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SC Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Cloud Allocation of Covered and Non-Covered Damages

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., modified July 27, 2017, continues a trend of decisions aimed at preventing an insurer from acting in its own interest to...more

Fires in Buildings Under Construction, Renovation or Demolition Present Unique Subrogation Challenges

by Cozen O'Connor on

The most recent edition of the NFPA Journal, the Magazine of the National Fire Protection Association, highlights the unique dangers for large buildings under construction and renovation from significant fire damage to those...more

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

Is There a Silver Lining with Hurricane Irma?

by Wilson Elser on

On September 10-11, 2017, Florida was pounded by Hurricane Irma. It appears that only northwest Florida was spared the wrath of this storm. Landfall occurred near Cudjoe Key in south Florida and for the next 24 hours the...more

After the Storm: Issues in the Construction Process

We previously discussed several post-storm employment issues to be mindful of, but what about important considerations for the rebuilding process? Once floodwaters have receded, power has returned and cleanup has begun, the...more

Builder's Risk Insurance: Resurrecting the Project After the Storm - Best Practices for Securing Coverage for Project and Claim...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Catastrophic storms such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma invariably cause property damage, schedule delays and other "soft costs" when they hit during a project's construction. • Owners and contractors engaged in...more

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Recovery Through Tax Deductions

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It is estimated that less than 20% of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and a week later Hurricane Irma, had flood insurance. Home owner’s and renter’s insurance policies exclude damage caused by floods. Those affected...more

Handling Assignment of Benefit ("AOB") Claims in the Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have damaged large areas of Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, as well as brought heavy rain and wind to Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As insurers handle thousands of property damage...more

Can Insurers Take Their Time? - Fourth Circuit Finds No Bad Faith for Delay in Investigating Construction Defect Claim

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Construction defect claims often include coverage disputes spiced with allegations of bad faith designed to turn up the heat on the insurer. The Fourth Circuit, in its review of one such recent North Carolina case, held while...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...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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...

by Field Law on

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

Don’t Judge an Insurance Policy by its Cover

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Whether you are a developer, builder, design professional, subcontractor, or supplier, one of the most important aspects of risk management is ensuring both you, and any entities with whom you contract, have good insurance....more

Appeals Court Finds Manuscript Additional Insured Endorsements Ambiguous Regarding Completed Operations Coverage for Additional...

In Pulte Home Corp. v. American Safety Indemnity Co. (No. D070478; filed 8/30/17), a California appeals court found that manuscript additional insured endorsements on construction subcontractors’ policies were ambiguous...more

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

What You Need to Know About Additional Insured Endorsements

A well-drafted insurance clause is an integral part of a construction contract because it sets forth a subcontractor’s obligations to add the general contractor to its policies of insurance as an additional insured and...more

Claim Barred by Florida's Construction Defect Statute of Repose? Maybe Not. Florida Court Says You Should Read The Construction...

Claim professionals are often reminded that even the most meritorious claim is worthless if not filed within the applicable statute of limitations or statute of repose. In the world of construction defect claims, Florida law...more

Professional Services Exclusion Bars Coverage Where Ordinary Negligence is Inseparably Intertwined With Professional Service

In Energy Ins. Mutual Ltd. v. Ace American Ins. Co. (No. A140656, filed 7/11/17, ord. Pub. 8/10/17), a California appeals court found that a professional services exclusion barred coverage for wrongful death and other claims...more

Harleysville Revisited - What We Know Now

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In January, the SC Supreme Court issued its original opinion in Harleysville Group Insurance, a Pennsylvania Corporation v. Heritage Communities, Inc, a South Carolina Corporation; Heritage Magnolia North, Inc., et al. and...more

Illinois Court Holds That Reinsurers And Insurer Need To File Complaint In Legal Malpractice Lawsuit In Their Own Names Pursuant...

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, an Illinois appellate court held that Section 2-403 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, 735 ILCS 5/2-403, required the reinsurers and insurer of Developers Surety and Indemnity Co. (“DSI”) a surety, to file...more

New AIA Contract Documents Change Insurance Requirements

by Clark Hill PLC on

While other industry forms are now competing, the AIA Contract Documents remain the most used contract and construction-administration forms in the construction industry. In order to keep pace with industry trends, the AIA...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

The Continuing Saga of Sebo v. American Home Assurance Company: The Second District Court of Appeal Rules on Remand

On July 20, 2017, the Second District Court of Appeal issued an order that closed its books on the Sebo appeal. Mr. Sebo made a homeowner’s claim to American Home contending construction deficiencies had allowed water to...more

The Importance of Careful Coverage Analysis

Ohio has joined the majority of jurisdictions in holding that a general liability policy may provide coverage for claims made by a project owner for property damage allegedly caused by the defective work of a subcontractor....more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

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