No Coverage for Repairs Made Before Suit Filed

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Coverage would only be triggered if the building owner held Planet Construction liable for the sprinkler failure, but no suit was ever filed.

August 22, 2022
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

After a hurricane damaged the building the insured was constructing, there was no coverage under the CGL policy for repairs the insured made in the absence of a suit being filed. Planet Construction J2911 LLC. v. Gemini Ins. Co., 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105468 (W.D. La. June 13, 2022).

Planet Construction was a general contractor hired to build a fitness club. On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura struck the area. After the storm, a pipe in the sprinkler system broke, allegedly due to faulty materials and workmanship by a subcontractor, S&S Sprinkler. Planet Construction sought coverage under its policy with Gemini as well as under S&S's policy with Zurich. Both insurers denied coverage and Planet Construction filed suit.

Mr. Eyerly may be contacted at te@hawaiilawyer.com



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