Contractor Pact Unfair To 3rd-Party Insurers: Court

Law360, New York (February 14, 2011, 7:44 PM EST) -- An Arizona appeals court has upheld a ruling that developer Hancock Communities LLC breached its duty to cooperate with several third-party insurers by entering into an agreement to settle a construction defect class action for more than $8.4 million.

A three-judge panel in the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I affirmed a lower court's decision to grant summary judgment to seven insurers that provided coverage to Hancock's subcontractors, agreeing that the insurers were prejudiced by Hancock's failure to provide them with notice of the settlement and...
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