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Repairs to Baton Rouge Library Under Construction to Cost $2M

After concerns over stability halted construction of a Baton Rouge, La., library back in April, a new report estimates it will cost almost another $2 million to steady the building. Construction on the River Center Branch Library was halted after …

Survivor of South Dakota Building Collapse Files Lawsuit

A woman who survived beneath rubble for hours after a 2016 building collapse in Sioux Falls, S.D., is suing the developer and construction company. Emily Fodness was sleeping in an apartment above the Copper Lounge in December 2016 when Hultgren …

Family Sues Firms Involved in 2016 South Dakota Building Collapse

The family of a man who died in a 2016 Sioux Falls, S.D., building collapse has filed two lawsuits alleging the developer and construction company were responsible for the tragedy. Construction worker Ethan McMahon died Dec. 2, 2016, in the …

Termite Damage Isn’t Building Collapse for Purposes of First Party Property Coverage

The Kentucky Supreme Court recently found that an insurance company’s homeowners’ policy did not cover termite damage that did not result in the home’s collapse. The insured presented a claim for termite infestation that was discovered throughout the insured home …

Insurer Says it Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Mississippi Building Collapse

An insurer says it shouldn’t have to pay for the collapse of a building in a southwest Mississippi city. Hudson Specialty Insurance has sued in federal court in Natchez to nullify its policy, saying the policy was voided after the …

Slow Recovery, Reconstruction After Mexico Quake

Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Inside he spots a photo of two young boys hanging on a wall …

Engineers Say Mexico Quake Deaths Could Have Been Prevented

Warm lighting would enhance the wood floors’ natural glow, the developer promised, so when all the custom lightbulbs burnt out, Anahi Abadia and her husband grudgingly drove to Home Depot to replenish supplies for their chic new flat in central …

More Buildings at Risk of Collapse Following Mexico Quake

As many as 360 buildings and homes are in danger of collapse or with major damage in Mexico City nearly a week after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake completely collapsed 38 structures. The risk of delayed collapse is real: The cupola …

South Dakota Firm Said to Have Ignored Safety Rules Before Building Collapse

The construction company that was remodeling a historic downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., building when it collapsed and killed a worker willfully ignored precautions, federal workplace safety officials allege. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday issued two new …

What Qualifies as an Insured Collapse?

Latest Case and Growing Trend Say it Must Fall Down or Cave in The scope of insurance coverage for collapse, first provided by the industry in 1954, has long been the subject of litigation in many jurisdictions. The arguments for …