Insurer, Contractor Argue In Oregon High Court Over Duty-To-Defend Standard

(November 8, 2016, 11:50 AM EST) -- SALEM, Ore. — In briefs filed in the Oregon Supreme Court, a general contractor and an insurer debate whether the determination of the duty to defend in an underlying construction defects lawsuit properly included an examination of extrinsic evidence as to the contractor’s insured status, or whether only the complaint’s specific allegations should be considered (West Hills Development Co. v. Chartis Claims, Inc., et al., No. S063823, Ore. Sup.).

Oral arguments were heard Sept. 20.

Faulty Workmanship

West Hills Development Co., which served as the general...
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