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Illinois Joins the Pack on Defective Construction as an Occurrence

Illinois joins the majority of states finding "property damage that results inadvertently from faulty work can be caused by an 'accident' and therefore constitute an 'occurrence'."

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Texas Confirms Employer's Liability Coverage Is Only Available If The Injured Worker Is An Employee Of The Named Insured

In Gemini Insurance Company v. Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found an employer's liability policy only provides coverage for bodily injury claims brought against the Named Insured by its own employees and NOT employees of its subcontractors.

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Collateral Damage: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Collateral Agreements

Although collateral agreements provide security for insurers on policies with large deductibles, they can create hardships for insureds that are out of proportion with the insurers' security concerns.

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Courts Rule on Additional Insured Endorsements and Vicarious Liability

Since the advent of the modern Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), standard additional insured (AI) endorsement in the early 2000s, many insurance companies have advocated for an exceedingly narrow application, arguing that coverage is available only for the AI's vicarious liability for the named insured's acts or omissions.

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An Introduction to Workers' Compensation Insurance for Construction Companies and Contractors

Workers' compensation insurance is one of the most important coverages for construction companies and contractors. A workers' compensation policy typically provides insurance for accidents on-site or in the workplace, and other injuries sustained while working. This coverage includes medical expenses, lost wages, worker death, and related costs.

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Trends and Issues which Can Affect Workers' Compensation Coverage for Construction Companies

Recent trends in workers' compensation coverage suggest that the number of claims are likely to continue to increase, specifically for high-risk industries, like the construction industry. This article explores multiple trends and issues which are likely to impact workers' compensation insurance for construction companies.

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What is Contractual Risk Transfer?

Every commercial property owner, developer, general contractor, subcontractor, and vendor should understand the concept of contractual risk transfer and how it might affect its company and projects.

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9 Basic Strategies for Pursuing Coverage for Construction Accident Claims

Construction accidents happen all the time. Accidents involving worker injuries or damage to property can shut down a job site and cause significant losses. Contractors should be diligent and aggressive in examining all of the available options for recovery under their different insurance policies and bonds. This article will provide a refresher on some basic tips to help policyholders improve claims practices with respect to construction accidents.

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Fifth Circuit Requires Causal Distinction for Ensuing Loss Exception to Faulty Work Exclusion

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals provided valuable insight on coverage available through ensuing loss exceptions to faulty work and design exclusions in builder's risk insurance policies. In Balfour Beatty, the Court held that, in order to the ensuing loss must be causally distinct from the original excluded loss.

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A Lawyer's Perspective on Current Issues Dominating the Construction Industry

Some hot topics dominating the construction industry today include the impacts of COVID-19, government testing and vaccine mandates, cyber security, and the evolving role of general counsel.

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