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Employers Become OSHA Investigators Under Updated Virus Rules
ASK WHEN YOU LEARN OSHA standards for COVID 19, updated on May 19, 2020, uses reporting requirements to turn employers into investigators of their own jobsites.  The employer must use reasonable efforts to reach conclusions on the questions – Has the pandemic visited your worksite? Was the employee’s COVID work-related? OSHA (the Federal Department of… Read More »Employers Become OSHA Investigators Under Updated Virus Rules
Insurance for construction work related virus personal injury and health harms to others – covered, excluded or limited?
VIRUS RELATED WORK INJURIES An injured person may claim that a company’s failure to take to reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the Corona virus at its place of business makes out an accidental event that led to bodily injury. WORKERS COMP – AUTOMATIC BUT LIMITED Hurt at work? Every employer must provide workers… Read More »Insurance for construction work related virus personal injury and health harms to others – covered, excluded or limited?
Appeal Threat by Insurer After Verdict Found to Be Bad Faith
Massachusetts case clarifies standards for when insurers must offer reasonable settlements. Chiulli vs. Liberty Mutual Insurance Mass App Ct (2020) See my earlier post on the same issue in another decision www.silverlakelegal.com/bad-faith-only-if-all-other-insurers-would-have-settled/ FACTS Disagreement over a barstool led to a fight just outside the bar. Chiulli one of the battlers, got badly hurt and sued… Read More »Appeal Threat by Insurer After Verdict Found to Be Bad Faith
Wages lost as a result of retaliation get tripled
Retaliatory firing deprived worker of commissions that ripened later but legal penalties tripled the entire sum. Massachusetts SJC Parker v EnterNOC, Inc. (2020) FACTS Parker made a base salary and commissions working for EnterNOC marketing energy efficiency services. Parker made a $20M sale to occur over 5 years but only the first year was guaranteed,… Read More »Wages lost as a result of retaliation get tripled
Innocent co-insured can claim half of property loss caused by co-insured arsonist.
FACTS Co-owners of a home insured it.  One of them burned it on purpose. The other one, innocent of involvement in the fire, made a fire loss claim on the homeowner’s insurance. The 2020 Mass Supreme Judicial Court case Aquino v United Property & Casualty Company (2019) stated “Pastrana set fire to the home intentionally… Read More »Innocent co-insured can claim half of property loss caused by co-insured arsonist.
Rough Framer’s Insurer had to Defend Upstream Parties in Pipe Freeze Water Damage Case
Philadelphia Indemnity v Consigli Construction Co. Inc, Dist Court D Mass (2018) PARTIES AND FACTS Pipes burst in a Condominium. The Condominium, insured by Philadelphia, paid – and sued others for subrogation – to recoup. In the name of their insured Condo, Philadelphia sued Consigli – general contractor “Stock” Building Supply – the framing subcontractor… Read More »Rough Framer’s Insurer had to Defend Upstream Parties in Pipe Freeze Water Damage Case
Insurer Not Stuck With Parties’ Settlement, Arguing That Since Death Was Not Accident, Claim Was Not Covered
Massachusetts’ top Court laid out the process for insurers to show they should not have to pay for a voluntary settlement reached by parties covered by insurance. With personal injury insurance you get a legal defense paid for by the carrier as long as covered claims are asserted and you get indemnity.  This Massachusetts case… Read More »Insurer Not Stuck With Parties’ Settlement, Arguing That Since Death Was Not Accident, Claim Was Not Covered
Construction insurance – expensive because it is incomprehensible
Additional insured status useless due to anti-indemnity laws MAXIM CRANE WORKS, LP v. ZURICH AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY, Dist. Court, SD Texas 2019 FACTS Crane lessor Maxim leased its crane ‘as is’ to Berkel on a Skanska job. Maxim became additional insured on Berkel’s Zurich general liability policy. Berkel, a Skanska subcontractor was enrolled in the… Read More »Construction insurance – expensive because it is incomprehensible
Interesting Questions Deflected by Local Court to be Decided by Forum Identified in Agreement
PARTIES AND FACTS Wegmans grocery store was constructing a store in Burlington Massachusetts. It hired two companies to work on the project. Aerotek contracted with Wegmans that Aerotek would supply employees to provide construction supervision. Story was such an employee, hired to serve as construction foreman. As part of that agreement, Aerotek agreed to add… Read More »Interesting Questions Deflected by Local Court to be Decided by Forum Identified in Agreement

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