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Michael T. Callahan and Thaddeus J. Schurter on Expanding Commercial General Liability Coverage for Construction Defect Claims

Insurance coverage for construction defects or faulty workmanship has long been a contentious issue between insurers and policyholders. Numerous jurisdictions rejected coverage for such claims in the past, but now, disputes over construction defect claims are increasingly resolved in favor of coverage...

McCarter & English LLP on New Jersey Appellate Division Opens Door to Coverage for Subcontractors' Defective Work

By Craig W. Davis and Nicholas M. Insua, Attorneys, McCarter & English, LLP A recent decision by New Jersey's Appellate Division questions the continued viability of prior New Jersey decisional law regarding whether property damage caused by faulty construction constitutes an "occurrence"...

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP On A Roadmap For Determining Coverage For Construction Defect Claims In New York

By Richard B. Friedman, J. Stephen Berry, and P. Michael Freed, Attorneys, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP In their commentary, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP on a Roadmap for Determining Coverage for Construction Defect Claims in New York , by Richard B. Friedman, J. Stephen Berry and P. Michael...

Supreme Court of South Carolina Bars Insurance Coverage in Defective Construction Case with a Twist

By Scott C. Turner, Attorney, Anderson Kill SUMMARY: Wednesday, the Supreme Court of South Carolina issued its decision in Bennett & Bennett Const., Inc. v. Auto Owners Ins. Co. , 2013 S.C. LEXIS 170 (S.C. 2013), holding that Commercial General Liability (CGL) policy’s coverage for defective...

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Homebuilder's Concrete Foundation Defective Work Is An Occurrence

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In Taylor Morrison Servs. v. HDI-Gerling Am. Ins. Co. , 2013 Ga. LEXIS 618 (July 12, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Georgia Supreme Court addressed whether a construction defect claim constitutes...

Connecticut Supreme Court, in a Case of First Impression, Holds Negligent Construction Insured Under General Liability Policy

In Capstone Building Corp. v. American Motorists Insurance Co. , 67 A.3d 961 (Conn. 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of Connecticut considered whether allegations that a subcontractor’s unintended defective construction...

Ten Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions Of 2013 – Almost Heaven For Policyholders: West Virginia High Court Overrules Four Prior Decisions And Holds That Faulty Workmanship Is An “Occurrence” [And Two Others Do The Same]

Ordinarily I would not include in the annual insurance hit-parade a case addressing the beat-to-death issue whether faulty workmanship qualifies as an “occurrence” under a commercial general liability policy. There are simply too many cases addressing the issue so any single new one, even...

Leading Coverage Lawyers: The Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions Of 2013

For the past 13 years, at around this time, I have sat down and inked a list of the ten insurance coverage decisions of the year just-completed that I believed were the most significant. There was nothing complex or scientific about the process nor authoritative about the results. Neither was the process...

Pennsylvania Superior Court Opens Door to Coverage of Faulty Workmanship Claims

By Darin J. McMullen Pennsylvania policyholders can more confidently challenge insurance companies' denials of faulty workmanship claims following the Pennsylvania Superior Court's recent opinion in Indalex Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 2013 Pa. Super 311 (Dec...

A Faulty Workmanship—“Occurrence” Case Worth Reading

The title of this article tells you how I feel about the continuous barrage of decisions addressing coverage for construction defects – in particular whether faulty workmanship constitutes an “occurrence” under a commercial general liability policy. I’m not saying that these cases...

Construction Defects and the Space Between: Gap and Overlap In the Combined Coverage of Performance Bonds and CGL Policies for Construction Defects

By Thomas Rush and David A. Attisani Among other harbingers of a gradually convalescing economy, construction activity is on the rise, and is projected to remain on that trajectory throughout 2014. As a consequence of such growth, there will also be an increase in construction-related loss and...