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CGL Coverage - Occurrence and Property Damage

CGL Coverage - Occurrence and Property Damage

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Is a construction defect an occurrence on the CGL policy?

If a breach of contract claims the same damages as a tort claim, why is it excluded, or is it?

Get the answers to these questions and more when you attend this session by Joe Junfola.


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Duration 1 hour
Location Online Webinar
Formats On-Demand
Instructor Joseph JunfolaJoseph Junfola

Controversy still exists as to whether faulty or defective work, in the context of construction defect claims, constitutes an occurrence as defined in the CGL policy.  Construction defect lawsuits routinely include causes of action for breach of contract and various torts, and controversy still exists, as well, as to whether a breach of contract is covered even though it claims the same damages as the tort cause of action.

Occurrences often result in property damage.  Does a defect, alone, equal property damage? Is there a difference between damage to the insured's work and damage to other work or property that is caused by the defect? Does tear-out, necessary to correct defective work, constitute property damage as defined in the CGL policy?

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Describe how different jurisdictions treat faulty workmanship is an occurrence.
  • Discuss the difference between breach of contract and tort actions and whether it matters for coverage.
  • Determine whether defects, alone, are considered property damage.
  • Discuss the importance of determining what property is damaged in the analysis of occurrence and property damage as these terms are defined in the policy.
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