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Breaking The Ice: A Policyholder's Guide to Insurance Coverage for Texas Winter Storm Uri Claims

The devastating extreme cold weather event in Texas on February 14-18, 2021, often referred to as Winter Storm Uri, caused significant damages to homes and businesses in the region. Temperatures during the winter storm were the coldest on record since 1883, with some areas reaching as low as negative 6 degrees.

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New York Considers Amendments to Construction Industry Wage Laws that Would Impose Significant Burden Upon Contractors

A bill that would amend the the wage and hour requirements of the New York Labor Law was recently passed by the New York State Legislature and is expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo. Bill Number S2766C (the "Bill") is intended to protect construction workers against wage theft.

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School Campus Sexual Assault & Active Shooter Insurance Issues

At the 2021 Texas Association of Community College Business Officers Virtual Annual Conference, Tracy Alan Saxe of Saxe Doernberger & Vita and Donna Stone of Pozmantier, Williams & Stone presented an in-depth analysis of the insurance coverage needs of School Campuses in Active Shooter and Assault situations from the perspective of coverage counsel and insurance brokerage.

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2021 Construction Law Update chapter by Theresa A. Guertin

Recently, Theresa A. Guertin published a chapter in the 2021 Construction Law Update. This chapter provides an overview of indemnification agreements, the critical lines of insurance coverage most commonly purchased by construction industry players (builder's risk, commercial general liability (CGL), excess/umbrella, automobile liability, and workers' compensation), and some significant issues associated with each line of coverage.

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Recent Events Highlight the Importance of Corporate Entities Assessing Their Cyber Risk

The high-profile cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline Company is a poignant reminder of the new and ever-evolving risks corporate policyholders face. In addition to the risk of loss or damage from conventional causes, such as physical damage to property and equipment, companies must also contemplate their exposure to losses involving electronic transactions and electronically stored information.

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Project-Specific Policies and Products-Completed Operations Hazard Extensions

ISO commercial general liability ("CGL") policies use the term "products-completed operations hazard" ("PCOH") to define a category of risk which is treated specially by certain exclusions within the policy and often subject to separate limits of insurance. In construction, we think about PCOH as being about coverage for completed work.

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"Multiple Claims" Provisions on Contractor's Professional Liability Policy Creates a Trap for Policyholders

In Berkley Assurance Company v. Hunt Construction Group, Inc., 465 F.Supp.3d 370 (S.D.N.Y., 2020), professional liability insurer Berkley sued its insured, Hunt, a construction management firm, seeking a declaration that it did not owe Hunt a duty to defend and indemnify against breach of contract claims. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Berkley's motion for summary judgment and denied Hunt's motion for partial summary judgment.

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SDV Contributes Updates to the Construction Law Handbook, 4th Edition, Chapter 17

David G. Jordan and Samantha M. Oliveira are regular contributors to the Construction Law Handbook, Chapter 17.

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D&O Practice Notes: Beware of Broad Contract Exclusions

Contract exclusions are common fixtures in directors and officers liability policies; however, they can be broadly interpreted to eliminate valuable coverage. The purpose of this Practice Note is to assist policyholders in identifying whether their policies contain a contract exclusion and providing them practical recommendations to assist in negotiating more favorable language in their policies.

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McDonald's Scores COVID-19 Victory Against GL Insurer - Policyholders are "Lovin' It"

In a significant victory for policyholders, the Northern District of Illinois has found a duty to defend under a commercial general liability ("CGL") policy for damages related to COVID-19. In reaching this decision, the court made several significant findings regarding the scope and interpretation of "damages," "because of," and "bodily injury" in the context of general liability coverage.

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