Judge Says Discovery Needed In Construction Defect Suits

By Daphne Zhang (July 13, 2021, 6:18 PM EDT) -- An Arizona federal judge said NGM Insurance Co. breached defense duty to a real estate development company over a Nevada construction defect suit, but said he could not determine whether the carrier unreasonably delayed defense over 16 similar underlying suits filed in Arizona.

U.S. District Judge Michael Thomas Liburdi said Friday that it's too early for him to decide whether NGM failed to provide immediate defense to Pulte Development Corp. and its affiliates over property damage and faulty workmanship suits brought by homeowners in Arizona.

According to court records, Pulte hired subcontractors to build homes in Arizona and Nevada. The subcontractors...

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