On February 11, 2010, the Mississippi supreme court issued its opinion in Architex Ass'n, Inc. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., --- So. 3d ---, 2010 WL 457236 (Miss. 2010), thereby joining an increasing number of courts who have interpreted the standard form general liability policy to provide coverage to a general contractor for defective construction. In Architex, the insured general contractor was sued after a hotel it built for a client suffered serious structural problems, most notably, the alleged absence of re-bar in the foundation. The trial court found that the allegations of the complaint failed to describe an "occurrence" and therefore granted summary judgment against the contractor. The Mississippi supreme court, however, reversed and remanded the case for a determination of remaining factual issues. More...

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