Liberty Mutual wins in refusing to pay arbitration award | Business Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group units are not obligated to indemnify a timberland and natural resource investment management firm for a $3.5 million arbitration award because the underlying charges against them were not based on negligence, said a federal appeals court Wednesday in affirming a lower court ruling.

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Published by C. Clay Olson

Attorney Christopher Clay Olson is a partner at Harper Little PLLC where he focuses on representing clients in the construction, insurance, banking, hospitality, retail, and real estate industries. Mr. Olson is currently enjoying his seventeenth year as a practicing lawyer in South Carolina. Located in Charleston, Clay is a partner with Harper Little. Mr. Olson focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the construction industry. Over the years he has litigated construction defect suits, payment disputes, including mechanics lien obligations, surety bond claims as well as insurance coverage litigation involving local, regional, as well as nationally emerging builders and developers. During the years 2008 and 2009, Clay proudly served as South Carolina’s co-chair for the Council on Litigation Management, an organization comprised of insurance companies, self-insured corporations, attorneys, and governmental agencies all striving towards the common goal of cost-efficient dispute resolution. Membership in the Council is achieved by invitation only. Mr. Olson has litigated matters in State and Federal Courts, as well as within various alternative dispute resolution bodies such as the American Arbitration Association. Education Mr. Olson was born in Anderson, South Carolina in 1974. He received his B.A. in Government from Wofford College in 1996, and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1999. Admissions Mr. Olson is admitted to the State Bar of South Carolina, and the U.S. District Court for the State of South Carolina. Classes/Seminars Taught · Lecturer, Litigation Management Basics (2009) – Argo Specialty Lines and The Colony Group (Richmond, VA) · Lecturer, Evaluation Damages (2009) – Seibels Bruce and Subsidiaries (Columbia, SC) Lecturer, Additional Insured Provisions, Limitations of Liability, and Related Contractual Provisions in Design Contracts (2011) – Arrowpoint Capital (Charlotte, NC) Legal Affiliations Mr. Olson is a member of the State Bar of South Carolina (Member, Construction Law Section). Mr. Olson is also a member of the Council on Litigation Management (CLM). Industry Affiliations Mr. Olson is rated as Distinguished by Martindale Hubbell. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar's Construction Focus and the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.

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