Tag Archives: Occurrence

Fear of the Unknown [Cause of Contamination]: Whether an Unknown Cause of Loss Constitutes an “Occurrence”

Commercial general liability policies typically provide coverage to insureds for losses resulting from property damage caused by an “occurrence,” usually defined in the policy as “an accident, including continuous or repeated exposure to substantially the same harmful conditions.” In the context of food recalls, however, the exact cause of the food damage, whether contamination, spoilage … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Of New Jersey Holds That “Occurrence” In CGL Includes Consequential Damages To Property Caused By Faulty Workmanship

In Cypress Point Condo. Ass’n, Inc. v. Adria Towers, L.L.C., 076348, 2016 WL 4131662, at *8 (N.J. Aug. 4, 2016), a condominium association sued its general contractor for rainwater damage to the condominium complex, after the project was completed, which was allegedly the result of defective work performed by subcontractors. The condominium association also sued … Continue Reading

Each Improper Strip Search is a Separate Occurrence

On February 11, 2016, New York’s highest court held in Selective Ins. Co. of Am. v. Cnty. of Rensselaer, 2016 N.Y. Slip Op. 01001 (2016) that, in a class action alleging improper strip searches of arrestees over a four-year period, each improper strip search was a separate occurrence under the policies at issue, mandating a … Continue Reading

New Jersey Supreme Court Decision Reminds Policyholders To Make Timely Notice of Claims

On February 11, 2016, New Jersey’s highest court held that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (“National Union”) could refuse coverage for Templo Fuente De Vida Corp. and Fuente Properties Inc.’s settlement with policyholder First Independent Financial Group under a “claims-made” directors and officers policy because First Independent did not provide notice “as … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Rules Under Alabama Law that Breach of Warranty Claims Constitute an “Occurrence” and Coverage is not Barred by a General Liability Policy’s Contractual Liability Exclusion

The Eleventh Circuit recently ruled, applying Alabama law, that a breach of warranty claim constitutes an “occurrence,” triggering coverage under a general liability insurance policy, and that the policy’s contractual liability exclusion does not bar coverage from any resulting liability. See Pa. Nat’l Mut. Cas. Ins. Co. v. St. Catherine of Siena Parish, No. 14-12151, … Continue Reading
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