Attorneys' Fees Awarded "Because Of" Property Damage Are Covered by Policy

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Tred R. Eyerly discusses Assoc'n of Apartment Owners of the Moorings, Inc. v. Dongbu Ins. Co., Ltd.,

August 29, 2018
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

The Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court's decision that the insured Association of Apartment Owners was entitled to coverage for the attorneys' fees incurred [prior post here].Assoc'n of Apartment Owners of the Moorings, Inc. v. Dongbu Ins. Co., Ltd., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 20251 (9th Cir. July 20, 2018).

The District Court for the District of Hawaii granted summary judgment to the AOAO, requiring Dongbu to indemnify the AOAO for an award of attorney's fees that an arbitrator ordered the AOAO to pay to the underlying claimants. The claimants prevailed on a claim that their condominium unit incurred water damage due to a common roof leak. Dongbu's policy required it to reimburse those sums that the AOAO was legally obligated to pay as damages because of property damage. The AOAO became legally obligated to pay the claimants' fees once the state court confirmed the arbitration award. Further, the water damage to the home constituted covered property damage under the policy.

Mr. Eyerly may be contacted at te@hawaiilawyer.com



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