Brad Pitt is in the news once again. This time, however, Pitt is seeing headlines in architectural and building materials journals as a result of litigation which has spawned from his Make it Right Foundation's efforts in the Ninth Ward post Hurricane Katrina. Make it Right was recently named in class action allegations made by … Continue reading The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions: Brad Pitt and the Make It Right Foundation
A SC District Court has reached a decision regarding a potential exception to the eight year statute of repose. Claims brought against an architecture firm and a contractor were barred as untimely despite alleged building code violations. Hampton Hall LLC v. Chapman Coyle Chapman & Associates Architects AIA Inc., et al., No. 17-1575, D. S.C., … Continue reading South Carolina District Court Clarifies Statute of Repose
A Florida court has determined that a project owner's (Cypress) general partner was not an additional insured under an insurance policy issued to the Genral Contractor (WPC) who constructed the project. The ruling was made in conjunction with a lawsuit brought by a homeowners association for construction defects, maintenance issues and failure to disclose material … Continue reading Florida Rules Developer Not Entitled to Additional Insured Coverage for Negligent Misrepresentation
A recent unpublished opinion by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appealshas held that a contractor’s allegedly poor workmanship did not constitute an “occurrence” under the contractor’s policy of insurance. The facts in this matter can be summarized, as follows: Wal-Mart contracted with MW Builders ("Contractor") to construct a new store in Kentucky. Contractor subcontracted the … Continue reading Kentucky Commercial Subcontractor’s Work Deemed to be Faulty and Insurance Not Triggered
A 2011 S.C. Court of Appeals decision has further clarified South Carolina’s treatment of comparative fault in construction defect suits. http://m.sccourts.org/opinions/displayUnPubOpinion.cfm?caseNo=2011-UP-260 An owner of a hotel located in South Carolina brought a construction defect action against the general contractor, subcontractors for damages resulting from original construction. The General Contractor responded with affirmative defenses and third-party claims … Continue reading Construction Defect Suits and Apportionment Under McGonigal’s Flamingo v. RJG
Economic conditions are causing economic duress among homeowners, buidlers, and contributing to litigation involving matters of contract such as mechanics lien claims for non-pament. While liability insurance is not intended to pay for these contractual and commercial suits, the reality is that frivilous counterclaims by owners can trigger an insurer's duty to defend even the most frivilous of claims.