Mealey's Construction Defects Insurance

  • May 23, 2024

    Federal Magistrate Dismisses Construction Insurance Dispute After Homeowners Settle

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A federal magistrate judge in New York dismissed with prejudice an insurance coverage dispute stemming from allegations that former homeowners failed to disclose structural and environmental issues in connection with a home they sold after the former homeowners, new owners and insurers agreed to a settlement, nearly a year after the parties stipulated to dismissing an appeal to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of the magistrate judge’s grant of summary judgment to the insurers.

  • May 23, 2024

    Contribution Suit Against Guaranty Association Dismissed After Stipulation Filed

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After parties filed a joint stipulation of dismissal in a Florida federal court, a judge dismissed with prejudice a New Mexico commercial general liability insurer’s suit seeking defense costs and indemnity for an underlying construction defects action from the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA), as successor in interest to a now-insolvent Florida commercial liability insurer.

  • May 21, 2024

    Faulty Concrete Coverage Claims Voluntarily Dismissed By Insurer, Contractor

    MIAMI — A Florida federal magistrate judge dismissed with prejudice an insurance dispute where the magistrate judge previously ruled that an insurer’s policy does not bar coverage for a contractor accused of defective work on a Florida highway after the parties issued a joint stipulation of dismissal.

  • May 16, 2024

    Contractor Says 7th Circuit Opinion Conflicts With Illinois Insurance Law

    CHICAGO — A general contractor petitioned the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for en banc rehearing, arguing that a recent opinion in which a panel found that the contractor was not owed a defense or indemnification because defective welding it performed at O’Hare International was not “property damage” under the terms of insurance policies cannot be squared away with “well settled Illinois law requiring insurers to defend policyholders unless the underlying facts pled preclude any possibility of coverage.”

  • May 15, 2024

    Construction Insurance Coverage Suit Tossed After Underlying Suit Settles

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — A federal judge in Georgia dismissed without prejudice a declaratory judgment action brought by an insurer that claimed it owed no coverage for claims related to the insureds’ assembly of a manufactured home that sustained water and mold damage after the parties indicated that the underlying suit had been settled.

  • May 13, 2024

    9th Circuit Affirms No ‘Accident’ In Appeal Of Construction Insurance Dispute

    PASADENA, Calif. — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 13 affirmed in an unpublished memorandum a Nevada federal judge’s grant of an insurer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in a coverage dispute with a contractor and a homeowners association (HOA), finding that the insurer was entitled to a declaratory judgment of no coverage because an “accident” had not occurred while the contractor worked on one of the HOA’s buildings.

  • May 13, 2024

    Insured Cannot Reassert Bad Faith Claim In Collapse Coverage Suit, Judge Says

    PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania federal judge denied an insured’s motion for leave to reassert a bad faith claim against its commercial property insurer in a dispute over coverage for the partial collapse of a building because the insured failed to show that the insurer’s reliance on the policy’s faulty workmanship exclusion to deny coverage was unreasonable.

  • May 10, 2024

    New Jersey Appeals Court Says Subcontractor Was Part Of Settlement With Owner

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division found that a trial court judge erred by finding that a subcontractor was not enrolled in a contractor consolidated insurance program (CCIP); the appeals court reversed the judge’s decision to deny the subcontractor’s motion to enforce a settlement agreement in the dispute over construction damages and dismiss the claims against it.

  • May 09, 2024

    Mississippi Appeals Court: Contractor, Insurer’s Indemnity Claim Unripe When Filed

    JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a state circuit court’s decision to dismiss a declaratory judgment complaint brought by a contractor and its insurer against a subcontractor in a coverage dispute stemming from faulty masonry, finding that the question of the insurer’s duty to indemnify the subcontractor was not ripe when the complaint was filed.

  • May 09, 2024

    Insurer Not Prejudiced By Letting Contractor Amend Counterclaims, Magistrate Says

    SEATTLE — A federal magistrate judge in Washington granted a contractor’s motion to amend its counterclaims and third-party complaint in a coverage dispute with two insurers over the insurers’ duty to defend the contractor against allegations of faulty construction of a conveyance pipe for a sewer overflow control project; the contractor filed its amended counterclaims on the same day.

  • May 09, 2024

    Magistrate Judge: Insurer’s Duty To Defend, Indemnify Concrete Company Not Ripe

    AUSTIN, Texas — A federal magistrate judge in Texas recommended the stay of a declaratory judgment complaint brought by an insurer against an insured concrete company, finding that the question of whether the insurer must indemnify and defend the company against claims in a series of underlying complaints for alleged faulty installation of concrete is not yet ripe for consideration.

  • May 08, 2024

    Judge Rules New Orleans Cannot Make Insurers Arbitrate Airport Construction Claims

    NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in Louisiana found that New Orleans cannot compel arbitration with insurers over coverage stemming from construction damages at a city airport, finding that the insurers did not agree to arbitrate claims asserted by the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB).

