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Duty to Defend Construction Defects

No Negligence? No Causation? No Problem. Arizona Appellate Court Holds General Contractor Need Not Prove Subcontractor’s...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Amberwood Dev., Inc. v. Swann’s Grading, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0786, 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 207 (Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017) - This case arose out of a housing development project, with Amberwood Development Inc....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

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

by Selman Breitman LLP on

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

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

California Court Rejects Primary Carrier’s Excess Other Insurance Position

In its recent decision in Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 275 (Cal. App. Apr. 11, 2016), the Court of Appeal of California for the Third Appellate District had occasion...more

Florida Court Holds No Duty to Defend Construction Defect Suit

In its recent decision in Core Construction Services Southeast v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163695 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 7, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida...more

No Escape from Duty to Defend By Escape Clause

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Underwriters of Interest Subscribing to Policy Number A15274001 v. ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 23, 2015) - The California Fourth Appellate District...more

Insurance Recovery Law - November 2015

Despite Prior Suits, Policyholder Entitled to Coverage for DOJ Investigation - Why it matters: A policyholder was entitled to coverage for a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation despite already facing possibly...more

Insurers Beware: Respond Promptly or Lose the Right to Control the Defense

by Reed Smith on

The tables may be turning. Insurers often seek to avoid their coverage obligations by invoking time limitations in their policies for providing claim notifications. On the other hand, these same insurers routinely take their...more

11th Circuit to decide whether construction defect notice under Florida repair statute is a “suit”

by Dentons on

Recently, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida addressed what constitutes a “suit” within the context of Florida’s right-to-repair procedure for construction defect disputes. In Altman...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

For “At-Issue Waiver,” The Best Defense May Not Be An Affirmative Defense

by Carlton Fields on

As this blog has repeatedly documented, it can be hard for insurers to assert the attorney-client privilege in the context of bad faith litigation. One difficulty arises in states that enforce a presumption against the...more

Construction Case Law Update - July 2015 #2

by Carlton Fields on

CGL Policies; Declaratory Judgments; Appeal of a Partial Final Judgment – A commercial general liability insurer and its insured sought declaratory relief over the question of insurance coverage and the duty to defend...more

Construction Case Law Update - July 2015

by Carlton Fields on

Involuntary Dismissal of Counterclaims – In a suit between a developer and general contractor, the trial court erred in dismissing the general contractor’s counterclaims, without a motion by the developer, before the...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Holds Award of Counsel Fees to “Successful Claimant” in Coverage Dispute is Not Contingent Upon Award of...

On May 7, 2015, in Occhifinto v. Olivo Constr. Co., LLC, 2015 N.J. LEXIS 508 (2015), the Supreme Court of New Jersey considered whether a party who prevailed against an insurer in a declaratory judgment coverage but did not...more

Even if You Lose You May Win (Attorneys’ Fees That Is)

by Cole Schotz on

In New Jersey, if a policyholder is required to sue its insurance company for coverage, Court Rule R.4:42-9 allows a policyholder to recover attorneys’ fees if it is successful in obtaining coverage. The purpose of this...more

Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Granite State Ins. Co. v. Integrity Structures, LLC, No. C14-5085BHS, 2015 WL 136006 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 9, 2015). The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that an insurer did not act in bad faith...more

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

by Wilson Elser on

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

Federal District Court in Pennsylvania Grants Summary Judgment To CGL Insurer Based Upon Lack of “Occurrence”

On October 14, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania granted a motion for summary judgment filed by State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. (“State Farm”), seeking a declaration that it had no duty...more

Finding Insurance Coverage for Consumer Products Class Action Complaints

Consumer class action claims are a familiar tool for addressing dissatisfaction with a defective product. Given that one of the goals of a consumer class action claim is to recover damages for the claimants, triggering...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

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Construction Defects

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

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

When Is a Construction Defect a Mere Business Risk and Not Insurable?

by Nossaman LLP on

In an unpublished appellate decision from the state of Washington, on May 5, 2014, the Washington Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment in favor of a CGL insurer, Western National Assurance, relieving it of any...more

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

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