Perennial hurricanes and typhoons, isolated but powerful tornados, earth-quakes, and floods — the question is not whether, but where and when policy-holders will confront the next natural disaster. In all of these...more
Kaiser Cement & Gypsum Corp. v. Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania
Court of Appeal, Second District (April 8, 2013)
Last year, in State of California v. Continental Insurance Company (2012) 55 Cal.4th...more
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
As noted in our previous installment of CDCQ, the “occurrence” issue is one of the most hotly litigated topics in construction defect coverage cases. This last quarter was no exception. Two recent cases addressing this issue...more
In the recent decision Kaiser Cement & Gypsum Corp. v. Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 269 (2nd Dist. April 8, 2013), the California Court of Appeal considered whether horizontal or...more
Here's an often asked question: "How long should I keep my insurance policies?" Is it three years? Seven Years?
The short answer is none of the above.
Here are my recommendations...more
For coverage on construction related damage, you need an occurrence according to the Chesterfield Virginia Circuit Court and Construction Law Musings. While this may seem obvious, in the case of a construction damage claim,...more
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
In the recent case of Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company Ltd v Heraldglen Ltd & Advent Capital (No 3) Ltd  EWHC 154 (Comm), 8 February 2013, the English Commercial Court upheld an arbitration tribunal’s award that the...more
Through its recent opinion in Westfield Ins. Co. v. Custom Agri Systems, Inc., 2012 WL 4944305 (Ohio Oct. 16, 2012) (“Westfield”), the Ohio Supreme Court joined the majority of states in holding that faulty construction work...more
Even where insureds clear the “property damage” and “occurrence” hurdles to finding coverage for construction defect claims under liability insurance policies, additional coverage obstacles remain. Consider the “business...more
One of the largest issues litigated in today’s construction defect coverage actions is whether defective construction constitutes an “occurrence” (and therefore, may be covered) under liability insurance policies. Standard...more
On October 12, 2012, the Ohio Supreme resolved a longsimmering conflict among Ohio’s intermediate appellate courts by answering the following certified question:
Are claims of defective construction/workmanship brought...more
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