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Construction Defects

AIG Must Defend Additional Insureds

by Nossaman LLP on

That it took an appellate court to order AIG’s Lexington Insurance to honor its additional insured obligations is a measure of how frequently insurers attempt to dodge this important contractual obligation. The case of...more

California Court Confirms Broad Coverage Under "Ongoing Operations" Endorsements

by Payne & Fears on

A California Court of Appeal has confirmed that additional insured endorsements (“AIE”) granting coverage for liability arising out of a named insured’s “ongoing operations,” and in effect during those “ongoing operations,”...more

Ownership is Not a Conclusive Factor for Ongoing Operations Additional Insured Coverage

In McMillin Management Services v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co. (No. D069814, filed 11/14/17), a California appeals court held that an insurer had a duty to defend a general contractor under an “ongoing operations” additional...more

In Dismissing Homebuyer’s Defective Construction Suit Against Contractor for Lack of Privity, Supreme Court of Utah Cautions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tomlinson v. Douglas Knight Constr., Inc., 2017 Utah Lexis 132 (August 29, 2017) - This case arises out of the construction of a residential property. Lot 84 Deer Crossing (“Lot 84”) purchased the property and contracted...more

Trustees of Cambridge Point Condominium Trust v. Cambridge Point, LLC

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In Trustees of Cambridge Point Condominium Trust v. Cambridge Point, LLC, No. MICV-2014-03136, 2016 WL 9753783 (Mass. Super. Nov. 18, 2016), appeal argued, SJC No. 2017-P-0113 (Mass. 2017), the trustees (“Trustees”) of the...more

Allocation of Risk in Construction Contracts

by White & Case LLP on

Risk in construction contracts - ‘Risk’, in a project delivery context, can be defined as ‘an event or set of circumstances that,should it occur, will have an effect on the achievement of the project’s objectives’. Risk...more

New Jersey’s Manifestation Destiny: Appellate Division Applies Continuous Trigger to Claims for Progressive Third-Party Property...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The New Jersey Appellate Division (the “Appellate Division”) recently issued a ruling in Air Master & Cooling Inc., v. Selective Insurance Co. of America (“Air Master”) applying the “continuous trigger” theory to third-party...more

New Jersey Court: Continuous Trigger Ends When Nature of Damage Is Known

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, the New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision that may have a significant impact on insurance coverage for progressive property damage claims in the state. In Air Master & Cooling, Inc. v. Selective Ins. Co....more

Bankruptcy Court Holds That “Economic Waste” Doctrine, As Adopted In Wisconsin, Prevented Owner From Recovering Costs To Repair...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

WTE-S&S AG Enters., LLC v. GHD, Inc., 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 2343 (Bankr. N. D. Ill. August 18, 2017) - This breach of contract dispute arises out of a contract to design and build a cow-manure digester on a farm in Wisconsin. ...more

NJ Courts Continue Expansion Of Insurance Coverage For Construction Defects: “Continuous Trigger” Doctrine Applied

by Cole Schotz on

New Jersey courts are continuing their trend of extending insurance coverage for third-party construction defect claims. Following last year’s NJ Supreme Court decision in Cypress Point Condo. Ass’n, Inc. v. Adria Towers,...more

Do you know the full extent of your contractual obligations (and can you meet them)?

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In 125 OBS (Nominees 1) & Anor v. Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Ltd & Anor [2017] EWHC 25 (TCC), the court found the contractor liable for the highly publicised failure of glass panels at a prestigious building in London....more

Common Law/Clean Water Act Action: Lawrence County Landowners Lawsuit Challenging Lawrence County, Arkansas Bridge

A group of landowners and farmers (collectively “landowners”) filed an October 10th lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against Lawrence County, Arkansas. See No. :...more

Tic Toc Tic Toc: The Clock Is Running on Construction and Design Claims by the State of Connecticut Beginning October 1, 2017

Our readers may recall that Public Act No. 15-28 was signed by the Governor back in 2015, subjecting the State of Connecticut and its political subdivisions to a statute of limitations for asserting actions and claims arising...more

[Event] Community Association Seminar Fall 2017 - November 9th and November 11th, Minneapolis, MN

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Join us for our Fall 2017 Community Association Seminar! - What to do if your Association is the victim of embezzlement? - Understanding Changes to MCIOA for Construction Defect Claims ...more

Vineyard buyer's fraud claim dying on the vine

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Sellers of a vineyard were exonerated of a claim for fraud because they “could not be held liable for nondisclosure in the absence of evidence they had actual knowledge of the facts to be disclosed.” In Opinion - RSB...more

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

A new division within the DIFC Courts, the Technology and Construction Division

by Hogan Lovells on

The DIFC Courts, last week, published Part 56 (Technology and Construction Division) of the Court Rules ("Part 56") marking the launch of the Court's new division - the Technology and Construction Division ("TCD"). This...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

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

Is the Retroactive Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Claims Constitutional?

by Payne & Fears on

With the February 24, 2015, enactment of Assembly Bill 125 (2015 Nevada Laws, Ch. 2), much has changed in the world of residential construction defect litigation. One of the most dramatic shifts has been the reduction of the...more

Probability and non-probability sampling: innovative tools of truncating evidence in complex construction disputes

by Dentons on

Probability sampling is a well-established technique used to reduce the costs in lengthy and complex construction disputes. Properly applied, it is a truly innovative tool of truncating evidence in construction disputes. But,...more

Superior Court Explains The Personal Participation Doctrine

by Morris James LLP on

The Washington House Condominium Association Of Unit Owners v. Daystar Sills Inc., C.A. N15C-01-108 WCC CCLD (August 8, 2017) - When is a corporate employee responsible for tortious conduct in that capacity? This decision...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

Connecticut Appellate Court Holds That Owner’s Loss in Arbitration to General Contractor on Claims of Defective Work Operates as...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Girolametti v. Michael Horton Assoc., 2017 Conn. App. Lexis 228 (June 6, 2017) - A General Contractor brought claims for unpaid added work, via mandatory arbitration, against a building owner who asserted defective work...more

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