Questions of Fact Regarding Collapse of Basement Walls Prevent Insurer's Motion for Summary Judgment

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Tred R. Eyerly analyzes Sirois v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co.

December 19, 2018
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

The court denied the insurer's motion for summary judgment on whether the policy covered the collapse of basement walls based upon factual issues presented. Sirois v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158508 (D. Conn. Sept. 18, 2018).

The insureds' purchased their home in 2010. In December 2015, a crack in the basement wall was noticed. It was not thought to be a serious problem. But in 2016, the insured read an article about defective concrete problems affecting homeowners in Connecticut. An inspector, Dean Soucy, was hired. He found faults and cracks in the foundation walls. Thereafter, a claim was submitted to USAA under homeowners' policies issued over the years to the insureds. USAA denied coverage.

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