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Todd HayesThom WilliamsInsurance Coverage

Federal Court Rules Liability Insurer Unreasonably Refused to Defend, Estopping It from Denying Coverage

A general contractor tendered a claim as an “additional insured” to its subcontractor’s liability insurer.  The insurer denied any duty to defend or indemnify on grounds that the general contractor was not an additional insured and that the insurer had no coverage obligations until the subcontractor satisfied a $500,000 self-insured…
Todd Hayes
February 25, 2019
Todd HayesThom WilliamsInsurance Coverage

High Rise Condominium Nets Seven Figures for “Water Damage” Repairs

Homeowners at a condominium in downtown Seattle recently discovered water damage inside the roof of their condominium. The condominium association retained Harper│Hayes to file a lawsuit against the association’s property insurer, which had denied coverage. Soon after the firm launched a summary judgment motion—arguing the loss was covered and the…
Todd Hayes
February 14, 2018
Todd HayesCharles DavisInsurance Coverage

Harper│Hayes Lawyers Obtain Summary Judgment Order that Property Insurance Policies Cover “Faulty Maintenance” and “Wind-Blown Rain”

A King County Superior Court judge recently ruled that a condominium association’s property insurance policies cover “faulty maintenance,” “wind-blown rain,” and “faulty construction.” The Court also decided that because the policies lacked a so-called “inverse efficient proximate cause” provision, “the Policies cover damage resulting from the combination of excluded and…
Todd Hayes
January 10, 2018
Thom WilliamsInsurance Coverage

NW Lawyer Publishes Article by Harper│Hayes Attorney Thom Williams

The Washington State Bar Association published an article by Harper│Hayes attorney Thom Williams in the December 2017 issue of its “NW Lawyer” magazine.  The article—“Fortune Favors the Insured: The Wide-Reaching Impact of Xia v. ProBuilders”—analyzes a recent coverage decision from the Washington Supreme Court. It’s available at: http://nwlawyer.wsba.org/nwlawyer/dec_2017_jan_2018?pg=23#pg23
Harper│Hayes PLLC
December 15, 2017
Thom WilliamsInsurance Coverage

Harper│Hayes Attorney Thom Williams to Present at NBI’s Seminar on Commercial General Liability Policies

On December 14, 2017, Harper│Hayes PLLC attorney Thom Williams will join six other attorneys from Seattle’s legal community as faculty for the National Business Institute’s seminar, “Commercial General Liability Policy: The Complete Guide.” Thom’s presentation will focus on an insurer’s duties to defend, indemnify, and settle. Register now or order…
Thom Williams
December 13, 2017
Greg HarperThom WilliamsInsurance CoverageConstruction Defects

Harper│Hayes Obtains Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Condominium Association Client on the Eve of Trial

In 2016, the President of the Board of a large condominium contacted the firm, initially inquiring whether insurance would cover water damage to 80,000 square feet of roof structure. Investigation revealed that the water intrusion was caused by the defective work of the roofing contractor that installed the roofing system…
Gregory Harper
December 11, 2017

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