RT ECP: Claims - Contr Prof Liability

July 27, 2010

Family Blames Poor Construction, Not Tornado, for Death

The family of a 10-year-old girl who died in a 2006 tornado is blaming a Minnesota homebuilder for the child’s death. In a wrongful death lawsuit in County District Court, the family claims poor construction, not a tornado, is to blame for the girl’s death. The family maintains that the girl’s death might have been […]

July 27, 2010

Insurer to Pay $17.5 Million in Faulty Construction Claim

The insurer that issued the performance bond for a portion of the troubled Interstate-84 construction in Connecticut will pay $17.5 million to settle claims involving installation of defective drains. The payment from the insurer on behalf of the primary contractor for the project will allow the state to begin repairing the defective drains along a […]

July 27, 2010

Bridge Collapse Suit to Target Engineer, Contractor

Contradicting the National Transportation Safety Board’s report that blamed too-thin gusset plates for the Aug. 1, 2007, collapse of the Minneapolis Interstate 35W bridge, an independent analysis concluded that rusted, frozen roller bearings were pivotal in the tragedy that killed 13 people and injured 145.  The roller bearings prevented thermal expansion and caused a truss chord to fail, […]

July 20, 2010

XL Presents Fuel Leak Claim Example

XL Insurance’s insured, a mechanical contractor, was retained as a subcontractor during construction of a medical center.  The insured subcontracted the underground storage tank (UST) installation, fuel line connections to the existing building, and associated engineering work to another contractor.  Part of that subcontracted work included removal of soil that was initially placed over the […]


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