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Mealey's Construction Defects Insurance

  • November 20, 2018

    Judge Sends Excess Insurer’s Coverage Dispute Over Toxic Fumes To Parallel Lawsuit

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An excess insurer’s case against Lumber Liquidators Inc. regarding coverage for lawsuits alleging injuries as a result of toxic levels of formaldehyde in the insured’s laminate flooring was dismissed Nov. 16 after a Virginia federal judge found it more efficient to have the dispute resolved in an earlier-filed and parallel Wisconsin state court lawsuit (St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. v. Lumber Liquidators Inc., et al., No. 18-2820, E.D. Va.).

  • November 19, 2018

    Judge Dismisses Insurer’s Case On Duty To Indemnify 10 Construction Defect Cases

    PHILADELPHIA — Because there has been no finding of liability in 10 construction defect cases, a Pennsylvania federal judge on Nov. 14 dismissed a commercial general liability insurer’s lawsuit on the scope of its duty to indemnify as it is not ripe (First Specialty Insurance Corp. v. Hudson Palmer Homes Inc., et al., No. 17-5732, E.D. Pa., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194560).

  • November 14, 2018

    No Defense, Indemnity Owed For Faulty Roof Bracing, Insurer Says

    LONDON, Ky. — There is no duty to defend or indemnify negligent roof bracing work under a commercial general liability insurance policy and an umbrella policy, an insurer alleges in a Nov. 13 complaint filed in a Kentucky federal court, because faulty work is not an “occurrence” (Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Co. v. Balis Campbell Inc., et al., No. 18-00291, E.D. Ky.).

  • November 13, 2018

    Connecticut Federal Judge Amends Ruling For Insurers In Collapse Class Action Suit

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Connecticut federal judge on Nov. 8 amended a prior ruling on a number of motions to dismiss filed by defendant insurers in a class action suit seeking coverage for the deterioration and cracking of homeowners’ basement walls caused by the use of defective concrete to clarify that the claims asserted by two plaintiffs against their insurer are dismissed and that three additional insurers must be dismissed entirely from the suit (Michael Halloran v. Harleysville Preferred Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-133, D. Conn., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191215).

  • November 12, 2018

    Insurer To Federal Court: Mold Exclusion Precludes Hurricane Damage

    MIAMI — A commercial general liability insurer cites a mold exclusion among others in its Nov. 8 complaint seeking a declaratory judgment from a Florida federal court that it has no duty to defend or indemnify damages caused by a condominium association’s failure to remediate mold following a hurricane (Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. v. Aquasol Condominium Association Inc., et al., No. 18-24692, S.D. Fla.).

  • November 12, 2018

    Claims Dismissed Against Insurer Over Denied Coverage For Basement Wall Cracking

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Connecticut federal judge on Nov. 9 dismissed insureds’ claims for breach of contract and violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) against an insurer regarding the denial of coverage for cracking caused by allegedly defective concrete in the insureds’ basement walls (Robert John Houlihan, et al. v. Safeco Insurance Company of America, et al., No. 18-184, D. Conn., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192032).

  • November 12, 2018

    No Coverage Owed For Defects In Florida Condo Development, Insurer Says

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An insurer alleges in a Nov. 8 complaint filed in a Florida federal court that it has no duty to defend or indemnify a contractor against defects allegations in a condominium development because the policy does not provide coverage for new construction (Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v. WCI Communities Inc., No. 18-62716, S.D. Fla.).

  • November 12, 2018

    No ‘Property Damage’ Occurred During Policy Period, Insurer Argues

    FLORENCE, S.C. — In a Nov. 8 complaint, an insurer seeks a declaration from a South Carolina federal court that it has no duty to defend or indemnify contractors against defects allegations in a residential development because no “property damage” occurred during the policy period (Scottsdale Insurance Co. v. Carlos Castro, et al., No. 18-03026, D. S.C.).

  • November 8, 2018

    Claims Arising From 2 Bridge Collapses Are Related Claims, Appeals Panel Affirms

    RICHMOND, Va. — Coverage for underlying claims filed against an insured as a result of two bridge collapses is subject to a policy’s $3 million liability limit, rather than the policy’s $5 million aggregate limit, because the claims are related claims that arose from the same design failure by the insured, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal said Nov. 7 in affirming a district court’s opinion (Stewart Engineering Inc. v. Continental Casualty Co., et al., No. 18-1386, 4th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 31521).

  • November 7, 2018

    Federal Judge Reopens Insurer’s Coverage Case Over Defective Work

    MONROE, La. — In granting reconsideration in part, a Louisiana federal judge on Nov. 5 reopened an insurer’s coverage dispute regarding allegations that a subcontractor’s faulty work led to children becoming sick from excess moisture (Houston Specialty Insurance Co. v. Ascension Insulation & Supply Inc., et al., No. 17-1010, W.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189303).

