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The First Department of New York's Appellate Division Enforces a Manuscript "Other Insurance Endorsement" Drafted with Assistance from SDV

On May 16, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department issued HDI-Gerling Am. Ins. Co., et al., v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., and Skanska USA Civil Northeast, No. 3095- 3095A, 2017 WL 1013645 (N.Y. App. Div. Mar. 16, 2017). This case involved a priority of coverage dispute between two contractors, Skanska USA Civil Northeast ("Skanska") and Siemens Corp. ("Siemens"), and their respective insurance carriers.

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SDV at the "Women Who Build" Summit

On Wednesday, February 22, two of SDV’s own, Alexandra Byrd and Stella Szantova Giordano, attended the “Women Who Build” summit in Hartford, CT.  Only in its second year, thi ...

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South Carolina Supreme Court Requires Transparency by Rejecting an Insurer's "Cut-and-Paste" Reservation of Rights

An insurer's "cut-and-pasted" reservation of rights, simply reciting policy language, may be inadequate to notify the insured of the particular grounds upon which coverage may be denied.

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Introduction to Insuring Construction Projects

On February 14 from noon to 1 PM EST, SDV Attorney Stella Szantova Giordano will present an introductory workshop on insuring construction projects at the University of Hartford’s Constructio ...

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SDV Supports Rhode Island Auto Policyholders in Amicus Brief

SDV recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the Rhode Island Supreme Court in support of insured motorists and passengers injured while rendering aid to other motorists.

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Oregon Supreme Court Confirms Broad Duty to Defend

A subcontractor's insurer refused to defend a general contractor even though they were named additional insured on its CGL Policy. Where does the insurer's duty to defend begin? Where does it end?

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Florida's Supreme Court Resolves Conflicting Appellate Court Decisions on Concurrent Causation

What happens when a policyholder suffers a loss caused by multiple perils, but not all perils are covered? On one hand, Florida's Second District Court of Appeals has ruled that there should be no coverage under the efficient proximate cause doctrine. On the other hand, Florida's Third District Court of Appeals has held that pursuant to the concurrent clause doctrine, there should be coverage.

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Yours, Mine, and Ours: Florida Court Holds Wrap Exclusion Applies Equally to Named and Additional Insured

Gregory Podolak (SDV Southeast Managing Partner) has a new article in Insurance Matters, the newsletter of the Florida Bar’s Insurance and Surety Committee:

In today&rs ...

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Faulty Workmanship an Occurrence in Iowa - as Long as Other Property Damage is Involved

The Eighth Circuit recently weighed in on one of the more contentious issues in insurance coverage litigation: is faulty workmanship an occurrence?

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Oregon Supreme Court Prohibits Insurer's Attempt to Relitigate Insured's Liability

In a big win for policyholders, the Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled that that insurance companies are not allowed to relitigate the nature of damages awarded against their insureds during an underlying trial.

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