Insurer Off Hook For Defense In Subcontractor Injury Suit

Law360, New York (July 30, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal ruled last week that James River Insurance Co. needn't defend a company that monitors construction site safety in a workplace injury suit, finding a subcontractor exclusion applied even though the injured subcontractor had been hired by a third party.

The underlying suit was brought by a man who fell off purportedly defective scaffolding while installing drywall at a construction site where Keyes2Safety Inc. was responsible for providing daily reports on safety conditions and ensuring compliance with safety requirements.

James River convinced U.S. District...
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