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Insurance Cases to Watch in the Second Half of 2016

Today's edition of Insurance Law360.com discusses a number of the cases we have been covering in the SDV blog. Partner Gregory D. Podolak was quoted on the following cases:

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Who Pays First? Manuscript Priority Language Enforced by NY Court

This week, as part of IRMI’s Expert Commentary Series, Gregory D. Podolak and H. Scott Williams authored an article addressing recent insurance developments and the resulting impact on the co ...

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Merely Reciting Policy Exclusions Is Insufficient to Avoid a Defense Obligation

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court decision that Scottsdale Insurance Co. breached the duty to defend its policyholder, a home builder, in an underlying construction defect lawsuit broug ...

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Relying on the CGL Policy to Protect You from Professional Risk is a Recipe for Disaster

In a recent article for the AGC's Constructor e-Newsletter, SDV's Gregory Podolak and Turner Construction's Kevin King discussed how "Relying on the CGL Policy to Protect You from Professional Risk is a Recipe for Disast

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The Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act Threatens to Dismantle Risk Transfer

On February 24, 2016, in a ruling with grave implications to additional insured coverage and the risk transfer process, the Fifth Circuit in Tetra Techs., Inc. v. Cont'l Ins. Co. overturned the Eastern District of Louisiana), and broadened the application of the Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act to void indemnity and additional insured coverage.

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Obtaining the Right Builders Risk Insurance Coverage

Builders risk insurance is an important instrument of protection for any construction project. However, not all builders risk policies are the same - the limits and scope of coverage afforded can vary dramatically. Ensuring that effective coverage is in place requires an understanding of the risks of loss unique to the particular project

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Texas Rules Incorporation of Defective Products Is Not Physical Injury, But "Rip and Tear" Damages are Covered

In a recent landmark decision, the Texas Supreme Court held that mere incorporation of defective products into a structure without additional property damage is not covered under a commercial general liability policy. However, "rip and tear" or "get to" damages are covered.

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Why Understanding Our Clients' Businesses Makes All the Difference

Earlier this week, Greg Podolak spoke with the editors of Law360.com again. This time, he noted that not knowing a client’s business is on ...

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A Little Knowledge of CGL Policies Can Go A Long Way

In a recent article for the Connecticut Law Tribune, SDV's H. Scott Williams wrote on the importance of attorneys understanding the responsibilities of both insurer and policyholder when it comes to commercial general liability (CGL) insurance...

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Construction Defect Disputes and Litigation Seminar

Join SDV's Theresa Guertin and others on Friday, December 4 at the Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area for a day-long seminar on how to skillfully utilize recent case law to clarify policy language.

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