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Timely Notice is your on-the-go source for sharp takes and expert analysis of the latest trends, breaking news, and sea-changes in global insurance law. 

May 16, 2018

Dustin Blumenthal, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s South Florida offices, examines the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision in Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Co.  The case, which took place against the backdrop of construction defect suits and Florida’s notice-and-cure mechanism, decided whether a 558 notice to a contractor satisfies a liability policy’s definition of “suit.”  Dustin explains the Court’s reasoning in reaching its conclusion, describes the questions left unanswered, and debunks policyholders’ fears about the answers to these unanswered questions. Dustin also addresses how Altman may be a pyrrhic victory for policyholders and how the decision has changed policyholder tactics of late.