Reservation of Rights

Periodic Lien Waiver and Release Barred Subsequent Claim

Monthly lien waivers are a common element of the payment process for a construction project. Often, the lien waiver form includes acknowledgment of payment in full through a date certain, and sometimes the form includes release language. A New York c… Read More
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Failure to Promptly Reserve Rights on Coverage = Loss of Ability to Disclaim

From the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal comes a reminder that undertaking defense of a claim without any reservation of rights can bar an insurer from disclaiming coverage nine months later – even if the claim was not within the policy language from t… Read More
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Generic Reservation of Rights Letters Are Inadequate Notice of Coverage Issues

A common practice in reservation of rights letters has been heavily criticized by the South Carolina Supreme Court. In fact, the court rejected a generic reservation of rights letter. It stated: “It is axiomatic that an insured must be provided suf… Read More
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About Stan Martin

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Stan Martin holds a law degree and an undergraduate degree in architecture. He has been involved with the construction industry for more than 45 years, working in construction prior to law school and beginning his construction law practice. Over the course of his career, he has served on boards and committees for organizations including the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Massachusetts Building Congress.

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