  • May 08, 2024

    3rd Circuit OKs Dismissal Of Stucco Subcontractor’s Appeal Of Coverage Dispute

    PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed an insured stucco subcontractor’s appeal of a Pennsylvania federal judge’s ruling granting judgment on the pleadings to two insurers who argued they had no duty to defend the subcontractor against water damage claims, after the parties filed a stipulation of voluntary dismissal.

  • May 07, 2024

    Idaho Law Precludes Homeowner From Bringing Claims Against Insurer In Roofing Row

    POCATELLO, Idaho — Warranty claims brought by a homeowner against an insurer and a roofing company that allegedly failed to repair a roof are barred against the insurer because insurers may not be sued under Idaho law absent a contractual or statutory provision authorizing an action, an Idaho federal judge found in granting the insurers’ motion to dismiss.

  • May 06, 2024

    Insurer, HOA File Notice Of Tentative Settlement In Dispute Over Constructed Homes

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An insurer and a homeowners’ association filed a notice in a Florida federal court indicating that they intend to file a joint stipulation of dismissal of their construction insurance dispute, wherein the insurer sought a declaration that it owed no indemnification to a subcontractor that worked on homes operated by the HOA, due to a tentative settlement in an underlying lawsuit.

  • May 03, 2024

    Federal Judge Finds No Jurisdiction In Construction Insurance Dispute, Remands

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in California remanded to state court a construction insurance dispute brought by a contractor alleging that its insurer acted in bad faith when it refused to pay for most of an arbitration award related to a faulty roof, finding that the insurer failed to join necessary parties when removing the case to federal court.

  • May 03, 2024

    Judge: No Duty For Agent To Procure Policy Without Exclusions For Contractor

    DENVER — A Colorado federal judge granted a procuring insurance agent’s motion for summary judgment on claims assigned to a couple by the contractor that defectively constructed their home, finding that the couple failed to establish that the contractor had entered into a contract with the procuring insurance agent that would require it to provide an insurance policy that did not contain policy exclusions that led to denial.

  • May 01, 2024

    10th Circuit: Insurer’s Coverage Denial For Steel Collapse Not In Bad Faith

    DENVER — A 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 30 affirmed a Wyoming federal judge’s finding that a building owner insured is owed no coverage under an insurance policy’s additional abrupt collapse coverage, finding that the building owner did not show that the insurer or its claims service manager acted in bad faith.

  • May 01, 2024

    Subcontractor Appeals Summary Judgment Rulings In Worker Injury Coverage Dispute

    NEW YORK — A subcontractor on April 30 filed a notice in a New York federal court indicating it is asking the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to review the federal court’s orders that denied its motion for partial summary judgment and granted insurers’ motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit arising from personal injury actions brought by two of its workers.

  • April 30, 2024

    Federal Judge: Insurer Not Entitled To Attorney Fees In Row Over Faulty Pool

    MISSOULA, Mont. — A federal judge in Montana largely denied an insurer’s request for attorney fees and costs after a March finding that the insurer owed no coverage to a couple whose property was damaged by water draining from an improperly designed “disappearing floor” pool, finding the insurer does not illustrate the extreme circumstances required in declaratory judgment cases under Montana law.

  • April 30, 2024

    Split 7th Circuit Upholds Finding Of No Coverage To Contractor Under Policies

    CHICAGO — A split panel of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 29 upheld a district court’s ruling that insurers do not owe a general contractor a defense or indemnification as an additional insured in a coverage dispute stemming from a subcontractor’s defective welding work at O’Hare International Airport, finding that defects in welding and columns do not constitute “property damage” under the relevant insurance policy.

  • April 29, 2024

    Federal Judge Dismisses Worker Injury Coverage Suit Following Refiled Stipulation

    NEW YORK — Following a stipulation of dismissal refiled by a subcontractor, a property owner and a construction manager, a New York federal judge on April 26 dismissed all remaining claims between them in the subcontractor’s lawsuit arising from personal injury actions brought by two of its workers.

  • April 25, 2024

    11th Circuit Won’t Rehear Case After Finding No Coverage For Construction Manager

    ATLANTA — A panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 24 denied an apartment project owner’s petition for panel rehearing, filed after a February opinion in which the panel affirmed a Florida federal judge’s finding that an insurance policy’s professional services exclusion bars an insurer’s duty to defend an insured construction management company that was sued for construction defects at the apartment project where it served as a construction manager.

  • April 24, 2024

    More Claims Settled In Dispute Over Subcontractors’ Insurers’ Duty To Reimburse

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A clerk’s order in an Arkansas federal court dismissed claims between two insurers in a dispute over whether the insurers of subcontractors were obliged to reimburse a construction company’s insurer for its defense of claims of faulty work in an arbitration, becoming the latest of multiple similar orders in the dispute.

  • April 24, 2024

    Judge: Exclusion On Number Of Homes Built Means No Defense To Subcontractor

    TACOMA, Wash. — Adopting a federal magistrate judge’s report and recommendation, a federal judge dismissed a subcontractor’s insurer from a construction insurance complaint, finding that the insurer owed no defense or indemnification to the contractor in an underlying complaint brought by a group of homeowners due to a policy exclusion related to the construction of a development with more than five units.