Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc

Oregon Court of Appeals Decision Bears on Insurance Coverage for Repair of Construction Defects

 Friday, May 26, 2023

 JD Supra

In a February 15, 2023 decision in Twigg v. Admiral Insurance Company, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that an insurance company was not required to indemnify its insured based on a claim for breach of a repair agreement that settled underlying construction defect claims.

As background, the Twiggs hired a contractor, Rainier Pacific, to construct a new home. The Twiggs then filed their first arbitration against Rainier Pacific alleging, among other things, that a portion of the work was defective.

The first arbitration was resolved through a settlement agreement which the parties referred to as the ‘Repair Agreement.’ Under the Repair Agreement, Rainier Pacific was required to repair certain alleged construction defects.

The Twiggs then filed a second arbitration alleging that Rainier Pacific had breached the Repair Agreement by failing to perform the repairs required under the Repair Agreement.

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