construction defect News

Rotted Beams Identified In Deadly Northern California Balcony Collapse

A balcony that snapped off an apartment building and led to the deaths of six college students was supported by wooden beams that had been badly rotted by exposure to moisture, building inspectors in Berkeley, Calif., said. The city Building …

Deconstructing Texas Insurance Law: Ewing Confirms Court’s Shift

On Jan. 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court in Ewing Construction Company v. Amerisure Insurance Co. issued another surprising and controversial decision in a construction defect coverage case. For many years the Texas Supreme Courts had largely been a model …

Old Republic Insurance Sues Georgia City Over Runway Construction

An insurance company is suing the City of Macon, claiming that a corporate jet crashed because the city improperly built the runway it landed on. The Telegraph of Macon reported that Old Republic Insurance Co. is suing the city for …

Jury Awards $39M in Fatal Wisconsin Garage Panel Fall

A jury has found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee, Wis., parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010 and awarded $39 million in damages. The civil jury also …

ProSight Specialty Launches “Pay as you Build” Builders Reporting Policy

ProSight Specialty Insurance, a global insurance group in the construction industry, has launched a new product that will provide residential and commercial contractors with additional cash flow through a “payas you build” feature with a low deposit premium called Builders …

Arizona Homebuilder Hit With Stiff Damage Award

Several hundred Sun City Grand homeowners in Surprise have been awarded nearly $14 million in one of the largest construction-defect cases in Arizona history. The Arizona Republic reports the money was awarded by an arbitration panel against developer Del Webb …

South Carolina Judge Grants Initial OK for Class Action Over Sun City Homes

A South Carolina judge has granted preliminary class-action status to lawsuits alleging defective stucco work on homes in Sun City Hilton Head. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported that Judge J. Michael Baxley issued the order last month. The …

Construction Workers Settle in Collapse of Georgia Walkway

An attorney for workers who sued over the collapse of an elevated walkway under construction in the treetops at the Atlanta Botanical Garden said settlements totaling more than $15 million have been reached in the case. A portion of the …

Nevada Construction Defect Reform Bill Dies in Senate

Proposed Nevada construction defect lawsuit reforms that were criticized as “window dressing” by the building industry died in the Senate. AB401 sponsored by Democratic Assembly Speaker John Oceguera failed on 9-12 vote. The bill would have set a three-year statute …

South Carolina Moves Forward with Construction Defect Bill

Insurers in South Carolina may find themselves on the losing side over a battle to prevent construction defects from being covered under a general commercial liability (CGL) policy. The South Carolina Senate has approved a bill (S.431) that would reverse …