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Enforcing Public Contracts against a Surety

This summer, the Washington Supreme Court ended a long dispute within the construction industry and issued an opinion finding that a performance bond is, in essence, an insurance contract. The court made clear that a public...more

California Court of Appeal: Inserting The Phrase “Ongoing Operations” In An Additional Endorsement Is Not Enough to Preclude...

In a victory for additional insureds, a California appeals court held, in Pulte Home Corp. v. American Safety Indemnity Co., Cal.Ct.App. (4th Dist.), Docket No. D070478 (filed 8/30/17), that an insurer’s denial of coverage...more

Sharply-Divided Washington Supreme Court Holds That Sureties, Like Insurers, Must Pay Attorney Fees to Prevailing Parties When...

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King Cnty. v. Vinci Constr. Grands Projets/Parsons RCI/ Frontier-Kemper, JV, No. 92744-8, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 743 (July 6, 2017) - King County contracted with three construction firms (collectively, “VPFK”) to construct a...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2017: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES: Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corp. v. Able Eavestroughing Ltd., 2017...

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V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES - A. Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench finds CRA entitled to priority to “earned but unpaid” contract funds held by obligee (over the surety who had paid out labour and material payment bond claims...more

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Brightwater Decision Regarding Application of Olympic Steamship to Sureties

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On July 6, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court confirmed that the equitable rule announced in Olympic Steamship—providing for attorney fees where the insurer compels the insured to take legal action—applies to performance bond...more

The Metaphysics of When an Accident is an “Accident” (or Not) Under Your Insurance Policy

As an undergrad, I remember taking an introductory philosophy class. When we came to the chapter on metaphysics our professor asked what makes an apple an apple? “We have a specific name for it, presumably, to distinguish it...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Incorporation Of ICC Rules Into Arbitration Agreement Constitutes Clear And Unmistakable Evidence Of...

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In a case involving three related contracts, only one of which contained an arbitration agreement, the Ninth Circuit has held that incorporation of the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) into an arbitration...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

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The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...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

Insurance Coverage – “Other Insurance” Provisions Between Excess Carriers

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Advent, Inc. v National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (December 6, 2016) - Historically, “other insurance” clauses in liability policies were designed to prevent...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

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms a Declaratory Judgment in Favor of the Insurer Where the Underlying Suit Did Not Allege an...

In Westfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, the Appellate Court of Illinois, affirmed the trial court’s decision holding that the developer, West Van Buren, LLC (“Van Buren”), was not entitled to defense and indemnification...more

Ohio Court Holds No Coverage for Misrepresentation Claims

In its recent decision in Lakeside Terrace Home Sales, Ltd. v. Arrowood Indem. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114828 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 26, 2016), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, had occasion to...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms General Contractor’s Insurance Coverage for Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor’s...

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In an important recent decision, New Jersey joined a growing number of states holding that Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) 1986 comprehensive general liability (CGL) policy extends coverage to a property developer faced...more

Insurer’s Potential Exposure to Fees and Costs When Prosecuting Indemnity Action under Assignment from Insured

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Hearn Pacific Corporation v. Second Generation Roofing, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (May 2, 2016) - It is not uncommon in construction defect and some other cases for an insurer of the general...more

South Carolina Court Finds Insurer Improperly Denied Coverage Under State Operations Exclusion

In E. Bridge Lofts Prop. Owners Ass’n v. Crum & Foster Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156947, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina addressed an insurer’s denial of coverage for an...more

California Court of Appeals Holds Liability Insurer May Obtain Equitable Subrogation Against its Insured’s Contractual Indemnitor...

In Valley Crest Landscape, Inc. v. Mission Pools of Escondido, Inc., 238 Cal.App.4th 468 (2015), the California Court of Appeals held that an insurer could successfully recover on a claim for equitable subrogation against the...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds That Insured May Settle Tort Claim Without Insurer Consent Under “Fair and Reasonable” Standard

In Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. American Nuclear Insurers, a divided Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, deciding an issue of first impression under Pennsylvania law, recently held that when an insurer defends its insured subject to a...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Erosion in Texas—Because Endorsements Are Transformative

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In Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co. v. Arch Specialty Ins Co., No. 14-20239 (5th Cir. April 21, 2015), a case that applied Texas law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the word “expenses,” as used in a...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

Construction Case Law Update - March 2015 #2

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Sinkholes; “Structural Damage” – When undefined in a homeowner’s insurance policy, “structural damage” caused by a sinkhole is best defined as “damage that impairs the structural integrity of the building.” Homeowners argued...more

Utah Clarifies Lien Amounts and Bonding Requirements

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The Utah Supreme Court recently clarified that the only permissible amounts to claim under Utah’s mechanic lien statutes are those “equivalent to the value of the services rendered, labor performed, or materials or equipment...more

A Project Owner's Primer On Delay In Start-Up Insurance

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Project owners and financiers are increasingly turning to delay in startup insurance to protect themselves from the financial consequences of delays in completion of large new construction projects, particularly for projects...more

The Latest on Major Defense Verdicts in Arizona

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What’s the latest news on Arizona’s civil defense verdicts? Here are some interesting defense verdicts from 2014: - Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon, L.L.C. et al. v. Old Lobos T&T, L.L.C. et al. Steak Out Restaurant...more

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