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Insufficient Insurance Costs Association LOTS!!!

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A 50-unit association with multiple buildings had a fire in Building Five in December of 2018. The interior and exterior repairs were estimated at about $1.4 million....more

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Martlet v Mulalley: Design Considerations of a ‘Reasonable’ Architect on Fire-Safety Issues Post-Grenfell

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The disastrous fire event at Grenfell Tower in 2017 marked the beginning of the latest batch of fire safety reforms, and the significant cultural and professional shift in the design and construction of high-rise and complex...more

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HUD Publishes Proposed Rule Amending the HUD Code, Comments Due by September 19, 2022

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code, the federal building code regulating the manufacture, installation, and overall safety standards of manufactured homes, is about to undergo another major...more

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Causes of E-Bike Fires and What to Do When They Happen

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A recent surge of electric bike fires in NYC has brought new attention to the dangers of lithium battery fires and increased scrutiny of safety compliance. Although electric bikes, also known as e-bikes, are subject to...more

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States Continue to Implement Take-Back Programs for Aqueous Film Forming Foam

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This summer, Indiana joins a handful of states that have implemented “take-back” programs to collect and dispose of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) containing per- and polyfuoroalkyl substances (PFAS). AFFF is a...more

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Mulch Fires: What You Should Know Before Starting Your Spring Gardening

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It’s springtime! We made it through another cold winter. Now, the days are growing longer, daffodils are in bloom and many people are gearing up for weekends in the yard. Gardening and landscaping can be rewarding ways to...more

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Former Association Member Can’t Sue for Breach of Fiduciary Duty

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Facts- In 2014, Kato purchased a unit at an association, thereby becoming a member of the association. Kato also joined the board and became its President/Treasurer. Later that year, Kato’s unit, and two other units in...more

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Renewal of Property Policy Requires Living Insured

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A policy renewal requires a living insured to form a valid insurance contract, the Sixth Circuit recently ruled. In Boby Davis, et al. v. Westfield Ins. Co., Case No. 21-2797 (6th Cir. Mar. 14, 2022), Della Shields received a...more

Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black

The burning question – the fire aboard the M/V Felicity Ace

Last week the roll on-roll off car carrier M/V Felicity Ace, transporting luxury vehicles from Germany to Rhode Island, caught fire with an estimated $334,500,000 worth of cargo onboard. The fire spread, requiring the crew to...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

PFAS Update: State Regulation of PFAS in Firefighting Foam and Equipment

33 states have either enacted or proposed regulations regarding per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) present in Class B Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (“AFFF”) used for firefighting, or present in firefighters’ clothing...more

Patrick Malone & Associates P.C. | DC Injury...

Deadly fires and carbon monoxide deaths emphasize need for winter safety steps

The return of harsh winter conditions also has provided a tough reminder for homeowners and renters to redouble their fire safety and carbon monoxide precautions. It’s a must to triple-check alarms, indoor space heaters, and...more

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Court Rewrites Insurance Policy to Create Defense Obligation in Favor of “Implied Coinsured” Tenant

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Sheckler v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company, 2021 WL 493226, 2021 Ill. App. LEXIS 593 (Oct. 23, 2021), a decision of the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third Judicial District, concluded that principles of equity justified...more

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The Marshall Fire – Colorado’s Most Destructive Fire

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Instead of preparing to welcome 2022 many residents of Boulder County are experiencing Colorado’s most destructive fire. Just before noon on December 30, 2021, a brush fire was reported in Louisville, Colorado, a city in...more

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UK Fire Safety: Who's picking up the bill on cladding?

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The Fire Safety Act 2021 received Royal Assent at the end of last week.  What the Act lacks in size (it’s only four sections long), it makes up for in the controversy it caused during its passage through Parliament.  Its...more

White and Williams LLP

Idaho District Court Affirms Its Role as the Gatekeeper of Expert Testimony

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Many subrogation claims involving fire losses rely heavily on expert testimony. Expert testimony is admissible under Federal Rule of Evidence 702 if it is both relevant and reliable. In Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals,...more

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP

Sparking Subrogation Recoveries by Investigating Electrostatic Discharge as the Cause of Fires and Explosions

As far back as 600 BC, the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, Thales of Miletus, observed that, when amber was rubbed against fur, it would emit an invisible force that would attract small fibers and could be discharged...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

PFAS: Regulation of Firefighting Foam

26 states have either passed or proposed regulations regarding per- or polyfluoroalkyl (“PFAS”) based Class B Aqueous Film-Forming foams (“AFFF”) used for firefighting. These regulations typically involve restrictions in four...more

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Another Possible Problem Caused by Covid-19: Check the Accuracy of Your Address for Service of Process with State Authorities and...

Commercial entities periodically move their facilities around the United States, from one office or factory or retail outlet to another. When such movement – interstate, or even intrastate – involves large companies with...more

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PG&E pleads guilty

Report on Supply Chain Compliance 3, no. 13 (June 25, 2020) - In a gripping session in the Superior Court of California County of Butte, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) CEO and President Bill Johnson pleaded guilty...more

McCarter & English, LLP

Good News For Businesses Damaged During Riots: Insurance May Cover Your Losses

During the days and weeks following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, protests erupted in every state across the country. Although most of these protests remained peaceful, there were...more

Patrick Malone & Associates P.C. | DC Injury...

Buyer beware: J&J pulls its baby powder, as officials warn about vapeware

Consumers have gotten stark reminders of the safety risks of two different kinds of products, one a household classic and the other a bootlegger’s nightmare. Caveat emptor about baby powder and street-purchased vaping...more

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San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Fire

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On May 23, 2020, a massive fire erupted on Pier 45 on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California. The fire quickly tore through a warehouse near the end of the concrete pier, causing its walls to collapse and firefighters...more

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Update: NRC Releases Guidance on Requesting Exemptions from Fire Protection Requirements

The NRC Staff released specific guidance to operating and decommissioning reactor licensees on requesting exemptions from fire protection requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE) on May 14....more

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Burmese denim supplier violated several basic safety requirements

Report on Supply Chain Compliance 3, no. 5 (March 5, 2020) - A major supplier of denim to global brands had extremely poor safety measures in place, which were exposed after a deadly fire raged through the factory Feb. 8,...more

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You Should Know - December 2019

Fire Risk Increases During Winter Holidays and There Is Less Time to Escape - Heat sources, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all add up to an increased risk of home fires during the winter months. More...more

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