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Texas Court Requires Insurer to Defend GC Despite Breach of Contract Exclusion

In a suit filed by an owner against a general contractor for alleged construction defects at a new sports complex, the general contractor's commercial general liability insurer failed to defend its insured. The Western District of Texas ruled in the general contractor's favor and found that the insurer had a duty to defend, despite a breach of contract exclusion in the general contractor's GL policy.

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A Guide to Homeowners' Insurance for California Wildfire Losses

In 2017 and 2018 alone, California experienced the two largest and the first and fourth deadliest fires in its history. Sadly, a University of California report predicts that the frequency and potency of these fires will only continue to increase in the coming years and decades, increasing the importance of knowing about insurance.

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Fourth Circuit Rejects Application of Wrap-Up Exclusion to Additional Insured

Utilizing an owner-controlled or contractor-controlled insurance program (collectively known as "wrap-ups") can reduce claims, save costs, and give owners and general contractors comfort in knowing their project is adequately insured. However, problems often arise when a subcontractor doesn't enroll in the wrap-up and, instead, agrees to provide additional insured coverage to the owner and general contractor on the subcontractor's own general liability policy.

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KY Mining Accident Not a Covered Occurrence Under Commercial General Liability Policy

In Am. Mining Ins. Co. v. Peters Farms, LLC, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that a mining error was not a covered accident under a commercial general liability insurance policy. The central issue was whether an insured mining company's unauthorized removal of minerals from neighboring property was an "occurrence" caused "property damage" as defined by the mining company's commercial general liability policy ("CGL Policy").

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The Alphabet Soup of International Data Privacy Rules Thickens - PIPEDA Regulations Took Effect in Canada on Nov. 1 and They May Affect You

Just as the businesses in the US were becoming familiar with the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") and realizing it may apply to them, Canada came out with its own data privacy regulations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act ("PIPEDA").

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Top 10 List of Scariest Insurance Policy Terms

SDV attorneys spend a lot of time reviewing insurance policies for our construction industry clients. From analyzing policies that are meant to provide additional insured coverage to our general contractor clients, to parsing through OCIP and CCIP placements sent to us by our broker colleagues, we've seen it all. Sometimes coverage can be a scary thing, so in honor of Halloween, here is our "Top 10 List of Scariest Insurance Policy Terms" we've seen over the past year.

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To Bee or Not to Bee - CA Court Finds Denial of Coverage Based on Exclusion was Premature Where Facts had not been Judicially Determined

While I typically discuss cases concerning pollution, today I will change a few letters around and discuss pollination. The case, Unigard Insurance Co. et al. v. George Perry and Sons Inc. et al., asks whether there is coverage for a lawsuit brought against a commercial farm that is alleged to have killed off bee colonies used for pollination.

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Effects of Amendment to Florida's Statute of Repose on the Products Completed Operations Hazard

Recent amendments to Florida's Statute of Repose have resulted in concerns as to the scope of risk Florida homebuilders face as a result, and the availability of insurance coverage for such exposures. Previously, the statute provided for a strict, yet straightforward 10-year limitation for latent construction defect claims.

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OH Supreme Court Rules Against General Contractor in Construction Defect Coverage Dispute

On October 9, 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision in Ohio Northern University v. Charles Construction Services, Inc., Slip Op. 2018-Ohio-4057, finding that a general contractor was not entitled to defense or indemnity from its CGL insurer in a construction defect suit brought by a project owner post-project completion.

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Lloyd's of London Blazes Path into Canada's Budding Cannabis Industry

Lloyd's of London has authorized its syndicates to underwrite insurance for the cannabis industry in the newly-legalized Canadian market. As of October 17, 2018, the Canadian cannabis industry will become legal at the highest national level.

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