State Farm Must Defend Dam Engineer, Calif. Court Says

Law360, New York (March 14, 2014, 4:31 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Thursday ordered State Farm General Insurance Co. to cover an engineering firm's defense in two lawsuits over the construction of a dam that allegedly caused erosion and damage to downstream tributaries, slamming a lower court's finding that a professional services exclusion applied.

According to its published ruling, the court found substantial evidence showing that State Farm had defense obligations under a business policy providing "products-completed operation" coverage to North Counties Engineering Inc. 

The coverage dispute arose from North Counties Engineering's work...
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