State Farm Denied Quick Win In $47M Dorm Defect Row

Law360, New York (July 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday denied State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. summary judgment in its lawsuit to avoid coverage in a $47 million design defect arbitration between contractors and Southeastern Louisiana University over student housing construction.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance said the present record was insufficient to determine whether State Farm had a duty to defend or indemnify contractors Stanley Smith Drywall Inc. and Capstone Building Corp. in the arbitration under a policy the insurer issued to Stanley Smith. The judge said...
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