majority of jurisdictions finding coverage for property...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

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

California Appellate Court Expands Rights to Homeowners in Construction Defect Cases beyond Remedies Provided in the California...

On August 28, 2013, the California Appellate Court (Fourth District) issued its ruling in the case of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC (Case No. GO46731). Liberty Mutual filed suit against...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Utah’s Economic Loss Rule

In Utah, a plaintiff must generally in be in privity with the “original contractor, architect, engineer or real estate developer” to bring an “action for defective design or construction.” Utah Code Ann. §78 B-4-513(4). This...more

A Construction Defect Insurance Carrier Need Only Demonstrate That Another Insurance Carrier's Policy May Potentially Cover The...

A California Appellate Court recently clarified the burden of proof for an insurance company seeking contribution from another insurance company in settlement of a construction defect action. When a company involved in...more

Rogers Towers: Construction Defects: The Duty To Preserve Evidence Of The Defects

Stop! Before you make those repairs, there are some things you should consider. Otherwise, you could find yourself down the road facing claims that your repairs destroyed evidence of the defects....more

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Defective Work Is An Occurrence

In Taylor Morrison Servs. v. HDI-Gerling Am. Ins. Co., 2013 Ga. LEXIS 618 (July 12, 2013), the Georgia Supreme Court addressed whether a construction defect claim constitutes an “occurrence” for purposes of satisfying the...more

Legal Alert: Georgia Recognizes Defective Construction as an "Occurrence" for Liability Insurance Purposes

The highest court in Georgia has recently added that jurisdiction to the growing list that considers defective construction, including defects in the work of a general contractor, to be an “occurrence” under the general...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rules Construction Defects Satisfy CGL Policy's 'Occurrence' Requirement

Homeowners sued their homebuilder alleging that the concrete foundations of their homes were improperly constructed. As a result, it was alleged that the foundations were failing, and the defects in the foundations had caused...more

West Virginia’s High Court Holds Defective Workmanship Causing Bodily Injury or Property Damage Does Constitute an “Occurrence”...

West Virginia has left the shrinking minority of states still precluding coverage for bodily injury and property damage claims arising out of defective workmanship....more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Issues Involving Commercial General Liability Policies

In Capstone Building Corporation v. American Motorists Insurance Company, 308 Conn. 760 (June 11, 2013) (SC 18886), the Connecticut Supreme Court answered three questions of Connecticut insurance law certified from the...more

When Does an "Occurrence" Occur?

Two federal courts in Denver recently addressed a fundamental question that exists in almost every construction defect case - when did the property damage that gives rise to liability, and the insurer's obligation, occur? ...more

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