  • November 6, 2018

    Insured: Coverage Denial Under Condo Exclusion Was Done In Bad Faith

    HAMMOND, Ind. — An insured alleges in a Nov. 5 complaint filed in an Indiana federal court that an insurer breached its contract and acted in bad faith when denying coverage based upon a condominium exclusion for cracking damage caused by the insured’s work (Gary Material Supply LLC v. Western World Insurance Group, No. 18-00421, N.D. Ind.).

  • November 6, 2018

    No Coverage Owed For Collapse, Insurer Argues In Response Brief

    AUSTIN, Texas — No coverage is owed for a collapse that occurred during the construction of a hotel because the collapse is precluded by a policy’s earth movement exclusion, sewer exclusion and defects exclusion, an insurer argues in a Nov. 2 response to the insured’s motion for summary judgment (White Lodging Services Corp., et al. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., No. 17-277, W.D. Texas).

  • November 5, 2018

    Panel: Developer Is Not Additional Insured; No Reimbursement Of Costs

    LOS ANGELES — In an equitable contribution dispute, a California appeals panel on Oct. 31 held that an insurer failed to show that a real estate developer was an additional insured under another insurer’s policies for purpose of reimbursement of defense costs in an underlying construction defect action (Interstate Fire and Casualty Co. v. Axis Surplus Insurance Co., No. B286980, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 8, 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7393).

  • November 2, 2018

    Judge Upholds Ruling Insurer Has No Duty To Indemnify Defects Default Judgment

    CHICAGO — Denying a motion for reconsideration, an Illinois federal judge on Oct. 31 upheld his ruling that an insurer has no duty to indemnify an insured for a default judgment entered in favor of condominium association in an underlying construction defects lawsuit (Essex Insurance Co. v. The Structural Shop Ltd., et al., No. 15-2806, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186620).

  • November 1, 2018

    Insurers Seek Equitable Reimbursement For Costs Of Construction Defects Claims

    LOS ANGELES — In an Oct. 18 complaint filed California federal court, insurers for subcontractors seek equitable reimbursement from contractors as additional insureds for defense costs incurred in 51 underlying construction defects cases (The Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut, et al. v. Pulte Group Inc., et al., No. 18-08994, C.D. Calif.).

  • October 31, 2018

    Insurers Seek Equitable Contribution Of $1.3M In Defense Of Defects Claims

    LOS ANGELES — Insurance companies in an Oct. 17 complaint in a California federal court request equitable contribution from two other insurers of $1.3 million incurred in the defense of seven underlying construction defects actions (Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, et al. v. Lexington Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-08964, C.D. Calif.).

  • October 31, 2018

    Federal Judge Dismisses 2 Insurers From $1.27M Construction Defects Case

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Florida federal judge on Oct. 22 dismissed two insurers from a dispute over the duty to defend and indemnify a contractor against a condominium association’s construction defects lawsuit that resulted in a $1.27 million settlement (Alta Mar Condominium Association Inc., et al. v. Hartford Fire Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-359, M.D. Fla.).

  • October 31, 2018

    Surety Seeks Indemnity For $1.6M For University’s Defective Work Claims

    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A surety alleges in an Oct. 26 complaint filed in a Tennessee federal court that two Tennessee citizens failed to indemnify $1.6 million to the surety for a university’s claims against a masonry subcontractor’s defective work (The Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. JDC Masonry Inc., et al., No. 18-462, E.D. Tenn.).

  • October 30, 2018

    Insurer Has No Duty To Defend Against Stop-Work Order, New York Justice Says

    NEW YORK — An insurer is not obligation to defend a stop-work order issued by the New York City Department of Buildings because the order is not a suit under the terms of the policy at issue, a New York County Supreme Court justice said Sept. 18 (Aspen Specialty Insurance Co. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., et al., and D7 Construction 101 LLC, et al. v. Aspen Specialty Insurance Co., Nos. 653950/12, 590527/13, N.Y. Sup., New York Co., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4063).

  • October 30, 2018

    Magistrate Holds Property Owner Was Entitled To Insurance Appraisal

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After holding that a property owner was entitled to an appraisal of damage under its policy and that the owner’s claims sounded in breach of contract, a Florida federal magistrate judge on Oct. 18 recommended that the case be stayed pending an appraisal and that the owner file an amended complaint against an insurer to assert a breach of contract claim (ABC University Shops, LLC v. Scottsdale Insurance Co., No. 18-60562, S.D. Fla., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181022).