Construction Defects Are Occurrences

NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, p. 14, Summer 2012

2 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2012

Date Written: August 24, 2012

Abstract

This article explains the nascent majority view that Construction Defects Are Occurrences. Currently the majority view is that construction defects constitute "occurrences" with the Supreme Courts of Tennessee, Indiana, Florida, Alaska, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, South Carolina, Minnesota and Kansas. These states all find in favor of policyholders. Moreover Colorado, Arkansas, Hawaii and South Carolina have passed statutes that essentially mandate that construction defects are "occurrences."

The above majority courts have adopted the "subjective test" by applying the definition of "occurrence" to the facts of the case in reaching their conclusions.

Keywords: Insurance, Construction Defects, CGL Policy, Occurrences

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., Construction Defects Are Occurrences (August 24, 2012). NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, p. 14, Summer 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2136155

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