Georgitsi Realty V. Penn-Star Expands 'Vandalism' Meaning

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 6:29 PM EST) -- In a case with broad implications for property owners near construction sites (Georgitsi Realty, LLC v. Penn-Star Insurance Company, No. 156, Oct. 17, 2013), the New York Court of Appeals has opened the door to broad first-party property damage coverage for losses emanating from nearby construction activities. Georgitsi reached the Court of Appeals upon certification of two questions of first impression from the Second Circuit in a suit over an insurer’s denial of coverage under a named perils policy covering vandalism, as follows:

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