Insurer-Picked Firm Shut Out From Faulty Construction Suit

Law360, New York (June 14, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court has disqualified a law firm hired by CastlePoint National Insurance Co. from defending a construction defect suit against CastlePoint's policyholder after holding in an opinion published Thursday that the firm faced a conflict of interest.

The appeals court stood behind a prior ruling that Koeller Nebeker Carlson & Haluck LLP could not defend Elder Construction against a suit claiming faulty work on a home in El Dorado County, Calif., finding a conflict of interest required Elder Construction to receive independent counsel....
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