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14 Insurers Named in Chinese Drywall Suit

Jan 7, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

The first lawsuit to target insurance companies in the  Chinese drywall debacle has been filed by a trust set up by Florida-based builder WCI Communties Inc.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, where the massive Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation is now underway.  The suit seeks to force WCI's  insurers to  cover more than $200 million in settlements in the drywall litigation. The suit accuses the insurers of improperly denying coverage, reserving their rights, failing to reply to WCI or failing to acknowledge coverage of claims WCI made concerning the defective drywall.

The 14 insurance companies listed in the suit are:

  • American International Specialty Lines Insurance Company
  • American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Company
  • Amerisure Insurance Company/Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company
  • Auto-Owners Insurance Company
  • FCCI Commercial Insurance Company/FCCI Insurance Company
  • Hermitage Insurance Company
  • Illinois Union Insurance Company
  • Landmark American Insurance Company
  • Lexington Insurance Company
  • Mid-Continent Casualty Company
  • National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh PA
  • Old Republic Insurance Company
  • Scottsdale Insurance Company
  • Steadfast Insurance Company

WCI is one of many Florida builders which has acknowledged using Chinese drywall. The WCI Chinese drywall trust was set up this summer, after the builder emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The trust assumed all of the company’s drywall liability, as well as its claims against insurance companies. Nearly 700 homeowners may seek recovery through the WCI Trust.  WCI funded the trust with $900,000 thatwas intended to help offset the cost of litigation against insurers and other companies involved in Chinese drywall disaster

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