faulty workmanship News

Allianz: Fires, Explosions Cause Largest Losses for Businesses

Globally, the largest financial losses stem from fires/explosions, aviation incidents, faulty workmanship/maintenance incidents, and storms, which collectively account for more than 50 percent of all claims by total value, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) latest Global Claims …

Ohio High Court: Subcontractor’s Faulty Work Not Covered by GC’s Policy

The Ohio Supreme Court in early October ruled that a general contractor’s commercial general liability policy (CGL) does not cover the faulty work of a subcontractor. In its consideration of Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servs., Inc., the court …

Faulty Workmanship, Even if Charged as Negligence, Isn’t Fortuitous Enough to Be an “Occurrence” Under Liability Policy

Every once in a while, a court teaches us by judicial decision an entire chapter of insurance law lessons we can carry with us, secure in the knowledge that we can reason our way to the right result in insurance …

Court Rules State Farm Owes No Duty to Defend, Cover Contractor’s Faulty Work

In a ruling issued earlier this month, a Pennsylvania court found that State Farm owed no duty to defend or provide coverage for a contractor’s negligent installation of a roof. The case, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. Kim’s …

Arkansas Faulty Workmanship Statute Does Not Have Retroactive Application

The Arkansas Legislature enacted ARK. CODE ANN. § 23-79-155 in 2011. This statute provides in relevant part CGL policies are required to contain a definition of “occurrence” that included “[p]roperty damage … resulting from faulty workmanship.” § 23-79-155(a)(2). Recently, the …

Cape Cod Contractors Admit to Scam, Shoddy Workmanship

A Massachusetts father and son have been sentenced to two years each in prison after pleading guilty to scamming an 87-year-old Dennis woman out of about $20,000. Authorities say 53-year-old William Woods, of Sandwich, and 28-year-old William Woods Jr., of …

Report by California Senate Says Bad Welds Allowed on Bay Bridge

A California Senate report released Wednesday on the construction of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge raises questions about the quality of workmanship used to build the $6.3 billion span. The report by the state Senate’s …

Bills Target Nevada’s Construction Defect Law

Construction defect laws intended to protect consumers have morphed into a trial lawyer’s dream and a nightmare for Nevada’s building trades, putting many out of business and sending the cost of insurance skyrocketing, representatives of the homebuilding and construction industry …

Legislation Regulating Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Cannot be Applied Retroactively

On January 26, 2011 the general assembly of the South Carolina legislature amended S.C. CODE ANN. § 38-61-70 to require all commercial general liability insurance policies to provide coverage for “property damage or bodily injury resulting from faulty workmanship, exclusive …

South Carolina Court Upholds Contractor Liability for Faulty Workmanship

South Carolina’s high court has left intact a state law that requires a builder’s general liability policy to cover damages from faulty workmanship, but ruled it cannot be applied retroactively to claims filed before the law’s May 2011 effective date. …