SC Builder Coverage Law Lives On, But Insurers Get Reprieve

Law360, New York (November 28, 2012, 9:32 PM EST) -- Though South Carolina's high court last week upheld a state law declaring that general liability policies cover property damage and injuries from faulty construction, it also ruled the statute cannot apply retroactively, providing some relief to insurers fearing the legislature had rewritten their contracts.

The issue of whether commercial general liability policies cover construction defect claims is hotly contested around the country. Like Arkansas, Colorado and Hawaii, South Carolina has passed legislation to boost CGL coverage for the construction industry.

Although the state's high court backed...
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