Insurers Have Cause For Optimism In Labor Cost Rulings

Law360 (June 3, 2021, 10:52 AM EDT) -- On May 12, in Butler v. The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Company, the Supreme Court of South Carolina decided that — so long as the cost of labor is embedded in the replacement cost of property, as in the case of a damaged roof — it "makes no sense for an insurer to include depreciation for materials and not for embedded labor."[1]

The Butler decision follows on the heels of the North Carolina Supreme Court's 2020 decision in Accardi v. Hartford Underwriters Insurance Co.,[2] which similarly concluded that it made "little sense" to differentiate between materials and labor costs....

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