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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

The Alabama Supreme Court Broadens the Definition of “Occurrence” in a General Contractor’s Commercial General Liability Policy in...

On March 28, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court withdrew its September 20, 2013 opinion and substituted a new decision in Owners Ins. Co. v. Jim Carr Homebuilder, LLC, 2014 WL 1270629 (Ala. Mar. 28, 2013). In its new decision,...more

Primer On Underwriting Insurance Risks In Argentina

Latin America presents excellent opportunities for the global (re)insurance industry. But, there are a number of important considerations for insurance and reinsurance companies underwriting risks in the region. This article...more

California Court Finds No Coverage For Feng Shui Services And Lost Business Income Incurred More Than 12 Months After Date Of Loss

On May 8, 2014, a California federal court in Patel v. American Economy Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63935 (N.D. Cal. 2014) issued a decision examining whether coverage was available for loss of business income and feng...more

Don't Neglect to Understand Insurance Jargon

Unfortunately, insurance requirements in contracts are not easy to understand. The language used in insurance requirements is not always intuitive, but we all know that the consequences of not having the right insurance can...more

Supreme Court Of Missouri Holds CGL Policy Covers Statutory Damages Claim For Violations of Telephone Consumer Protection Act...

In Columbia Casualty, the Supreme Court of Missouri held that statutory damages for violations of the TCPA were firmly within the “property damage” and “advertising injury” coverage provided by a CGL policy. The Court...more

Insurance and the Polar Vortex: Recovering Losses from the Big Chill of 2014

The first two weeks of 2014 ushered in an extraordinary weather disaster affecting most of the United States, causing extensive property damage and business interruption as a result of freezing temperatures. On January 3,...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

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

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

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

Commercial General Liability Policies and the Risk of "Intangible" Losses

Commercial general liability (CGL) policies are designed to protect policyholders against bodily injury and property damage. “Property damage” requires physical damage to tangible property or a loss of use of tangible...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Drywall Claims Arose Out of Single Occurrence

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Devon International, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20659 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 15, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying Pennsylvania law,...more

Introducing Construction Defect Coverage Quarterly, and an Analysis of “Occurrence” in Defect Coverage Actions

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

Colorado Federal Court Applies Builder’s Risk Exclusion and Policy Endorsement to Preclude Coverage for Underlying Construction...

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

Is Defective Construction an “Occurrence”? The Answer Isn’t So Concrete Construction Defect Coverage Quarterly

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

Construction And Procurement Law News- 2012 Fourth Quarter

In this issue: - Ninth Circuit: Underbids Can Constitute False Claims - State Courts Limit CGL Coverage for Property Damage Arising From Defective Construction - Construction Contractor Prevails in...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules that Claims of Defective Workmanship Against a Builder Do Not Constitute an Occurrence Under a CGL Policy

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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