Category Archives: CGL

The Liability Insurer’s “Hidden” Duty to Defend– the Obligation to Pay for its Insured’s Affirmative Claims.


By Greg Johnson. The typical liability insurance policy requires the insurer to “defend” the insured (i.e., dealership) if it is sued by a third-party on a claim covered by the policy. Often, the “defense” feature of a liability policy is … Continue reading

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The Auto Dealer’s Coverage Form (ADCF) Policy: No Coverage for Violations of Prior Damage Disclosure Statutes.


In 2013, Insurance Services Office (ISO) rolled out its new Auto Dealers Coverage Form (ADCF) Policy. The ADCF Policy replaces the Garage Liability (GL) Policy which had been available for decades. One of the most major differences between the GL … Continue reading

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Known Injury or Damage Exclusion not Applicable in Case of Continuing and Progressive Water Infiltration Resulting from Defective Construction


I recently posted an article, CGL Coverage:  “Known Injuries or Damages” in Minnesota and Beyond”, addressing the “Known Injury or Damage” provision in CGL policies.  In August 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court addressed the provision in the context of a … Continue reading

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Insurance: Known Injuries or Damages


By Greg Johnson. There has been a tremendous amount of construction defect litigation in Minnesota over the past fifteen years which has had a major impact on both the construction and insurance industries. In an effort to slow the tide, … Continue reading

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Insured’s Investigation and Overhead Expenses Not Covered by Policy


Every once in awhile a policyholder asks whether the costs it incurred in addressing a third-party property damage claim, such as inspection costs, personnel costs, overhead costs and attorneys’ fees are covered by its Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) policy.  Unless the costs qualify … Continue reading

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Auto Claims & Self Insured Retentions (“SIR”): Does the SIR Constitute “Insurance” ?


By Greg Johnson. The determination of whether a self-insured retention (SIR) constitutes “insurance” within the meaning of an “other insurance” clause of another policy generally depends on the particular circumstances presented.  See, e.g., Champlain Cas. Co. v. Agency Rent-A-Car, Inc., … Continue reading

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Insurance: Economic & Intangible Losses (Lost Profits, Idle Time, Increased Overhead, Liquidated Damages, Diminution in Value & Suppressed Rentals, Etc.


Faulty workmanship can produce several different types of injuries in addition to the typical claim involving physical injury to other property. Faulty or defective work can cause, and contractors may be confronted with claims alleging, numerous types of economic and … Continue reading

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