INSURER OWES NO ATTORNEY’S FEES ON VERDICT ON UNCOVERED CLAIMS
Homeowner/ Contractor Insurer dispute goes 15 years. Styller v National Fire & Marine Insurance Company Mass App Ct 2019 PARTIES – Homeowner Styller hired contractor FCMNH in 2004 for demo and repair of his home. FCMNH was insured under a general liability policy by National Fire & Marine. CLAIMS FROM THE WORK Unhappy with the… Read More »INSURER OWES NO ATTORNEY’S FEES ON VERDICT ON UNCOVERED CLAIMS
Where a lien bond has been posted to bond off a lien, a Complaint in the lien case need not be filed at the Registry of Deeds. City Electric Supply v Arch Insurance Company Massachusetts SJC 2019 FACTS When an unpaid supplier liened the owner’s project, the owner insisted that its construction manager either clear… Read More »Bond, Lien Bond
How do you know who gets fees for prevailing in a Massachusetts Wage Act case? Whole case settled except for attorney’s fees Mass SJC – encourage correction of unlawful behavior by rewarding Wage Act attorneys Use the catalyst test for fee requests to see who prevailed. FACTS A Massachusetts Wage Act case Ferman v Sturgis… Read More »Mass Wage Act Fee Rule Stated
Court Bounces Insurance Claim for Cost of Fixing Gym Floor
The Windsor School (Owner) hired the contractor (LKC) to build a new gymnasium. LKC hired a subcontractor to lay the floor. Within months of completion, the architect notified the contractor of flooring deficiencies. Lee Kennedy Co. v. Arch Insurance Company, Dist. Court, D. Massachusetts 2019 When the contractor held the sub’s retainage, the sub sued.… Read More »Court Bounces Insurance Claim for Cost of Fixing Gym Floor
Bad Faith Refusal to Return Security Deposit Costs Commercial Landlord
Five-year litigation over $16,000 ends with upholding of triple damages and attorney’s fees award. For most kinds of cases, attorneys’ fees are not a part of recoverable damage. Bad faith business practice cases based on Massachusetts law GL c. 93a– if found by a judge (not a jury), after trial, can permit recovery of attorney’s… Read More »Bad Faith Refusal to Return Security Deposit Costs Commercial Landlord
The insurance requirements worked in this 2018 North Carolina case, in forcing the lower tier sub’s primary general liability and umbrella insurers to pay for defense and for the amount of the settled claim. Continental Cas. Co. v. Amerisure Ins. Co., Typical claim arrangement. Injury to employee of sub-sub. Lawsuit against Sub, General and Owner. Four… Read More »Contractual risk transfer – this time it worked.
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