Neil Mody Presents to American Bar Association on Recent Developments in Construction Defect Coverage Legislation and Case Law

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ROSELAND, N.J./March 7, 2011 -- Neil V. Mody delivered a series of presentations entitled "Litigating Coverage in Construction Defect Actions" at the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Mid-Year Meeting on February 24-26 in Phoenix, AZ.  

These programs focused on the impact of recent legislation on various issues typically implicated in construction defect coverage litigation, including the recently passed Colorado H.B. 10-1394, the pending South Carolina H.B. 339 and S.B. 431, and potential efforts in other states to legislate interpretations of such critical threshold coverage issues as the "occurrence" requirement, the coverage trigger, and the duty to defend, in response to an increasing number of construction defect claims. The interactive presentations also featured vibrant discussions among participants while considering hypothetical construction defect coverage claims modeled after actual cases under various judicial rulings issued nationwide in recent months.  

Mody is a partner at Connell Foley and a member of its Insurance Coverage practice group. His legal practice is focused on litigation, counseling, and monitoring on behalf of domestic and internationally-based insurers with respect to a broad range of insurance coverage matters dealing with first-party property claims, general liability coverage, excess claims, long-tail claims (such as environmental, asbestos, and other toxic torts), bad faith/extra-contractual claims, reinsurance matters, professional liability, product liability, and catastrophic loss.  

Mody is an active participant in several insurance coverage law societies, including the ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. He regularly writes and presents on emerging developments in insurance coverage law. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey.        

For more information on the insurance coverage issues and authorities raised at this seminar, contact Neil Mody at (973) 535-0500 or

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