The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions: Brad Pitt and the Make It Right Foundation

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

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Duty to Defend Triggered in Florida

Court rules that insurers must treat notice of claim for construction defects as a lawsuit for purposes of duty to defend. A pre suit letter is deemed to be a "suit" or "suit papers" in a policy. The Sapphire Condominium in Fort Lauderdale (Credit: Keller Williams Realty) Florida has issued a controversial and sweeping ruling … Continue reading Duty to Defend Triggered in Florida

Newman II Decision and SC Construction Defect Law

South Carolina has served as a mystery in its application of Comprehensive General Liability policies within the construction industry. Auto Owners v. Virginia Newman provided the Supreme Court of South Carolina an opportunity to clear up a seminal issue regarding coverage provided to contractors: Does the defective work of a subcontractor constitute an insurable loss within the insuring agreement which binds a General Contractor and its insurer. The much anticipated opinion might have served to further muddy the waters as the court relied on an obscure exclusion within the policy, rather than the much broader "subcontractor exclusion" to rule that coverage for some damages caused by a subcontractor's work is not covered.