Mealey's Construction Defects Insurance

  • April 02, 2024

    Parties Refile Stipulation Of Dismissal In Worker Injury Coverage Dispute

    NEW YORK — Per a New York federal judge’s order, a subcontractor, a property owner and a construction manager on April 1 refiled their stipulation of dismissal of the claims between them in the subcontractor’s lawsuit arising from personal injury actions brought by two of its workers.

  • April 02, 2024

    Federal Judge Dismisses Insurance Dispute Over Windows Due To Pending Garnishment

    LINCOLN, Neb. — A federal judge in Nebraska dismissed a complaint brought by an insurance company seeking a declaration it owed no indemnification to a company accused of faulty work in its installation of windows in a home, finding that it would be inappropriate to enter judgment while garnishment proceedings are pending elsewhere.

  • April 02, 2024

    Contractor Appeals Finding It Owes $2.3 Million To Insurer For Arbitration Award

    NEW YORK — A contractor is appealing to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals a New York federal judge’s upholding of an arbitration panel’s award of a $2.3 million judgment in favor of the contractor’s insurers as part of a settlement with a subcontractor the insurers said provided faulty concrete work for a construction project.

  • April 02, 2024

    Federal Judge Finds No Coverage Owed From Insurer Due To Tract Housing Exclusion

    TACOMA, Wash. — Adopting a pair of reports and recommendations issued by a magistrate judge, a federal judge in Washington granted an insurer’s motion for summary judgment, finding that coverage for a development company from claims of faulty work brought by a group of homeowners is barred by a policy exclusion related to the construction of tract housing.

  • April 01, 2024

    Federal Judge: Insurer Correct To Deny Coverage In Dispute Over Mold

    LAS VEGAS — A federal judge in Nevada on March 29 granted a contractor’s professional liability insurer’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing all claims against it in a mold and moisture damage coverage dispute after finding that the contractor violated the plain terms of the policy by incurring more than $1 million in repair costs without first seeking consent from the insurer.

  • March 29, 2024

    Insurer, Contractor Settle Dispute Over Faulty Concrete Claims

    MIAMI — After the parties filed a notice of settlement, a Florida federal magistrate judge on March 28 closed a case where the magistrate judge previously found that an insurer’s policy does not bar coverage to a contractor accused of defective work on a Florida highway.

  • March 29, 2024

    7th Circuit Grants Voluntary Dismissal Of Insurance Dispute Over Failed Pavement

    CHICAGO — After the parties said they had reached a settlement, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal brought by a subcontractor’s insurer that sought reversal of an Illinois federal judge’s finding that an underlying complaint involving the failure of pavement at a Michigan outlet mall did not allege an “occurrence” or “property damage” to trigger a second insurer’s duty to defend.

  • March 28, 2024

    Judge Rules Contractor ‘Willfully’ Failed To Respond To Insurer’s Suit

    ABERDEEN, Miss. — A federal judge in Mississippi denied a contractor’s motion to set aside the entry of default against him, finding that the contractor “willfully defaulted” on repeated notifications about a lawsuit brought by a commercial property insurer seeking to recover money from a contractor that the insurer paid to its insured after a roof the contractor built collapsed.

  • March 27, 2024

    Judge Dismisses Construction Defects Insurance Suit After Parties Agree To Settle

    OAKLAND, Calif. — After the parties notified the court that they had reached a global settlement, a federal judge in California on March 26 dismissed with prejudice the case between two excess insurers and a construction firm and related entities that sought a defense for a series of construction defect claims.

  • March 27, 2024

    Federal Judge: Ambiguities Mean Insurer Owes Defense To Damaged Home’s Owners

    SAN DIEGO — A California federal judge granted in part a couple’s motion for partial summary judgment, finding that a renovator’s insurer owes them a duty to defend and indemnify due to damages caused to the couple’s duplex home while the renovator was replacing the roof because an ambiguously worded policy exclusion regarding apartments does not bar coverage.

  • March 26, 2024

    Companies Appeal Finding They Are Owed No Defense From Subcontractor’s Insurer

    LOS ANGELES — A building owner and a general contractor have appealed a California judge’s decision dismissing their lawsuit seeking payment from a subcontractor’s insurer after the judge agreed with the insurer that coverage was barred by a policy exclusion related to damage caused by the subcontractor’s faulty work.

  • March 26, 2024

    Federal Judge: Policy Exclusions Don’t Bar Coverage For Bridge Damage

    TAMPA, Fla. — A federal judge in Florida denied a subcontractor’s excess liability insurer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, agreeing with a federal magistrate who said in a report and recommendation that several policy exclusions do not preclude the insurer from providing a defense to the subcontractor from claims that its work caused damage to girders on a Florida bridge.

