PHILADELPHIA – April 6, 2010 – Insurance disputes continue over who will bare the brunt of remediation costs for the removal of Chinese drywall from impacted homes. “Often times, the coverage available to home owners, builders, and contractors is not only a function of policy terms but also the court’s interpretation of the policy. Therefore, choice of law in a case is a huge determiner of who “could” be on the hook, as is illustrated recently in a New Orleans Court’s Order on Strike & Quash Motions in Finger, Simon, et. al., vs. Audubon Insurance Company.” said Tom Hagy, CEO of HB Litigation Conferences.
Chinese drywall litigation continues to be covered by Hagy’s conference company, HB Litigation Conferences, which has been holding conferences on the issue since the first cases emerged. In fact, HB’s Chinese Drywall and Insurance Coverage Conference on May 18th in New Orleans is the only conference available this spring for attorneys, insurance professionals and consultants that need to stay current on the activity in state and MDL cases. “Our conference chairmen, Jan Douglas Atlas of Adorno & Yoss of Ft. Lauderdale and Thomas McKay, III of Cozen O’Connor, Cherry Hill, NJ have put together an exemplary program for us this spring and they continue to update the program as cases progress and as new recommendations come forth.”, Hagy said.
The co-chairs just updated an existing session to address the details and the impact of the recent Interim Remediation Guidance issued by the CPSC on Friday, April 2, 2010, based on the study results of Berkeley National Laboratories and Environmental Health and Engineering. The new CPSC guidance recommends the removal of all possible problematic drywall from homes, all fire safety alarms devices, all electrical components and wiring, and all gas service piping and fire suppression sprinkler systems. Some estimates put the cost of this recommendation to be well over $100,000 per impacted home.
In addition to recent remediation recommendations, the following topics are included in the curriculum for the event: The First Set of MDL Trials and State Cases; What Is Happening or Not Happening at the State Capitol; Coverage Cases, the Claims Asserted and Choice of Law Issues; Insurance Coverage and Proper Forums; Evolving Legal Issues Framing the Litigation and the Ins and Outs of Drafting an Ethical Release and Apportioning Fees. For more information about the “Chinese Drywall Litigation & Coverage Conference,” on May 18th in New Orleans, contact HB Litigation Conferences by phone at (484) 324-2755 x212, by email at info@LitigationConferences.com, or by visiting the conferences section at HB’s website at www.LitigationConferences.com.
HB Litigation Conferences is a nationally certified provider of continuing legal education. HB was founded by Tom Hagy, former publisher of Mealey Publications and Vice President at LexisNexis, and Sharon Boothe, the founding director of Mealey’s Conferences.