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Will New York Law Go the Way of Weedo: Tenth Circuit Predicts New York Court of Appeals Will Hold that Property Damage Caused by a...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 13, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision, which concluded that, under New York law, the property damage caused by a subcontractor’s faulty workmanship did not qualify as a...more

TDI Reports 670,000 Insurance Claims from Hurricane Harvey

by Winstead PC on

In January 2018, the Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”) presented Hurricane Harvey data to the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee. After the hurricane, TDI requested monthly reports from the insurance industry,...more

Right to Repair Act Strengthened and Upheld by California Supreme Court

On January 18, 2018, in McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court published a closely followed decision resolving a lower court split interpreting California’s Right to Repair Act (S.B. 800, Civ....more

Statute of Limitations for Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Property Damages Claims Clarified (And, Possibly, Extended)

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Recently the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that the statute of limitations for a property damage claim brought by a private party under Chapter 21E did not begin to run until that private party knew that the...more

And the Winner Is . . . The Right to Repair Act!

Civil litigation attorneys often talk about “damages.” Because without damages . . . well . . . you’re out of luck....more

Proving Loss for Business Interruption a Cautionary Tale and a Bad Press

by Reed Smith on

The recent decision in Contact (Print and Packaging) Limited v. Travelers Insurance Company Limited [2018] EWHC 83 (TCC), handed down on 23 January 2018, serves as a salutary reminder that an insured pursuing an indemnity in...more

Businesses Hunt for Coverage for Hurricane Harvey Flooding

by Winstead PC on

Many in the Houston area are keenly aware of the devastating impact the rain from Hurricane Harvey had on the region. There are countless stories of residents and business owners who had never flooded that are now living...more

Applying Florida’s “Eight Corners Rule,” Eleventh Circuit Finds that Insurer Has a Duty to Defend Claim That Insured’s Faulty...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Addison Ins. Co. v. 4000 Island Blvd. Condo. Ass’n, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 26870 (11th Cir. Dec. 28, 2017) - The owner of a high-rise condominium building in Florida hired a contractor to replace the building’s concrete...more

Massachusetts Highest Court Clarifies When Claims for Permanent Property Damage Under Chapter 21E Accrue

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 19, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Grand Manor Condominium Association v. City of Lowell, 2018 WL 473078, which clarified, and some would say "changed," when a claim for...more

Property damage, cannabis production at issue in landlord’s insurance coverage dispute

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A high-profile federal court ruling from Michigan stresses how important it is for landlords to monitor the activities of their tenants. The same decision has provoked discussion about how courts may approach insurance...more

Builders' Right To Repair Pre-Litigation Affirmed as Exclusive Remedy By Supreme Court

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of California in McMillin Albany LLC et al., v. The Superior Court of Kern County (Supreme Court Case No. S229762, California Official Reports citation pending) unanimously held that the...more

California Supreme Court Holds the Right to Repair Act Provides Exclusive Remedy for Construction Defect Claims

by Wilson Elser on

On January 18, 2018, the California Supreme Court resolved 15 years of debate when it issued McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, S229762 (2018) __ Cal.4th __. In a broadly worded decision, the Court unequivocally held that...more

CA Supreme Court: Right to Repair Act (SB 800) is the Exclusive Remedy for Residential Construction Defect Claims – So Now What?

A torrent of alerts have been flooding e-mail inboxes regarding the California Supreme Court’s decision in McMillin v. Superior Court, to reverse the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC (2013)...more

Federal judge voids matching exclusion – Good news for homeowners denied coverage under exclusion

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

A Minnesota federal judge recently issued an order that has big potential implications for Minnesota homeowners who had part of their claim denied by a matching exclusion. Specifically, customers of American Family should be...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 12, 2018

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Standing/Foreclosure: pursuant to Florida Rule of Procedure 1.260, the assignee of a note during pendency of a foreclosure acquires standing of original plaintiff lender - Spicer v Ocwen Loan...more

It’s Better to Be the Plaintiff Than the Defendant in Massachusetts Superfund Cases

In the early days of Superfund, defense lawyers used to joke that all government lawyers had the same oral argument script. It was three sentences long....more

In California, Proposed Legislation To Increase Insureds’ Recoveries From Their Insurance Policies

by Carlton Fields on

After devastating wildfires, California legislators proposed greater wildfire insurance protection, drafting a set of bills. The most important proposed changes are as follows...more

AOB Reform Bill Passes Florida House, Senate Future Uncertain

On January 12, 2018, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 7015) that would dramatically affect the way contractors and their lawyers use assignments of benefits (“AOBs”) in first-party property insurance...more

2017 – A Record Setting Year

by Zelle LLP on

2017 was a year of records for sure. Most notably, professional eater Joey Chestnut set a new record by eating 55 glazed doughnuts in eight minutes. At a university in Ohio, 972 people set a record by dressing as penguins. ...more

Flood or Fire: The Montecito Claims

by Selman Breitman LLP on

What is the Efficient Proximate Cause of the Devastating Mudslides in Southern California? At first glance, the destruction in Montecito, California and other areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties on Monday, January...more

Evidence of an Insurer’s Post-filing-of-litigation Conduct is Admissible in Iowa and Can Be Probative of Bad Faith

After a 2011 tornado damaged two buildings on its premises in Iowa, B&F Jacobson Lumber & Hardware, L.L.P. (“B&F”) submitted a property damage claim to its insurer, Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company (“Acuity”). In response...more

Still Crazy After All These Years: Recent Developments on the Standard Mortgage Clause

by Cozen O'Connor on

A not uncommon scenario: after examining the charred debris of a property fire, investigators note that the building’s alarm failed to sound and automatic sprinkler system similarly failed to activate because neither had been...more

7th Circuit: Damage to Property Exclusion Applies Broadly to Damage Caused by Defective Work

by Cozen O'Connor on

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision that will impact insurance coverage for property damage claims, especially in Illinois. In W. Side Salvage, Inc. v. RSUI Indem. Co.,...more

You Dropped a Bomb (Cyclone) on Me

by Zelle LLP on

Move over Snowmageddon and make way for the “bomb cyclone” which hit the East Coast January 4, 2018. While the official name of this winter storm is “Grayson”, the media focused on the phenomenon (bombogenesis) that...more

Pardon this interruption… Service Interruption Provisions and Hurricanes

by Zelle LLP on

As the urgency to repair immediate physical damage to commercial property subsides, and businesses begin to get back to business as normal in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, we will undoubtedly see claims to...more

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