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.