Insured’s Faulty Work Triggered Duty To Defend, Federal Judge Concludes

(April 19, 2016, 10:36 AM EDT) -- NEW ORLEANS — Allegations of a subcontractor’s defective work in the reconstruction of a high school after Hurricane Katrina raise the possibility of an insurer’s duty to defend, a Louisiana federal judge ruled April 15, denying an insurer’s motion to dismiss breach of contract and bad faith claims (Gootee Construction, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, No. 15-3185, E.D. La.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50911).

(Order and reasons available. Document #69-160506-009R.)

In June 2011, Gootee Construction Inc. sued St. Mary’s Academy and Satterfield &...
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