SDV was founded more than 20 years ago with one mission: to level the playing field for insurance policyholders. Its singular focus on insurance coverage law and unwavering commitment to policyholders of all types have made it a leader in insurance litigation and risk management strategy. With a steadily growing team of experienced insurance coverage lawyers in regional offices across the country, SDV is the right choice for policyholders.

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Think Twice About Depreciating Repair Costs in Our State, says the Tennessee Supreme Court

Tennessee's Supreme Court recently held that an insurer may not withhold repair labor costs as depreciation when the policy definition of actual cash value is found to be ambiguous. Tennessee joins other states like California and Vermont that prohibit the depreciation of repair labor costs in property policies.
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Connecticut Crumbling Concrete Cases Not Covered Under "Collapse" Provision in Homeowner's Policy

In recent years, the foundations of approximately 35,000 homes in northeastern Connecticut have begun to deteriorate as a result of faulty concrete used to build homes during the 1980s and 1990s. Dozens of homeowners have been suing their insurers for denying coverage for claims based on the deteriorating foundations. Of those cases, three related lawsuits against Allstate Insurance Company were the first to make it to the federal appellate level.
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Construction Defect Dispute Governed by Contract Disputes Act not yet Suited to being a "Suit"

The Southern District of California recently held that a series of demands for a general contractor to investigate and repair several construction defects at a U.S. Army facility did not constitute a "suit" within the meaning of the general contractor's commercial general liability ("CGL") policy.
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Events

The Intersection of Coverage in Design Build Claims

As Design Build construction surges, the intersection of lines and layers of coverage with contracts and legal principles becomes more complex. Join us for an in-depth discussion on design build issues for owners, general contractors, subs and design professionals with Julian D. Ehrlich, Esq., Senior Vice President Claims, Aon Construction Services Group and Jeremiah M. Welch, Partner, Saxe, Doernberger and Vita, P.C.
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Events

American College of Coverage Counsel 2019 Annual Meeting

Tracy Alan Saxe along with his panel will speak at the American College of Coverage Counsel 2019 Annual Meeting on the topic of broad coverage implications for insurer and policyholder alike.
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Events

Significant Developments in CUTPA and CUIPA Jurisprudence

Join Grace V. Hebbel along with a panel of speakers as they discuss the overviews of the Connecticut Unfair Insurance Practices Act (CUIPA) and Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA).
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"Repair Work" Endorsements and Punch List Work

The recent white paper on Repair Work Endorsements by Jeremiah Welch, drew a storm of responses. Most were appreciative and included follow up questions, but there were those that lamented along the lines of: "How can that be? We've been doing it this way for years...".
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Insurer's Negligence Can Lead to a Finding of Bad Faith

The Florida Supreme Court's decision in GEICO General Insurance Co. v. Harvey1 held an insurer accountable for bad faith as a result of actions which were not malicious in nature, but rather consisted of self-serving inaction. The court's decision ushers in an era of closer scrutiny on the actions of insurers and may pave the way for a lower standard for proving bad faith.
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Wisconsin Tests Breadth of Duty to Defend: Declines to Strip Wholesaler of Defense

Wisconsin's Supreme Court recently held that even where a complaint generally alleges a company acted wrongfully and with intent to defraud, a single potentially covered claim still triggers the duty to defend. The case is yet another in a long line of state high court decisions finding that the duty to defend is exceedingly broad and applies where there is a single potentially covered claim.
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