  • March 26, 2024

    Federal Judge: Coverage Barred By Construction Firm’s Precluded ‘Development’

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A federal judge in New Mexico granted a construction firm’s insurer’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case with prejudice, finding that the insurer owes no equitable contribution to another of the firm’s insurers after the firm was sued for construction defects because of a policy exclusion that bars coverage if the firm engages in “real estate development activities.”

  • March 21, 2024

    Insurer Failed To Show Faulty Work, Fungi Exclusions Bar Coverage For Assembly Work

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Summary judgment in favor of a commercial general liability insurer is not warranted because the insurer failed to show that its policy exclusions for faulty work and for fungi or bacteria apply to bar coverage for an underlying negligence suit stemming from the insureds’ assembly of a manufactured home that sustained water and mold damages following the delivery and assembly of the home, a Georgia federal judge ruled.

  • March 19, 2024

    Judgment Granted To Insurer Seeking Policy Voidance For Material Misrepresentation

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama federal judge granted summary judgment to an insurer seeking to void policies and a declaration that it owes no coverage to the insureds, a construction company and its owner, in underlying suits filed against them alleging construction defects, finding that the insurer is entitled to summary judgment in part because “but for the misrepresentation,” the insurer would not have issued the policies with the applicable provisions.

  • March 15, 2024

    Washington High Court: Policy Exception Revives Coverage For Condo’s Roof Collapse

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court on March 14 found that an appeals court correctly reversed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in an all-risk insurer’s favor in a coverage dispute stemming from condensation damage to a condominium’s roof, finding that a resulting loss exception in the insurance policy revives coverage, even if it would otherwise be precluded by a faulty workmanship exclusion.

  • March 15, 2024

    11th Circuit Tosses Construction Insurance Appeal, Finds It Lacks Jurisdiction

    ATLANTA — A panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal brought by a subcontractor’s insurer arguing that it owed no duty to defend or indemnify its insured due to policy exclusions, finding that the judgment the insurer appealed was not final because it did not dispose of all claims against all parties.

  • March 14, 2024

    Federal Judge: Insurer Owes No Soft Costs To Developer Due To Policy Exclusion

    ST. LOUIS — A federal judge in Missouri dismissed a complaint brought by a property owner who sought soft costs and loss of rental income from a contractor’s insurer after the failure of a retaining wall at an apartment complex project, finding that the plain language of the insurance contract precludes coverage.

  • March 08, 2024

    Contractor: 11th Circuit Must Affirm Judge’s Denial Of Insurer’s Attorney Fees

    ATLANTA — A contractor tells the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a response brief that a Florida federal judge was correct to deny its insurer’s request for attorney fees in one of two ongoing appeals stemming from the federal judge’s finding that the contractor and a subcontractor were not entitled to a defense from the insurer due to the presence of a policy exclusion.

  • March 07, 2024

    Federal Judge: No Coverage To Construction Firms Due To Townhome Project Exclusion

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A federal judge in Florida ruled that an insurer owes no defense or indemnification to its insured subcontractor that was accused of faulty work leading to water line damage on a townhome development project or the head contractor on the project, finding that a policy exclusion relating to residential construction operations bars coverage.

  • March 07, 2024

    Contractor Seeks 6th Circuit’s Review Of Coverage Rulings In Wall Collapse Suit

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Less than two weeks after a building owner filed a notice of appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the contractor responsible for the building’s renovation work followed suit and filed its own notice of appeal, seeking review of a Tennessee federal judge’s ruling and judgment entered in favor of the insurer in the dispute between the building owner, contractor and insurer over coverage for the replacement of the building’s wall that fell during renovation work.

  • March 06, 2024

    Judge Finds Insurer Need Not Defend Subcontractor For Work Completed Before Policy

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina on March 5 granted an insurer’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the insurer has no duty to defend a subcontractor from claims of structural issues in homes it helped build because of an exclusion in the insurance policy barring coverage if the work was completed before the beginning of coverage.

  • March 06, 2024

    Construction Firm Appeals Ruling That It Isn’t Owed Defense Due To Records Issues

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A construction firm on March 5 notified an Alabama federal court that it has appealed a judge’s finding that the firm’s insurer had no duty to defend the firm from allegations that it caused structural damage to a couple’s home because the firm failed to obtain written indemnity agreements from subcontractors that were required by the terms of the insurance policy.

  • March 05, 2024

    Judge Upholds Arbitration Award Against Contractor In Construction Insurance Case

    NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York upheld an arbitration panel’s decision awarding a contractor’s insurers $2.3 million, finding that the contractor owes the money as part of a settlement with a subcontractor the insurers said provided faulty concrete work for a construction project.

  • March 05, 2024

    Panel: No Coverage Owed For Claims Arising From Warehouse Collapse Caused By Tornado

    ST. LOUIS — The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 4 affirmed a lower federal court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of an insurer in its lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that it had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured against underlying wrongful death and personal injury claims arising from a warehouse collapse that was caused by a tornado, finding that there is no coverage because the insured did not own, rent or occupy the warehouse when it collapsed.