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May 16, 2019

Ongoing asbestos cleanup forces two schools to spend another year in temporary campuses

Source: https://thelensnola.org, May 15, 2019 By: Marta Jewson Two New Orleans charter schools will spend 2019-2020 in temporary facilities as multimillion-dollar asbestos remediation jobs stretch into another school year. The schools — Lafayette Academy and Rosenwald Collegiate Academy — had previously been expected to move into their permanent buildings this fall. In a lawsuit filed […]

January 11, 2017

The Miller Law Firm Recovers $2.33 Million for Luxury Hayes Valley Condos with Construction Defects

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com, January 10, 2017 The Miller Law Firm has recovered $2,330,000 for a Hayes Valley Homeowners Association for construction defects, a record recovery of nearly $73,000 per-unit reached in just 14 months from filing the complaint in San Francisco Superior Court.  In the last 5 years alone, numerous San Francisco Condo Associations represented by […]

December 6, 2016

Major Construction-Defect Lawsuit Settled

Source: http://www.usglassmag.com, December 1, 2016 By: Trey Barrineau A confidential mediated settlement in a recent construction-defect lawsuit in California once again highlights some of the biggest problem areas for builders, including faulty installation of door and window flashing. The Miller Law Firm of Newport Beach, Calif., says it recovered “well into the eight figures” for […]

October 20, 2016

The Miller Law Firm Recovers $4 Million for Downtown Los Angeles Arts District Lofts with Construction Defects

Source: http://www.prnewswire.com, October 18, 2016 The Miller Law Firm has recovered $4,000,000 for the Library Court Community Association, a recovery of over $44,000 per condo unit reached in less than two years. This 91 unit condominium project, located in the Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles, was originally built in 1955 by Lincoln Savings.  Under […]

October 19, 2016

The Miller Law Firm Recovers $4 Million for Downtown Los Angeles Arts District Lofts with Construction Defects

Source: http://www.prnewswire.com, October 18, 2016 The Miller Law Firm has recovered $4,000,000 for the Library Court Community Association, a recovery of over $44,000 per condo unit reached in less than two years. This 91 unit condominium project, located in the Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles, was originally built in 1955 by Lincoln Savings.  Under […]

September 22, 2016

Subcontractor Exception Torpedoes Insurers’ Defense To Faulty Workmanship Claim

Source: http://propertycasualtyfocus.com, September 216, 2016 By: Daniel G. Enriquez and Robert D. Helfand As this blog has reported, a line of cases deciding coverage disputes over faulty workmanship runs against (or, at least, around) a basic rule for interpreting insurance policies.  Under that rule, the scope of coverage is determined by a policy’s insuring clause, which […]

April 25, 2016

Bedbug infestations plague dorm

Source: http://yaledailynews.com, April 22, 2016 By: David Yaffe-Bellany When Luying Liu GRD ’21 noticed brown blotches on her bed sheets, she told herself not to panic. “I was doing a lot of other stuff at the time and tried to get my mind off it,” Liu said. But the blotches — dried blood from the […]

October 22, 2015

Contaminants stay under wraps

Source: Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA), October 20, 2015 Posted on: http://www.advisen.com When it comes to lab test results, you can’t find something you’re not looking for. The state Department of Environmental Protection uses a lab code system specifically designed to test water around oil and gas drilling sites that ensures certain contaminants that might be in […]

October 13, 2015

Fracking Study Ties Water Contamination to Surface Spills

Source: http://insideclimatenews.org, October 13, 2015 By: Lisa Song Research in Pennsylvania shows increased chemicals, but they are not coming from deep underground, making them easier to target. Residential water wells near Marcellus shale fracking in northeast Pennsylvania were more likely to contain higher levels of diesel-like chemicals, especially if the gas well had a history […]

September 25, 2015

Unsettling dust: Hundreds of Portland homes demolished with asbestos inside

Source: http://www.oregonlive.com, September 25, 2015 by: Fedor Zarkhin Heather Dickinson watched in alarm last year as a man in a backhoe tore down the one-story Southeast Portland house next door, sending a plume of grayish-brown dust above neighboring rooftops. The dust spread everywhere, creeping into Dickinson’s house, caking her home’s exterior walls, and billowing into […]

September 11, 2015

Insurer must defend asbestos exposure lawsuit, California court rules

Source: http://www.lexology.com, August 27, 2015 By: Amy B. Briggs, Donna M. Carlton, Christine Spinella Davis, David B. Killalea, Stephen T. Raptis and Robert H. Shulman, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP Why it matters: A California federal judge has ruled that an insurer had a duty to defend an apartment owner and its construction contractor in connection […]

September 9, 2015

Risk and insurance lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak of 2014

Source: http://www.insidecounsel.com, September 1, 2015 By: Michael H. Sampson and Caitlin R. Garber Familiarity with insurance coverage is a must. Epidemics, disease outbreaks and pandemics often garner significant media coverage. In 2014, Ebola captured headlines across the world. At other times, the H1N1 flu, measles, Legionnaires’ disease, or some other disease has grabbed the public’s […]

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