In mid-2021, Cornell Grace, P.C. was retained by a New Jersey-based developer (“Developer”) that had just received a coverage disclaimer from its insurer, a large, well-known general liability carrier. The carrier had been defending Developer for more than two years in a high-value personal injury action arising out of a worksite injury to a subcontractor’s employee, but had unilaterally decided that a policy exclusion applied and abruptly withdrew its defense, leaving its named insured with no coverage.
Attorneys in Cornell Grace’s insurance coverage group brought a declaratory judgment action in the Eastern District of New York on Developer’s behalf, alleging that the carrier had wrongfully disclaimed based on a misinterpretation of its own endorsement and had improperly withdrawn its defense without leave of Court.
After forcing the carrier to disclose key information from its claims and underwriting files, Cornell Grace brought a strong summary judgment motion that prompted the carrier to immediately request a global mediation, at which the underlying personal injury claim was settled by the primary and excess carriers without any contribution from the insured Developer.
Cornell Grace, P.C. aggressively pursues coverage for its clients in a wide variety of construction-related and other insurance disputes, including first party claims as well as third-party claims for additional insured status and “insured contracts” coverage.
A worker sued Cornell Grace’s client, a construction manager, claiming he was injured in an unwitnessed accident in which he says he slipped on a patch of ice on the project site. Discovery revealed no other evidence of the alleged ice. The worker alleged violations under the New York Labor Law and moved for partial […]Learn more
Since 2017, Cornell Grace has been defending a subcontractor that was involved in a 40-car accident on the LIE as it was working to assist in cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Multiple plaintiffs included the subcontractor as a defendant in their actions, even though it did not cause the accident and did not have any direct […]Learn more
In 2016, Cornell Grace was retained to defend two of its construction clients, an owner and construction manager/general contractor, in a personal injury action brought by the employee of a subcontractor who claimed to have been seriously injured. The worker claimed to have tripped on a piece of electrical wire that appeared to have been […]Learn more
In a case filed in 2011, Plaintiff, a union elevator installation mechanic, claimed he was severely injured when he slipped on oil while unloading a thousand-pound jack from a delivery truck. Among other defendants, Plaintiff sued the elevator company that had loaded the heavy components onto the truck. After fighting for its client for ten […]Learn more
In mid-2021, Cornell Grace, P.C. was retained by a New Jersey-based developer (“Developer”) that had just received a coverage disclaimer from its insurer, a large, well-known general liability carrier. The carrier had been defending Developer for more than two years in a high-value personal injury action arising out of a worksite injury to a subcontractor’s […]Learn more
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