Faulty Workmanship

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Engineer Now Facing Both Criminal Negligence, OHSA Charges In Mall Collapse

Police have laid criminal negligence charges against a professional engineer in relation to the Elliot Lake mall collapse in June 2012. The charges against professional engineer Robert Wood are two counts of criminal...more

The Construction Advantage

We hope you enjoy Bernstein Shur’s first edition of The Construction Advantage. This newsletter will provide you with insight into the current legal issues in construction, news and updates. We hope in this newsletter and...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

What’s in Store for New Jersey in 2014? Super Bowl XLVIII and Legislation Addressing the “Occurrence” Issue in the Construction...

The New Year might bring more to New Jersey than just the Super Bowl. Indeed, on November 25, 2013, the legislature introduced a bill before the New Jersey State Assembly, which, if enacted, would require general liability...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Faulty Workmanship Is Not An Occurrence

In its recent decision in Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co. v. Kay & Kay Contracting LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23587 (6th Cir. Nov. 19, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, applying Kentucky law, had...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Defectively Designed Windows and Doors May Give Rise to an “Occurrence”

On December 3, 2013, the intermediate Pennsylvania Court of Appeals decided Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluded that an “occurrence” under a commercial umbrella liability policy may...more

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Confirms Insurance Coverage for Product Liabilities and Distinguishes “Faulty Workmanship”

Whether a construction defect constitutes a covered “occurrence” under a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy has been the subject of a national debate among state courts in recent years. Armed with a small minority of...more

Indalex: The Pennsylvania Superior Court Rejects Insurers' Attempts To Deny Coverage for Negligence Actions Involving 'Faulty...

On December 3, 2013, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued its opinion in Indalex Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh PA, holding that insurance coverage is available to product manufacturers for...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

Muddying the Waters on Policy Stacking Law: Perspectives on Insurance Recovery Newsletter – Summer 2013

In This Issue: - Federal Housing Finance Agency Proposes New Rules on Lender-Placed Insurance - J.P. Morgan Decision Curtails the Phantom “Restitution Defense” to D&O Coverage - Bad-Faith Claims...more

Cherrington et al. v. Erie Ins. Prop. & Cas. Co.: A New Direction in Commercial General Liability Interpretation in West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has abandoned nearly five decades of holding that faulty workmanship is not an “occurrence” under commercial general liability (“CGL”) policies. On June 18, 2013, the West Virginia...more

A Full 180 -- The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals' New Position on Liability Insurance and Defective Workmanship

Since 1965, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has consistently held that defective workmanship that caused bodily injury or property damage did not constitute an “occurrence” under a policy of commercial general...more

West Virginia Reverses Course, Concludes that Faulty Workmanship is Covered Under a CGL Policy

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued an opinion holding that faulty construction work qualifies as an “occurrence” under a CGL policy if it causes “bodily injury” or “property damage.” Cherrington...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

Eighth Circuit Addresses Business Risk Exclusions

In its recent decision in Spirtas Co. v. Nautilus Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 10031 (8th Cir. May 20, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Missouri law, had occasion to consider...more

Alabama Supreme Court Addresses Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Claim

In its recent decision in Shane Traylor Cabinetmaker, L.L.C. v. American Resources Ins. Co., Inc., 2013 Ala. LEXIS 42 (Ala. May 3, 2013), the Supreme Court of Alabama had occasion to consider whether a general liability...more

Update On Coverage For Colorado Construction Defects – TCD & Colorado Pool

Over the past few years, we have monitored the efforts of some in the insurance industry to deny coverage for construction defect claims brought by construction professionals. These insurers' assault on construction...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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