Mealey's Construction Defects Insurance

  • April 22, 2022

    Company Seeks Sanctions After Insurers’ Objections To Discovery Ruling Are Overruled

    CHICAGO — A general contractor that obtained a judgment against a subcontractor that supplied defective materials for a construction project at O’Hare Airport moved for sanctions against the subcontractor’s insurers on April 11, less than two weeks after a federal judge in Illinois overruled the insurers’ objections to a magistrate judge’s ruling partially granting the contractor’s request to compel production of various documents.  The contractor says the insurers’ objections were based on arguments that were not presented to the magistrate judge.

  • April 21, 2022

    Builders Risk Insurer Denied Leave To Seek Reconsideration Of Summary Judgment Denial

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in California in a one-page April 5 order denied a builders risk insurer’s motion for leave to file a motion for reconsideration of a Feb. 15 ruling denying the insurer’s motion for summary judgment in a dispute over coverage for the cost of repairing fractured support beams, finding “no basis for reconsideration.”

  • April 21, 2022

    Condo Association’s Water Damage Coverage Suit Against Insurer Dismissed

    TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge in Washington on April 8 granted a stipulated motion to dismiss with prejudice a condominium owners’ association’s suit against its insurer related to the insurer’s denial of the association’s claim for hidden damage to sheathing and framework at the condominium complex.

  • April 20, 2022

    Default Judgment Entered As To Excavation Subcontractor In Coverage Dispute

    BROOKLYN, N.Y —  A default judgment was entered April 8 as to an excavation subcontractor after a New York federal judge issued a docket-only order adopting a magistrate judge’s recommendation to grant a commercial general liability insurer’s default judgment motion because of a state court’s finding that the subcontractor was liable for damages to an adjacent property in an underlying negligence suit.

  • April 20, 2022

    After Settlement, Federal Judge Dismisses Suit In Pot Filler Coverage Dispute

    BOSTON — A Massachusetts federal judge on April 5 issued a dismissal order after being advised that an insurer and plumber settled the subrogated insurer’s suit related to the plumber’s alleged negligence regarding installation of an exterior wall’s pot filler and failing to ensure there was adequate insulation in the pipes leading to the pot filler.

  • April 18, 2022

    Remodeler Coverage Endorsement Applies To Insured’s Collapse Claim

    DENVER — A valuation provision in a remodeler coverage endorsement applies to an insured’s claim for the collapse of its building because the remodeler coverage endorsement states that the endorsement’s valuation provision replaces any other valuation provision in the policy and without the endorsement, no coverage would be afforded for the collapse of the building, which was undergoing renovations, a Colorado federal judge said March 30 in granting a builders risk insurer’s motion for summary judgment.

  • April 15, 2022

    Judge Grants Judgment To Condo Council And Manufacturer In Indemnification Suit

    BALTIMORE — A Maryland federal judge on March 30 granted summary judgment to a plumbing parts manufacturer and to a condominium council in an action filed by a third-party plumbing subcontractor seeking contribution and indemnification for liability in underlying lawsuits arising from alleged water damage in a condominium building, finding that the subcontractor’s claims failed “to create a genuine dispute” regarding the manufacturer or the council’s liability.

  • April 14, 2022

    Judge Dismisses Cross-Claims Against Water Remediator In Coverage Action

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — In response to a court-ordered status report about insurers’ cross-claims against a subcontractor and his company, a Kentucky federal judge on April 11 issued an order dismissing the cross-claims against the subcontractor but keeping the claims against his company in a coverage action related to alleged faulty water remediation.

  • April 14, 2022

    CGL Insurer Has Duty To Defend Commercial Driller, 5th Circuit Affirms

    NEW ORLEANS — Guided by the Texas Supreme Court’s “thoughtful analysis” of two certified questions, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 12 affirmed a lower federal court’s summary judgment ruling that a commercial general liability insurer has a duty to defend a commercial driller insured against an underlying breach of contract and negligence lawsuit, rejecting the insurer’s contention that two policy exclusions preclude coverage.

  • April 14, 2022

    Judge Dismisses Consolidated Action Over Failed Sewer Pipe Liner After Settlement

    NEW HAVEN, Conn.  — A federal judge in Connecticut in an April 5 text-only order dismissed a consolidated action by a municipality, contractors, manufacturers and insurers concerning the failure of a sewer pipe liner in West Hartford, Conn., the same day a minute entry in the docket indicates that the parties had reached a settlement “of all claims in the case” during a settlement conference that day.

