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Middle District of Pennsylvania Holds No Coverage for Claims for Faulty Workmanship

Posted by By: Michael Disantis on Aug 12th 2018

Middle District of Pennsylvania Holds No Coverage for Claims for Faulty Workmanship
Last week, we reviewed Lenick Constr., Inc. v. Selective Way Ins. Co., 2018 WL 2727394, — Fed. Appx. —- (3d. Cir. 2018), a Third Circuit case addressing the scope of coverage for claims arising from faulty workmanship under Pennsylvania law as set forth in Kvaerner Metals Division of Kvaerner US, Inc. v. Commercial Union Ins. Co., 900 A.2d 888 (Pa. 2006). This week, we continue our “Kvaerner Mid-Year Update,” addressing two recent cases in the United States District Court for the Middle Distr
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Rent Control is not a Solution to a Housing Shortage

Posted by Keith B. Dunnagan on Aug 11th 2018

Rent Control is not a Solution to a Housing Shortage
Rent Control is not a Solution to a Housing ShortageBy: D. Keith B. Dunnagan, Esq.In 1995, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act was enacted in California to constrain the rent control ordinances major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco were implementing. Within this Act, single-family homes, condominiums, and duplexes are largely exempt from the rent control policies. Costa-Hawkins also covers any buildings constructed after 1995. This means that as soon as a tenant moves out of exem
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Reminger Attorneys Win Supreme Court of Ohio Appeal to Prevent Imprudent Expansion of the Spoliation Tort

Posted by Unknown on Jun 12th 2018

June 6, 2018The Supreme Court of Ohio recently clarified the scope of the tort of spoliation,[1] which requires five elements under Ohio law: (1) pending or probable litigation involving the plaintiff, (2) knowledge on the part of defendant that litigation exists or is probable, (3) willful destruction of evidence by defendant designed to disrupt the plaintiff’s case, (4) disruption of the plaintiff’s case, and (5) damages proximately caused by the defendant’s actsIn Elliott-Thomas v. Smith, the
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Commercial Insurance Prices in U.S. Increase for First Time in 3 Years

Posted by Willis Towers Watson on Jun 12th 2018

Commercial Insurance Prices in U.S. Increase for First Time in 3 Years
Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. increased modestly in the first quarter of 2018, according to leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS). The survey compared prices charged on policies written during the first quarter of 2018 with those charged for the same coverage during the equivalent quarter in 2017. Price changes were in excess of 1 percent for the first time in 11 quarters, breaking the moderating
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Auto Claims Count Data Reflects Slow Growth

Posted by By Susanna Gotsch, director, industry analyst for CCC Information Services Inc. on Jun 7th 2018

Private passenger auto insurance had been experiencing a steady rate of declining claim frequency over the last two decades with a variety of factors having been identified as contributors to the trend, including an aging population, fewer miles driven, graduated licensing for teenagers, higher deductibles and more vehicles than drivers.Several additional factors came into play with the recession, including higher unemployment and fewer miles driven. Recovery post-recession however occurred not
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