  • April 13, 2022

    Judge Denies Summary Judgment For Insurer In Condo Construction Coverage Suit

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee federal judge on March 28 denied an insurer’s motion for summary judgment in a coverage action filed against its insured, a real estate developer, seeking a declaration that coverage does not exist for damage to condominium buildings purportedly incurring cracks in walls arising from soil settling under the buildings, finding that the insurer failed to show that policy exclusions applied or that there was no dispute of material fact.

  • April 13, 2022

    Judge Grants Summary Judgment To Insurer In Home Addition Coverage Suit

    ATLANTA — A Georgia federal judge on March 28 granted an insurer’s summary judgment motion in a coverage action filed against its insured construction company related to construction of a home addition, finding that the insurer is not required to defend or indemnify the insured in a separate suit because the insured failed to satisfy insurance policies’ notice provisions.

  • April 13, 2022

    Parties In Defective Window Coverage Suit Must Brief On Subject Matter Jurisdiction

    DALLAS — Noting that “[s]ubstantial facts have changed since the parties briefed” a contractor’s motion to dismiss its insurer’s action seeking declarations about its rights and obligations related to the installation of defective windows in an apartment building that prevent her from “conducting a proper subject matter jurisdiction analysis,” a federal judge in Texas on March 31 denied the motion and ordered the parties to brief the issue of subject matter jurisdiction.

  • April 13, 2022

    Massachusetts Federal Judge: No Duty To Defend Construction Defects Case

    BOSTON — An insurer on March 28 won a summary judgment from a Massachusetts federal judge that it has no duty to defend an insured accused of breach of contract in connection with construction defects at an apartment complex in New Jersey.

  • April 08, 2022

    Reversing Court, Ohio Panel Rules For Employment Practices Liability Insurer

    CINCINNATI — An Ohio appeals panel on April 6 held that a commercial general liability insurer was primarily liable for an insured’s $367,487 defense costs in an underlying lawsuit brought by residential tenants, reversing a lower court’s judgment against an employment practices liability insurer in the CGL insurer’s equitable contribution action.

  • April 07, 2022

    Judge Won’t Reconsider Duty-To-Defend Ruling, Denies Attorney Fees In Defects Suit

    NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York on March 29 refused to reconsider his September ruling that an insurer must continue to defend property and project management service companies in a suit related to persistent construction and design defects with the balconies of a condominium; in a separate ruling the same day, the judge adopted a magistrate judge’s recommendation and denied the plaintiffs’ motion for attorney fees and costs.

  • April 07, 2022

    Homeowners Insurer Entitled To Same Coverage As Contractor, 11th Circuit Affirms

    ATLANTA — The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 6 held that a homeowners insurer’s certificate of insurance entitled it to the same coverage as a contractor and an underlying breach of contract claim against the homeowners insurer is a covered claim under a contractors policy, affirming a lower federal court’s ruling in a coverage dispute over claims seeking to hold the homeowners insurer liable for its own acts arising out of a contractor’s alleged errors in remediation work.

  • April 05, 2022

    Federal Judge Dismisses Condo Defect Coverage Suit, Cites Parallel State Proceedings

    PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on March 31 dismissed without prejudice a declaratory judgment suit filed by two insurers seeking to resolve coverage issues related to defect and faulty workmanship claims in the construction of a condominium project, finding that “[a]ll of the Reifer, Brillhart and Summy factors weigh in favor of declining to exercise jurisdiction” in light of a pending parallel state proceeding.

  • March 31, 2022

    Texas Federal Judge: Lloyd’s Declaratory Action In Defect Case Is Not Justiciable

    DALLAS — A Texas federal judge on March 23 dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit by Lloyd’s of London seeking a declaration that it does not have to indemnify a developer in a construction defects lawsuit, saying that the underwriter’s claim is not justiciable and that the court thus lacks subject matter jurisdiction.

  • March 31, 2022

    After Tribal Law Ruling, Dismissal Of Coverage Suit Ordered Due To Settlement

    PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona on March 10 issued an order dismissing a commercial general liability insurer’s declaratory judgment action against its insured contractor, as well as a cross-action, with prejudice in 60 days unless a stipulation to dismiss is filed before that date in light of an undisclosed settlement announced by the parties in a March 9 notice; the notice was filed two days after the judge declined to dismiss the cross-claims after finding that tribal law applies to the subcontract.